LG G Tablet 8.3 is worth a second look
Published on May 5, 2014 5:00 AM
South Korean company LG came back with a vengeance last year with its successful G2 phone and topped it with the world's first curved phone in the form of the G Flex.
Now, it is set on proving it is on a roll with its first tablet of 2013.
Several things set the G Tablet 8.3 apart and the most notable one is its price. At $438, it is one of the cheaper sub-10-inch tablets available and LG has managed to toss in a full high-definition in-plane switching display, along with a quad-core processor.
In case you get confused, the G Tablet 8.3 is exactly the same as the G Pad 8.3 that LG launched in other markets. The reason is that the "G Pad" name is already used for a different product in Singapore and several other countries.
LG has added its own user interface to the tablet, just as it has with its smartphones. It includes:
- QSlide, which allows app windows of different sizes to be shown on the screen; and
- Slide Aside, which allows you to place two apps in the background, behind a third that you are using.
Not every feature works as well, but I am a fan of the Q Pair, which allows you to link your tablet to any Android phone.
Once this link is set up, you can receive SMS and call notifications on your tablet, and even reply to an SMS from the tablet.
For those who find it awkward juggling a tablet and a phone, the G Tablet takes the important features from the phone and puts them on the tablet.
This pairing also links the tablet to your phone's wireless network, reducing the hassle of tethering the tablet to your phone.
On their own, these features are not exceptional but this one-stop pairing is helpful on many levels for those who use multiple devices.
However, while this worked on the G Flex phone, it did not work when paired with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and no notifications popped up on the G tablet despite a successful pairing.
If LG wants the G Tablet to be a truly universal Android tablet, it needs to iron out the kinks in Q Pair.
As miniaturisation increasingly allows more technology to be squeezed into less space, the 8.3 inches offers a large screen but not an unduly hefty package. Its 8.3mm-thick frame and skinny bezel makes this device easy on the hands.
While LG has placed volume and power buttons at the back on its smartphones, it has placed these on the left side for its tablets. The 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top, while a cover protects the microSD card slot beside it.
While the dual rear speakers are strong, audio is muffled when the volume is pushed all the way up.
- The price is attractive enough and LG’s inclusion of a good screen and strong processor makes this a tablet worthy of a second look.
This story was originally published in Digital Life on Jan 22, 2014.