LG G Pad 7.0 Review: Back At It

By 11:24 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments


LG's last attempt at tablets felt like something they did to just see if they still have it. No, there was nothing incorrect with the G Pad 8.3 - except perhaps that an LTE version took quite a while. The LG G Pad 7.0 is obviously the economy package - but clearly showing a lot more intent. It's part of a squad including an 8-incher and a 10.1" tablet, all powered by a lower-midrange Snapdragon 400 and featuring WXGA screens.

Sounds like an affordable tablet and the LG G Pad 7.0 sure looks like one. By no means cheap-looking though - LG never made a Nexus tablet but it may not have looked much different than this. The LG G Pad 7.0 is indeed not the sharpest tool in the shed but it isn't all poor either. For starters LG is bringing its flat recent Optimus UI on top of the still fairly recent Android 4.4.2 KitKat, in an attempt to carry the polished experience over from the LG G3 flagship to a bigger form factor.

LG G Pad 7.0

The classy screen isn't of the highest resolution and does offer sub-Retina ppi levels but it is an IPS unit meaning you'll acquire solid viewing angles, which is always nice in a tablet. The processor will more than suffice as well - altogether shaping up as a solid compact device.

And when we factor in the tempting price tag LG has hung on this seven-incher, it all starts to see brighter yet. Here's the complete package of the LG G Pad 7.0.

Key features

  • 7.0" 800 x 1280 IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) display, 216ppi
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a modern, flat Optimus UI
  • elegant Qualcomm MSM 8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB of RAM, quad-core 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A7.0 processor, Adreno 305 GPU
  • 3.15MP capturing camera with 720p video recording, 1.3MP front capturing camera
  • 8GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Lightweight
  • Low price

Main disadvantages

  • Only one 'mono' speaker despite the two visible grilles
  • Low resolution front-facing camera
  • 2GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) would have been better

Even manufacturers you've never heard of are giving compact tablets a go and the diversity of Android-powered 7-inchers will create your head spin. LG see like they know what they're doing and the G Pad 7.0 is trying to create it easy for users who shop on a budacquire but expect quality and at least decent equipment.

The price will assist you live with some of the drawbacks but you'd be better off knowing them up front. The chipset isn't the best around with only 1GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and there's no 3G enabled option being offered, let alone LTE.

But the price is right, placing the LG G Pad 7.0 comfortably below what most current compact slates will ask for - we mean reputable makers of course. If you pay a small extra you might be able to acquire a 2013 Nexus 7.0, which wins on specs and experience for the most part.

The LG G Pad 7.0 at HQ

It must be vital for LG to show they're taking tablets seriously again and trying to acquire back at Samsung at least in the lower midrange. That said, the G Pad 7.0 can be the correct device to acquire users interested and spur more serious investment - perhaps a successor to the G Pad 8.3.

So are the IR blaster and the latest Optimus UI enough to create up for the underwhelming hardware? Is the price? The LG G Pad 7.0 is affordable and likeable - but just how capable and efficient? Let's see.



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