LG Electronics G Pad 8.0 Review


LG전자 G패드 8.0 사용기  Translated by DRNNE


*The testing product in this review was sponsored by LG Electronics.




  After releasing Optimus G, LG Electronics successively launched G2, and G3. It seems that LG Electronics has been raising its competitiveness in the smartphone market. However, in the tablet market, the condition is quite different. It is 3 years ago that LG Electronics launched its first Android tablet, but G Pad 8.3 which was released last year is considered as the first product to respond properly to the market. Since G Pad 8.3 was launched with G2, LG Electronics’ flagship smartphone, at that time, G Pad 8.3 had a chance to show its brand power. Tablet series that LG Electronics launched this year features its lower specification than that of G Pad 8.3 which was released last year. Instead, this year’s tablet series is middle-range product released in various sizes and lower price. G Pad 8.0 which we are going to introduce in this post is the middle size of this year’s G Pad series which was released in 3 different sizes; 7, 8, and 10.1 inches.







  G Pad 8.0 has 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, and IPS type LCD whose resolution is WXGA (1280 x 800). It also features 4,200mAh battery, 1GB RAM, and 16GB Memory.







  Its size is 210.8 x 124.2 x 9.9mm and it weights 342g. It is slimmer than 7 inches model and more light that 10.1 model. There are two color options for its back cover: black and white. The whole exterior is composed of non-glossy plastic material except the front part. The overall quality is pretty good that it does not seem to be a middle-range model.






  Because G Pad 8.0 has an HD display, it has a lower resolution than other tablets with full HD displays. However, considering price, HD display also can be a good choice for casual purpose. Although its resolution is not high, it still has IPS type LCD so that it has strength in viewing angle, and vivid color.







  The reason that G Pad 8.0 does not seem to be a middle-range model can be found in its UX. ‘Premium UX’ which was also applied to recent smartphones such as G3, and G3 beat was applied to G Pad 8.0. Flat icons and UI make users feel much comfortable. In the Quick Alarm Window, which can be seen by sweeping down the Alarm Bar in the upper part, basic settings can be controlled such as WIFI, sound, rotation, Bluetooth, GPS and so on. Moreover, LG Mobile’s specialized functions like Q memo+, Q pair, and Q slide can also be used in here.







  In the back part, there is 5MP auto-focusing camera. There is no flash and it supports two shooting modes: panorama and automatic. It also supports voice shooting which takes the picture by speaking some words such as cheese, smile, whisky, and Kimchi instead of pressing a button on a screen. It can record a full HD video up to 1920 x 1080. You can check the pictures below taken by G Pad 8.0.









(870, Dongnam-ro, Gangdong-gu, Seoul, Korea)








  Actually it is hard to expect that middle-range tablet shows excellent camera quality, but it can still supports some functions fun to use. ‘Selfie Camera’ function is also applied to G Pad 8.0 which has been introduced already through TV commercials and media.







  Front camera recognizes a hand, when you raise your hand in front of it.





(813-4, Yeoksam 1-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea)


  And when you make a fist, from then the timer is activated, and 3 seconds later it takes a shot.








  If you feel that 16GB is not enough for you, you can enlarge the memory by inserting micro SD card.







  Memory option can be managed separately in a setting menu.







  From now on, let’s see some main features that LG Electronics put up as their mobile products’ features. First, Dual Windows is the function that two tasks can be done simultaneously for some applications that LG Electronics selected.







  Like the picture, ratio of each window can be controlled and two internet applications can be launched at the same time.








  There is Q pair function that interworks with an Android smartphone. As its name shows, it is the function that alarm information is popped up on a smartphone and a tablet simultaneously.








  To use Q pair, An Android smartphone is also needed to have Q pair application. (You can download Q pair app in Google Play)








  After connecting the two devices by guidance, there pops the menu on the tablet where you can manage whether you will receive phone call, message, and SNS alarms simultaneously that the connected Android smartphone receives.







  There pops the phone call alarm when Nexus 5, which is connected to G Pad 8.0 via Q pair, receives the phone call. During Q pair connection, you can call through G Pad, and send a refuse message.







  Text message is also shown on G Pad. So while using a tablet you can more easily reply without taking out a smartphone.







  IR sensor is applied to and Q remote application is installed in G Pad 8.0. Therefore, it can be used as a remote controller for TV and set-top box.







  When pressing detailed menu, you can add more remote controllers separately. For example, you can add controllers for a TV in a living room and a set-top box in a bed room.






  G Pad series launched in 2014 is not the product that would be chosen because of the good specification. For 8 inches model, it has quite a good design and display considering the price, which is 299 dollars. Moreover, LG Electronics has not been released its high-end flagship tablet yet, so G Pad series is the only one where you can experience several functions and UX applied to G3, a premium smartphone of LG Electronics. The 3 models of this G Pad series do not vary too much in specifications, but in some parts except camera, and memory, so that considering the mobility and location where you use a tablet, it would be good for you to choose the most suitable model among the 3 models.