The Google Books PDF Death Match series of posts:
Third Samsung Galaxy S III Test
Google Books PDF Death Match: 2013 Nexus 7
Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Android Tablet
Google Books PDF Death Match: iPad Air
Google Books PDF Death Match: iPhone 5s
Google Books PDF Death Match: Retina iPad Mini
Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Pro
A trip into Manhattan today with a side stop at Best Buy finally brought me into the orbit of the elusive LG G Pad 8.3.
I originally lusted after this tablet when it was released months ago. Then I cooled on it as the months passed and it couldn’t be found in any local stores.
Was my pining for it ever warranted?
See the answer after the break.
Very pretty screen:
That’s max brightness. I think the reviews that said it wasn’t very bright either were mistaken or LG boosted the brightness in the later production run.
Nice metal back, fit and finish. It doesn’t feel cheap at all.
Fairly thin and nice in the hand:
But let’s get down to business with AnTuTu X, baby:
I made sure nothing else was running and this was the surprising and rather sad result:
Look at how faaaaar down it is in the list:
Really, that’s an AnTuTu score I’d expect from a Rockchip 3188-based Chinese iPad Mini clone. (Next day update: See Comments regarding that AnTuTu X score).
The performance matched the score, with it being rather sluggish with my test Google Books PDF. It felt slower than the Android Dell Venue 8.
Here’s the video, which I messed up doing by keeping the camera rotated. Still, it’s useful:
Having done this test, I’m now thinking the Retina-class iFive Mini 3 will likely offer similar sluggish performance with very large Google Books PDFs. It’s good enough — but really not good. For all-text Google Books PDFs — such as novels — it would likely do very well.
At the time this post was published, the LG G Pad 8.3 was priced at US$349.00. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is US$399.00. There is a hell of a lot more than a simple US$50.00 in difference between the two. Go for the Samsung. The LG Pad 8.3 really isn’t worth more than US$250.00 max now.