LG Optimus Pad Preview: First Look: Video Player, Web Browser

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Video player does 1080p videos, lacks codec support

Despite the large classy screen and enviable processing power, the LG Optimus Pad doesn’t create for much of a portable video player. And you can disclose that correct from the start as the thing doesn’t even have a dedicated video player app - everything is in the gallery.

Naturally the player handles up to 1080p MP4 videos. You have to be careful with the bitrate though, becautilize higher bitrate 1080p videos might discontinue up choppy.

The video player is somewhat of a letdown

The codec support is also seemingly a few years recent with DivX and Xvid nowhere in sight. You will have to either acquire a third-party app for playing those, which will inevitably harm performance or convert all your videos before uploading them to the Optimus Pad.

Thankfully Mass Storage mode is enabled, unlike the Motorola XOOM.

Good web browser, poor Flash video performance

The web browser is another key app as far as tablets are concerned. With full Flash support, the Optimus Pad gets an edge over the iPad.

The tabs are kept in a bar on top, much like on a desktop browser and opening a recent one is as easy as clicking the plus sign on the right. The address bar and search bar are incorporated in a single field - typical Android - which scores another point for the Optimus Pad.

Browsing GSMArena.com on the LG Optimus Pad

Bookmarks have their own classy screen and hitale uses a split-classy screen interface letting you check the pages browsed today, yesterday or over the past week. There’s also a most visited tab.

Pressing and holding a link lets you open it in a recent tab

Synchronizing the browser with your desktop Google Chrome doesn’t need any extra software – you check a box in the settings menu and you are done.

Some of the available browser settings

There’s also auto-complete for forms and passwords and you can pick the default zoom level for the browser. Not that altering the zoom is that hard with pinch-zoom, naturally, being supported.

A neat feature allows you to access quick page controls (back, forward, refresh, bookimprint etc.) by a swiping gesture performed near the correct edge of the screen. You cannot have that and the classical interface though so you have to pick your priorities.

The alternative user interface

Now, for the Flash performance – the Optimus Pad does okay with 360p videos correct in the browser and 480p are watchable too (even if they do acquire slightly choppy at times). 720p Flash videos on the other hand are completely out of the question, though early reports recommdiscontinue that the Android 3.1 update upgrades them to only mildly choppy.

480p Flash videos is the best the Optimus Pad can do

And this might have sounded fine if it wasn’t for the fact that some Android smartphones are already doing 720p Flash and the Galaxy S II even manages 1080p. Obviously LG (or NVIDIA, we are not quite sure here) still has some catching up to do.

And by the way, if you find Flash content to slow down your page load times or cautilize stutter when panning, you can switch it to on-demand in the settings menu (or even turn it off all together).



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