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Looking for a good mid-sized tablet? You can't do much better than the LG G Pad 8.3, the company's first tablet in two years, at least in terms of hardware. The price is a bit high at $350 retail, but today you can get some relief from that sticker shock. Newegg has the G Pad 8.3 on sale for just $279.99, plus a $30 discount with a code at checkout, bringing the total price down to a very reasonable $249.99.

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It's important to note that this isn't the G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, which is a much better tablet for running a clean build of Android 4.4. (The Google Play Edition is the V510, whereas the version with LG's 4.2 software is the V500.) That said, anyone with the will to root their hardware and flash a new ROM can get much the same experience thanks to CyanogenMod. CM11 nightly builds for the V500 have been rolling out consistently for two months, and there are even a couple of the more stable snapshot builds available. Happy flashing.

To get that extra $30 discount, apply the code FWPD213B when checking out at Newegg. Both black and white models are on sale. Free shipping is available, but unless you use Newegg's Premiere service, you'll have to settle for "4-7 business days." The promotion only lasts until Monday, February 17th, so get a move on if you want one.

Update: At present, only the white model shows the discount. Hat tip to commenter Derek.

Source: Newegg

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Billy

    First!

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      Yeah... no.

  • justafew

    Highly recommended tablet. My favorite Android tablet right now. I love the Nexus 7 as well, but like the larger screen on this one, without it being too large. And the UI is so much better than on the Galaxy Note 8 that I have now put in a drawer.

  • jm9843

    There's no way to flash the GPE build to this?

    • adamcorwin

      There is one build I saw on xda but reading the comments, it sounded like several things weren't working

      • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

        What he said. I checked XDA for a straight GPE port, but it looks like it's not as easy as that. CyanogenMod is an excellent alternative.

  • adamcorwin

    I just picked up one of these on swappa last week and I've been really happy with it. I installed cm11 so it is running 4.4.2. Knock on and off still works too, which was the only feature of LG's I really wanted. I love the size and prefer it over the nexus 7. Highly recommend!

    • ganny21

      How in custom room you have knock on feature still?

      • adamcorwin

        With CM11 it is included. Knock on works as normal. For knock off, you tap the status bar. Seems to work just as well as the stock ROM for me.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      Ah, thanks - I didn't know that the KnockOn feature worked in CM. I'm so on the fence about upgrading our 2012 Nexus 7 to the LG 8.3...

      • adamcorwin

        I actually switched from my 2013 nexus 7 and I've been happy that I did. I just like the 8.3 size a bit better personally.

    • NotTechie

      is the remote feature still available??

      • adamcorwin

        I haven't found a remote app that seems to work well yet. It won't have the qremote if you put another rom on it.

  • A_Noid

    Actually, this is the better version. CM11 is available for it, and there are more custom ROMs for it, than the V510, which as far as I know, has NO custom ROMs for it yet, only stock.
    Go here, and you will see that there are a decent amount of custom ROMs;

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/lg-g-pad-83

    • Arthur Dent

      Can you flash the GPE software on the V500?

  • Derek

    It looks like the white version is the only one currently priced at $279.99...

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      Looks like you're right. I updated the text.

  • hgaara01

    I bought the TAB pro 8.4 and while it's screen is simply amazing, it does lag even with the snapdragon 800 soc. And at $450(socal tax) I rather get this. I basically just need it for reading lol. I also had the nexus 7 FHD and it was amazing. I loved the Super thin form factor.

  • Scott Niemczyk

    I got lucky and bought one of these off of Craigslist for $180. And I love it. I have a cheap 10 inch tablet and the original nexus 7 and they both are in a drawer. I think lg made the perfect tablet size. And it still fits in my pocket along with my note 3.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Wow, this is a sweet deal. Throw in an AOSP ROM and you get a damn decent tablet

  • JaySee

    "It's important to note that this isn't the G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, which is a much better tablet for running a clean build of Android 4.4."

    I really can't understand this nonsense. By all accounts the GPE G Pad is by far the worse product.
    1. It doesn't have LG UX with it's multi-tasking features.
    2. The regular version can also run stock Android with CM.
    3. But why bother when stock Android is by far inferior?
    4. You can run LG UX with all its extra features and apps plus XPosed Framework.
    5. You can get rid of whatever you don't like with Titanium Backup.

