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When LG announced the G Pad 8.3, I was really excited. Finally, another entry into the eight-inch tablet market! Couldn't wait to get my hands on it and really dig in. Sadly, throughout my use of the tablet, my excitement slowly dwindled – when I opened the box and saw the device itself, I was more eager than ever to turn it on, but as time went on, the user interface just killed the experience for me. If ever a device existed that just had too much "stuff," this might be the one.

What drives me crazy is that it has so much potential. The hardware is beautiful, and the internals are extremely capable of producing an outstanding experience. Still, LG feels the need to try and be Samsung at every turn – I'll just go ahead and say it: Optimus UI is nothing more than a ripoff of Touchwiz with a slightly more appealing interface. And that makes me sad. This device could be stellar if LG would just take a few steps back and cut the fluff. Just be yourself, LG.

But don't get me wrong, I don't hate this tablet. I don't even dislike it. I'm just indifferent about it, which is the main problem. In a world with dozens of good Android-powered tablets to choose from (and more coming out all the time), a device needs to leave a good impression, not a "take it or leave it" impression.

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Specs
  • Display: 8.3-inch 1920x1200 IPS
  • Processor: 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Cameras: 5MP Rear shooter, 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Ports: MicroSD, headphone jack, microUSB
  • Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • OS: Android 4.2.2
  • Dimensions/Weight: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm; 338g
  • Price: Retail – $350
  • Buy: Best Buy – White, Black

The Good
  • It's super light. For an eight-incher, it feels fantastically light. It's roughly 50 grams heavier than the 2013 Nexus 7, but the increased surface area makes it feel lighter.
  • Great display. For an IPS panel, it looks really good. Everything is sharp and crisp.
  • Feels solid and looks sleek. I really like the overall look of the G Pad 8.3, though the back is a fingerprint magnet. Sadface.
  • It's the "perfect" size. Eight inches is where it's at when it comes to tablets.

The Bad
  • Dat UI. LG's Optimus UI is really kind of a mess. It takes Samsung's "kitchen sink" approach and runs with it, which can have some pretty ghastly consequences.
  • Too much "eye candy." Look, not everything needs to flash, flutter, spin, twist, sparkle, flip, fade, or slide. Some things can just be simple and still be pretty – stock Android does a great job of showcasing this.
  • The speakers are in a funky place. I, like most people, dislike rear-facing speakers. Not only are these facing the back, but they're also nudged off to one side when using in portrait, which is just annoying.
  • Price – At $350, the G Pad is simply overpriced. I could see it doing much better at $300, but even then it's difficult to compete with the smaller, yet snappier Nexus 7.

Hardware

Build Quality and Design

This is my first dance with an LG tablet. I've used LG phones (the Nexus 4 has been my main phone since release, though I'm not sure that can be considered a "true" LG phone), so I was interested to see how well the company can put out a large-screened device.

The build quality is outstanding – it's very well put together and feels extremely solid. The back of the unit is comprised of a thin piece of aluminum, which not only gives it a premium feel, but also looks great. The top and bottom pieces are plastic, though they don't feel necessarily out of place or look bad butted up against the aluminum backing – it all has a nice flow to it. The speakers are in an awkward place: up against the right side (when in portrait mode). This kind of makes sense when you use the device in landscape, but they're still on the back which is always a stupid place for speakers to be. I'm ready for this trend to die already – if they can't be on the front, then at least find a way to put them on the sides.

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Speaking of the sides, the G Pad 8.3 is pretty much standard fare here: the microUSB port is on the bottom, volume rocker and power button are on the right side, and microSD card slot and 3.5mm headphone jack are found on the top. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary or remarkable here, though the SD card slot does have a nice little cover on it, allowing the hole to be flush with the rest of the edge. Overall the G Pad feels really nice and is a pleasure to hold.

The overall design of the G Pad is pretty basic – it's just a sleek slab of tablet. The edges are slightly rounded – much like the Nexus 7 – so it fits very comfortably in the palm of you hand. And while it's barely thinner than the 2013 N7, it feels substantially thinner when holding it. It also feels a tinge lighter, but that's probably because the weight is distributed across a larger surface – it's actually 48 grams heavier than the new Nexus 7.

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Overall, I really like how the G Pad looks – it's sleek and sophisticated without "trying too hard." And that goes without saying that the 8.3-inch form factor is among my absolute favorites. 7.7-8.3 is just a sweet spot if you ask me. It's big enough to be held in one hand or fit it a pocket, but large enough to make consuming content and very enjoyable experience. Whereas seven inches feels a bit small and awkward in landscape but great in portrait, and 10+ inches is funky in portrait but works well in landscape, this form factor works well in both. It's the best of both worlds.

