LG G Pad 8.3

It costs less off-contract than the one without LTE. Wait, what?

It's only been a few months since the LG G Pad 8.3 was released, and now US buyers will be able to get their hands on a LTE-enabled version, so long as you're happy with Verizon. When we reviewed the G Pad 8.3 back in November we came away impressed by LG's efforts. It's a thin and sturdy tablet with a fantastic screen, and now all of that is coming to Verizon.

The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE (say that five times fast) is launching exclusively on Verizon's LTE network on March 6th — that's two days from now — and will be available for the first five days (until March 10) at a discounted price of $99.99 with a new, two-year contract. Yep, lock-in. After that, it's $199.99, still with a two-year contract. If you want it without a contract, but still on Verizon, you're looking at $299.99.

Yes, that's less than the $349.99 MSRP of the standard non-cellular LG G Pad 8.3 and the Google Play edition. Even if you weren't planning on going cellular with a G Pad 8.3 purchase, it might not be a bad idea to consider buying it from Verizon, just so you've got the radio there in case you change your mind. Unless there's a pending price drop for the non-LTE version coming up. Either way, not a bad deal here, so long as you're okay with the inevitable bloatware.

Source: Verizon

Press release:

LG And Verizon Wireless Introduce LG G Pad 8.3 LTE For A Smooth, Seamless Connected Experience

LG's Popular LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet Delivers Portable Entertainment and Productivity, Now on the Verizon Nationwide Network

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- LG Electronics USA and Verizon Wireless today announced that the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE tablet will be starting March 6 online and in stores. To kick off the launch, the tablet will be available for $99.99 with a new, two-year activation from March 6 until March 10. After March 10, users can purchase the tablet for $199.99 with a new, two-year activation. Customers can add the tablet to their More Everything plan for an additional $10 per month.

Combining the perfect tablet with Verizon's 4G LTE network, the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE provides smooth, seamless connectivity, whether for business or fun. Pairing easily with many Android smartphones such as the award-winning LG G2, and using the Q Pair™ App*, LG G Pad 8.3 delivers speedy access to online entertainment content and productivity tools.

"Tablets have become a key focus for consumers seeking riveting entertainment experiences and a go-to form factor for users who require a larger device that doesn't sacrifice power for portability," said Morris Lee, senior vice president and head of North American sales and marketing, LG Mobile Communications Company. "With its big clear display and an easy-to-hold form-factor, the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE on Verizon Wireless is perfect for personal use or entertaining a group of friends, family or colleagues."

The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE weighs less than a pound and fits in the palm of your hand, yet it boasts an 8.3-inch Full HD IPS display with 273 pixels-per-inch, optimized for viewing movies, TV shows and social media or reviewing email and presentations. The slim bezel provides near edge-to-edge viewing, revealing a bright, sharp picture from virtually every angle. Using LG Knock, the display can even be used to wake up and put the tablet to sleep with two taps.

A Tablet Turbocharged for More Efficient Multi-Tasking

The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE is a powerful tablet with a 1.5 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor and a 4,600 mAh battery, providing plenty of power to get through the day. Intuitive and easy to use, the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE tablet features a robust suite of multi-tasking capabilities and features including Q Pair, QSlide™ Function and Slide Aside™.

  • The Q Pair App links and syncs LG G Pad 8.3 LTE with Android smartphones to receive alerts for incoming calls, replies to text messages, viewing social network updates and easily creating and saving notes between devices with QuickMemo Transfer.
  • The QSlide Function lets users take advantage of LG G Pad 8.3 LTE's spacious display by multi-tasking in two windows that float on top of the screen and can be adjustable in both size and transparency.
  • With Slide Aside, users can switch and juggle tasks between three different apps.

Key Device Features

  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600
  • Display: 8.3-inch, Full HD IPS (1920x1200 pixels/273 ppi)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 16 GB eMMC ROM; microSD Slot up to 64 GB
  • Main Camera: 5MP AF BSI
  • Front Camera: 1.3 MP
  • Battery: 4,600 mAh Li-Polymer
  • Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
  • Size: 8.54" (H) x 4.98" (W) x 0.35" (D)
  • Weight: 11.99 oz.
  • Connectivity: Verizon's 4G LTE Network and Coverage

For more information and details about the LG G Pad 8.3 LTE on Verizon Wireless, please visit LG online at www.lg.com.

*Connectivity with Android phones and all QPair functionality only compatible with phones running Android 4.1 or later.

 

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LTE-toting LG G Pad 8.3 to launch March 6, exclusively on Verizon

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Wait.... no Verizon branding on the front of the device? my eyes must be deceiving me..... or we have some strange wizardry and sorcery going on!

Verizon check mark logo shoe-horned on the front, 4GLTE on the back. They will not let the consumer forget where it came from...

I hate mine. Got it for my wife, kid uses it more than anyone. No parental controls at all, it flexes in the back for no reason, and for iOS supposedly not lagging, mine is about on par with my S4.

Hate is a bit much, don't care for mine is closer. The battery life is good though.

BaAAH

Does Safari on yours crash often? Mine crashes all the damn time, even after two full factory resets. Seems to be a memory management issue with iOS 7. Best site that crashes every time is www.nin.com when viewed in landscape.

I heard about this so when I bought mine I downloaded chrome and have never used safari. Never had a crash.

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Chrome crashes too. Not as often, but still often enough. Should have mentioned this was on the Mini Retina, but I think the RAM is the same on the Air too.

Yeah I have a retina mini too. I think I've just been lucky . I've had it about a month and zero crashes.

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Yeah, I have the Mini Retina and performance has been great! Battery life is the best I've ever experienced on a tablet.

Also, regarding Chrome, I've had a crash here or there. But, overall, it's the best tablet I've ever used.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

I have a rMini as well and am contemplating giving it to the wife and picking this bad boy up.

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I haven't found anything indicating that, but it would be nice. The tab Pro 12.2 is supposedly coming to Verizon though soon.

Posted from my Nexus 5

No, that probably would end up being expensive. Since you do not currently have a tablet on a Verizon line, you would be required to start one to buy this, and since you would be bound to a contract it could get quite expensive to cancel the contract. You would end up spending over twice of what the tablet is worth.

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You can but the tablet outright at $300 and not be on contract. You're only stuck on contract if you opt for the subsidized price. So yes to the OP, you would save $50 if you buy the Verizon tablet outright. Unless, like the post had mentioned, maybe there is a price drop coming from lg in the near future.

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Off contract is 299 according to the article. If you're able to go in and buy it and walk out without having to get service, I think it's a good deal. Add service later if you feel like it. Good to have options

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+1 It's always good to have options.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

Does this have multiple windows like Samsung devices? Got a Note II, somewhat compatible with this tab? For $99 seems like a steal. Unlimited data here. Actually just got unlimited in December.

It has a few floating apps that LG has done, but it does not have the split screen multitasking like the Galaxy devices do.

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Bummer. Might be a deal breaker. Love that feature on my Note II. With a bigger screen tab would be even better.

I have split screen on my G2. Not sure if it's stock feature or a mod from the ROM
but if stock the G pad should have it too

Yeah, it sucks that, so far, Apple is the only manufacturer that can release an unadulterated device that works on multiple carriers out-of-the-box.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

Wait, they left the bottom bezel clear of a big honking Verizon logo?
Say it ain't so!
Well, it's probably loaded to the gills with bloatware.

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