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LG Optimus Pad review

7.2/10 AVG.
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7.2/10
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The LG Optimus Pad currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 25 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

While in many ways the Optimus Pad is just another tablet, the 3D capabilities featured in this model make it stand out just enough from the competition to be noticed.However, for users not interested in such features, its relatively high price may be enough to cause many to shy away.

What's good

  • The LCD screen is perfect for watching movies thanks to the wide aspect ratio and brilliant colors
  • While the LCD is good for movies, web browsing can be awkward due to the size and shape of the Optimus Pad

What's bad

  • Impressive hardware makes the Optimus Pad a treat to use. It is extremely fast and responsive all-around
  • The Android Marketplace does not currently have many Android 3.0 apps

The LG Optimus Pad is a brand new tablet that runs on Android 3.0 and features dual cameras which allow 3D video to be shot. The design of the tablet is very wide and can be awkward to use if you are used to more traditionally shaped tablets. The device is also really large to hold in your hand due to its size and overall thickness.

Hardware specs are good with a powerful processor, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. Android 3.0 was designed specifically for tablets and it shows. The operating system runs beautifully with apps opening quickly and not having any slow downs to speak of even when several apps are open at the same time.

While the LCD screen might be rather awkward for web browsing, it excels at video playback. The 15:9 aspect ratio is much like the HDTV you have at home, so movies can play without having to be stretched across the screen. The screen's colors are bright and vibrant. Text is easy to read as well thanks to the high-resolution of the screen. Like most tablets, the screen is not legible in direct sunlight or other extremely bright conditions.

As far as apps go, there are not too many out there for Android 3.0 yet. This will change in the future as more and more tablets are released but now the marketplace looks rather empty. Thankfully, the Optimus Pad does include Polaris Office for those who need productivity software.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
8.9"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


148Apps

Is it fun? The answer is a resounding yes. Though not action-packed, the dice-rolling mechanic adds a great bit of tension to each play and the unpredictability of those dice brings some great moments of triumph and anguish as your team struggles to make big plays and stop your opponent. Even for fo...

- Andrew Fisher, 148Apps
GSMArena

The 3D stuff aside, the Optimus Pad is pretty much like the lot: unskinned Android Honeycomb, 32GB of internal storage, Tegra 2 chipset and rich connectivity options. We’re less than impressed with the screen, but it’s got nothing to do with the resolution or size. In fact, at 8.9”...

- GSMArena Team, GSMArena
Expert Reviews

At £750, it's extraordinarily expensive even for a tablet than can shoot 3D video. The most expensive iPad 2, with 64GB of storage and 3G, is £659 direct from Apple. If the Pad's 3D capture was effective enough, LG might be justified in adding a price premium, but it isn't. The excellent...

- Barry de la Rosa, Expert Reviews
GottaBeMobile

After spending a month with the G-Slate I came to appreciate the form factor, display and 4G connectivity. Sadly, the positives I found in the hardware couldn’t overcome the limitations in Android 3.0. We are closer than we were 6 months ago, but the G-Slate still takes a hit due to the Androi...

- Josh Smith, GottaBeMobile
PhoneArena

Back at when the LG Optimus Pad was revealed at MWC this February, things looked bright for LG. 3D was picking pace and the iPad 2 was still an unreal product of the distant future. In that context, the LG Optimus Pad looks almost adequate, but given the current reality of things it falls short in j...

- Victor H., PhoneArena


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Screen Size
8.9"

The LG Optimus Pad's screen size is 8.9 inches with 1280 x 768 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
6400mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 6400 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Optimus Pad Specs

Overview
Release date April 20, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1700/2100 MHz
Data:
HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 3.0 Honeycomb

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM Unknown
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 6400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 11 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.9 x 24.3 x 1.3 cm (5.9 x 9.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 630 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 768 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 8.9 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features HD Capacitive 3D Touch Screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, White balance, Additional rear camera: 5 Megapixels 1080p HD Video recording capability, and 1920×1080 pixels
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, MP3
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types JPG, GIF, TXT, BMP
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): T-Mobile G-Slate with Google, LG G-Slate, LG V909

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Critic Reviews


148Apps

A board gamer's football game, a football fan's board game, and well worth a look

from 148Apps

Is it fun? The answer is a resounding yes. Though not action-packed, the dice-rolling mechanic adds a great bit of tension to each play and the unpredictability of those dice brings some great moments of triumph and anguish as your team struggles to make big plays and stop your opponent. Even for folks who know nothing about football, its intuitive and straightforward, with a simple, almost rock-paper-scissor core driving the gameplay...

