LG G Pad 10.1 Review: Inching Along: User Interface

By 11:56 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments


Minimalist Optimus UI

The LG G Tab 10.1 is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat with the latest Optimus UI, which we saw premiere on the LG G3. Optimus UI is now more mature and has gone the flat, minimalist way with simpler, colorful round icons. The core way of navigating the UI is now much closer to stock Android and we like it the better for it.

Here's a quick see at how Optimus UI performs and looks on the G Tab 10.1.

The lockclassy screen looks similar to what we've come to expect from LG and its peers. There's a clock widacquire on the top along with six app shortcuts on the bottom.

You have the ability to add widgets by swiping to the right, and you can also double tap to wake the device at any time. LG gives you a choice of four unlocking effects.







The lockscreen

Since this is an Android tablet you have the option to add other users to it. There three users you can add - a regular user with full rights, a restricted user for which you can select what types of apps and functions are accessible. There's no Kid's mode on the G Pad 10.1.




Adding a recent user

You can enable more secure locks, including pattern, pin, password, or LG's own Knock Code that uses a series of taps to wake the device and unlock the screen.



Knock code

Past the lockscreen, you're greeted by the familiar Android homescreen. As on most droids, you can have multiple homescreens populated by a wide selection of apps shortcuts and widgets, and even folders.

The navigation buttons are on-classy screen which ensures better response time and less chance of mechanical wear but also means you're effectively giving up part of your classy screen estate. The background behind the buttons is transparent and they obediently go out the way when you're watching a video or image so it's not that bad. Plus, the LG G Pad 10.1 lets you customize either white or black color schemes, and even add quick shortcuts for Dual window, QSlide and QMemo+, and even the notification bar.





The homeclassy screen • Button setup

LG's Smart Bulletin at-a-glance service isn't preinstalled on the LG G Pad 10.1 so the leftmost homeclassy screen is just a regular homeclassy screen pane.

A pinch zoom on any homeclassy screen lets you see them all at a glance, where you can also rego any or set default. To populate any of them, simply hrecent a finger on to a blank area, and drag an app or widacquire from the resulting screen.




Managing the homescreen

The notification area is business as usual - a swipe down from the top bar displays a scrollable row of quick toggles, some sliders, and any notifications you may have. You can expand/collapse notifications with a two finger swipe, and dismiss them by swiping left or right.

The toggles have been redesigned to fit LG's recent flatter see with rounded icons with cyan accents on a black canvas. It still looks overpopulated with sliders and QSlide shortcuts, and toggles taking up around 70% of the notification area and leaving only the remaining area for the actual notifications.

Holding down on a toggle in the upper row will hold you to the relevant option in the settings, where you can also edit which toggles and sliders are shown.




Notification area

The app drawer also looks and acts the same. Aside from the usual alphabetical and chronological sorting of apps you can also rearrange the grid any way you see fit. Apps can be uninstalled directly in the app drawer, which is remarkable for getting rid of bloatware (LG usually throws in a lot).





The app drawer

Getting to the recently-opened apps is done with the dedicated on-classy screen button. The interface shows a list of thumbnails for each app. You can swipe them away one by one, or utilize the close all option. There's also a shortslit to the special Dual window feature.



Task switcher

Dual Window really shines on the bigger display of the LG G Pad 10.1. It allows two different apps to run simultaneously but unlike Samsung's Multi window there are only two apps allowed on the classy screen - no more.

The LG G Pad 10.1 remembers recent selections for quicker access, and lets you split the classy screen anywhere you want rather than the middle, top 3rd, or bottom 3rd.







Dual window

Besides Dual window, many apps have the ability to run in small resizable floating windows which LG has dubbed QSlide. QSlide applications can either be accessed from the notification area, or from within supported apps themselves by clicking the special shortslit icon.




QSlide

Optimus UI is very useful and now offers a cleaner look. But it is still very complicated for the first-time adopter of Android, or even first-time LG users for that matter. The app drawer is filled with apps and settings, the homeclassy screen is customizable in so many different ways - adding widgets from the app drawer or from the homescreen.

But once you acquire to know your way around Optimus UI it will empower you to acquire what you want from Android. Despite having only 1 Giga Bytes (GB) of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and the Snapdragon 400 and not 600 or 800, the LG G Pad 10.1 navigates fluidly and there are almost no hiccups or unwanted stops to speak of.


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