Earlier this week, Google rather unexpectedly announced two brand-new Google Play Experience devices (for the US only, of course) - the LG G Pad 8.3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The G Pad 8.3 will set you back $350, while the Z Ultra is $650, though both devices rather undeniably fill niches in the Google device ecosystem. The G Pad acts as a mid-size tablet, a la iPad Mini, something a lot of enthusiasts have been asking Google to build for years now. The Z Ultra meets the growing demand for super-sized phones, aka phablets, though even in that category the Z Ultra is one of the largest devices on sale today.


Anyway, did you lay down cash for either of these devices now that they're available? Vote in the poll below.

Did you buy an Xperia Z Ultra or G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Joe Anthony Suarez

    The G Pad looks promising, but I think I'll just stick with my Nexus 7.

  • http://tinyurl.com/wwjoshdew Josh

    That Sony Xperia Z Ultra is looking VERY tempting. I don't know if I wanna spend 650 plus taxes and shipping on it though.

  • Derek Traini

    I am enjoying my 2013 Nexus 7 and Nexus 5, but I am glad to see more OEMs making Google Play Editions!

    • jonathan3579

      Same here... Except I also just ordered a Moto X two days ago.

      • https://abrah.am/ Abraham Williams

        Good choice. That's the phone I currently recommend to people.

        • Derek Traini

          I agree!

        • David Testerman

          I am about to pick up a droid MAXX 3500mah battery was the selling point for me and 6 months of google music all access

          • jonathan3579

            I can imagine the battery life on that would be pretty great.

          • https://abrah.am/ Abraham Williams

            A Moto X MAXX is my ideal phone. Maybe someday.

      • Darryl Doak

        Like you I ordered a 16 GB Moto G on Nov 26th and have yet to receive it. So no more new toys for me.

        And before anyone says "Won't that be underpowered?" It'll be a companion phone to my Note 3. So my bases are covered.

    • didibus

      It's unclear to me how we are guaranteed long term support for the phones. I feel I'd like to buy them, but I don't because I'm afraid it doesn't really mean they will be supported, only that they come with stock android. That's why I still buy Nexus.

  • Tomáš Petrík

    If it wasn't US only, the G Pad would be mine already.

  • aNYthing6

    Nope. Happy with my N7 (2013) and N5.

  • chris125

    Had the G-pad launched around same time as nexus 7 I would have bought that. No need for two tablets though.

    • AOSPrevails

      Have you considered Sale one and get the other? I for one am considering buying a standard Gpad($299 at Bestbuy) and wait for a method to converting it to Gpe.

  • Mike

    I should hopefully be getting a LG G-Pad for Christmas but not the GPE edition as I am in the UK.

  • oesjmr

    I already bought the LG version of the G Pad. The little extras like knock on/off and the QRemote have kept me on rooted stock for now...

  • CA719

    You honestly have no idea how long I've been lusting over the Z Ultra. Since it was announced I wanted it so, so bad. I've probably watched over 20 hours of videos of countless review, unboxings, camera tests, gaming tests, underwater tests, etc.

    But I just NEEDED a Nexus device, so I got the Nexus 5. I've been using Android since the original G1 back in 2008, I love vanilla Android, but have never been too comfortable with ROMs/kernals/etc, rooting and bootloader unlocking I can do. I didn't want to get the regular version of the Z Ultra and either wait for updates(ugh), or fiddle with a custom ROM (that may or may not exist due to the size of the dev community).

    But this.. this changed everything for me.I didn't even need to think twice about buying the Z Ultra GPE, as soon as I heard about it I threw my money at them.

    I can't wait for it to get here. :)

    • Uki5

      where did you get your money from?

      • CA719

        I found this place near my house that lets me do stuff for them and then they give me money for it!

        • Chris

          Unfortunately prostitution isn't legal everywhere.

          • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

            Why? You tried and got caught?

    • Jason Bailey

      And you won't be disappointed, apart from the camera maybe. Here in the uk I have the normal Xperia Z ultra and love it, but I'm looking forward to flashing that GPE Rom soon :-)

  • jamaall

    I thought about selling my nexus 7 for a GPad but I figured I might as well wait for the next big sized tablet from Google, since the G Pad is $350 and a new nexus would be $400.

