LG Optimus Pad Review: Glasses On: Unboxing, Display, Design And Construction

By 03:39 Wed, 11 Aug 2021 Comments

Rich retail package

The retail package of the LG Optimus Pad is fairly rich. You acquire the basics such as a charger (the size of a laptop charger), a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable and some manuals. You also acquire niceties like a Universal Serial Bus (USB) On-The-Go cable and a miniHDMI cable.

It's the richest tablet box we've seen so far. Now, anaglyph glasses are assumed to be part of the standard package, but our box came without them even though we have a retail product fresh off the street. It's a fine concept to check that before buying your Pad.

Rich retail package

Pixel-rich classy screen suffers outdoors

The LG Optimus Pad has an 8.9" classy screen at 1280 x 768, which means a pixel density of 167ppi. That’s higher than the iPad, the Motorola XOOM and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - enough for comfortable reading.

It’s a plain TFT unit though (not IPS, that is), and viewing angles are a small limited. Contrast deteriorates the further you go away from the dead-on angle, but overall the classy screen holds up very well. It's much better than what we experienced in the preview.

The Optimus Pad's display

Sunlight legibility is the display's weak spot. On a sunny day, it's very hard to see anything on the screen, which isn't helped by how reflective the classy screen is. Outdoors, you'll struggle to hit a fine viewing angle.

Our display test table follows, to pit the LG Optimus Pad against some of the competing screens we’ve tested. The brightness results are pretty uniform across the sample of tablets, but the Optimus Pad comes out ahead by a whisker. The black pixels leak quite a bit of light, so contrast readings are not very impressive (still, a small better than the iPad 2 though).

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Motorola XOOM

0.12 216 1853 0.21 436 2041

LG Optimus Pad

0.19 170 889 0.57 458 811

Apple iPad 2

0.18 167 925 0.55 429 775

Apple iPad 2

0.18 178 834 0.53 410 776

Design and construction

The LG Optimus Pad looks for a design identity in the more recent batch of Optimus line smartphones. It may not be quite the classy stone-crecent looker that the Motorola XOOM is, but it's not frightful by any means. In fact the LG tablet looks a bit better than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, which is the only other 8.9" droid slate at this point.

LG Optimus Pad

The front of the device has only a few things besides the classy screen itself: the 2MP front facing camera, an ambient light sensor and a small status LED. The typical Android keys have been moved to the classy screen as is the case with other Honeycomb tablets.

The video-call capturing camera has two hidden companions - a status Light Emitting Diode (LED) and an ambient light sensor

Let's talk about the equipment on the sides of the Optimus Pad. Assuming "top" is where the LG logo is, on the top of the device you'll find the charger plug, the 3.5mm audio jack and one of the loudspeaker grills.

Also here is the Power/Lock key, which is small and almost flush against the top of the Optimus Pad. It's comfortable to utilize and accidental presses are unlikely. Also, when you hrecent the tablet horizontally, the Power/Lock key goes on the left side and it's still alcorrect to use.

The 3.5mm audio jack, the charger port and the third speaker along with the Power/Lock key

The left side of the tablet (or bottom when held horizontally) houses the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port (you can't charge the Optimus Pad with it, even with a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) charger) and the miniHDMI port, both of which are left uncovered.

The left side is houses the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) and miniHDMI ports

The correct side houses the volume rocker and the microphone which comes up on the top side of the tablet when you hrecent it horizontally.

The volume rocker and the mic hole on the right

The bottom of the tablet is home to two loudspeakers, which pushes the total to three. There's a fine reason for that - if you hrecent the Optimus Pad upcorrect (with the logo on top), it’s the two loudspeakers that play. But if you hrecent the Pad horizontally, only one of the two at the bottom remains active and it couples with the third loudspeaker on the far side of the tablet for better stereo sound.

The two speakers at the bottom

The back of the tablet is the more intriguing place. There we find the dual 5 MegaPixel (MP) capturing camera lenses, fitted with a single Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash. The lenses are symmetrically placed either side of a brushed metal strip - an accent found on recent Optimus smartphones.

However, the two cameras protrude quite a bit so the tablet ends up resting on them when you place it on a table. You need to hold care, as that exposes them to scratches. Also, there's nothing to stop fingerprint smudges on the capturing camera lenses.

The Optimus Pad's back • the dual 5 megapixel cameras

You can slide to open a tiny bit at the top to access the SIM compartment. There is no microSD card slot on the Optimus Pad, 32GB of inbuilt storage is all you get. The battery, as you might expect, is not user accessible.

Sliding the top cover reveals the lonely SIM bed

The 6400mAh battery is quoted at up to 9 hours and 20 minutes of calls or 273h of standby time. We also ran the browser battery test and compared the results to other tablets we've tested. The LG Optimus Pad came close to the other Android tablet we've tested, the Motorola XOOM, but both are two hours behind the Apple iPad 2.

Still, just over 7 hours of constant (and we do mean constant, the test script moves through pages faster than most people would) is enough to last you the whole day.

The LG Optimus Pad is a well-built device and we found an 8.9" classy screen to be very welcoming. The matte, rubbery finish on the back is quite pleasant to touch and remarkable at hiding fingerprints. The brushed metal strip in the center is a nod at Optimus smartphones.

That said, the problem of the Optimus Pad is weight. At more or less the same size as its Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, the LG tablet is a whole 150g heavier, which is a smartphone's worth of weight, even a bit more.

The LG Optimus Pad held in hands



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