LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition

A great tablet struggling to find a value proposition

It's hard to say we weren't surprised when Google seemingly randomly put two new Google Play edition devices up for sale on December 10th. The LG G Pad 8.3 (along with the Sony Z Ultra) is a new device in Google's quasi-Nexus line that takes proven hardware from major manufacturers and loads it up with new software the way Google intends it.

Now of course the LG G Pad 8.3 isn't the first Google Play edition device, it is simply the first tablet to adorn the title. But in many respects, the story is much the same. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition is to the Nexus 7 what the HTC One and Galaxy S4 GPe's are to the Nexus 5 — a more expensive device option with a few unique hardware differences and software features to differentiate it.

The question really stands then, is the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe worth the extra dough over a formidable competitor, the Nexus 7? Read along with us after the break and see what the first Google Play edition tablet has going for it.

Inside this review: Hardware | Display | Experience | Bottom line


Hardware

A refreshing metal build that looks and feels great.

Adding the Google Play edition naming to this tablet hasn't changed the hardware in the slightest. And that isn't a bad thing — we really enjoy the plastic and metal exterior of the G Pad 8.3 as a refreshing differentiator from the plastic-only builds of other tablets. The only difference you can notice with the GPe version is that (at the time of writing) it is only available in black, not white.

You're getting a solid brushed metal back plate that bleeds over onto the sides, rounded out at the top, bottom and edges near the screen in a hard matte plastic material. Just to clear up any potential confusion, LG is clearly positioning the G Pad 8.3 as a portrait device, with power and volume rockers at the top of the right edge, Micro USB on the bottom and a headphone jack up top.

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The hardware isn't flashy, but simple and effective.

There's no denying that the G Pad 8.3 feels great in your hands. LG made a huge deal about it being designed specifically to fit the range of an average hand for touch targets, and while we're not so sure about all of that, there's clearly some great ergonomics at play here. It's curved just the right amount on the edges to make it easy on the hand, while also providing enough texture to grip in one hand for reading.

It's the combination of materials, build quality and ergonomic design that make the G Pad 8.3's hardware both simple and effective. It isn't flashy, but rather classy, with just a few bits of flair that make it feel a cut above other tablets.

Display and speakers

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LG is known for making some killer LCD's, and it has packed a nicely dense 1200 x 1920 (273 ppi) panel in the G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition, just the same as you'd find in the original model. While the display is crisp, gapless and has solid viewing angles, the color temperature is throwing us off just a bit. If there's one thing LCD's are known for it's accurate colors and bright whites, but the G Pad 8.3 GPe's are feeling a little too warm and washed out to our eyes. 

LG is known for great displays, but the color temperature here is a bit off.

Putting the display side-by-side with leading phones and tablets you notice whites that are a bit too yellowish grey, and while we prefer "missing" color temperature to the warm side rather than the cool, we'd of course prefer simply accurate colors. We're not sure if it's just some display tuning gone sour, but thankfully this is more on the level of annoyance than a real issue with the display quality.

Although LG has placed all of the buttons and logos on the G Pad 8.3 for portrait use, the speakers line up on the back more suited for landscape. It may seem odd at first, but it's a clever move considering that media and games are likely to be more landscape-oriented tasks on a tablet.

The speakers themselves are small slits in the metal back plate about two inches long and a quarter inch high, which certainly aren't very big openings to provide an immersive experience. And that seems to be the end result — even with capable volume levels, the speakers here come up short in terms of sound quality. We found them to be more on level with what you can get out of your average smartphone rather than a big tablet with stereo speakers.

Experience

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An unfortunate middle ground between large and small tablets.

In the world of stock Android tablets, the G Pad 8.3 lands in a weird spot. You're faced with a screen size 1.3-inches larger than a Nexus 7, and 1.7-inches smaller than a Nexus 10 ... which software experience do you choose? Given the portrait-oriented nature of the G Pad 8.3 it seems fitting that the software went the "medium tablet" route, meaning you're getting the Nexus 7's software, just scaled up a bit.

You'll notice a couple of subtle changes in sizing such as an extra column of icons on the home screen, but beyond that there's no real attempt to manage the larger screen. You're still getting the single-column view for system settings and the like, which simply leaves this device in a grey area. Not big enough to be a "large tablet," but too big to gracefully use the smaller tablet-style UI. Don't get us wrong, this is simply a fault with Android's inability to scale to these screen sizes gracefully, but it doesn't change the end result.

