LG G Pad 8.3 (Google Play Edition): Unboxing & Overview

by birtanpublished on May 27, 2021

Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with a look at the new Google Play edition of the LG G pad 8.3 now I previously review the full version of the LG G pad the one running LG skin of Android but this is the stock version of Android I can get that knock-on future to work there so that is the LG G pad and if you want to see my full review as you can see just crashed while trying to demonstrate that feature so if you want to see my full review of the LG G pad 8.3 I'll post a link in the description below but anyway this is sold in the Google Play Store for 349 running the latest version of Android right now Android 4.4 and

Basically it's the same hardware just running a clean version of Android it's only available in black has a 16 gig capacity it's not available with LTE like the Nexus 7 this is only a Wi-Fi device and it is got the same internal specs as the LG G pad so we have the same 1.7 gigahertz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor 2 gigs of ddr2 RAM we have a 5 megapixel all the focusing camera good for 1080p video 30 frames per second we also have a 1.3 megapixel front or rear facing camera now we have the same 8.3 inch LCD IPS display with a resolution of 1200 by 1920 good for 273

Pixels per inch so a really nice display but many of complain that it is a little dim compared to something like the Nexus 7 or the iPad Mini now 16 gigs isn't good enough for you you can expand it thanks to a micro SD card slot which supports 64 gig cards now of course you can get this cheaper or you can get the stock or original LG version cheaper through other retailers for example I got this for 329 this is 349 but you can buy even cheaper than that so you can get up for 279 an S or thing from other resellers so let's go ahead crack this open and take a look so there it is and

Crumpled plastic so we have a little tab here to lift up there you go we're going to set that aside for just a minute while we take a look at the content so we have some paperwork not literature I know you guys hate when I use the word literature so there we go Google Play edition Quick Start Guide as you can see it's printed by LG it's all comes from LG just blessed with Google's operating system so really nice also have our wall wart our charger here wrapped in plastic LG branding and we have our micro USB charging cable now this is a higher

Capacity charger by the way than the standard USB wall board that you get with your phone all right so let's get to our tablet and this little plastic envelope slide it out things he we have a little piece of plastic cover in the front that's about it so let's go ahead and lift that up now taking a close look at the LG G pad there is no indication at least externally or in the design that it's any different from the standard LG G pad pretty much has the same design though Google branding here so if you bring in the white version of the LG G pin I reviewed you can see it

Looks the same just different coloring now the metal back panel picks up the coloring of the white as well as the front bezel so you can see black bezel versus white not sure which one I prefer I think I prefer the white I really like that but this looks also really sharp now this kind of has a blueish slate color to me it looks very similar to the slate color from Apple's devices last year recently replaced with Space Gray it's a nice dark color kind of a stealthy color if you look back here you can see we have our stereo speakers which are preserved with the Nexus

Explorer the stock experience on the side you see we have these plastic trim pieces with that nice design to it up here we have that five megapixel all the focusing camera again a good for 1080p at 30 frames per second up here we have that micro SD card slot supports 64 gig cards we also have our headphone jack right next to it on the left side nothing on the bottom side we'll find our microphone as well as a micro USB charging port on the right side we'll find our volume rocker as well as our sleep/wake button you can see the volume rocker has one indicator let you know

What's up and on the top we have an IR blaster unfortunately there is no software included that works with that I our blaster so you have to install that separately now on the front we have a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera good for 720p HD video we also have our LG branding and I think we have our ambient light sensor in somewhere in here as you can see on the white version is just to the right of your camera alright so let's go ahead and boot this up for the first time just going to tap and hold the power button so we get our new boots animation

Familiar to Android 4.4 all right so let's go take a look at the basic user experience now by default live screen widgets are turned off which is something that Android 4.4 introduced so you can swipe down on the right to get your quick access toggles as well as your settings control so let's get to settings let's go to security enable which is right there now if we go to the lock screen we can swipe to the right to see all the widget some of them are already installed we can go ahead add new one so we can add Google keep or whatever we have available to us from

That list now we do not have the option to open the camera from the lock screen unfortunately you can access Google now by swiping up from the lock screen takes you right there now because this is a tablet we can swipe down on the right to get to our settings and quick access toggles you can swipe down on the left to get to your notification shape here you can launch any of your apps as you want so pretty familiar experience we also have these on-screen Android controls so we can swipe up on our home button to get to Google now and tap on our recent apps to see everything we've

Loaded previously tap on them again to get to them and of course you can also close them as well by swiping them out of the way and the back button works as you'd expect now for the most part this looks and acts just like the Nexus 7 has the same software configuration they haven't added anything to it like the Z ultra din or the HTC One did with audio this is pretty much the stock experience just like the Nexus 7 so nothing really here to look at you can see if we go the sound the sound controls are the same the display settings are the same as well so they haven't done anything that

Really differentiates it now like the Nexus 7 this also has landscape orientation on both the lockscreen and home screens so this is also similar to the sony z ultra for the Google Play Store now if we go to the app drawer you'll find the full suite of Google apps including Quick Office which launched with Android 4.4 so this gives us an editor for Word documents Excel spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations and we have the hangouts app drive currents the calculator the standard Google Calendar chrome of course is the default web browser we