    • mustbepbs

      What makes you say that? They increased the price on the second generation Nexus 7, why wouldn't they increase it on the second generation Nexus 10, if there is such a thing?

      • UniBroW

        16 gig nexus 5 = same price for the nexus 4 16 gig. Truth is, they removed the low memory 8 gig and offered a 32 gig instead for $50 more.

  • Chris

    I think there should be some other options as I am considering buying the G Pad, or buying one of the retail models now that the GPEs are out because I'd rather pay $50 less and put the stock OS on myself.

  • Phil

    Well, this is one thing i hate about Google. I get that they serve the USA first with new Devices but to never release them in other Country besides the USA just annoys me. I would buy the GPad instantly though if they would release it outside the US.

  • Mark Washington

    Would get the LG if it had LTE

    • jonathan3579

      Oh I'd definitely consider giving up my Nexus 7 (LTE) for that.

  • AustralianShepherd765

    I believe that I might have gotten it if I had the money. But I don't know if it is a waste of money or what. :P

  • AustralianShepherd765

    Mark, how did you put the picture on your square? :P
    I'm sorry...I just can't figure it out.

  • blahmoomoo

    No, but I would have considered the G Pad for the bigger screen size if I wasn't already getting a Nexus 7 2013. Z Ultra, on the other hand, is far too expensive. Plus, I haven't even owned my first smartphone (Nexus 4) for a year yet. It'll be a few more years before I seriously consider a replacement, and even then $650 is still too much.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    Would've gotten the Z Ultra if I had the cash.
    Where's that option? ;)

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    You should add - No, but I fully converted my (HTC One) to a Google Play Edition.


    I am selling my Nexus 4 tomorrow. I will use that money towards the Z Ultra.

  • awcm0n

    I ordered the G Pad 8.3 and cancelled the order half an hour later. I realized that the value simply wasn't there since I had just recently bought a Nexus 7 (2013) for $169.

    • Prezes Dyrektor

      people get spoiled so easily...

      • Uki5


  • sivkai

    More than the poll results itself, I'm just amazed that over 1000 people voted within 2 hours! That's impressive.

  • Linda A.

    The G Pad is somewhat enticing, but I just purchased the N7.

  • david coffey

    that LG tablet for $350 is nails. absolute nails. i'd like to take it for a spin. the build quality looks fantastic.

  • Matthew Merrick

    where's the "no, only because the Z Ultra doesn't have a freakin' LED" option?

    • Mkvarner

      How could they forget adding that?

    • Avalos

      It's not that big of a deal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rYCYi-ZrW8

      • Matthew Merrick

        That's actually some crazy impressive low light shooting, but I use my phone's camera flash as a flashlight exponentially more than I use my camera at all, so, does not address anything.

        • Борис Михаилов

          With 6.4 inches screen, install an app that takes your brightness to max and gives you a white screen. I bet it will be shinier than the led flash. ;)

          • GraveUypo

            never. it doesn't even come close.

    • jab416171

      The Nexus 7 2012 didn't have one either.

      • Matthew Merrick

        not relevant because its a tablet, not a phone. also, get your facts straight, the nexus 7 2013 doesn't have a flash, the nexus 7 2012 didn't have camera at all.

        • jab416171

          Yes, I know the N7 2012 doesn't have a rear facing camera. I own one.
          I thought by "LED" you meant notification light, not camera flash. Sorry.

          • Matthew Merrick

            Ah, ok. Well in that case, I'm 98% sure the Z ultra has a notification light ;)

  • Angelo

    Didn't buy the G Pad Google Play edition, but I bought the LG edition and will simply flash a custom ROM. Saved me about 50 bucks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    I already have a Z Ultra, but I probably would've bought the GPE if I had the option a few months ago. Glad to see they're expanding their horizons.

  • smeddy

    I would have but the Note 3 stole me

  • Rich Robinson

    Got the G Pad GPE and absolutely love it. Very nice replacement for my Nexus 7 2012!

  • Andrew

    Would have gotten the LG G Pad if it was available in Australia. Now I'm thinking of grabbing the regular LG G Pad and flashing a GPE rom to it when it's available.

  • Harold Goldner

    Good to see more folks at the party, but i'll stick with my N7 FHD.

  • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

    Not yet but I'm gonna get a gpad after Christmas

  • Humberto Hernandez

    No way... i can buy them cheaper on Amazon, then, flash some GE rom.

  • ElfirBFG

    Nope. Spent $200 and got a Moto G. Never buying anything other than Moto again.

  • Simon Belmont

    No. I'm super happy with my panda 32GB Nexus 5.

    I think that happiness is going to last a really long time. It's been fantastic so far.

    • usaff22

      My Panda Nexus 5 16GB is also shipping and about to arrive, hopefully today. Was really indecisive and still not too sure about the color

      • jimmyamazingz

        The color is much better in person. My brother got the white and I got black. His looks beautiful but the soft touch on mine feels much softer. Both look amazing though. I love the phone.

        • Simon Belmont

          Yeah. I heard the soft touch material was different (and slightly softer) for the black one.

          I confirmed that at a local Best Buy that had a black one. I'm still in love with the panda color, though, and I'm guessing it feels different so colors won't leech into it if you put a colored case on it.

        • usaff22

          I'm going to see my local phone store to see the soft touch back, never seen it before, thought both were the same just different colors.

      • Simon Belmont

        I'm extremely happy with the panda color. I was on the fence because I literally haven't had a white phone since the T-Mobile G1, but I'm so happy with my final choice.

        I much prefer the white on the back and black on the front look. It may be polarizing to some, but I think it's perfect.

        • usaff22

          Same here, the black on the front makes this device awesome, while the white on the back (with black accents) makes it look very premium

          • ncc1701dee

            I thought the exact same thing when my panda n5 came (but about a month or so ago) :) Very fetching phone :)

  • Adam

    Suggestion - If you put two 'no's on these, one with 'but I'd like to' and one with 'and I don't want one', you'd get more useful results. :)

  • PuzzledObserver

    Or simply the Dell Venus 8, 32GB, IPS screen 1280x800, stock Android 4.22. Got it on sales for $150 before tax. Amazing device for this price.

  • Trent Callahan

    I'd actually prefer the LG variant. I don't mind LG's skin personally, although I'd end up flashing it into Oblivion with ROMs anyways.

  • vital grados

    waiting for an LG G2 play edition

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    Nope, none of them were available in my country...

  • xpz owner

    Happy with XZU GPe. If you are considering buying the xperia ultra, beware of bugs in the OS. I cannot uninstall apps with out crashing, security setting force closes, same for vpn settings. I called google with my concern and they are aware of the issue.

  • Joakim

    Is ART runtime available on the G pad?

  • raj

    SONY Z Ultra GPE is awesomeness personified

  • UniBroW

    I think if I didn't already have a Note 3 and the outdoor brightness was brighter (big selling point for me on the Note 3) I'd have jumped on the Z ultra. i wanted a Nexus experience in my next phone but the one and s4 weren't doing it for me and the Nexus 5 needed a bigger battery for me to pull the trigger.

  • antifud

    2013 official nexus 8/10 or bust. These two devices actually have crappy hardware.

  • Dave

    Bit tedious that none of the GPE devices or the Moto X are available in the UK (or the rest of the world).

  • turdbogls

    If i didn't already have the N7 2013, i would have probably jumped on the Tab 8.3 GPE.
    but I am just too happy with my N7 to sell it and pay an extra $100+ to get the 8.3

  • artsr2002

    I have the 2012 N7, trying to decide on the Tab 8.3.

  • Noel

    I really want and love the form factor of the GPe G pad but wish it had 3G/LTE...so i am seriously debating between the G Pad and the 3G/LTE N7.

  • Jim

    This sucks bought the Z Ultra GPE and it is full of bugs (Security & Uninstall crashes), Sending it back by the end of the week if it is not fixed by then. STOP BUYING IT! UNTIL THEY GET IT RIGHT!!!! or it will ruin you Holidays. I am so loosing my faith with Google. feels like I am working with Microsoft in the late 1980s...

  • David Peterson

    Got the G Pad during Newegg Cyber Monday sale. Thought I would live with the stock UI until CM was developed, but I have to say I'm enjoying what LG has done more than I thought I would, the IR remote in the notification pulldown is great.

    G Pad is the best Android tablet I've used. Definitely reccomended!

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