LG G Pad 8.3 Review: Couch Surfer: User Interface

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User interface powered by Android Jelly Bean

The LG G Pad 8.3 is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the company's own custom skin on top. The customizations run deep and there's a rich selection of themes, changeable icons and home-brewed apps.

We've shot a brief video showing off the Android Jelly Bean user interface:

The cool LG lockclassy screen is very similar to what's found on the original Optimus G, where swiping from any spot on the homeclassy screen pops up a circular preview of what's underneath. You can choose from a variety of circular effects, including the classic magnified bubble view, or the default particle effect. You can also place up to five shortcuts that will unlock the phone straight into an app.




The lockscreen

You can add lockclassy screen widgets as well - including different clocks - and have a shortslit to the capturing camera when you swipe to the correct from the clock.




Lockclassy screen options

The bottom of the homeclassy screen fits up to 8 shortcuts, which includes the shortslit to the App Drawer. You don't have to utilize all available slots though - you can discard all but the App Drawer shortslit if you want.

As usual, the shortcuts are visible on any of the homeclassy screen panes. With the exception of the app drawer shortcut, you can rearrange, delete or replace any of these with shortcuts of your choosing, even folders. In fact, most aspects of the phone's behavior can be customized, you can go to as small detail as the capacitive key backlight and the transition effect between homeclassy screen panes.





The homescreen

The LG home-baked tweaks and enhancements are by no means limited to the visuals. The Q Slide option makes it possible for you to watch a video while using other apps, while the system-wide QuickMemo integration allows you to hold a screenshot anywhere in the phone and hold notes over it.

You can resize widgets or you can even shrink a widacquire down to the corresponding app's icon. Also if you go a widacquire over an occupied slot on the homescreen, the icons underneath immediately go out of the way, which is really neat and comes as part of Jelly Bean.




Reordering and resizing widgets

Adding stuff to the homeclassy screen is done by tapping and holding on a blank area on any of the panes. A context menu appears, allowing you to add various customizations to your phone. The tabs along the bottom let you select the appropriate app, widacquire or wallpaper, which you can add to the homeclassy screen pane of your choice. Gridlines will appear when you hrecent and drag an app or widget, allowing you to easily place it on the homescreen.





Placing widgets and changing the wallpaper

There's a set of different icons to choose from and you can even create custom ones.




Customizing icons

The contextual menu gives you quick access to different settings, as well as themes.

LG has also enabled plenty of other customization options for the homescreen. There's a dedicated setting for looped homeclassy screen scrolling and the so-called classy screen effect changes the transition effect between homeclassy screen panes.

The notification area has also been tweaked to let you rearrange the toggle buttons available. You are also free to add and rego toggles from the edit menu. You can add an insane amount of shortcuts here, and don't have to worry about whether they'll fit on the classy screen - the row becomes side-scrollable so you can still access them all.

As usual, if you have a music track playing in the background, quick controls will show up here. You can also swipe notifications to the left or correct to dismiss them.

By default you acquire seven homeclassy screen panes to fill up with widgets and shortcuts, but you are free to delete any that you don't need to speed up navigation. You can also set any one homeclassy screen as your default, which pops up first whenever you unlock the phone.






Homeclassy screen preview • The notification area with reorderable settings

The task switcher hasn't changed a whole lot since ICS. It's accessed by holding down the home button, and shows you all of the currently running apps that you can then swipe left or correct to terminate. The task switcher is accessed by holding down on the hardware home button. There, you'll also find a shortslit to Google Now.

Additionally, there are number of icons at the bottom, which let you quickly open up a particular app or even stop all apps simultaneously.

Finally, there's a shortslit to the task manager.




The task manager

LG's task manager lists the currently running apps, but also lets you uninstall apps and gives you info on your storage. It comes with its own dedicated widget, which shows a graph of the available Random-Access Memory (RAM) and conveniently offers a button to clear up memory.

The app drawer lists all your available apps and widgets, with a dedicated tab for user downloads. There is a button in the top correct corner, which triggers edit mode and lets you to easily reshuffle or uninstall applications.



The app drawer menu

You can create the icons in the app drawer smaller too. If you select an app whilst in edit mode, a pop up will let you see information like Random-Access Memory (RAM) usage.





App drawer options

LG borrowed a trick from Samsung's TouchWiz and implemented its own version of Samsung's Smart Stay - called Smart screen. It uses the front-facing capturing camera to detect whether you're looking at the screen. This means you can browse the phone for hours on discontinue without it auto-locking itself. We can confirm that the feature works very well.



Smart classy screen


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