LG Optimus Pad Review (T-Mobile G-Slate in the USA)
LG Optimus Pad Strengths
- Powerful processor handles the Android operating system well, web browsing is speedy and the tablet is quick to respond to your direction. It also handles multi-tasking well and can deliver high-definition video.
- The screen is a capacitive multitouch screen. It’s very responsive to taps and swipes.
- Decent enough resolution at 1280 x 768 pixels. The aspect ratio is 15:9 so the tablet is a little narrower than other tablets such as the iPad.
- The colours are bright and the image is sharp. Viewing the screen from an acute angle still provides a good picture with little drop-off in contrast.
- Polaris Office is included which means you can access and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents on the tablet using this app.
- Web browsing is speedy without lag and the LG tablet handles web video in the Flash format without stuttering.
- 3G and Wi-Fi options for connectivity so you have plenty of options to get online. Find a wireless signal or investing in a contract from a mobile provider and use the 3G mobile network. In this way, you have flexibility to get online when you’re out and about.
- The Optimus Pad also has the potential to connect to a 4G network as that becomes common place over the coming years.
- 5-megapixel rear-facing camera included for capturing videos and still images.
- Secondary rear-facing 5-megapixel camera allows for 3D video recording which you could then watch back via a 3D TV. The screen on the LG Optimus Pad is not a 3D screen, it’s a standard screen just as you’d find on other Android 3.0 tablets so you won’t see the full 3D effect unless you have a 3D TV. 3D glasses are included but that’s for playback in retro-3D rather than the modern version of 3D – think green fuzzy screen. The video can be switched to the modern version of 3D for watching on a dedicated 3D TV. Whilst it’s an interesting selling feature, the output is not close to a stand-alone 3D camera.
- The camera also takes standard 2D video and shoots stills. These are decent quality and the results are better than those experienced on other tablets. A LED flash is included for low-light shots.
- 2-megapixel camera is also included for video chat.
- MicroUSB port included – allows you to hook the tablet to your PC and load files on and off the device. It’s used for charging the device too. There’s also a range of accessories to give this port additional functionality.
- HDMI port – you can therefore buy a HDMI cable and hook-up the LG Optimus Pad to a high-definition TV and watch what you’ve got on your tablet screen through your TV. This means you can store videos and movies on the tablet but watch them through a big screen TV without losing any image quality.
- The tablet ships with 32GB of internal storage memory to store files such as music, video and apps.
- Battery life is impressive and comparable to the Motorola Xoom and iPad at up to the 10 hour mark.
LG Optimus Pad Weaknesses
- Build is solid albeit somewhat plasticy.
- Weighs 630g so is a little heavy given it’s an 8.9-inch tablet – for comparison, the Eee Pad Transformer is a 10.1-inch tablet but weighs in at 680g.
- Very expensive when compared with similar specification tablets. The price without a data contract is currently around the £750 mark. This is much higher than other comparable Android 3.0 tablets.
- Android 3.0 is a great operating system for tablets, but it’s unfinished and lacking apps built specifically for a tablet format. It’s substantially better than Android 2.x on earlier tablets but there are a number of issues that prevent perfection. I won’t cover this again here but you can find out what this means in our Android overview.
Tablet Review – LG Optimus Pad
The unique feature of the LG Optimus Pad over other tablets is the ability to record 3D video. This is somewhat gimmicky but may well appeal to a niche of customers who already have a 3D television that they’d then be able to watch these videos on. The fact that the tablet doesn’t have the facility to playback 3D is disappointing but understandable given the technical difficulties and cost of getting a 3D display on a tablet. If you’re really interested in shooting 3D video though, it’s likely you’ll invest in a camera specifically designed for the purpose. A dedicated 3D camera will provide a much better result than delivered by this tablet.
Overall the LG Optimus Pad is a proficient Android tablet, the processor and related performance is comparable to the Motorola Xoom, Acer Iconia and ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. However, this tablet is much more expensive than these tablets so it’s hard to recommend.
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