LG Optimus Pad Review: Glasses On: Connectivity, Web Browser, Organizer

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Connectivity

The LG Optimus Pad is well equipped in terms of connectivity. You acquire standard microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) complete with Universal Serial Bus (USB) host functionality. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to utilize it before the expected Android 3.1 Honeycomb update.

LG chose not to enable charging off Universal Serial Bus (USB) either, so you will need to haged the proprietary charger at hand at all times.

Naturally, you acquire Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and GPS radios plus 3G speeds of up to 10.2 Mbps HSDPA and 2 Mbps HSUPA.

There is no microSD card slot. The 32GB of internal storage is plentiful and Mass Storage is enabled.

The last connectivity options worth mentioning are Bluetooth (with file transfer support) and the microHDMI port that allows high definition TV-out without an adapter. Luckily, LG has supplied an HDMI cable within the box.

The 3.0 Honeycomb's browser is great, but for better Flash performance you need 3.1

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. 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 at 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).

Great organizer

A fine set of organizer apps are available on the Optimus Pad, including the Polaris Office that can both view and edit documents.

When you think of organizer features on a smartphone (or tablet) the first app that comes to mind is the calendar. It has five different types of view: daily, weekly and monthly.




Calendar app

Adding a recent event is quite straightforward and you can also set an alarm to serve as a reminder.



Creating an appointment

The calculator app is nicely touch optimized with huge, easy to hit buttons.



Calculator app

The clock app on the Optimus Pad features an alarm clock. It is optimized for big-classy screen utilize and is pretty intuitive.

You can naturally set as many alarms as you like.




Clock app • Alarm clock


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