    The only thing the GPE has for it is the latest stock Android, which quite frankly is nothing. What's with this irrational love for stock Android?

    • Chris Xu

      because all those "extra features" lg puts on it makes it lag a ton compared to google's clean no bloat version

      • JaySee

        No, that's a myth. There is no lag according to numerous reviews, and it's not bloat. They are very useful features.

        • Chris Xu

          a myth? according to the reviews I read, there was noticeable lag in the original version with lg's heavy skin on it and the gpe was much faster. the only features i can think of that are useful are knock on and the ir blaster

          • JaySee

            What reviews? I've only seen 1 review mention lag and that was on the lockscreen. QSlide and Slide Aside are very good for multitasking. I also like QNote for taking and editing screenshots on the fly.

          • Chris Xu

            engadget: "Other features are just redundant, like Slide Aside...It's not that the G Pad is slow; it's that the G Pad isn't fast. All too often, apps launch with a pregnant pause and screen rotation is delayed"

            gizmodo on lg g pad 8.3 GPE: "It's terrifically fast. Racing against the Nexus 7, it boots up almost five seconds faster, big apps open a second to two quicker, and even smaller apps pop open with more speed"

            the verge: " LG’s skinned version of the G Pad 8.3 is mostly just customized. At every turn, LG’s taken Android and made it uglier and more cluttered. Mismatched, ugly icons, garish wallpapers, and that awful notification pulldown shade that crams dozens of settings, shortcuts, and sliders into one cluttered spot"

            those were a few that i could find. however i don't actually have this tablet and if you do, your own experience with it is worth much more than some jackass reviewer on the internet. unfortunately, i don't have this and i can only trust what the reviewers say and they seem to agree that lg's skin is worse than google's pure android experience. some of lg's features seem useful but i don't know if it would be worth it for the clutter and lag

          • JaySee

            Verge "It’s not that the skinned model is slow, far from it: it plays even intensive games like Asphalt 8: Airborne
            well, and nothing ever felt overly laggy. But stock KitKat clearly
            comes with a huge speed boost, and switching from one model to the other
            for days at a time, I always noticed the difference."

            Engadget's review complains of the processor for slow speed. I think the actual problem here is the difference between 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and 4.4 Kit Kat.

            The fact is it has a fast processor and 3 GB of RAM. There is no way a few add-ons are going to lag it. Of course a device running fewer processes in the background will be slightly faster, but that's going to negligible and made up for by added functionality.

            I don't have the G Pad, but I have a G Pro. From my experience QSlide is extremely convenient and useful. Google's built-in task switcher gets cluttered, so I think Slide Aside would be quite useful. The design and icons are subjective, but LG's UI let's you customize the icons and you can always change the launcher. I honestly find no purpose in the GPEditions. The people these are marketed to are the "Android Nerds" who most likely already know how to root their devices and install custom ROMs. They are basically disabling all the added functionality of the devices and charging the same price for essentially a lesser product.

          • Chris Xu

            well it actually has 2 GB of RAM. and many people wouldn't consider it a lesser product as a GPE because it's generally faster and many consider the extra features to be "gimmicky". of course, there are many others who disagree such as yourself. that's the beauty of choice, we can decide on what we like and or don't like. but anyways, always nice to hear differing opinions.

          • JaySee

            Oops. 2GB. Like I said, launching apps faster is probably a result of the Android version difference. I'm betting the difference would be minimal once it's updated. And the original point of no lag still stands. To be clear, lag is a delay from a command to action like swiping or scrolling, not launching an app.

  • Tito

    The LG G Pad 8.3 is having big discounts all over the world. I wonder why....

  • DroidFan

    Free 2 day shipping shipping with an eligible AMEX card. No need to buy on the AMEX. Pretty sweet.

  • Dustin

    Just figured I'd share my fiancee Jessica's post over on XDA, she's released a 4.4.2 update to the LG G Pad V500 (the non google play version) it's a very step by step simple guide how to install the leaked V500 official 4.4.2 tot file, it's been on our tablet for days and it hasn't had any errors/issues of any kind, and battery life is better.
    Here is the link to the how to for those who'd like to not go the cm11 route and want a stock 4.4.2 rom on the V500
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2692505

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