LG G Pad 8.3 Review: Couch Surfer: Office Document Editor And Organizer, Google Maps And Play

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Full-featured organizer

The G Pad 8.3 comes with the usual set of organizing apps and one of the most advanced document viewers and editors we've seen yet.

The app in question is Polaris Office 5. The app will automatically list all the files found on your device and attached storage, sorted by type. You can of course view documents - Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and Portable Document Format (PDF) files too, and there's an option as well to export Word and PowerPoint docs as PDFs.






The Polaris Office app does a splendid job

Edit mode offers almost a full set of options - text style, justification, paragraph formatting, bullets, and even creating tables. If you're editing an Excel file, you acquire a formula wizard, resize rows/columns, border style, cell merging and so on. Full-featured PowerPoint presentations can be created too, and there's handwriting markups supported across all document types.






There are tons of options for editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents

The calendar app has a split classy screen interface - the top part is reserved for the monthly calendar and one on the bottom for the agenda/daily/weekly view. This way you will always have your monthly view visible. While the border line between the two sections is not fixed, it only lets you snap it to the top, bottom, or slightly below the midline.

The calendar supports QSlide so you can check your schedule while writing an email without having to switch between apps all the time.






The calendar app • calendar in QSlide mode

In case you want to like the calendar full classy screen without anything getting in the way, just turn the tablet landscape. The G Pad is syncable with multiple online calendars.

The LG G Pad 8.3 features an alarm clock application, which lets you set multiple alarms, each with its own start and repeat time, and ringtone. You can enable application autostartup, so the calendar/email/music player/ tasks/weather app launches when the alarm goes off.

There's also a clever feature called puzzle lock, which will create you solve a simple puzzle to disable the alarm. This way you will only be able to stop the ringing when you have properly woken up.






The alarm app now features application link and puzzle lock

The Timer, World Clock and Stopwatch features are also part of this app.





The timer, world clock and stopwatch

The organizer package also includes a useful voice recorder and a nicely touch-optimized calculator. The calculator is QSlide enabled to always be at hand.





There's voice recorder and calculator preinstalled as well

The Memo app lets you hold notes and add media to them, such as images, audio, or location.






The Memo app

Notebook is more advanced and let you create books with multiple pages, add multimedia, draw, and even export as Portable Document Format (PDF) and email them.






Notebook creates lovely multi-page "books"

The QuickMemo function is integrated in the phone's OS, allowing you to capture classy screen shots of anything (including the lockscreen!) and scribble notes over them like you would on the LG Optimus G Pro and Vu. You can save the result as an image or add it to the Notebook app.






QuickMemo in action

You can quickly access QuickMemo by holding down the volume up and volume down buttons simultaneously.

The Kweather app shows you the forecast by the hour or for the whole week.




The weather app

There's also a QTranslator app, which uses the capturing camera to scan text (a word, line or block at a time) and translate it from one language to another. It's a bit slow and requires a data connection, but it can assist you out if you're abroad and don't speak (or read) the language. The OCR (scanning the text) sometimes runs into distress and produces garbage, but the translations are fairly fine by automatic standards - that is to say, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.




QTranslator in action

Google Maps and Navigation

The LG G Pad 8.3 managed to acquire GPS lock in less than half a minute from crecent start without A-GPS. A-GPS can speed up the lock but it involves an active data connection. Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) positioning is also available if all you need is a rough location.

Google Maps is a standard part of the Android package and we've covered it many times before. It offers voice-guided navigation in certain countries and falls back to a list of instructions elsewhere. You can plan routes, search for nearby POI and go into the always cool Street View.






Google Maps is well familiar and as functional as ever

3D buildings are shown for some of the bigger cities and you can utilize two-finger capturing camera tilt and rotate to acquire a better view of the area.

You can also plan routes, search for nearby POI and go into the always cool Street View. The app will reroute you if you acquire off course, even without a data connection. Initial route planning requires data to be enabled, though.





Street View is here too

Google Play for all your app needs

Google Play is the place to acquire various apps for your device. The version found on the G Pad 8.3 features a special section for tablet essentials as determined by Google - a collection of mostly free apps that are optimized for utilize on Android-powered tablets.

Upon launch of the Market app you're greeted with the tiled interface of the Home window. A swipe to the correct takes you to the Categories view. Swiping to the left takes you through Top Paid, Top Free, Top Grossing, Top New Paid, Top New Free and Trending. New sections are available such as Staff Picks, Editor's Choice and more.






Google Play is where the apps come from

Downloads are easy and won't hold more than a couple of seconds. Before you agree to download an app, the Market will show you what features the app requires access to (e.g. Internet connectivity, access to the file system, etc.). You can also see if updates are available for your currently installed apps by going to My Apps in the contextual menu.

The LG SmartWorld app store is also on board. It's similar to the SamsungApps market - there you can find various content and promotions exclusive to LG users.



LG SmartWorld


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