World’s First Full HD 8-Inch Tablet

LG G Tablet 8.3

HWM (Singapore) - - SINGAPORE’S NO. 1 MONTHLY AUTOMOTIVE MAGAZINE* - TEXT // SID­NEY WONG

The G Tablet 8.3 looks like a big­ger G2 vari­ant with­out the ul­tra-thin bezel and rear but­ton setup. Its back has a re­sem­blance to the Ap­ple iPhone 5/5S, where there is a metal­lic plate in the mid­dle with ac­cents of a dif­fer­ent tone at the top and bot­tom of the phone.

The brushed metal­lic rear gives the LG tablet a very solid feel. In fact, we think the G Tablet 8.3 has bet­ter build qual­ity than most An­droid tablets.

You can find the 3.5mm au­dio out­put jack and mi­croSD mem­ory card slot at the top left cor­ner of the tablet. How­ever, there is no slot for a data SIM card as the G Tablet 8.3 is a Wi-Fi only model.

Weigh­ing at 338g and mea­sur­ing 8.3mm thin, the G Tablet 8.3 finds it­self in the mid­dle ground when com­pared to its peers. It is also quite tall for an 8-inch tablet at 216.9mm, mak­ing it top heavy if you hap­pen to han­dle it at the bot­tom edge.

Even though the G Tablet 8.3 does not in­herit the in­sanely thin bezel of the G2, its bezel is still rel­a­tively thin com­pared to the Ap­ple iPad Mini with Retina dis­play. Dur­ing our test­ing, we no­ticed that the G Tablet 8.3 does not come with a soft­ware fea­ture to re­ject un­wanted or un­in­tended touches on the sides of the dis­play. This may pose some us­abil­ity is­sues when you rest your thumb on ei­ther side of the dis­play in por­trait mode. A check with LG Sin­ga­pore con­firmed our find­ing.

As the name sug­gests, the tablet has an 8.3-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,200 pix­els) dis­play with a pixel den­sity of 323ppi. It has one of the best dis­plays we’ve seen so far; col­ors are rich and vi­brant, blacks are deep and con­trast is good.

The G Tablet 8.3 runs on An­droid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and comes with LG’s own fea­tures such as KnockON and Q Slide. We find KnockON very con­ve­nient as a dou­ble tap on the cen­ter of the dis­play turns on or off the screen with­out hav­ing to reach out for the power but­ton.

A Qual­comm Snap­dragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz pro­ces­sor and 2GB RAM pow­ers the tablet, which gives a rea­son­ably smooth user ex­pe­ri­ence. The 5-megapixel rear aut­o­fo­cus cam­era de­liv­ers pass­able im­age qual­ity, suf­fi­cient for shar­ing on so­cial me­dia. In our video test, the G Tablet 8.3 lasted just over 5 hours, which is rather de­cent com­pared to the other 8-inch tablets.

Re­tail­ing at $438, the G Tablet 8.3 is a great al­ter­na­tive if you find the dis­play of the Google Nexus 7 (2013) a tad small and the iPad Mini too ex­pen­sive.

Bat­tery per­for­mance takes a toll be­cause it is the only 8-inch tablet with a Full HD dis­play.

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