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The LG G Pad 8.3 is a capable tablet with a great form factor. The bummer when it launched was the price. It has come down a bit since then, and with a new sale at Newegg, you can get it for a solid price – just $224.99 in black or white.

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In case you're not familiar, the G Pad 8.3 has a Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and an 8.3-inch 1920x1200 LCD. It's a nicely specced tablet, even though it runs LG's skinned version of Android out of the box.

The previous deal was for $249.99, which is the the regular price on Newegg right now (still $332.99 on Amazon). If you're interested, add it to your cart and use promo code EMCPHHC28 at checkout for $25 off, bringing the total to $224.99. You can get free shipping too if you don't mind waiting 4-7 days.

[G Pad 8.3: black, white – via SlickDeals]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Chris

    I love the form factor of this and would have bought it if it had came out at the same time as the 2013 N7. But since I already have that, no way I can justify dropping a couple hundred more dollars on a tablet.

  • Brayden Reesor

    So, so very tempting. Especially because I have a $20 Newegg giftcard. But I'm REALLY trying to wait for the new Nexus tablet... I need more leaks to help me hold out! Haha.

    • supremekizzle

      I'd buy it. This thing has better hardware and bigger screen than a nexus yet costs the same. Won't get this kind of deal again.

      • Brayden Reesor

        Better hardware and bigger screen than the CURRENT nexus, yes. But who knows compared to the one that is highly likely to be released in the next few months. I can almost guarantee you that the new one will be better spec'd. And there's been strong rumors of an 8", so bigger screen might not even be true. But the deal is over now, so I shall continue to wait and see!

        • Mark Washington

          Don't forget that nice hardware

    • Mark Washington

      How did you get that gift card?

      • Brayden Reesor

        I bought a speaker with their bronze egg guarantee and it went $20 cheaper a week later, so they gave me a $20 giftcard.

  • Sunset Rider

    Ugh, and I just bought a Dell Venue 8 for $160 last weekend. Should have waited...

    • EH101

      Well, you could return the Venue. Might be a restocking fee though depending where you bought it.

  • supremekizzle

    Omg. I've literally been contemplating this or N7 for the past two days. What do you guys think is best size for reading novels? 8.3 or 7?

    • Suman Gandham

      IMO 7" is too small (twss). 8" to 9" is the sweet spot. YMMV, though...

      • supremekizzle

        See, I have a Note 10.1-14 so I don't know if I could justify it...

    • Tom F

      I bought the Nexus 7 first and really tried to like it - but the 7in was too small. it didnt seem much bigger than my phone. It worked great and was super smooth. I returned and got the G Pad 8.3 for $250 - its really great. Its a much better size - I was shocked how much bigger it felt for only a 1.3in difference. But for watching netfix it is so much wider and felt like a tab and not a phone. The construction on both are very high quality - but the LG tops the Nexus in most every way.

  • theiowakid

    Can we put the Google Play ROM on this and would the device consider itself stock for corporate email? I dislike LGs skin of Android.

    • mustbepbs

      There is one in development, but it's not stable yet and has issues. We have stable Official CM11 on it, though, so that's good.

      Development has basically died on the thing on XDA. We got an influx of developers when it went on sale a few months ago, but not much since.

      • theiowakid

        I was speaking to the actual ROM thats on the Google Play Edition LG G Pad 8.3. Much like users with an S4 did when it came out. They could swap the ROM and basically turn the device into the Google Play Edition.

        • mustbepbs

          Converting the G Pad to the GPE G Pad? That's at a stand still. One guy bricked his tab doing it and nobody knows what to do.

          • Suman Gandham

            Weird right - are there any actually hardware difference anyone has found (apart from the model number, lol).

          • Danny Lewis

            That is extremely weird that one can't simply change ROMs. I wonder what is so different between the original and the GPE version.

        • Suman Gandham

          Sadly seems like there is no reliable way to get to GPE currently. However sounds like the GPE cuts out some key features (SD card support, IR blaster etc.), so it's not all bad - assuming LG deliver relatively timely updates themselves for the next couple of years.

          And of course you always have the option of CM etc.

          • theiowakid

            SD card support is still there on the GPE. Up to 64GB.

          • dexter

            what Suman Gandham means by GPE cutting off SD card support is that there is no ability to write to the card - only read from it. whereas in the LG skinned version, you can read and write to the SD card.

  • Suman Gandham

    MONEY! Ordered :D Getting sick of my 2012 Nexus and the horrendous bluetooth issues. Best size for a tablet imo, and a totally awesome price. Thanks AP!

    • Jalok Xlem

      I still have my Nexus 7 (2012) - (and as of right now, I broke the screen/digitizer about 3 hours ago). This price-tag is tempting. But I'm not sure if I should upgrade just yet. I usually like to wait 2 to 3 years before upgrading to a new tablet or phone (even if I did accidentally broke mine). Heck, I'm still holding on to my Galaxy Nexus, until the Nexus 6 comes out.

      Let me know if it's any good and worth upgrading from a nexus 7 2012 to this.

      • Suman Gandham

        2-3 YEARS?! Lolz. Within 18 months, we could all be using hoverboards and Google Glass on a new Mars base. Keep up :p

        But yeah, I'll report back for you ;)

        • Jalok Xlem

          Yep, 2-3 years. My motto is if it works fine, then there is no reason to upgrade. If I accidentally destroyed my phone/tablet. Oh well, I just have to live with it until my next next upgrade regardless (maybe not so much with the phone though 😋😝).

          Anyway, yeah, thanks for you going to report back to me soon about your experience with your LG tablet.

          • Suman Gandham

            Reporting back as promised... tl;dr version - I love it.

            LG skin is pretty disgusting, but spend 20 minutes disabling all their shitty apps, and removing all the unnecessary UI additions, and its close enough to stock Android. Face unlock is blazingly fast versus my Nexus 7 - literally instantaneous, whereas the N7 would take 2-3 seconds. The hardware is amazing as well, literally light years nicer than the crappy Nexus 7 plastic. The IR transmitter is also genius! There's probably more, but yeah, in short I am very pleased... Nexus 7 going straight on eBay!

          • Jalok Xlem

            It's that awesome? Cool! I'm surprised that the LG tablet would run better than the nexus 7,considering that it doesn't just include kitkat yet.
            Thanks for getting back to me! 😊

  • godutch

    No option for delivery outside of US :(

  • switchblade_bravado

    Pretty good deal on this device. However, with LG's slow to update/lack of update philosophy, I'd probably wait and see if Google does a Nexus 7 refresh for 2014. I do like the 7"-8" form factor for a tablet.

  • Joe

    Looks like it's back up to 250

  • 4g63mark

    I'm really glad I waited on buying the Nexus 7. However I'm sitting here using my G Pad I just received today loving it, thinking I got a good deal at $287. Damn!!!!! I wish I had seen this deal........ On well. I'm happy with my purchase. Fortunately I wasn't one of the suckers that bought the $350 Google Play Edition. I might put CM11 on this thing tomorrow. Then again I might not. There are things LG built into this thing that are very nice to have. Plus I've been able to uninstall some of the factory bloat.