|LG GPE 8.3 on left Nexus 7 on right.Both are in really nice bluetooth leather cases available on Amazon.|
What is the best mid sized Android tablet?
Is there a Goldilocks solution that’s just the right size with just the right features at the right price?
We shall see. We’ll follow my journey from Nexus 7 to LG Gpad 8.3 to the pure LG Gpad Google Play Edition.
I’ve had Google Nexus 7 2012 8 and 16 GB versions, and then a Google Nexus 7 2013 32 GB version. I really liked everything about the Nexus. Specifically;
- Great screen resolution
- Reliable hardware and software
- Most current version of Android
- No bloatware (Samsung and LG among others add tons of apps and programs that kind of answer the questions no one ever asked. I find these options confusing and may reduce performance. More on that later.)
- an SD Card slot. (But in reality the 32 GB version had plenty of room to spare without external storage.)
- A little bit bigger screen
- Screen was darker and had a yellowish cast
- Performance was definitely slower. There was a noticeable delay when starting some apps and when moving about screens.
- The bloatware on the machine was crazy click here for complete details. http://www.lg.com/us/cell-phones/lg-V500-Black-g-pad-8.
- It was running Jelly Bean OS 4.22 instead of KitKat 4.42which has some nice streamlining and improvements.
- That little extra 1.3″ screen size make a big difference when watching movies or reading. It is still easy to hold and lightweight.
- It has an SD card with up to 64 GB of storage fro movies music etc.
- The GPE version has no bloatware and it’s performance is much snappier. I have seen no lagging.
- The screen color was true and did not have the yellow cast. It also seems brighter.
- I would say the screen resolution is equal. Both are joys to view.
- The Nexus 7 32GB is currently available from Walmart for $179 vs $349 for the LG 8.3 GPE. That is a very big difference for an extra 1.3 inches of screen.
- The sound on the Nexus 7 is purer. The 8.3 GPE has a rather tinny sound from it’s stereo speakers.
- Though the GPE has an SD card, you can’t write to it in the Android OS.
- You have to remove the card and put it in a computer and copy your media to it. Then you can replace the card and the applications will se the media on the card. You can then play your movies, etc.
|LG on left Nexus on right. 1.3 inches makes a difference.|
|LG top Nexus bottom. in this view there isn’t much difference at all.|