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  • Author LG
  • Published January 5, 2014

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).
 
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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.
 

LG G Pad 8.3 in numbers
Display: 8.3in 1920×1200 (273ppi) IPS
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7 GHz quad core
Dimensions: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
Weight: 338g
Battery: 4,600mAh
RAM: 2GB
Storage: 16GB (up to 64GB microSD)
OS: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Connectivity: Bluetooth™ 4.0, Miracast, GPS, QPair
Cameras: 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front
 
Find out more about the completely ace LG G Pad 8.3 tablet here

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