More: Google Nexus 7 (2013) review

But these differences are known — what's it like to use Google Play edition software on LG's great hardware platform? As you would expect with a Snapdragon 600 and 2GB of RAM on board, this thing flies. We couldn't find a set of tasks or apps that could slow it down — from quick app switching to heavy games, the G Pad 8.3 GPe took it all in stride.

A Nexus-level software experience, with great internals to back it up.

In terms of battery life, our time with the G Pad 8.3 GPe left us with no issues to speak of. Though we haven't found a tablet recently that completely fails in the battery department, you really have nothing to worry about with the 4600mAh battery in this one. You can use this tablet for a couple solid days before needing a charger — sadly because of the metal back you don't have Qi wireless charging available, though.

G Pad 8.3 GPe camera sampleAnd how about cameras? Yes, there's a 5MP shooter on the back of the G Pad 8.3. And yes, it takes pictures — it even supports HDR. We found the image processing and shutter speed to be generally lacking for taking any pictures worth meaning. Better stick to the phone — or better yet, camera — in your pocket for those duties. As for the front-facing camera, it falls right in line with all others: generally poor.

Bottom line

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When using a G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition, you're instantly going to draw comparisons to the Nexus 7. In many respects that's apt — the software is nearly identical, as are the screen sizes, buttons and basic proportions. And at some point, you have to ask the question, "what does the G Pad 8.3 GPe have that the Nexus 7 doesn't?" A larger display, metal back, SDcard slot and slightly better camera.

Alright then, does that justify a $120 premium for the same storage over a Nexus 7? That's a tough sell.

If you're okay with a physically smaller display, we'd venture to say that the Nexus 7 has a higher quality viewing experience, along with better speakers and simpler one-handed use. Stick to 16GB of storage and save $120, or bump up to 32GB of storage and add LTE and you'll hit the exact same price point, $349, as the G Pad 8.3 GPe.

In short, you're going to have to really want that LG hardware to justify spending the extra money on this tablet. But just because the Nexus 7 is a better value doesn't mean that the G Pad 8.3 GPe isn't a good value in itself. It's simply succumbing to the fate of a Google Play edition in the land of Nexuses.

 

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LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition review

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I never understood the GPE devices. Especially with the Nexus devices around.

Android will make you a sexual tyrannosaurus... Just like me.

As long as people purchase GE phones then we don't have to understand.

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I'd get one.

I want a Nexus tablet, but the N10 is too big and the N7 is too small.

8.3" in the form factor LG has made just does it for me.

The value proposition of this particular tablet is:

1. Stock Android
2. 8.3" screen and form factor

No other tablet that I know of gives me both of those things in one.

AND microSD as well...

Those three points you raised are probably the same three points used by the majority or all of the people that bought or are considering buying the GPE G Pad.

+9000, Sir.

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Bingo. As I take a break from sorting out the presents that Santa will deliver tonight I read this and think of two things.

1) the 8.3 screen allows me to read Web pages "full screen" without constantly having to feel the need to "zoom in" to tap a link.

2) I have the first season of Homeland, the last season of Breaking Bad and the movie Ronin in 1080p ripped from Blu-rays and copied onto the SD card to get me through the next 5 days of travel between my parents and my in laws. (Both live with rural, "narrow-band" internet.)

The LG may be a puzzle to some, but for me it is the best tablet option.

-Suntan

A gpe Samsung with the Samsung camera would be a selling point, like boomsound in the HTC.

Some people prefer the hardware and want the software. In the past it would have been more important than now..

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I guess it's just me, then. I don't see any hardware features in any of the devices that would warrant me spending twice the money.

Android will make you a sexual tyrannosaurus... Just like me.

It is only $50 more than the 32gb nexus 7 and it has the option for expandable storage for those who want or need it. I'm thinking about giving my wife my16gb nexus 7 2013 and picking up one of G pad for myself.

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And what will u do with SD card? Not a whole bunch since android doesn't support SD cards.

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Movies, music, and naughty pictures that the girl next door posted to Facebook.

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Shhhh

She doesn't know

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It LG were smart, they would do the same as Samsung

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Google allows you to use the SD card with play music subscription to save all music for offline listening. I know this for sure with the GPE LG GLAD 8.3

The same thing anyone does w an SD card slot... Large movie and music files. HD rips of TV and movies take up more space than you may realize

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Thinking of giving your wife the older nexus 7, and buying the new gpe g pad for yourself? I'm assuming she's not on this forum lol.