Display

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LG is super proud of the fact that the G Pad's display is the first FHD panel in an 8-inch device. That basically puts it at the top of the class for this size... or at least it did up until Apple announced the iPad Mini with Retina Display. That's irrelevant for anyone looking at Android tablets specifically though.

I'm not going to say that the G Pad's screen is the best I've ever seen, but it's pretty damn good. Colors are bright, viewing angles are excellent, and the 1920x1200 resolution looks great on an 8.3-inch display. Text is super sharp and crisp, so reading on the G Pad is a fantastic experience.

Of course, it also "suffers" from the usual IPS problems: blacks aren't true and colors aren't as vibrant as they could be. Basically, don't expect an AMOLED display and you'll like what the G Pad has to offer.

The primary downside of the G Pad's IPS panel is brightness – specifically, automatic brightness. It just doesn't work. It doesn't matter how much light is in the room (or how much is lacking), automatic brightness basically drops the panel down to about 10%, making it far too dim to be usable. Along those same lines, I found that even 30% (which is what I generally use on the 2013 Nexus 7) to be too dim in most situations. 50% was the sweet spot for me most of the time, but that was still too bright to use in bed at night. Basically, if you decide this is the tablet for you, be prepared to fiddle with the brightness slider fairly often, because "set it and forget it" really isn't an option here.

Speakers

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The G Pad's speakers aren't great, but they're not really "bad," either. The biggest issue with them is the absolutely stupid placement. They're on the back of the tablet, but are basically in landscape position. This means all the sound comes from one side when the device is used in portrait, which is what I would consider the primary mode of use for most people. But even when used in landscape, they're on the back, at the bottom, which is just an annoying place for speakers to be. I guess it's not all bad, because at least they're in a location where your hands shouldn't cover them when holding the tablet.

Camera

The G Pad's camera is pretty... not good. In low light (read: indoors) it's grainy and washed out, and outdoors isn't much better. The images aren't grainy, but it's basically underexposed across the board – washed out just sort of dull. It's been raining here for the last several days so the test images are sopping wet, but I think they still do a good job of showing what the G Pad's cam is capable of. But as always, this is a tablet camera so you probably won't be taking pictures with it that often anyway.

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Storage

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The G Pad comes with 16GB of built-in storage for apps and the like, but LG's massive interface takes up a decent-sized chunk of that. Right out of the box, only 11.04GB are available to the user, which I feel is below the threshold of what's really acceptable when it comes to tablet storage. Of course, it has a microSD card slot, but that only helps in the case of consumable files, like music, movies, books, etc. and does nothing for apps. Of course, if you use Google services for your entertainment – Play Movies, Music, Books, Magazines, etc. – then having an SD card still doesn't do any good, as all these apps default to internal storage with no way of specifying that downloaded content should be moved to the SD Card. That, paired with the fact that a movie can easily pass the 2GB mark (and just a few downloaded magazines can take up equally as much space) means the G Pad will reach its limit very easily. And if you like playing games like Asphalt 7/8 or Modern Combat 4, you can kiss another 2-5+GB goodbye, depending on how many high-quality games you install.

In a nutshell, 16GB is just not enough storage on a tablet if you plan on using it for many of the things it's designed for. I can't for the life of me figure out why manufacturers – especially those that use a heavily-optimized UI – don't seem to understand this.

Battery life

I found the G Pad's battery life to basically be on par with the 2013 Nexus 7. It had to hit the charger about once every couple of days of "moderate" usage, which consisted of a couple hours of web browsing/reading/email/social networking, a few hours of streaming music over Bluetooth, and about an hour or so of gaming (Total Conquest, Dead Trigger 2). I had email sync on for one account, along with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram sync, as well. As long as you don't expect to leave the display on throughout your entire work/school day, then you should be able to get a full day from the G Pad's battery at the very least.

Software

UI

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The G Pad's UI is basically a large version of the G2's. Like Samsung, LG feels the need to touch every part of the OS. There is very little stock about the G Pad, but of course it feels familiar enough to be intuitive for anyone who's used to using Android. Still, some of the modifications made here are borderline absurd (again, like Samsung); at the same time, there are others that I not only find useful, and actually kind of like.

