LG G Pad 7.0 Review - Camera, Battery Life and Verdict Review

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LG G Pad 7.0 – Performance

The G Pad 7.0 is running a

Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.2GHz, which is a step down from the

hardware featured in last year’s G Pad 8.3. With just 1GB of RAM in

support, performance is predictably patchy. We noticed a lot of pauses

and lags when background activities were taking place, such as downloading

apps or syncing emails. When you’re focusing on a single task then the G

Pad 7.0 is better behaved, but there’s clearly a ceiling to its power,

and you’ll hit that pretty quickly.

Gaming is usually a good way

to test the power of an Android device, and while the G Pad 7.0 has fewer

pixels to push and is therefore kinder on its CPU and GPU, performance

is still less than stellar on modern 3D titles. 2D games are easier on

the hardware, so the likes of Angry Birds can be enjoyed without you

cursing the weakness of the Snapdragon 400.

LG G Pad 7.0

The G Pad 7.0’s built-in

storage is limited to just 8GB, and when you take away the OS and other unremovable

features, you’re actually left with around 3.22GB of usable capacity. Download a big game or movie and that’ll evaporate swiftly.

Thank

goodness, then, for the device’s microSD card slot, which accepts cards

of up to 64GB. Additional memory is almost essential on this

tablet, so be sure to factor in the cost of a roomy microSD card

before purchase.

LG G Pad 7.0 – Camera

The G

Pad 7.0’s rear-facing camera can only take 3.15-megapixel shots –

a step down from the 5-megapixel variant seen on the other G Pads – and

lacks flash and autofocus. As you might expect, the results are dire –

images are washed out and shooting in low light is near impossible.

We

honestly can’t see any reason why you’d use the rear camera on this device,

especially as most budget phones will offer better results. The

front-facing 1.3-megapixel snapper is adequate for video calling, but

it’s still pretty terrible.

LG G Pad 7.0 – Battery Life

The other two 2014 G Pads boast excellent battery life, and the 7.0 model

follows suit. With low use we found that LG’s mini-tab could last for a

fair few days before giving up the ghost, and under heavier usage it was capable of offering a couple of days of solid video, web

and email action.

If you’re sick of your current tablet gasping for air

on a daily basis, then the G Pad 7.0’s stamina is sure to bring a broad

smile to your long-suffering face.

LG G Pad 7.0

Should I buy the LG G Pad 7.0?

The G Pad 7.0 is a decent

choice if you’re seeking portability in a tablet. It’s about the size of a book and is

therefore easy to slip into your bag. While it maintains parity with the

G Pad 8.0 and G Pad 10.1 in some respects, the lower internal memory and

weaker main camera make it a less appealing prospect, purely when it

comes to specifications. To be brutally honest, the 8.0 model is only

slightly larger and doesn’t cost a great deal more – it’s arguably the smarter choice, even if it’s not quite as portable.

But an even better alternative is the impressive Hudl 2, winner of Best Value Tablet at the TrustedReviews Awards 2014. It offers an 8.3-inch Full HD display, 16GB of storage (plus a microSD slot), a more powerful processor and a decent rear camera, all for £129.

SEE ALSO: Best Tablets Round-up

Verdict

It’s super-cheap, but unless you particularly want a 7-inch tablet or really can’t stretch your budget, the Hudl 2 is a much smarter option.

Score


Score in detail

  • Performance 7
  • Value 7
  • Design 7
  • Software & Apps 7
  • Screen Quality 7
  • Battery Life 7