LG G Pad 8.0 Review - Camera, Battery Life and Verdict Review

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LG G Pad 8.0 – Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon

400 chipset which powers the G Pad 8.0 isn’t going to win any awards

when it comes to processing grunt – even last year’s G Pad 8.3 came with

more powerful internal tech. Backed by just 1GB of RAM, this rather

weak chip doesn’t make for a particularly smooth user

experience.

General navigation around the Android 4.4.2 OS is often jerky –

usually when background tasks are being performed. The fact that the

chipset’s having to push less pixels thanks to the G Pad 8.0’s low-resolution screen does balance out the weakness of the

processor somewhat, but this isn’t the kind of slate that’s going to

blow your socks off with its performance.

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Gaming on the G Pad 8.0

also presents problems, with graphically intense 3D titles really

pushing the Adreno 305 graphics processor to the limit. 2D titles fare

much better thanks to their less demanding nature, but this is hardly

the kind of device you’d recommend to a diehard mobile gamer – they’d be

much better off with the Nvidia Shield Tablet, which of course retails

for more than the £150 you can expect to pay for LG’s offering.

Although

there are stereo speakers on the rear of the G Pad 8.0, the sound

quality is rather average. Audio lacks bass and when the volume is

turned up to maximum, there’s quite a lot of distortion. You’re much

better off using the tablet’s headphone socket.

You have access to just under 11GB of the 16GB

that’s included inside the G Pad 8.0. The purchase of a microSD card

is almost compulsory if you wish to consume large amounts of

downloadable goodies, but thankfully these are cheap enough and the

chances are you’ve probably already got a few lying around the house.

The G Pad 8.0 can accept cards of up to 64GB in size, so you could

really go mad if you wanted to.

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LG G Pad 8.0 – Camera

The G Pad’s

5-megapixel rear-facing camera lacks an LED flash, so taking shots in

darkened environments is off the table entirely. Photos are rather fuzzy

and lack definition, which means you’re unlikely to want to rely on

this device for your main image capture.

It copes better in direct

sunlight and even allows you to take a snap by bellowing a special word –

such as “Cheese” – but on the whole, it’s not a device you’re likely to

use for photography or video, especially if you have your mobile phone

to hand.

The front-facing 1.2 megapixel snapper is primarily for video

calls and those who have succumed to the unfortunate “selfie” plague

that’s currently sweeping the nation.

LG G Pad 8.0 – Battery Life

One

area where the entire G Pad range truly excels is battery life. The 8.0 comes with a 4200mAh non-removable power cell which we found

was roomy enough to get us through a few days of moderate to heavy

use. Naturally, activities such as playing games or watching movies

will gobble away at your juice faster than simply reading emails or

visiting a few websites, so your own mileage may vary. Certainly,

compared to other Android tablets, the G Pad 8.0 has impressive staying

power – something which could perhaps be attributed to its less

demanding chipset.

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Should I buy the LG G Pad 8.0?

Like

its larger sibling, the G Pad 10.1, the G Pad 8.0 has been forced to

endure some compromises in order to hit its impressively low price

point. The sluggish Snapdragon 400 chipset often struggles to keep up,

and the overall experience is generally skittish.

However, the low-res

screen is less of an issue on this model as the display size is smaller,

making those blocky pixels less obvious. It’s also impossible to deny

that LG has done an excellent job with its customisation of the Android

OS – the features it’s introduced are genuinely useful, and the minor

cosmetic changes deliver a look which is just as pleasant as stock

Android, if not more so.

The G Pad 8.0 won’t satisfy the needs of

seasoned tablet aficionados, and is arguably better suited to newcomers

or younger users, but for the price, it’s still worth a look if you’re

shopping on a tight budget.

Verdict

The G Pad 8.0 is

underpowered compared to other Android tablets, but for £150 it’s still

worthy of consideration if your expectations are modest.

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Score


Score in detail

  • Performance 7
  • Value 8
  • Design 7
  • Software & Apps 8
  • Screen Quality 7
  • Battery Life 8