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Is it fun? The answer is a resounding yes. Though not action-packed, the dice-rolling mechanic adds a great bit of tension to each play and the unpredictability of those dice brings some great moments of triumph and anguish as your team struggles to make big plays and stop your opponent. Even for folks who know nothing about football, its intuitive and straightforward, with a simple, almost rock-paper-scissor core driving the gameplay.

In short, 1st & Goal is a board gamer’s football game as well as a football fan’s board game, and it’s well worth a look.

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GSMArena

The Optimus Pad hits the sweet spot between performance and portability

The 3D stuff aside, the Optimus Pad is pretty much like the lot: unskinned Android Honeycomb, 32GB of internal storage, Tegra 2 chipset and rich connectivity options. We’re less than impressed with the screen, but it’s got nothing to do with the resolution or size. In fact, at 8.9&rdq...More

The 3D stuff aside, the Optimus Pad is pretty much like the lot: unskinned Android Honeycomb, 32GB of internal storage, Tegra 2 chipset and rich connectivity options. We’re less than impressed with the screen, but it’s got nothing to do with the resolution or size. In fact, at 8.9” the Optimus Pad hits the sweet spot between performance and portability.

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Expert Reviews

You'd expect a 3D display for it's extraordinarily expensive price

from Expert Reviews

At £750, it's extraordinarily expensive even for a tablet than can shoot 3D video. The most expensive iPad 2, with 64GB of storage and 3G, is £659 direct from Apple. If the Pad's 3D capture was effective enough, LG might be justified in adding a price premium, but it isn't. The excell...More

At £750, it's extraordinarily expensive even for a tablet than can shoot 3D video. The most expensive iPad 2, with 64GB of storage and 3G, is £659 direct from Apple. If the Pad's 3D capture was effective enough, LG might be justified in adding a price premium, but it isn't. The excellent Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is lighter, lasts for ten-and-a-half hours playing video, and costs almost half the price.

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GottaBeMobile

The positives in the hardware couldn’t overcome the limitations of Honeycomb

from GottaBeMobile

After spending a month with the G-Slate I came to appreciate the form factor, display and 4G connectivity. Sadly, the positives I found in the hardware couldn’t overcome the limitations in Android 3.0. We are closer than we were 6 months ago, but the G-Slate still takes a hit due to the And...More

After spending a month with the G-Slate I came to appreciate the form factor, display and 4G connectivity. Sadly, the positives I found in the hardware couldn’t overcome the limitations in Android 3.0. We are closer than we were 6 months ago, but the G-Slate still takes a hit due to the Android tablet OS. The G-Slate will meet the needs of some users, but if you are considering one, you really need to head down to your local T-Mobile location to put the tablet to the test. We recommend testing out your common document and media needs and browsing the app store to see if you can purchase or install all the apps you need.

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PhoneArena

Hefty price seems unjustified

from PhoneArena

Back at when the LG Optimus Pad was revealed at MWC this February, things looked bright for LG. 3D was picking pace and the iPad 2 was still an unreal product of the distant future. In that context, the LG Optimus Pad looks almost adequate, but given the current reality of things it falls short i...More

Back at when the LG Optimus Pad was revealed at MWC this February, things looked bright for LG. 3D was picking pace and the iPad 2 was still an unreal product of the distant future. In that context, the LG Optimus Pad looks almost adequate, but given the current reality of things it falls short in just way too many departments. First and foremost, LG seems to have missed a year's development on thickness and weight of tablets giving us a somewhat bulky device. Even the solid build quality and premium feel can't make up for that. Secondly, it fails miserably in the price war – its price tag in Germany stands at the mind-boggling $1,385 (945 euro) off contract, while over in the UK it currently sells for $1,230 (750 pounds). That's nearly twice the price of an iPad and even more than what Motorola would charge for its 10-inch XOOM, which clearly tips the scales in favor of the latter two.
Third comes 3D. For many it's turned out to be more of a gimmick – a fancy new feature that one would hardly ever use rather than the key differentiator of a product. And even more so for the LG Optimus Pad which relies on anaglyph glasses for viewing it. So finally, while LG's tablet does come with a great screen and 3D, it fails to capitalize on the 3D as its cameras are rather average and it seems dated when you look at its bulkiness. It can be a fun thing to play around, but given the steep price, we'd only look at it with a huge carrier subsidy.

