My Motorola Xoom is struggling to keep up these days, even with a custom KitKat ROM and overclocking it’s not as smooth as I’d like. An Android development opportunity has come up, so I thought I’d get a new tablet to help with this, and have plumped for the LG G Pad 8.3.
When choosing a tablet, the main considerations for me were the screen size and resolution, the weight of the device and the operating system. I’d decided that the 10.1″ of the Xoom was possibly a bit too big and definitely too heavy to hold for any amount of time, so I wanted one that was 7-8″. After doing some research, there were two standout choices – the newer Nexus 7 and the G Pad. The Nexus 7 has a smaller screen but is guaranteed to get the most recent version of Android (currently KitKat), whilst the G Pad has a new 8.3″ screen but only runs Jelly Bean 4.2. Both screens are the same resolution, and both devices could be bought for the same price (£179.99 at the time of purchase).
I went for the G Pad because the screen size was more appealing, and I felt that I could cope without KitKat for now, even if LG don’t update it there will always be custom ROMs for it.
My first impressions are very good – the device is light to hold and the screen is lovely – not as sharp as the Nexus 7, but I can’t see any pixels and it’s a massive improvement over the Xoom. Everything is smooth and lag seems minimal. The only thing that I’m not sure about is the battery life – it doesn’t seem like the device will last long without charging frequently, but that’s only something that can be seen after long-term use.
I’m very pleased with the device, and am looking forward to using it in my development work.