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The LG G Pad 8.3 entered the Play Store nearly a week ago, becoming the first Google Play Edition tablet and the closest thing you can get to an 8-inch Nexus. Unfortunately, this model is no cheaper than the original, and at $349 for 16GB, it's over $100 more expensive than the Nexus 7. But here's the deal - if you don't mind using a G Pad 8.3 with LG's less-than-stellar custom software, or you're up for installing a custom ROM yourself, then you might like to know that you can get the original G Pad 8.3 for $299.99 from eBay and Best Buy.

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As many of you know, it doesn't take too much work to flash a ROM like CyanogenMod onto the original G Pad 8.3 to erase LG's UI. Yet if that isn't good enough- if you really just want a Google Play Edition instead - flashing that ROM may be possible too. Neither method is guaranteed to be bug-free, and the latter may not even work at all, so think long and hard before clicking the link below if you can't live with the device as it is.

LG G Pad 8.3 from Best Buy

LG G Pad 8.3 from eBay

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • AOSPrevails

    Also Consider Gpad on newegg for $329.99 with a 10% off promcode avaliable("MASTERPASS") if you pay by Masterpass . This gives you Gpad for $297 without sales taxes in most states.

    • http://theotherlinh.com/ Linh

      It's even cheaper now, Newegg is showing 299 before coupon.

      • AOSPrevails

        Yup, just ordered mine with the coupon for $269.1, Will give it a try to see if it can replace my N7 2013. I have my doubts about battery life but it is worth a try since the return policy last until Jan 31st and have no restocking fee.

        • Michael Lavi

          Just did the same! No tax is HUGE. If a better price pops up between now and 1/31 then I'll return this, but doubt it. Thanks guys!

  • wickets

    what pad with LTE ( vzw)does AP recommend buying......this lg is wifi only

    • jamesfuston
      • wickets

        thanks, but i'm not interested in doing a run a round on vzw. I have the wifi version.....was looking for something new and improved :)

        • jamesfuston

          Verizon started strong on the tablet game but has been seriously lacking lately. In my mind, you can't get much better than a Nexus as far as tablets are concerned. With that said, you might wait around for the 2014 N10 but you'll still have to give big red the "run around" for that one.

  • Detonation

    Still kicking myself for missing out when these were 50% off at newegg a few weeks ago.

    • mustbepbs

      You're telling me. I paid full price when it came out. Granted, I don't regret it. Best tab I've ever owned.

    • Chris

      Oh god, I know what you mean. I saw a post about that deal somewhere and I wanted to punch myself in the face for missing it. I don't go a day without checking slickdeals now.

  • Ashed

    When it comes to converting a non-GPE device to GPE, are there usually any issues or will it end up exactly replicating the actual GPE device? I'm looking to save $50 while being able to enjoy true stock Android (whenever that's possible for the G Pad).

  • Chris

    Hey, this post is stunningly relevant to the comment I made on the poll the other day. Freeeeeaky.

  • PM

    I scored one from newegg a few weeks ago for $239 with a coupon code and it's a great tablet. I had a Nexus 7 2013 and immediately sold it. I missed the twitter $179 deal it was sold out already. Snapdragon 600 has some punch, great screen, battery life is good, no problems. Really nice build quality and the UI is exactly the same as the LG G2. Now you can use the stock UI which isin't bad at all and has some pretty neat features, CM, or a NPE rom.
    If you think the Nexus 7 experience is a little cramped like I did this is a perfect choice.

  • Ted Maley

    Great read! I always make sure to check out http://blaketablets.com/ for
    their latest reviews on tablets, they helped me pick which one to buy.