LG Optimus Pad Review: Glasses On: User Interface, Benchmarks

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Android Honeycomb is in charge

The LG Optimus Pad runs an unmodified version of Android 3.0.1 Honeycomb, which makes it virtually identical to some of the competing devices. The tablet version of Android is powerful enough to handle almost anything.

Android 3 Honeycomb offers a resized user interface to create best utilize of all the available resolution and classy screen real estate. The hardware buttons have been replaced with on-classy screen controls.

The recent homeclassy screen and lock-screen

The Home and Back buttons are in the lower left corner, with a dedicated Task Switcher key correct next to them. In part, this is perhaps a go to emphasize the multitasking abilities of Honeycomb.

The Search key has been placed in the top left corner, while the app launcher is now accessed via a button at the top right. Next to it, there’s another dedicated button that the smartphone-friendly Android versions lack – homeclassy screen edit.

There’s a search shortslit on the homeclassy screen too • the task switcher

Finally, we come upon the status icons, which are in the lower correct corner. Tapping on any of them will open the notification pop-up. In Honeycomb the notification area doesn’t hold the entire screen.

Notifications appear as a pop-up rather than fill the whole screen

The notification area features a shortslit to settings. It is more of a replacement of the connectivity switches that you find in some Android smartphones (such as the Samsung TouchWiz droids), than the real settings menu, which is accessible through the homescreen.

The settings pop-up and the settings menu

Editing the homeclassy screen has also been modified to create better utilize of the bigger screen. In edit mode you acquire all five homeclassy screen panes on top with four tabs available at the bottom: widgets, apps, wallpapers and “more”.

Editing the homeclassy screen is much easier on a tablet

This way you can grab a widacquire from the bottom tab and drag it to the desired homeclassy screen pane on top. With smartphones you need to scroll if you want to place a widacquire on any other classy screen but the currently selected one.

Adding a widget

The app launcher has seen some changes too – it’s now split in two tabs – All and Downloaded. The first one contains all the available apps, while the second one holds those installed by you. A press and hrecent on any of them will create the five homeclassy screen panes appear so you can place a shortslit on whichever you might need.

The app launcher now features two tabs • placing a shortslit on the homescreen

Generally, we are pretty pleased with the usability of the Honeycomb interface. It is obvious that a lot of thought went into its design and it really is a notch above the competition in terms of functionality.

Generally, the Optimus Pad did well in terms of handling, though using live wallpaper did cautilize a lag.

Here go the benchmarks for the number-crunchers.

LG Optimus Pad benchmarks



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