LG G Pad II 8-inch Review

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Posted: October 4, 2015

Like many brands, LG has suffered in the tablet PC market in recent times - data from the 2nd quarter of 2015 had them on 3.6 per cent of global market share, behind Apple (24.5%), Samsung (17%) and Lenovo (5.7%). Squeezed between Apple and Samsung at the high end of the market and cheap Chinese devices at the low end, LG is one of many to struggle. Turnover in LG's mobile section (which includes their tablet sales) was stagnant, and operating profit was slashed. So in defense of their position, LG recently announced two new tablets - an 8-inch update to its 2013 G-Pad, and a 10.1 inch option. We had a play with the 8-inch version.

Hands-On Impressions

First and foremost, the device looks very much like the older version - it's designed vertically, meaning headphone jacks are not on the bottom (an irritant to many). The G Pad II (model code LGV498) comes with a stylus, full-size USB port (which we love, though it's only USB 2.0), and a MicroSD slot (up to 128GB). The stylus is impressively narrow, indicating some design thought has gone into making Android recognise it (it wouldn't normally allow input from such a small touch).

Overall, the build quality is good but not great, and there's little wow factor.

The Details

It runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop), and has an okay processor - a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon quad core. The device weighs 12.31 oz (just under 350 grams) which isn't especially light. When you've held some of the premium versions for a while, this one starts to feel like a 1980s cellphone. An unfair comparison, of course, because it's priced very differently from the elite tablets. Still, we'd like to have our cake and eat it. 

The display is 1280x800 at 189 pixels per inch. While the trend seems to be towards a 4:3 aspect ratio, LG is doggedly sticking with 16:9. It measures 8.30" x 4.89" x 0.35".

The battery is on the small side - 4,200 mAh, though it gives 9 or 10 hours of real-world use.

The cameras are not an issue - a 5MP rear camera will take an okay photo, and the 2MP front lens is plenty good enough for some Skyping.

Software

Microsoft Office comes pre-installed and there's 100GB of free cloud storage for two years. A much-needed special feature comes in the form of the QSlide Function - it lets you split the screen into two and resize either window. It's multitasking, on an Android... for selected applications. Q Pair 2.0 allows you to pair the device with your Android phone and use the tablet to take calls and respond to texts.

Performance

It's slightly underpowered for gaming, so but for general tablet use (web surfing, emailing, watching videos) it works well. The stylus is a very nice feature to have at this price point, and you can do some office work on the LG G Pad II. Just don't expect to be able to sell your laptop...

 

Summary

The LG G Pad II 8 inch offers no new features, and seems unimaginative compared to other tablets released recently. However, not every tablet will change the world, it is a worthy, solid device that will allow those who buy it to do some light office tasks on the go. Released at under 200 dollars, it will go some way to helping LG retain its market share, though I'd be surprised if it was a huge hit in North America. 

 

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Technical Specifications

LG G Pad 2 F 8
 Tablet  LG G Pad 2 F 8"
 Rating  Ratings
 OS  Android 5.0
 CPU  Snapdragon 400 - 1.2 GHz
 Storage  16,32 GB
 RAM  1 GB
 Display  IPS LCD - 8.0 inch
 Resolution  1280 x 800 px - 189 ppi
 Camera  Front 2.0 / Back 5.0 MP
 Weight  0.35 kg / 0.76 lbs
 Battery life  9.0 hours
 Released  2015-08

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Battery life comparison

Battery life of selected tablet

 Tablet   (h)   Battery life 
LG G Pad 2 F 8"9.0LG G Pad 2 F 8

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Weight comparison

Weight of selected tablet

 Tablet   kg   lbs   Weight 
LG G Pad 2 F 8"0.350.76LG G Pad 2 F 8

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