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    Default Verizon LG G Pad 8.3

    I ordered the Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 last week for $99 on contract. At $10 a month for 2 years, this LTE model still ends up costing me less than Google Play Edition or wifi MSRP (though I see the wifi model is on sale sometimes for about $250). After buying the Dell Venue 8 Pro, I've been itching to get an 8 inch Android tablet. I also already have the Nexus 7 2013 and iPad Mini with Retina.

    The tablet has a great feel in the hand. I love the 8.3 inch size, I can easily wrap my hand around this and use it for one handed reading without fatigue. The aluminum is nice and doesn't slip, the build quality is pretty good, only minor creaking on my unit if I push on the corners, which only happens sometimes when picking it up by the corner. But otherwise feels very solidly built.

    Apparently there are a couple of differences with the Verizon model besides the obvious LTE radios. First the SoC is 200MHz slower at 1.5GHz instead of 1.7GHz. Second the Verizon model appears to be thicker. LG lists the G Pad 8.3 at 0.33 inches, but on Verizon's website it's listed at 0.35 inches. It's possible Verizon just made an error in the specs, but on Amazon and XDA people have mentioned cases don't quite fit properly on the Verizon model, like the tablet is a bit thicker.

    I'm not impressed with the display, but I call it good enough and it hasn't bothered me. The issue is the black levels are not good causing a crushing effect in dark scenery or lack of detail. I used the display tests at LCD monitor test images and the black levels show very little distinction between the boxes, the white saturation test also shows a similar problem. Most of my everyday usage of the tablet doesn't involve dark scenery where the crushed blacks are noticeable, so I can live with the problem. And the colors at least look correct and the pixel density is nice, so it's satisfactory.

    The sound quality from the speakers also trails behind most high end tablets like the Nexus 7 2013, iPad Mini with Retina, Fire HD, or Dell Venue 8 Pro I've used. However I'm pleased they are at least very loud speakers and find they sound to be good enough.

    Apparently the existing root methods for the G Pad 8.3 do not work on the Verizon model and no one has come up with a working root solution yet. And there appears to be little to no development activity on XDA for the Verizon model. So for now I'm stuck with the LG/Verizon experience.

    The first thing that bugged me about the LG UI was the white button bar. I looked around the settings and saw there were themes, but it didn't seem to let me change the button bar. It took me a day or two before I stumbled upon the Front Touch Buttons setting under Display (have to scroll down to advanced settings). It lets me choose between black or white and flat or gradient effects. There are also some different button layout options, but I stuck with the default, they don't have an option to add the Recent Apps button. I'm liking the UI more now that I have a flat black button bar. Wish I could kill the gradient effect on the top system bar too, but can't.

    Another UI issue I had is the UI looked bigger than normal. I thought this was a DPI setting issue I could only fix with root access. But found the problem was really with the default font size LG is using. Back in Display Settings, I changed the font size from Medium to Small. Now the UI looks normal sized, the Chrome browser bars take up less screen space for example. I also changed the Font type to Roboto since that's what I'm used to seeing on my Nexus 5 and 7. Looking a bit more normal now.

    The tablet seems to have a bit more lag than my Nexus 7 2013, despite having the very same SoC. But it still feels pretty fast, so not complaining too much. The main thing that bugs me is the rotation animation. It's slow and very jerky. I almost feel like I'm using a Honeycomb tablet with this animation. Also often when I rotate the wallpaper disappears for a second and then repaints itself. It's ugly. I definitely hope someone comes up with a ROM or something that allows for a more GPE like experience.

    It's got some imperfections. But it is a rather cheap 8.3 inch LTE tablet and feels like a pretty good value. And even the wifi model on sale for $250 looks like it would be good if you really don't want to spend $400 on an iPad Mini or Galaxy 8.4 Pro. So I'm happy with the tablet.
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    Default Re: Verizon LG G Pad 8.3

    Do you think that the g pad is worth it at $50 over the Nexus 7 on contract price?

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    I had a Nexus 7 LTE and it was just perfect. I didn't keep it but I should have kept it. I would recommend it over the G Pad for its dev support. Funny enough, I have the G Pad which has been handed down to my 4-year old. It's a nice tablet too, very nice indeed.


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    Default Re: Verizon LG G Pad 8.3

    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    Do you think that the g pad is worth it at $50 over the Nexus 7 on contract price?
    It's hard to say. I think it'll be a matter of screen size preference. The Nexus 7 is definitely a better tablet, better display, speakers, build quality, operating system. But some people, myself included, find 7 inch tablets a little to small and 8 inches to be a better size. And the G Pad 8.3, while not as good as the Nexus 7, is still a pretty good tablet.

    I have both tablets in my hands... and if I had to only pick one... it's tough because I really do like the 8.3 inch size, but I think I'd still go with the Nexus 7 because it just feels like a better quality product and I like have Android 4.4 on it, having a rooted tablet, and the large developer community that makes lots of customizations and ROMs for the Nexus.
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    Over at XDA it looks like you can Kingo root it if you're willing to risk using Kingo. People have removed VZW bloat, but no loader or custom ROMs... yet.
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    Does anyone know how much ram the verizon model has? It shows only one gig on the verizon website. The wifi model being sold offers two gigs. Also verizon has it for 49.95 with 2yr contract right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazyhaze View Post
    Does anyone know how much ram the verizon model has? It shows only one gig on the verizon website. The wifi model being sold offers two gigs. Also verizon has it for 49.95 with 2yr contract right now.
    I think it's 2gb, i just bought 2 on Friday they are nice tablets.
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    Thank you. I might buy two as well. Fifty on contract is a great deal!
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    Default Re: Verizon LG G Pad 8.3

    i picked up the 8.3 a few weeks ago for $225, the wifi model. i upgraded from a 2012 Nexus 7
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    Quote Originally Posted by brandonx1000 View Post
    i picked up the 8.3 a few weeks ago for $225, the wifi model. i upgraded from a 2012 Nexus 7
    I didn't realize the price had dropped that much.