~Lone androider in a tribe of sourapples~

Tablet ok, I can see it.

Nexus cameras are historically terrible. I would take an One GPe for that reason.

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I'd guess to accommodate people's varying tastes in hardware. The HTC One, Galaxy S4, Z Ultra and Nexus 5 all offer very different hardware experiences so, at least there are options for those like myself who generally prefer stock (or near stock) Android vs. OEM skins.

In this specific case, I chose the LG to replace my Nexus 7 primarily because the display on the N7 is just too damn small for my tastes on a tablet. The expandable memory on the LG just made the decision that much easier--all well worth the price premium.

I agree, I'd definitely go with the LG G Pad 8.3. I liked the Nexus 7, but I bought the (original) G Pad because I wanted something that 1) had a bigger screen than my LG Optimus G so that I could view web pages easily, 2) was easy to hold without straining my arm, and 3) had expandable storage.

Does the Nexus 7 have an IR blaster to act as a universal remote? I like that feature a lot on my G Pad. My wife and I are always losing our TV remotes, but I always know where my tablet is :)

I have both the Nexus 7 and the original g pad and I personally think the Nexus 7 is better. I found the software on the G Pad very laggy and a throwback to the gingerbread days of Android. The notification shade and the settings menu are a complete mess. The screen is on the warm side and not very bright at all. The speakers get muffled when you lay the tablet flat on its back. And finally they have several layouts for the navigation buttons but none of them include the option for a recent tasks button. Overall, I'm disappointed with the tablet.

Well, three of your complaints are specific to the LG skinned model. I see no significant lag, the notification shade and settings menu are identical to those on the Nexus, same goes for the on screen keys. Yes, the display is admittedly on the warmer side but I only really notice when holding it next to the Nexus or my first gen iPad Mini. And as I don't ever use my tablet flat on a table, I don't have any problems with muffled speakers. In fact, I find the position of the speakers better than the Nexus as I found myself inadvertently covering them when holding the Nexus in landscape mode. The sound is a touch better on the Nexus though--not a big deal as I generally where headphones when watching video.

this has been told a million times but still people dont understand... A GPE edition is for OEM to get Android code way before others get it... so now probably Sony,LG,HTC,Samsung would have got android that starts with L now...
I wish Moto did a GPE so they get it early access to Android code.

OEM dont care if they sell GPE devices or not... its just for the sake of it

LG already has the Nexus 4 and 5 giving them that privilege though. Makes the G Pad 8.3 a curious addition.

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Android is unified so what works on the phone works on the tablet. You just need to tweak the base code. So he is right.

LG wont have access to Android just because they are hardware vendor for N4 and N5.. Google deliver the update for N4 and N5 and there is no need to give code to LG.. have you ever hear that Samsung/LG delivered code to Google for Nexus??
but we started hearing that for GPE

with GPE LG now gets the code.

Weirdly, this makes a lot of sense. I thought LG was given code for being the Nexus vendor. I guess, I was wrong, lol.

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Well considering that LG manufactures the phone and ships it with software installed already... LG gets access to the code. They have to have the software ahead of time to make sure it runs on the hardware.

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I think having a Gpe tablet makes a lot more sense than a Gpe phone. The current generation of smartphones, like the HTC One and the Galaxy S4, have so many hardware and software components that have to work together that you loose many of the original selling points of the phone, such as camera software, Sansung's slew of motion gestures, or the audio enhancements for HTC's boomsound speakers, when you just put un-optimized vanilla android on it.

However, most tablets don't have great speakers or cameras or other features that need to be heavily processed and supported by software, so I think there is far more to gain by doing a Gpe tablet.

The LG G pad is a particularly nice choice since it not only presents the option of a nexus like tablet with a more premium build but also provides a middle ground for those looking for a slightly larger tablet than the Nexus 7 but who do not want to go all the way up to a 10 incher.

I picked up the G Pad GPe and deciding wether or not to sell my N7. The slightly larger screen and micro SD slot is a huge plus

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Can we for once get a display with colors as accurate as the iphone's display?

I've owned two samsung amoled devices so far (S2 and Note2) and both have greenish-yellow tints, grainy colors, banding, ink-marks visible on dark backgrounds........
Every single family and friend's samsung amoled device I've ever seen has the greenish-yellow tint, even S4s and Note3s.

Just look at this: img259. imageshack. us/img259/6820/note2vstft . jpg
The shittest display you can expect and samsung just ignores these issues every time.