LG Customizations

Homescreen, Launcher, and Navigation

This is, of course, the meat and potatoes of the experience, as these are the first things you'll see when firing up the G Pad, and the tools you'll use to navigate throughout the OS. I actually want to start with the navigation bar, as it's customizable and something you'll set up during the initial boot. It also drives me insane.

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LG decided that Google's stock navigation layout – back, home, recent apps – just wasn't good enough. The G Pad has eight different options for the home buttons, none of which include the stock layout. And all of which include a menu button. You know, the one that was basically made obsolete when on-screen buttons became a thing? Yeah, that one. Every single option forgoes the recent apps button for the menu. And it bothers the hell out of me. I hate it. But hey, you can customize it to not only include crap you'll likely never use (like the option to pull down the notification bar – really?), and change the color! Because that's really important.

Anyway, I'm getting overly cynical here. It just drives me batty that manufacturers feel the need to "improve" something that doesn't need to be improved. Google's stock method makes the most sense, is the most intuitive, and just works. That said, here's a list of all the options you have for on-screen keys:

  • Back, home, menu
  • Menu, home, back
  • Back, home, menu, notification panel
  • Notification panel, menu, home, back
  • Back, home, menu, QuickMemo
  • QuickMemo, menu, home, back
  • Back, notification panel, home, QuickMemo, menu
  • Menu, QuickMemo, home, notification panel, back

What a mess.

It also has four theme options: white, white gradation, black, and black gradation.

LG's launchermajig reminds me quite a bit of Samsung's (surprise!), in that it has basically the same look and feel. Of course, it's not difficult to draw the similarities between Optimus UI (are they still calling it that?) and TouchWiz (pretty sure Samsung isn't calling it that any more, but whatever) in the first place. It's intuitive enough and does the job without deviating too far from the "norm," and it actually has some nice touches inside the app tray, like the ability to re-sort or hide applications. There's also an option to show "large" icons, presumably for those with less-than-perfect eyesight.

The rightmost homescreen (shown in the third image above) is also a bit of an oddity – it's basically a help page that shows off some of the G Pad's features, like QPair, KnockON, QSlide, Slide Aside, QuickMemo (more on those shortly), and a couple of others. It's probably a good feature for those who just bought the tablet, so thankfully you can disable it after you've learned the ins and outs of the device. I couldn't seem to find a way to re-enable it once I deactivated it, however, so that's something to be aware of.

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The lockscreen is basically a familiar place: just swipe anywhere on the screen, watch the pretty animation, and go on about your business. This can of course be changed to something more traditional or secure, like PIN lock, pattern, face unlock, or a password lock.

And then there's the notification area. It's a cluttered mess and things just aren't where they should be – like the link to the settings menu; no matter how much I use this tablet, I can't get used to the settings button being nested directly against the date instead of in the upper right corner, or (at the very least) at the end of the row. Of course, that's not all that's wrong with it. There's so much junk thrown into the menu here that it takes up nearly half of the display: quick settings, QSlide Apps, brightness slider, and sound slider. There's an option to disable QSlide, but that's about the extent of what you can turn off here. I guess that's a bit of saving grace, as QSlide arguably takes up the most space. Still, I want to be able to turn all of this crap off (or at least be able to move it to a dedicated Quick Settings screen, like in stock Android).

Another thing that's just annoying is the app picker: in Jelly Bean and above, you can double tap on an app in the picker to launch it "once" – for some reason, LG disabled this feature. It goes back to the old way where you have to select "just once" each time you only want to launch an app one time. The double tap action is so much easier... I have no idea why they took that out.

LG Apps and Tweaks

Naturally, LG added in a bunch of its own apps and tweaks to the system, so let's take a look at those, starting with the Q Apps and KnockON.

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  • KnockON – Just like on the G2, you can tap the display twice to turn it on or off, though the latter only works from the homescreen. It's just one of those gimmicky things that most people won't even use.
  • QPair – This syncs with your phone over Wi-Fi and notifies you of calls and texts on the tablet. It works well, just make sure you update to the latest version using LG's Update Center utility to ensure it'll work with your phone.
  • QSlide – This is LG's take on floating apps. There are a handful of options, including videos, web browser, calendar, email, memo, voice mate, file manager, and calculator. All the windows can be resized and the transparency is adjustable. They work well and are actually quite useful, though only two can be run at the same time.
  • Slide Aside – A new take on multitasking. Let's say you need to cycle between several apps – you can use Slide Aside to move a few of them off the screen, then quickly bring them back with a three-finger sliding gesture. I guess it's cool, but I can't seem to figure out why this is better, more useful, or quicker than Google's stock option. Mostly because it's not. It's a gimmick.
  • QuickMemo – This is basically a screenshot annotation tool. It takes a shot and lets you write or draw on it. I could see some value in this type of utility, but I found QuickMemo to be very underpowered compared to something like Evernote's Skitch, which essentially does the same thing. Only better.
  • Voice Mate – LG's version of Google Now's voice controls. You can verbally give it commands and it will execute them. So, yes, another redundant feature.

