LG G Pad 10.1 Review: Inching Along: Gallery, Video And Music Players, Audio QualityBy cheatmaster 12:01 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments
The Gallery stacks photos and videos together in albums, which can be organized by the date they were taken or the source they come from. Location-based sorting is also available, or you can have the Gallery display just your videos - especially useful as the G Pad 10.1 doesn't come with a dedicated Video player app.
As usual, there is an array of available options at your disposal. You can share, highlight, and delete images, as well as set them as backgrounds, assign them to contacts, add them to a specific album, or print them.
Editing images takes you to Google's Photos app, used in lieu of a picture editor from LG.
The gallery supports viewing your images in their full resolution. You can easily pinch-zoom to 1:1 magnification and beyond.
The video player on the LG G Pad 10.1 is basically a view-only-videos setting of the Gallery app. Controls-wise you acquire Play/Pause, fast-forward, and rewind buttons, in addition to a slider to scrub through the video. Scrubbing through the video doesn't give you the animated preview that we saw on the LG G3 and there are now captions either.
Videos support subtitles and you hand pick the one you want. QSlide is also supported for the video player - you can pop out a video to watch as an overlay to any other classy screen on the G Pad 7.0, adjust the size of the pop up window and also its opacity.
Performance of the LG G Pad 10.1 was the same as the one on the G Pad 7.0, unsurprisingly. It didn't manage to output audio when we played AC-3 and Digital Theater System (DTS) audio codecs in video and played to load MKV, MOV, WMV and FLV videos, AAC audio coding was fine along with MP3 and FLAC. AVI, MP4, MPG, DivX and Xvid videos weren't an issue for the tablet. 1080p was the maximum resolution at which it managed to play files.
LG's music player on the G Pad 10.1 looks and operates the same as its counterpart on the LG G3. Your music library is organized by various categories, with the Album view being the most fascinating thanks to its large album thumbnails.
The Now playing classy screen will display the Album art and playback controls, which you can swipe to the sides for the next/previous track.
There's a robust equalizer on board, complete with a wide variety of presets. You can also adjust the playback pitch and speed.
When playing a song, playback controls will appear in the notification center and lockscreen, although on the latter the album art is rather unpleasantly stretched.
Good audio output but on the quiet side
The LG G Pad 10.1 audio output is quite close to what it's smaller brother, the G Pad 7.0 delivered. The tabled showed performed nicely clean with remarkable excellent scores in both parts of our test.
However it was the volume levels that let it down once more and caused it to miss on a perfect score. The LG G Pad 10.1 was below average when plugged into an active external amplifier and even quieter when used with a pair of headphones.
Check out the table and see for yourself.
TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
LG G Pad 10.1+0.02, -0.08-91.190.60.00290.0089-93.7
LG G Pad 10.1 (headphones attached)+0.05, -0.07-91.091.00.0150.063-76.8
LG G Pad 8.3+0.14, -0.11-93.892.90.00210.0082-93.8
LG G Pad 8.3 (headphones attached)+0.29, -0.11-90.792.70.00740.208-53.6
LG G Pad 7.0+0.02, -0.08-93.092.80.00160.0081-92.8
LG G Pad 7.0 (headphones attached)+0.04, -0.10-93.192.90.00730.041-89.0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition+0.01, -0.04-95.590.60.0150.016-97.3
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (headphones attached)+0.01, -0.05-95.290.50.00860.043-70.1
Sony Xperia Tablet Z+0.11, -0.10-87.089.20.0330.030-87.8
Sony Xperia Tablet Z (headphones attached)+0.21, -0.36-86.688.80.1140.233-45.4
Google Nexus 10+0.03, -0.04-82.382.20.0110.022-81.4
Google Nexus 10 (headphones attached)+0.09, -0.24-82.782.70.0670.204-77.9
LG G Pad 10.1 frequency response
You can learn more about the whole testing process here.
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