Chasing the best 8″ tablet – Samsung Pro 8.4 vs. LG Google Play 8.3

Just when I thought I had the perfect tablet, the LG GPad Google Play Edition 8.3″, along comes Samsung with their new PRO line of tablets. Unable to resist the temptation to chase the latest technology, I opted for the new 8.4″ Pro. Here are my findings and comparisons.

Software

Both units run the latest Android version 4.42 KitKat

The LG GPE (Google Play Edition) is pure Android with no bloatware software. The Samsung has a little but some of it is nice. The multi view gives you a little slide out menu that allows split screen operations of 2 programs.

Dimensions

The units are almost identical with 2-3 mm of each other. Of course if you bought cases for the LG, don’t think they will fit the slightly larger Samsung. The weights are very close.

CPU 

Samsung 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 – LG 1.7 Ghz Snapdragon 600 The Samsung seems a bit smoother and quicker.

Display

Here is a big area of difference with the edge going to the new Samsung.

Resolution 2560X1600 vs. 1920×1280

The Samsung Pro is brighter and the colors are truer. The LG has a slightly yellow cast to the whites.

Both screens are nice but again the edge to the Pro.

Camera

Edge to Samsung with an 8Mp camera with flash and lots of options vs a fairly stripped down 5MP rear camera.

Storage

Big difference here! Both unites had micro SD cards, but the LG is almost a joke. You can load it up with music videos, etc. on your computer and then insert it into the unit, but you can not write to it or access the files on it from the file explorer.

The Samsung allows total access to the SD card. The file manager let’s you write, copy drag and drop to the extra additional storage (up to 64 GB)

Sound

Another win for the Samsung. Much cleaner sound than the LG.

Price

The 16 GB Samsung is priced at $399.00. The 16GB LG GPE is $349.00

Recommendation

The Samsung is a better buy. The only other question you might be asking is would you want to consider a iPad mini for the same price. The SD storage and more open user interface, in my opinion give the edge to Samsung Pro.

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