Again, most of these are changes for the sake of making changes. A lot of this is either just gimmicky stuff or a less-good version of something that already exists. Save for the QSlide apps (which are actually useful), it's really hard to justify using any of these.

Performance

The G Pad is fast. For the most part, the Snapdragon 600 under the hood purred along nicely, but there were definitely some glitches here and there. For example, there's a slight stutter in Play Magazines when swiping through pages. It doesn't happen on every page, but every few swipes there's a visible sort of stutter that I haven't seen on other devices, like the 2013 Nexus 7.

Overall, the G Pad should be able to handle anything you throw at it, and handle it pretty well. Gaming is pretty great on the 8.3 inch screen, because it's large enough to easily see everything on the screen but small enough to deal with touch controls without things being awkward. I didn't notice much choppiness on the G Pad when playing things like Dead Trigger 2, but the default graphical setting is "low." Changing the setting to "high" definitely made the tablet work a little harder, and it showed. The framerate took a fairly significant hit when there were a lot of zombies and/or textures on the screen, which left the game in a barely-playable state. As long as the "low" setting was enabled, though, everything seemed fine.

For average, everyday tasks like web browsing, watching videos, reading, etc. the G Pad is fine, and navigating through the interface is snappy and fluid. I feel like that's more important than spectacular gameplay, because it's something that affects everyone. Dropped framerates in Dead Trigger 2 doesn't, because not everyone plays games.

If you are looking for a tablet to play games on, however, I'm not sure I'd readily recommend the G Pad – if it's already struggling to keep up with modern games, it's only going to get worse as newer, higher-quality games hit the scene.

Conclusion

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Next to the N7

To me, the G Pad is an odd sort of device – it's a great size, looks good, and has decent performance, but yet it's still so hard to give it a full thumbs up. If you buy this tablet, you'll probably like it. If you're on the fence however, I'd recommend waiting to see what else is on the horizon in the eight-inch form factor (because, let's face it – if you're considering this device, the form factor is probably a huge part of the reason). HP's upcoming Tegra 4-powered Slate 8 Pro may be one of interest, though its 4:3 aspect ratio is definitely going to be a turn-off for many. And let's not forget all the rumors surrounding a potential Nexus 8, which will likely be the way to go if it turns out to be a real thing.

Here's the real issue with the LG G Pad: it's a good tablet, but it's not an original tablet. HTC has Sense, which has a very different look and feel than other custom UIs. Samsung has TouchWiz, which offers its own subset of unique features (and fair share of gimmicks, too). LG has... well, it kind of has TouchWiz, too. That's the thing – if you want TouchWiz, buy a Samsung device. Optimus UI is nothing more than a copy of what Samsung is already doing, albeit in a slightly more attractive package. And while the G Pad has some things going for it over the Note 8.0 (faster processor, higher resolution display), it's missing a lot of what makes the Note 8.0 good, like the S Pen and its suite of apps. And of course, if Samsung is working on a refresh of the 8.0, it'll pack the punch that many users who skipped the first gen (or those who are looking to upgrade) are looking for, so that may be something to hold out for. One thing that can be said for the G Pad over any Samsung tablet is the build quality, though – LG actually uses real materials, not some faux bullcrap made to look like something else.

All things considered, I can think of many, many other tablets that I'd take the G Pad over for a variety of reasons. But at the same time, I can think of almost as many that I'd choose instead – at $350, I'm not so sure that's a gamble anyone should take.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • evolutionx1

    Can't believe this is the company that created the beautiful Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 (hardware)

    • ddpacino

      Google personally had their hands in on those phones.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Why? The hardware here is just as gorgeous in my opinion.

      • evolutionx1

        They could've done so much on the software side without adding all those fancy animations and transitions.

        • mustbepbs

          Are you retarded? LG didn't design the software on the Nexus 4/5, they designed the hardware. Google does the software portion of the Nexus phones.

        • VoiceofSky

          smh , really?.. i mean,really?

  • ddpacino

    They need to just go ahead and make a Nexus version, expand on their Google-LG partnership.

