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The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition: What Is Its Edge Over the Nexus 7?

Last updated: August 13, 2019.

LG G Pad 8.3 vs Nexus 7

The LG G Pad 8.3 is the first tablet to be labeled as a “Google Play Edition” device. Like other smartphones that have been classified as such, the LG G Pad 8.3 is a more pricey version of the standard device with a few additions in its software and hardware. Released on December 10, the LG G Pad 8.3 is understandably up for criticisms, especially when compared with the Nexus 7.

What has the tag “Google Play Edition” really done to improve the LG G Pad 8.3?

Design and Build Quality

How it is:

  • Build design is still similar to the standard LG G Pad 8.3 – it still has the same metal and plastic build
  • The center back cover of the LG G Pad 8.3 is made of metal and is rounded at the edges, top, and bottom with matte plastic.

 

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  • The power button and the volume rockers are found on the right side of the device. Meanwhile, the headphone jack is located at the top and the microUSB port can be found at the bottom.

 

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The good points:

  • The device can easily be used even with just one hand, which is perfect for a lot of people.
  • The LG G Pad 8.3 is very comfortable to hold because the device is only slightly curved so that it fits the palm of the hand
  • The device is also very grippy

Other comments / points to improve:

  • The Google Play Edition is only available in black. There are still no updates if it will have a white variant.

 

Display

How it is:

  • The LG G Pad 8.3 GPe has a 1200×1920 screen with 273 ppi. This is exactly similar to the standard G Pad 8.3

 

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The good points:

  • The display has great viewing angles and the colors are vivid

The points to improve:

  • Temperature is slightly off, which is a bit of a surprise because LG is usually specific when it comes to the display colors
  • Colors in the screen are warmer than usual and the color reproduction is not as perfect as what we are used to with LG devices. The whites are yellowish, which is not appealing at all.

 

Speakers

How it is:

  • The speakers of the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe are located at the back of the device.
  • The speakers have a length of two inches and have a height of 0.25 inch.

The good points:

  • The location of the speakers are unusual at first use, but later on, you will discover that the speakers are strategically located especially for games and media

The points to improve:

  • Sound quality is poor. Even at maximum volume, the speakers seem to be lacking and does not provide a quality listening experience.

 

Using the LG G Pad 8.3

How it is:

  • The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition is bigger than the Nexus 7 by 1.3 inches.
  • The device is what you would consider a medium tablet
  • There is one more icon column on the home page, which is really the only difference that it has for the extra size.
  • Viewing of the settings and other options still comes in one column
  • The device runs on Snapdragon 600 and it has 2gb RAM
  • It has 4.600mAh battery
  • The LG G Pad 8.3 has a 5mp rear camera

The good points:

  • Given the RAM and processor of the LG G Pad 8.3, it has smooth performance that makes it enjoyable to use, even with processor-intensive games and apps.
  • Battery capacity is more than enough for the device. You don’t have to worry about leaving for an entire day without charging it.
  • The camera is capable of shooting on HDR

The points to improve:

  • Qi wireless charging is not applicable for this device because it has a metal back
  • The camera is not really exceptional – the shutter speed is not as fast as it is supposed to be and image processing is also poorer than most devices.

 

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The verdict

We’ve seen the per-category comments about the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition. The LG G Pad 8.3 has excellent build quality. It looks and feels like a premium device, plus it is comfortable to hold and is rippable. However, apart from some minor differences in the software and hardware (eg. The metal build quality, a slot for microSD card, and a slight improvement in the camera), the device is almost the same as the Nexus 7, which, overall, makes it a questionable buy.

 

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Is it worth the extra $120? We don’t think so. If you are satisfied with a smaller device, the Nexus 7 is a much better choice. For one, its speakers perform more accurately and you can easily get the variant with a bigger storage if that’s what you’re worried about.

 

Is the LG G Pad 8.3 something that you would buy for yourselves?

Share what you think of the device in the comments section!

 

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