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Stuff

Screen is responsive, bright and colourful, 3D video capture

from Stuff

At the moment the Optimus Pad is on Honeycomb 3.0, yet to receive an update to 3.1, but that’s not a huge issue. The OS performs well and there’s enough internal power to push things around smoothly. The screen is responsive, bright and colourful and the speakers are fine for casual iPlayer viewing....

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At the moment the Optimus Pad is on Honeycomb 3.0, yet to receive an update to 3.1, but that’s not a huge issue. The OS performs well and there’s enough internal power to push things around smoothly. The screen is responsive, bright and colourful and the speakers are fine for casual iPlayer viewing.

But then there’s the price: £750. Yes, you do get a 3G modem for that money, but even so, that’s a staggeringly optimistic amount of money. If the Optimus Pad were a staggeringly impressive tablet, fair enough, but it’s not. It’s good, but not that good.

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Mobile Syrup

A quality product backed by a very attractive, usable operating system

from Mobile Syrup

I really like LG’s first Honeycomb tablet. While it stands out in a number of ways, it is perhaps for the wrong reasons. And internally, but for the cameras and SIM slot, it is virtually identical to its contemporaries. But its smaller size definitely lends itself to more versatility than t...More

I really like LG’s first Honeycomb tablet. While it stands out in a number of ways, it is perhaps for the wrong reasons. And internally, but for the cameras and SIM slot, it is virtually identical to its contemporaries. But its smaller size definitely lends itself to more versatility than those 10.1” beasts. When presented with the choice to throw the Optimus Pad or the larger Acer Iconia into my day bag, I almost always chose the former. Coupled with a nice case and a compact Bluetooth keyboard, this could be the perfect setup for the laptop-weary road warrior. Weighing only 1.35lbs, it’s all muscle: I couldn’t even make it creak, despite the all-plastic build. Its shortcomings are not insurmountable, either. A future software upgrade will smooth out the rough software edges; the subsidized price will quickly drop; more people will purchase 3D-enabled televisions to support video playback; and consumers will own up to the fact that a 10-inch widescreen tablet is sometimes too awkward. The Optimus Pad is a quality product backed by a very attractive, usable operating system. If money isn’t a factor, this is the one to get. If it is, wait a couple months until Rogers drops the price. Who knows, they may even have upgraded it to Android 3.1 by then.

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Pocket-lint

LG has added technology that’s not needed and made a device that’s likely to be overlooked by many

from Pocket-lint

3D is very much an industry led thing at the moment and the Pad taps into that without really committing. The 3D recording and playback is fun, but we doubt you’ll use it unless you’re a hardened 3D fan. It’s a shame because the 3D experience on the Optimus 3D, the company’s smartphone due out later in the year, is so much better and something that impressed us a lot. We can understand that LG would want to add an extra component to their 3D creation story, but the 3D camera without a 3D screen feels like a step too far....

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3D is very much an industry led thing at the moment and the Pad taps into that without really committing. The 3D recording and playback is fun, but we doubt you’ll use it unless you’re a hardened 3D fan. It’s a shame because the 3D experience on the Optimus 3D, the company’s smartphone due out later in the year, is so much better and something that impressed us a lot. We can understand that LG would want to add an extra component to their 3D creation story, but the 3D camera without a 3D screen feels like a step too far.

And then there’s the final crazy element: the price. Carphone Warehouse has the Optimus Pad listed at £749 which is absurd. It might be fast, it might be great for watching movies, but it’s just simply not worth that much money.

Ultimately LG has failed here. It has added technology that’s not needed and made a device that’s likely to be overlooked by many. There are just better Honeycomb experiences on the market.