    • nealho

      Here's to hoping the rumored Nexus 8 turns out to be the GPe version of this.

      • ddpacino

        Ahhh. Doesn't necessarily have to be a Nexus to be stock! Never thought about that possibility for phones. Finger crossed!!!

      • ddpacino

        Think about it.... Newsstand needs to be released/announced. Maybe a new Nexus 10. Why not showcase the new product/service with two new tablets? Perfect form factors for magazines and newspapers. There could be a few more things to show too. Now I'm excited.

  • Mariolego Carboro

    It would hace been an instant buy if it was a bit cheaper. Will wait for the eventual price drop.

    • David Peterson

      You can get this for $259 on eBay sold be Newegg right now. I think I'm still going to hold off because the reviews all seem mixed, like this one, and the dev support just doesn't seem to be there due to the low sales...

  • Itchy_Robot

    How are these manufacturers going to compete against the Nexus line? Eventually the general public will wise up and start buying the less expensive, quickly updated, native software, Nexus line. I guess the manufacturers could start refusing to make them for Google??? I don't see that happenning any time soon, since there will always be an underdog company looking to prove themselves in the hardware department.

  • jonathan3579

    Can you not turn the screen off by double tapping on the notification bar like you could on the G2? That simplified having to always go back to the home screen.

  • David Peterson

    I think that this tablet + a custom ROM like CyanogenMod would be a win... At $299.

    So I'll wait for it to go on sale in the coming months and by then hopefully there is some dev support.

    Its a shame that manufacturers can't get out if their own way with the software

  • AmicusBrief

    I'm buying it, waiting for the CM rom, and living happily ever after.

    • ursalacyc490

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    • mustbepbs

      Definitely.

    • André Neves

      Until then u can install Nova Launcher and get rid of slugish launcher! ;)

  • Erik Albæk Taasti

    Could you please give a heads-up on the screens, - light bleeding etc (if any).? I returned my Nexus ' (two) 7 2013 because of to much light-bleed and dead pixels - which simply ruin the whole experience.

    • mustbepbs

      I've got no light bleed on mine. I had both the N7 2013 and N10 that both had light bleed issues and I don't see any bleeding. Of course, YMMV.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Yeah, I didn't see any light bleed on my review unit.

  • Ivan Myring

    For £250 in the UK its pretty good. Shame about the US price, cos that rules out a lot of development

  • a man can dream

    Can't we just skip it and go straight to the part where it becomes the backbone of the Nexus 8?

  • Oli72

    Nexus 8 tablet. I'm buying.

    • Prezes Dyrektor

      Nope, they would have to remove the microSD slot for this tablet to be allowed into the nexus line. I wish all my nexus devices had a microSD slot... :(

  • renz

    350? I thought it was 299? Also Dead Trigger 2 default at low preset? My N7 (2012) default at high for the game. Since the processor/gpu inside this tablet was better than Tegra 3 inside my N7 i think it should be able to handle high preset just fine.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I would think the same thing, but it doesn't. :/

  • bossytexaschick

    Good review but a little misinformed....Samsung and lg BOTH purchase may of their software designs from smaller companies such as Pantech. Samsung cones out with them first because they just throw them in their software without getting the kinks out....LG software UI is what Touchwiz wishes it could be, not the other way around...i have the g pad, and while not perfect, come closer than any other tablet out right now if you consider it ticks every box, price, performance, style, speed, features,etc etc etc

    BTC

  • mustbepbs

    As someone who just purchased this two weeks ago, I totally agree with the software part. LG's UI is horrid. I bought this tablet with the idea of custom ROMs (which I don't do because it's not guaranteed), but since root is available and Nova gives at least half the experience, I can live with it.

    It's easily the best 8" Android tablet on the market, and as someone who has had 10, 8 and 7 inch tablets, 8 inches is definitely the sweet spot between mobility and usability.

    Once this thing gets CM or a stock ROM, it'll be smooth sailing.

  • Iwan

    How is KnockON a gimmick? It's one of those things I think should be built-in in my N4; instead of having to rely on proximity sensor based 3rd party app. Stock, unrooted.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I just find it silly to tap on the screen twice when I could just press the power button. I realize that some people may like KnockON (I mean, it is pretty cool), but honestly, it's still just a gimmick. It's a "hey look at this cool thing I can do" kind of feature. Not knocking it (hahahaha) really, I just don't see it as something all that "useful" - though it does make a bit more sense on the G2 because of the weird button placement.

