On the 12th day of Christmas, LG gave to me
… A tablet. Or the LG G Pad 8.3, to be precise. LG’s slab of never-off computing power has won friends and admirers since its October launch.
If you unwrapped one of these slates of joy two weeks ago, you’ll be the smug owner of a new type of tablet: this isn’t a slightly disappointingly sized 7in screen, this isn’t the overbearing 10in lumps – this is a sensible 8.3in, sitting in the Goldilocks Zone of screen-size perfection.
And it’s crafted beautifully, with a slick aluminium finish and tactile casing. There are not many tabs this size and with this build quality out there. Not only that, the 16:9 ratio with 1900×1200 display makes for very satisfying, HD movie viewing.
But hardware is nothing without a software cousin making everything tick. G Pad comes with Android 4.2.2, Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor for both an intuitive and smooth ride – as well as access to the infinite goodies in the Google Play store.
And LG has sprinkled its own elf-dust in the form of KnockOn (tap screen to wake) and various Qs: QPair (links with LG G2), QRemote (turns tab into remote for TV or set-top box); QSlide (so you can have a number of apps open on smaller screens for easy navigation).
It comes with 16GB intrinsic memory but it’s a tablet with a surprise – a microSD slot allowing for up to 64GB space. That’s plenty of games, movies and music to keep you entertained for a week’s worth of commuting on long-haul flights from Seoul to Slough.
Now Christmas is all but over, you can’t rely on a generous grandmother to stick it under the tree – you’ll not be making a mistake on quality, size, processing power and value if you treat yourself.