So what this means for me? no more amoled and no more displays covered with urine.
I hear HTC is the way to go in that regard. Will keep an eye on what they come up with in 2014.
Happy holidays!

You'll always see that in AMOLED displays... the technology involved in AMOLED itself causes that blue-green tint. If you look at displays on other phones, like the SuperLCD3 on the HTC One, you'll see far more accurate colors.

I guess being colorblind finally has paid off.

I have never had an issue with the display on Samsung phones. HTC was always washed out

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Yeah that's just the way Samsung makes its displays. If you truly great displays, look at the Nokia's even their AMOLED screens are amazing (Nokia Lumia 1020) and the their IPS displays are some of the best if not the best.

The Note 3 has a better display than the 1020

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I just went by the reviews.I have not touched one

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What I don't get is why the difference between the original LG G Pad 8.3 review and the GPe LG G Pad 8.3 review. The original review for the G Pad with LG's software said:

"The G Pad’s 8.3-inch display is a wonder in both its quality and its portability — its 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS panel is as good as anything we’ve ever seen come out of LG’s labs, while its 8.3-inch size keeps the G Pad’s 126.5 mm-wide footprint relatively modest. The display packs vivid, crisp, and realistic colors, super-sharp detail, and superb viewing angles. In a word, it's stunning."

I've seen other reviews say that the display is one of the most color-accurate displays they've ever seen. Seems like quite a discrepancy to me! Is there something weird with this review tablet or Google's software? I've got 6 of these G Pads (1 I keep, 5 to sell for $280). I didn't notice any color temperature issues. I'll have to look again when I get home.

As we said it could very easily be a screen tuning issue on the GPe one. I simply compared the G Pad 8.3 GPe to other high end displays and found it to be the wrong color temperature. Again as I say in the review its not terrible, just annoying, and not perfect.

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The answer is never a custom ROM, kernel or anything.

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Yeah but the normal consumer it isn't, they just get mad that it looks like crap compared to XXXX phone. If a guy like me can fix it, the answer should be that they do it right straight off

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I agree, I've definitely seen conflicting reviews on the screen quality of the G Pad. Two of the reasons may be that a lot of the original LG-ui G Pad reviews were written before the N7 2013 came out. So the screen only seemed amazing until the perfectly calibrated N7, highest ppi of any tablet ever, came out. Secondly, what this article is alluding to, that it looks like the Google Play edition G Pad might have display calibration issues that the original LG-ui one doesn't have? Possibly fixable in a future update?... I wish the GP edition devices were sold at Best Buy so I could try them out back to back before committing...

I like Samsungs amoled display for its vibrant colors I just don't like when on a dark page or while watching a movie with a dark scene you see the blotching patches but I don't think it's limited to Samsung I believe all amoled displays have this issue. I had a Motorola RAZR with amoled display and I hated seeing those blotchy patches when on a dark page/scene. I really enjoy the display on the LG G2 it's IPS is a nice compromise between punchy colours and non yellow /blue tint on white Web pages.

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Tbh, I at first loved the over saturated colours on the Amoled's, but hated that it sacrificed bright whites for deep blacks. I do really like the display on my Nexus 5 though, I haven't compared it to a HTC One but I think the colour reproduction is great.

I used to be a former N7 owner but I have an iPad mini now and I love the size and how it feels. 7 inch tablets always felt too small to be, yet 10 inch tablets felt too big. 8 felt like a comfortable middle ground. If I ended up getting another Android tablet, it would be this one, for sure.

This. 7 is just too small for a lot of people. 8.3 is a perfect middle ground. Not small like a smart phone but not huge like the Nexus 10.

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Same here. iPad mini retina is my perfect tablet size. Now I do wish there was an 8" pure Android tablet with a great screen.

I'm not an Apple fan at all, but LG, Amazon, Apple, Samsung, and Barnes & Noble got it right with the 8-9 inch tablet sizes. I think 10 inches was a mistake and that companies should focus on the 8-9 inch range with a focus on weight reduction and ergonomics. The G Pad is ALMOST to the point where it could be used as a primary device for reading magazines or books, but it doesn't have a good place to grip for reading, and it weighs a little too much for that.

And this is why we have choices.

I prefer my 10" junk tablet to my N7 for reading books and whatever

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Really? I actually find the Nexus 7 to provide a great reading experience. Although, I am very patiently (C'mon, Google...) awaiting the debut of the Nexus 10 refresh.