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    It was 250 from Newegg, then they had 10% off with free 2 day shipping.

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    Very cool.


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    Running my VZW G Pad 8.3 with Nova Launcher and having removed cruft with Titanium Backup after rooting with Kingo. Work on getting TWRP installed is going slowly, but the tablet is still delightful even without a AOSP KitKat ROM on it.
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    Default Re: Verizon LG G Pad 8.3

    What's the difference between Verizon g pad 8.3 and original LG G Pad 8.3 with Wi-Fi ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by getmealive View Post
    What's the difference between Verizon g pad 8.3 and original LG G Pad 8.3 with Wi-Fi ?

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    CDMA cellular radio?


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    Safe root works on Verizon Lg G Pad 8.3 Tablet.
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    Besides the obvious LTE Radio it has a slower processor Snapdragon 400 1.5GHz(same as Nexus 7 2013) versus the Snapdragon 600 on the Wifi version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy81 View Post
    Besides the obvious LTE Radio it has a slower processor Snapdragon 400 1.5GHz(same as Nexus 7 2013) versus the Snapdragon 600 on the Wifi version.
    Really? I wonder why they gave it less of a CPU. Battery life is the only reason I can think of. I have the WiFi version and it's lagg is palpable.


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    Real stupid question but can the Verizon LTE version be used on T Mobile

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    Default Re: Verizon LG G Pad 8.3

    I've been considering the VZW Gpad 8.3 as a replacement for my Xoom LTE. The Xoom has become agonizingly slow, do you think I'm going to notice a massive improvement with the Gpad?
    I had been looking at the Note 10.1 2014 edition, but it's hard to part with that kind of cash. I'm used to a 10" tablet, and this 8.3" size is the only smaller one that feels useable. While I love Nexus, the 7" tablet is just so small in comparison IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott8881 View Post
    I've been considering the VZW Gpad 8.3 as a replacement for my Xoom LTE. The Xoom has become agonizingly slow, do you think I'm going to notice a massive improvement with the Gpad?
    I had been looking at the Note 10.1 2014 edition, but it's hard to part with that kind of cash. I'm used to a 10" tablet, and this 8.3" size is the only smaller one that feels useable. While I love Nexus, the 7" tablet is just so small in comparison IMHO.
    I know exactly how you feel. I just upgraded from an Acer that had the same specs as the Xoom & it was just as you described - agonizingly slow. Then it died & I jumped on the $49 deal VZW did about a month ago.

    Performance-wise, I doubt you'll be disappointed. It's plenty quick. Size-wise, I was surprised just how fast I adjusted to it. I think it's a great size for all that I do with it - read ebooks, control my Chromecast, browse the Internet, use Maps & so on. I also like the knock on feature.

    Let us know which way you go.
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    Default Re: Verizon LG G Pad 8.3

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott8881 View Post
    I've been considering the VZW Gpad 8.3 as a replacement for my Xoom LTE. The Xoom has become agonizingly slow, do you think I'm going to notice a massive improvement with the Gpad?
    I had been looking at the Note 10.1 2014 edition, but it's hard to part with that kind of cash. I'm used to a 10" tablet, and this 8.3" size is the only smaller one that feels useable. While I love Nexus, the 7" tablet is just so small in comparison IMHO.
    I also have a Xoom LTE that I'd like to upgrade. I had already purchased a WiFi G Pad prior to the Verizon model. The G Pad is fast, now has KitKat (although I'm not sure if Verizon has KitKat on it yet) and is much nicer to use and hold compared to the Xoom.

    The few hiccups I find with it are it's hard to find cases or any other accessories and the screen is not as good as LG typically puts out now days. It is leaps and bounds better than the Xoom screen though so from that front it's easy to be happy with it.

    I have found I don't miss the 10.1 size at all. The G Pad is so much more comfortable to hold and use. Especially if you play any games with on screen buttons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobius360 View Post
    I also have a Xoom LTE that I'd like to upgrade. I had already purchased a WiFi G Pad prior to the Verizon model. The G Pad is fast, now has KitKat (although I'm not sure if Verizon has KitKat on it yet) and is much nicer to use and hold compared to the Xoom.

    The few hiccups I find with it are it's hard to find cases or any other accessories and the screen is not as good as LG typically puts out now days. It is leaps and bounds better than the Xoom screen though so from that front it's easy to be happy with it.

    I have found I don't miss the 10.1 size at all. The G Pad is so much more comfortable to hold and use. Especially if you play any games with on screen buttons.

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    I have the wifi model as well and have an extra case I'd be happy to GIVE you if you'd like. Just PM me if you want.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Haalcyon View Post
    I have the wifi model as well and have an extra case I'd be happy to GIVE you if you'd like. Just PM me if you want.


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    Wow thanks. I had ordered a silicone case the other day from amazon, what kind of case is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobius360 View Post
    Wow thanks. I had ordered a silicone case the other day from amazon, what kind of case is it?

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    Sorry I'm just now getting back to you...been in hiatus for a little while (motorcycles ). It's just a standard leather book-type cover.


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