World’s First Full HD 8-Inch Tablet
LG G Tablet 8.3
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.