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Yeah i love the Nexus 7 and I do read on it (better portability) but the 10'' tablet is the preference.

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I use my tablet for streaming a lot of movies, tv, etc and the Nexus 10 is perfect for that.

I'll give you reading though it's not bad for the either (the pixel density is amazing).

If you use your tablet for watching a lot of media then the N10 is the way to go.

I concur, the only factor that keeps me away from android tablets in general is the worthless 16:10 aspect ratio and the portrait design intentions. I love the functionality of the Nexus 7, but it feels like using a giant phone with not nearly enough screen real estate in landscape mode. It's exactly the reason why I've returned 2 of them. Once you've experienced a properly designed tablet app utilizing that extra screen space on an iPad, there is no comparison.
Now that Apple has fixed my 2 biggest iPad complaints (weight and bezels), I guess I'll keep living in a dual ecosystem world until android tablet makers get their sh*t together.

For me the bigger display and microSD makes it a better choice. I fly alot. My tablet is my entertainment. Streaming video is not an option while flying. I like having storage space for 4 to 5 1080p movies for flights. Even 32GB internal doesn't cut it. Plus it's a small enough to fit in my jacket pocket.
I don't understand how Android devices (phones included) have not passed 32GB yet.

There are 64gb model, Htc one x+/Htc one, galaxy s3/ s4 and note2/note3 not sure what your talking about?

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Not available for all carriers.
Again I travel so I am on Big Red because I have service everywhere I go.
I have yet to see a model with more than 32GB.

So your problem is with Verizon, not Android. I'm sure a good many have tried to release good devices on Verizon but they don't want you to enjoy the device your using TOO much now.

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You guys always say the Nexus 7 is 120 bucks cheaper for the same storage but that statement is not truly accurate. The LG comes with ability to add 64 GB storage for all your movies and music. When you take that into consideration the 16 GB nexus 7 is really limited in my opinion.

I do feel that 349 is a little steep considering your buying it directly from Google but it is alot of device and storage ability. Would like to see it around 300 then I would buy one. I would also like to see some cases for it

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Just because you can add more external storage to the G Pad doesnt mean the statement on storage is false. $229 nexus 7 and $349 G Pad gives you the same internal storage. You can pay to bump the N7 to 32GB and you can pay to add an SDcard to the G Pad. The option to expand storage doesn't mean that additional storage is free - you have to buy that too.

And of course that's not taking into account the issues with using SDcards.

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That could be a painfully long wait my friend

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GPE devices IMO aren't meant for mainstream Users.
They're there for Devs even more so than Nexus devices, helping them to work on different screen size/resolutions/orientations. That's likely why the GPE lineup spans such a broad range.

So if Google Play Editions are for developers, then I guess Developers Editions are for Google Players.
Yep, that makes sense(not really who needs logic)

Well said. If you actually develop on a device, you could totally go wrong and ruin it. The terminal emulator helps in knowing where things are on a device while the sdk toolkit has an inbuilt UI simulator.

Season Greetings!

Yeah when I did some app development if I had to test it on a device, I used a Samsung because they are hard to brick. When I had to use another device, I absolutely had to know I was not gonna brick it.

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I picked up a GPE LG 8.3
I thought the bigger screen would make it a fine replacement for my nexus 7 (2013)

unfortunately I was wrong

the screen size is nice, but the display on the nexus is just better. Better dpi, better color, just all around better. Yes its a bit small, but the smaller bezel and larger size of the LG 8.3 was not a significant upgrade as I would have hoped.

The nexus 7 2013 uses a low temperature on silicon LCD which is just awesome. I read a long article about it at display shootout and they raved about the nexus screen. I do not think the lg 8.3 will get the same glowing review.

I think GPE versions will have issues with devices that have an SD slot. And in this case, it seemed to work ok but there have been issues with other devices. I realized that the main tablet only has 16 gig of memory and with some video files and apps it could get crowded pretty fast.

The speakers were pretty much terrible. Which partly defeated the purpose of the device for me, which was for media consumption.

Factor in the price (NOT cheap) and it became sadly apparently it was NOT good enough value for me to keep. Not compared to my 32 gig nexus 7. Yah the display is small and the bezels huge, but...its a nexus!

After some reflection I returned it. I am hoping for a nexus 10 and I hope the new version has front facing speakers like the last one.

You made a great choice returning that LG pad back. The nexus 7 has got the best display when it comes to a tab and it's undisputed in that area.

