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LG G Pad 8.3: Software, Apps and Performance

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



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LG G Pad 8.3


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LG G Pad 8.3 – Software and Performance

Hardware-wise the LG G Pad 8.3 is a success. It’s in the software that we find some of the tablet’s weaker parts.

It currently runs the slightly out-of-date Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software, with LG’s usual custom interface layer on top. While it does make some concessions for the relatively large screen, fitting in more content than a phone would, LG’s is one of the fustier-looking custom Android skins.

The default icons, the font and the architecture of the interface itself all look a little bit stale compared with the latest Samsung Android skin and the vanilla Android 4.4 interface. However, it also doesn’t suffer from the same level of stuttering we saw recently in the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, it’s much less invasive than some and you can change the interface easily with a custom Launcher app. These change how Android looks, and don’t require any form of rooting or hacking.

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LG also allows for some customisation of its own interface too. You can change the system font, what the task bar looks like and so on. With a fresh wallpaper slapped down and a few tweaks applied, you can make the G Pad look pretty good. It just takes a bit of effort.

As you might expect of a sub-£200 tablet, the LG G Pad 8.3 does not have a cutting edge processor. But it’s not slow either. It uses a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU and has 2GB RAM. That’s a good spec for the price, and roughly matches some top-end tablets and phones of early-mid 2013, including the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. There's some minor lag we associate with the use of a custom Android skin, but general performance is good.

To test the LG G Pad 8.3, we tried a few benchmarks and challenging 3D games. It handles Gameloft’s Asphalt 8 and Real Racing 3 with relative ease, and its 1682 Geekbench 3 score is the ballpark we’d expect from a tablet with this processor. It’s more powerful than the second-generation Nexus 7, which is impressive at the price. Much like the LG G2 Android phone, you get an awful low for your money with the G Pad 8.3.

Under pressure, the aluminium rear of the tablet spreads heat across the backplate, and it does get reasonably warm. Heat management isn’t quite as good as it is in the iPad mini Retina. It doesn't reach worrying levels, though.

LG G Pad 8.3 – Apps

LG has piled a bunch of apps into the LG G Pad 8.3. They do clutter up your app drawer, but there are some apps that you may find useful. Here’s a quick round-up of what you get:

  • Lifesquare – arranges aggregated info from Facebook, Twitter and your Calendar to make
  • Notebook – a notepad style app that lets you make basic presentations
  • QuickRemote – a way to replace your remote controls with the G Pad 8.3
  • QPair – sends notifications from your phone to your tablet
  • Video Editor - Ax extremely basic video editor that lets you string together clips and put music over the top
  • Dictionary - A dictionary, obviously
  • File Manager - Gives you easy access to the file system
  • Polaris Office 5 - One of the classic Android Office replacements
  • LG Backup - Save your contacts, calendar, settings and more in the cloud
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Aside from QuickRemote, which relates to a feature not found on all Android tablets (the IR transmitter), we would prefer to live without these. However, a bit of bloat is the price you pay for a non-Nexus, non-Apple tablet.

Neil Old

September 8, 2013, 11:12 am

ALL Android devices should have the ability to run/install stock Android without "hacking" the devices.

random guy

September 17, 2013, 4:36 am

The g2 has a snapdragon 800 not 600 so the tab isn't clocked lower it's just simply a less powerful CPU


March 11, 2014, 10:58 pm

Just bought this from Co-op electrical and using the offer code, I only paid £180. Asda does the same deal (iuse voucher code to get £20 off). It's a brilliant tab for the price. It's a brilliant pad full stop. I bought the iPad mini for my missus and this looks better. The size is pefect and aspect ration of he screen works better than 4:3. Samsun have just realeased the 8.4 pro with a faux leather backing....I can't think of anything worse...and they are selling it for £350. This is half the price and probably looks better. Only down side at the moment is that it hasn't got kitkat on it, but understand that this will be in the pipeline. This is how much tablets should cost; sub £200 for this size and a bit more for the larger size. I am surpised that it only 8/10 from Trusted Review. This is the ebst tablet you can get for under £200.

Matthew Bunton

March 22, 2014, 1:48 am

I have just purchased one of these for £179 from Amazon and it is the best tablet that I have owned thus far. I found the Nexus 7 2013 screen a tad too small but the LG is perfect for web browsing. The build quality is a lot better than the Nexus.