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Digital Trends

Cheesy red-and-blue 3D effects and a number of quirks coupled with a lack of options keep it from rising to the top

from Digital Trends

The LG G-Slate is a fine tablet with fine features, but because of its price and lack of configuration options, it is a tablet only meant for those who can afford an expensive price tag and monthly fee. No Wi-Fi-only version is available. Whoever decided to add red and blue 3D to this tablet made...More

The LG G-Slate is a fine tablet with fine features, but because of its price and lack of configuration options, it is a tablet only meant for those who can afford an expensive price tag and monthly fee. No Wi-Fi-only version is available. Whoever decided to add red and blue 3D to this tablet made a big mistake as well. All it has done is add to the weight and cost of the unit. A general lack of 3D content to play also means you won’t be doing much 3D work, even in anaglyph.

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TabletPCReview

A run-of-the-mill Honeycomb tablet that delivers solid performance, but little more

from TabletPCReview

The LG G-Slate is definitely a fine tablet, but most of what makes it such a quality product is the Honeycomb software, which, at this point, can be found on other, better pieces of hardware. Not only is there nothing particularly remarkable about the G-Slate as a piece of hardware, but its 3D ca...More

The LG G-Slate is definitely a fine tablet, but most of what makes it such a quality product is the Honeycomb software, which, at this point, can be found on other, better pieces of hardware. Not only is there nothing particularly remarkable about the G-Slate as a piece of hardware, but its 3D capabilities -- its one defining characteristic -- are limited and generally pretty poor. But aside from the disappointing 3D, there isn't really anything major wrong with the G-Slate either. With the exception of some quirks and the occasional bug, the G-Slate performs well and can get the job done. It's just that there are other devices out there than can get it done better.

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User Reviews


Some unique 3D-ready features that set it apart

The LG Optimus Pad, selling in the United States as the G-Slate, was released in February of 2011.


While it shares many of its features with most other current-gen tablets available, including Bluetooth, GPS, and WiFi, the tablet has some unique 3D-ready features that set it apart from the competition....

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The LG Optimus Pad, selling in the United States as the G-Slate, was released in February of 2011.


While it shares many of its features with most other current-gen tablets available, including Bluetooth, GPS, and WiFi, the tablet has some unique 3D-ready features that set it apart from the competition.


The main selling point on the Optimus is its video capture technology.


Its rear-facing cameras (yes, that's plural) provide smooth 2D 1080p HD video that is far and away the best quality available on any tablet or smartphone.


As if that wasn't enough - and here's where the plural comes in - the dual 5-megapixel cameras capture 720p HD video in 3D at 30 frames per second.


A third, front-facing camera is rated at 2 megapixels and allows the user to take full advantage of the video conferencing capabilities introduced in the latest version of Android.


The screen itself isn't 3D-ready like the Nintendo 3DS, so glasses are required for properly viewing 3D video.


Despite that, the 8.9-inch screen features a vibrant resolution of 1280 x 768. An integrated 3D graphics accelerator provides smooth video playback in 2D and 3D modes, and the capacitive multi-touch screen is fast and responds well to gestures and input.


Under the hood, the tablet runs a 1 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor working with a full gig of RAM.


The 32 GB of internal storage on the Optimus Pad can be expanded via a microSD slot.


Android 3.1 was the operating system of choice, and the operating system is relatively free of the buggy proprietary software that LG included on their Optimus 2X.


If viewing videos on the small screen isn't your thing, the Optimus Pad has an external HDMI port that allows you to output video to a TV or projector.


For viewing 3D video, glasses will still be required, even on 3D-ready televisions; however, the inclusion of an external video port is something that many competitors have overlooked on their tablets.


Pros

- The video capture capabilities on this tablet are the best available, including 2D 1080p HD and 3D 720p HD video capture modes.

- A standard mini HDMI port allows users to watch captured video on their television without the need for adaptors, disc burning, or video conversion software.


Cons

- Its unique size means that many standard accessories designed for 7-inch or 10-inch tablets may not properly fit this tablet.

- Rather than sporting a 3D-ready screen, glasses are needed to get the most out of the phone's 3D experience.

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