Season Greetings!

The other differences between the N7 and the G Pad not mentioned in the article are a vibration motor and IR port in the G Pad. They're definitely smaller features that aren't as important as the size difference but in a comparison between two virtually identically spec'd devices, I think it's important to mention. Personally, I can definitely see myself using the IR port for TV watching.

The IR doesn't work on the GPE of the the G Pad. Or more accurately, LG has the IR Blaster locked down. It only works with their QRemote app which isn't included on the GPE. No third party apps can access the IR Blaster. So if you're expecting to use that function on the GPE you'll be disappointed.

Can't say I see the point of a GPE tablet as what really differentiates a Nexus from a Note or G Pad is the software. If you take away the software tweaks and features, you end up with another Nexus.... I could argue the same applies to phones, not only tablets.

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Got my LG for only $279.00 during BestBuy's Saturday Special.. Love it.
Takes all of 5 minutes to Root it and flash TWRP 2.6.3.2.. We already have an Alpha 4.4.2 ROM to play with as well.. Perfect Size, Perfect Hardware.. Perfect LG.. :-)

Got my LG G2 Pad 8.3 for $250 from Newegg a couple of weeks back, they had a one day sale, I am extremely happy with my purchase. Hopefully we will see 4.4 on this tablet soon, not complaining about JB 4.2, but 4.4 would be nice.

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Me too, while I agree the screen isn't as nice as the N7 it is not bad.

It blows my old tablet out of the water. I love the size of it as well.

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I'd buy one in a heart beat...if i had some spare change around the house. Maybe after Xmas ....

the big print giveth, the small print taketh

I still use Nexus 7 32GB tegra which is 5 months old and last week i got Nexus 5 32GB Unlocked.. I do my mail, YouTube, watching Movies and other stuff from the tab as it is much more simple to see and write..
I will get new Nexus 7 on new year, 32GB version as my father is taking this one for his AutoCAD and office stuff.

Anyways Google edition devices is far more better as price to performance ratio..

So there is no good or bad, it may be a skinned android or clean one. After 4.4 it just look more polished & smooth UI than the older ones. It just depend on every people's use & thinking of what they like or suite..

But i love Nexus and Google Edition devices..

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Im really considering one of these. Its a much better size than the 7 or 10 inch tabs, so I disagree with the review saying its lost in-between. Its also much better built then the obviously cheaply made Nexus units, and it will likely suffer far less defects since some GC will be done on them.

Not fussed about Googles idea of retail Android (I refuse to call it stock, because there is no such thing), so ill have to compare the GPe version with an LG version in store.

My local best buy had these on sale for $289 last weekend. Now that was a deal.

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That's enough of a reason for some people. The display is nice (though I'm not sure why the GPe edition has messed up colors compared to the regular version) and high-res (most others at this price point are still doing lame 720p displays). It was only $279 at Newegg BF week as well...not sure if you can install GPe on a non-GPe version though (or at least no official way to do it which is a shame).

I picked one up and love it. The larger screen size is worth the extra money to me. My guess is we are going to see fewer Nexus devices and a whole lot more GPE devices, especially tablets. Why design and build a new device when you can get the manufacturers to offer their own devices with stock Android. Its a win-win-win all around. Google gets another tablet in the market, I get a stock Android device, and LG gets my money that they wouldn't have gotten without the GPE.

Just got mine for Christmas and I love it. A 64GB Micro SD card holds a lot of music and downloaded TV shows. Despite it's odd size, it was a perfect upgrade from a somewhat sluggish ASUS TF300.

Considering that a lot of Nexus 7 (2013) users experience spontaneous screen cracks without the device falling on the floor, Asus hardware is to reconsider because of their QA. I think LG GPad is a no brainer here

This is exactly the situation I'm dealing with. My Nexus randomly cracked along the bottom third of the device which renders the screen useless. I attempted to replace the screen myself (not freaking easy) and actually cracked the replacement screen as well. Thankfully I can at least use it with the current crack.

But that is what has me considering buying the LG G Pad GPe when my tax return comes in...

People go to great lengths justifying their purchases. They are both great options for different people, it is as simple as that.

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The physical size is perfect... Now if someone would build one that had all the functionality I need...

1) 128GB on board storage
2) MicroSD
3) Wireless charging
4) LTE Capable

Then you'd have a super tablet and oh btw putting all those things in there and people would pay iPad money for it...

PG