      • bossytexaschick

        knock on seems alittle gimmicky because ppl over exaggerate the gesture...if you get the required pressure down pat, a simple tap tap works well and is barely noticeable, a lot simpler than hunting up and down the side and then pressing once on a power button........BTC

      • Szécsényi László

        KnockOn is one of the fetures of my G2 I really like. This is the best phone I ever had. I find the opinion gimmick very strange and biased. After couple days of using LGUI I am very satisfied.Better than with my previous N4 and HTC1.

      • David Tang

        I think this feature is great as an optional extra and I use it far more often then the physical button.

      • terzisc

        I have the Nexus 7 and I would love to have this gimmick as you call it on it. It's a nightmare to switch on and off where they have put the buttons. And I didn't like it much anyway. It is in effect small. Everyone goes on about the great Stock android experience...It didn't do much for me. I installed TSF Shell launcher after a week. Now THAT is an experience. The company launcher should never be a factor in buying a device with all the 3rd party launhers around. And LG gives you the potential to uninstall even their own apps.

      • Prezes Dyrektor

        I wish I had it on my N7. When on a stand on my desk its just within my reach, Each time I want to do something rapidly, I have to stretch to reach the button. It would be much more convenient to just double tap. It should become the new standard.

        When you have a device with front facing (physical) buttons, double tap isn't really needed. But on a nexus device you just feel like this would be the next little step adding to the experience. And also wake with voice from Motorola. I hope both are just a matter of time.

      • Roh_Mish

        You don't have to find the button. And unlike nexus 5, the 4 is such that you can't dice differentiate the top and bottom

      • Martin Kolář

        I had N7 2013.. Lock button is horrible on N7. This is great feature and now I do not use lock button anymore.

    • Utroll

      That's not a gimmick, really not... why should you use a button (may be on the side you're holding the device) while your finger is most of time on screen ? toc toc.. sleep, drop it, done. It's even included in CyanoM, and there it works from notification panel too (not just only empty space in homepage).

  • techbloke

    I really really hope this is the basis for a nexus 8 point something. If it were, I would gladly hand google my money.

  • john Chen

    Why is evefy reviewer negative about this? Its bettrr than anything else around at the moment. The LG UI is great and things like QPair and Capture Plus are really useful. And the knock on /off really works .. instead of grappling around to find the power switch.
    The iPad mini screen does have more ppi - but who can actually see the difference after about 250 anyway? But ... its Apple and 4x3 which is crap for watching movies.
    In Asia tge Nexus 7" is about 290US ,,, this is 350 and tge Note 8 about 400. Thats pretty good pricing strstegy for LG
    If this turns out to be the Nexus 8 then i bet it gets rave reviews,,,

  • KenJr

    This review reminds me of the saying, "Everybody loves something different as long as it's something their used to".

  • Martin Brochu

    My sister has one and I feel like it is the best ~8 inch tablet out at the moment. When combined with an LG G2, the duo is quite amazing. Kinda expensive but well worth it unless you beleive that a Nexus 8 will come out any time soon and even then, it wont have a SD expension which to me is a deal breaker.

  • lanister

    The Asus Transformer Book Trio and the Prime Infinity top this list hands down. ASUS is one of the most underrated tech companies to date in my opinion.until next galaxy note 3 prix & offre iphone 6

  • Lirodon

    KnockOn makes sense on the G2 to make up for their tricky rear buttons. But the navbar, what the hell LG?!

  • bradavon

    Thanks for the review, Would installing a third party launcher allow for replacing the Menu button with the Multi-task button?

    I too think it's dumb LG (and Samsung) are still using the Menu button in place of the Multi-task button. I wonder if this were possible would built in LG apps not work properly as they expect a Menu button to navigate.

    My Galaxy S4's Samsung built in apps make heavy use of the Menu button.

    p.s - Personally I like the speaker placement, I prefer using tablets in landscape. Neither placement is wrong, just different.

  • Andyjenk

    I'm confused. The main thing you don't like is the software. In particular the user interface. I thought that with Android all these "launchers" available gave you a choice of how the UI looks and feels. Don't you like any of them? Would it be difficult for someone to create a launcher to replicate stock Android? I'm probably missing something in not understanding your problem - but please tell me what it is.

  • apellon

    i can get one for 170$ refurbished … it could be worth it ?

  • missy

    how do you get Calibre to work on this, it worked on my nexus but when I do the same steps as I did before it worked, now the books doesn't show up in my kindle app. Not doing anything different. Does anyone know? Please I love to read my books. I have the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE

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