Richard Lloyd

April 6, 2014, 11:18 am

I really like my LG G Pad 8.3, but it has its pros and cons like any other device. Things that are great are the display (8.3" is the ideal size and the resolution makes the display super sharp), SD card slot (I added a fast 32GB card for about 13 quid) and official support for CyanogenMod 11 (so, yes, it can run KitKat...that's what mine does anyway).

Things that are bad are the screen brightness (I have to ramp up the setting much higher than my other tablets and auto-brightness is way too dark), dodgy colour calibration resulting in a yellow "tinge" that you may only spot by putting another tablet next to it like I did (calibration is easy to fix on CM11 - it's now an option in the Settings) and the battery life is only fairly average (not helped by having to increase the screen brightness).

As a tablet for use on the move, this is probably the best one - once you put CM11 on it - available full stop (yes, I include any Samsung, Apple or Nexus tablets). I personally think Google made a mistake not going to 8" (or 8.3") with their 2013 Nexus 7 - I now definitely consider 7" displays too small after using the LG for a while. This LG is available at the same price as the Nexus 7 2013 with very similar specs, but with an SD card slot and 1.3" bigger display, which should really make it your tablet of choice.

BTW, with 10m or so CyanogenMod users, why do *no* reviews of Android devices ever mention whether the device is officially supported by CM? This is a big bonus point for an Android device - the option to run the latest/greatest Android release in a non-bloaty manner like the Nexuses - and yet gets ignored by all reviewers! Sure, they'll happily review the "Google Play Edition" of some devices, which are stupidly charged more for and still offer a worse experience than the free CM11 does!

Stephen Sharpe

April 10, 2014, 11:03 am

I was given my G Pad at Xmas (to replace a Nexus 7 that had died) and so far have been really pleased with no flaws or concerns. The extra 1.3 inches from the 7 inch tablet format, while not sounding like a lot, makes a massive difference and the screen is so much more user friendly to look at while still being one-handable. The picture quality is excellent and I have not suffered the yellow tinge issue reported by the previous reviewer. The system runs smoothly but there was some very occasional stuttering when scrolling between screens with some apps; however, the OTA KitKat update (Android 4.4.2) released on 8 April 14 has resolved that minor issue and everything now runs without any lag whatsoever. I have added a 32gb micro SD so have all then memory for flims etc I need. Battery life is OK (I get between 7 and 8 hrs depending on what apps are running. One set of extras that are very useful are the LG UI Apps - Q-Pair which links the tablet to the phone so you can intercept texts and calls is brilliant, slideaside and the Q remote are also very useful additions. I have used Nexus (7 and 10), I-pad mini and samsung and the LG equals or beats all of them for performance and at its current price (£179) is better value especially given you can add extra memory (up to 64 Gb) for the cost of a micro SD. An excellent tablet and an experience that I would not hesitate to repeat.


December 10, 2015, 11:54 pm

I purchased an LG G PAD 8.3 tablet a year ago and it has recently crapped out. It has been having charging issues for a few months now but finally hit the point of not charging at all. I travel a lot for work and just made it home for the Holiday month and attempted to warranty the product. It turns out that the warranty expired just 10 days before i submitted a claim. Even though the issue started about 2 months ago, they refuse to warranty the product. LG has terrible customer service, outsourced just like all of the other big companies, with employees that are programmed to just repeat their answers and never actually provide customer service. I still wanted to send in the item for repairs, which would be at my own cost, so i could retain some of the things i had on the tablet. They then told me that they completely delete everything and factory reset no matter what the repair happens to be, so i would lose everything anyway. I need a tablet, but it seems that i am stuck paying an extra $10 a month to verizon for the next year, for this junk, even though it is unusable... Trust me, after this experience i will NEVER buy another LG product again. This seems to be a common issue and they will not take care of their customers... as the old saying says, "if you don't take care of your customers, someone else will." And that is exactly what is happening here... i am going to buy a new tablet, and it definitely won't be an LG. I will never buy an LG TV, or LG appliance, or LG phone, or anything else from this company. I recommend the same. The performance overall was mediocre anyway, so to go through this headache to repair a low quality tablet and still lose all of my data is absolutely not worth it. Do not buy LG products.

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