LG G Pad 10.1 Review: Inching Along: Display, Battery Life, Connectivity

By 11:54 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments


10.1" HD display

The 10.1" display on the LG G Pad 10.1 has a resolution 800 x 1280px, which results in a pixel density of around 149ppi. That's about as low as you can acquire these days - not the sharpest classy screen by far. Things see soft even at a distance and you can't expect the best browsing experience at this resolution to size.

The IPS matrix of the G Pad 10.1 does allow for remarkable viewing angles, which is at least something. Some of its direct rivals descend short by providing regular TFT panels.




LG G Pad 10.1 display

The pixel arrangement of the LG G Pad 10.1 is a classic RGB matrix, with equally sized red, green and blue subpixels to each pixel.




Our display test shows the LG G Pad 10.1 is still a small dim, especially compared to its tablet competition but is an improvement over the Pad 7.0 we reviewed recently. Contrast was a different story, though - the Pad 10.1 didn't impress with particularly fine numbers here and it shows when the classy screen is in front of your eyes - things see a small washed-out.

Blacks aren't very deep either, in fact the Pad 10.1 scored lowest in this regard.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 0.27 223 832 0.49 406 821

LG G Pad 8.3 0.09 100 1112 0.33 345 1047

LG G Pad 10.1 0.16 112 679 0.59 445 759

LG G Tab 7.0 0.1 98 946 0.45 404 898

Apple iPad Air 0.19 181 968 0.53 508 964

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 0.29 266 906 0.56 515 917

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 0 210 ∞ 0 382 ∞

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet - - - 0.45 484 1076



Battery life

The LG G Pad 10.1 has a pretty gigantic battery on board. The 8,000mAh unit is tasked with carrying the 10.1-inch classy screen and Snapdragon 400 chipset through thick and thin - and is doing well, if not great.

We ran our traditional tests and the G Pad 10.1 returned some solid numbers. The video player ran for more than 22 hours before the tablet needed a recharge. That's among the best we've seen, certainly the best in our 10-incher tests.




The web browser returned an equally-impressive 19 hours and 23 minutes. That's insane - here's how it stacks up against some of the tablets we've tested.

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Web browsing

  • LG G Pad 10.1

    22:12

  • Apple iPad Air

    12:49

  • LG G Pad 7.0

    12:22

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

    12:05

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

    8:42

  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)

    6:57

  • LG G Pad 8.3

    6:53

Video playback

  • LG G Pad 10.1

    19:23

  • LG G Pad 7.0

    18:42

  • Apple iPad Air

    10:10

  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)

    9:03

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

    8:25

  • LG G Pad 8.3

    7:40

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

    7:07

Keep in mind that the hardware setup isn't the most power-hungry. We test at 50% brightness and not at maximum volume for the video test. And we're not trying to downplay the remarkable battery performance LG has managed to pull off here.

Our battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it. If you are interested how these results compare to other tested devices, check out our battery life test result table.

Connectivity

The LG G Pad 10.1 comes with a reasonable set of connectivity tools. So far there's a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) only variant of the slate but perhaps LG will release an LTE option like it did with the 7-inch G Pad.

There's dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 (not high-speed), there's a GPS chip (no GLONASS) and an IR blaster that can control a TV (or other IR-supporting devices via an app). Universal Serial Bus (USB) On-The-Go is supported. There is no wired TV-out functionality such as MHL or Slimport or a dedicated HDMI port.

There's no Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio on board the LG G Pad 10.1. Finally, there's a microSD card slot that supports cards of up to 64 GB.

LG has implemented its QPair app that pairs to an LG smartphone and can transfer notifications between the devices. More on that in the software part of this review.


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