Have Google key maps we have the people app we also have photos so we now instead of having the gallery app as well as a Google+ Photos app we now just have the Photos app which merges all together so pretty much standard stock experience we have our folder full of Google Apps on the home page Google Earth Drive play games etc now let's take a look at some of our benchmarks next to the Nexus 7 you can see this does do a better job and it does have a processor clocked a little higher at 1.7 3 gigahertz versus 1.5 1 gigahertz both of course are quad core processors so

641 vs. 580 1996 versus 1848 generally speaking that's pretty close now if we compare the LG G pad to the Nexus 7 obviously it is much bigger than the Nexus 7 but the display is much dimmer so for example if we bring up the same website with the same white space you can see just how much dimmer the LG G pad looks in comparison to the Nexus 7 both displays are set to the same brightness so if we go to our display settings right here let's see right there you can see they're both set to maximum so it gives you an idea of the relative screen brightness from the LG G

Pad to the Nexus 7 so like a lot of people complain the LG G pad is a little dim looking compared to something like the next 7 or even the iPad Mini so again we bring up our brightness controls just to show you again we have the same brightness so generally speaking come on get all the way you can see that the LG G pad is a little dimmer now taking a look at the camera app it's pretty straightforward stuff for a stock experience we have tap to focus and as you can see you get the little animation indicating that you've successfully focused on your scene also adjust as

Exposure and that sort of thing you also change your mode here by changing it to panorama mode we also have a photosphere which we're familiar with allows you to take a photo kind of coaches you through that I'm not going to go through that process you've seen it before we also have our video camera so you can record video and as you're recording video you can't snap photos like you can with other software so you can click stop you can go to your Settings icon up here this gives you to your settings as you can see right here so you can see it's a limited number of settings it drills

Down for you now you can also tap anywhere on this display to bring up your settings and it follows your finger to wherever you want to go and as you can see drills down into your settings so you can select more things as you go now if we go to the still camera again tap anywhere on the screen to focus you see a little animation here tap to release the shutter so pretty stuff not just to give you an idea of the software differences between the LG G pad and the stock experience you can see they pretty much work the same you have home screens you can swipe through

You have a drop-down menu for your notifications as well as your settings there of course differences here but you have a lot more features on the LG G pad a lot of people don't like this heavy-handed skin over Android which I'm one of those people I prefer not to have a lot of this but some of them are quite useful such as these quick access toggles you have much fewer them on the stock experience in fact many of them take you right out of the menu app so for example if you want to change brightness it leaves that drop-down menu in this case I can change brightness

While staying within the drop-down shade so those are features that are useful many of the other features are not particularly useful so I prefer to live without them particularly if it means I get the latest version of Android and a smoother experience now I can't really complain about the LG G pad besides its habit of restarting and crashing on certain things but overall performance is pretty smooth and quick and you still get a lot of features to use if you prefer of course you don't have to use them if you don't want to ultimately I prefer the look and feel of stock

Although we have serious speakers on the back they are real fine so they can't really compete with the front frame stereo speakers on something like the Nexus 10 which only the better sounding tablets I know a lot of people are going to ask which device do I prefer the LG G pad or the Nexus 7 now the Nexus 7 I think has a really nice design even though it's made mostly out of plastic while the LG G pad is made out of metal there's something to be said for this unibody design with that nice texture on the back versus this more part of design on the LG G pan with the contrasting

Plastic and metal so I mean they're using nicer materials on the LG G pad I really can't fault the design of the Nexus 7 with a nice tapered edge it's a little simpler and I think a nice looking design so I really don't really look at the Nexus 7 as a cheap device or a cheap looking device it's just a nice design that happens to be cheap so anyway the LG G pan is also a lot more expensive 350 versus 229 for the Nexus 7 and then the Nexus 7 is a really good device as a beautiful display it's brighter than the LG G pad it's also got the same

Resolution so 1920 over 1200 over a seven-inch display gives you a higher pixel density so 323 versus 273 on the LG G pad so you get a better quality the display is just smaller on the Nexus 7 but for me I prefer the screen size of the LG G pad 8.3 I find this a more useful screen size than something like the 7-inch tablet because my phones are getting bigger and bigger so they I don't really find a need to carry around a separate tablet that isn't too much bigger than my phone so actually find this preferable now versus something like the 7-inch tablets that

Have kind of been popular up until this point so this also more closely resembles something like the iPad Mini which is a form factor I prefer now the iPad Mini has slightly different dimensions but generally speaking it's similar in size so this is a 7.9 inch display versus 8.3 but you can see it's a four by three aspect ratio so it's generally a larger displays just wider in terms of its portrait aspect versus its landscape aspect so it looks larger than something like the 8.3 here so from my perspective I'm really glad to finally have a stock Android tablet

Similar in size and form factor to the iPad Mini so that's going to do for me in this video thanks for watching and I'll see you again in the next video

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