LG G Pad X 8.0 – Is It Worth Your Money?
The LG G Pad X 8.0 is the newest mid-range tablet from LG and it’s currently available with T-Mobile. LG products are known for having exceptional features that are accompanied by a lower price compared to other brands.
But is the LG G Pad X 8.0 one of those LG products that are worth your money? How is it compared to the best tablets within the same price range? Let’s take a look.
Device Type: Tablet
Release: June 2016
Display: 8.0 inches (1200 x 1920 pixels)
Hardware: Snapdragon 615, Quad-core 1.5 GHz + Quad-core 1.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM
Price: US$ 239.99
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Design – Beautiful, Light, and Thin
The LG G Pad X 8.0’s front side is pretty neat with its white color, a simple subtle selfie camera located near the top, and a small LG Logo near the bottom.
That’s what the front side of tablets should be – just simple and clean. Although I prefer it more if there is no logo at the front. Because when it comes to tablets, it’s more about the display quality.
The side frame and the rear has a gold color which makes it more elegant. The rear has a texture that I really like. It does not only add style to the design, it also provides a better grip on the tablet. The rear camera does not protrude which is also good.
It is amazingly thin at only 7.9 mm. It’s not the thinnest around, but that profile is slimmer than most tablets. The display size is 8 inches and the weight is 309 g, which is very close to the iPad mini 4.
Overall, the style is simple and beautiful with the added rear texture. The thin profile is also good. The weight is lighter than most older tablets so it is easy to carry anywhere and more comfortable to hold for longer periods.
Display – Quality Worth The Price
The display resolution is 1200 x 1920 with a pixel density of 283 pixels per inch. It is a lot easier to assess a tablet’s display sharpness by looking at the pixel density because they usually come in varying resolutions and sizes.
So at 283 pixels per inch, the sharpness is good because this is usually the same level of sharpness you can find in the best mid-range tablet under US$250.
It also has Reader Mode which makes it more comfortable to the eyes. This feature reduces the amount of blue light on the screen that causes eye strain.
The display is protected by Dragontail Glass which the manufacturer claims to be six times stronger than conventional glass. They also claim scratch-resistance from keys and other similar items that cause scratches.
The display technology is IPS LCD which has excellent viewing angles and saves more battery life than other technologies. This is the same display technology in the iPads so expect almost the same color vividness and saturation.
But if you have a few more bucks to spare, I suggest that you get a tablet with Super AMOLED display technology just like in Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 which is more colorful and produces more lifelike images.
Going back, when it comes to display quality, the LG G Pad X 8.0 is certainly worth the price. The sharpness and color saturation is the best you can find in its price range.
Performance – Decent and Fast
The chipset is Snapdragon 615 with Octa-core 1.0 to 1.5 GHz CPU speed and a 2 GB RAM. It’s a mid-range chipset which was already available in the third quarter of 2014.
It’s not the most recent Snapdragon chipset, but when compared to the chipset version that was released in the third quarter of 2015, there’s not much difference in the overall performance. They also both have the same graphics processor (Adreno 405), memory technology, and wireless technology.
So the Snapdragon 615 is still a decent chipset that can give you a very fast and smooth Android experience. The 2 GB RAM is also the usual RAM size of the other tablets in the same price range.
The internal storage is 16 GB and can be expanded up to 128 GB with a microSD card.
It also runs on the latest Android 6.0.1 OS (Marshmallow) which is an excellent advantage over older tablets. You can also use the Dual-Window feature and perform tasks in split screen.
Another feature that I like, because it adds convenience, is the Q Pair feature which connects the tablet to your Android smartphone and allows you to answer calls and messages directly from your tablet.
The overall performance is also good for a mid-range tablet.
Camera – Nice Selfie with Full HD Video Recorder
Other tablets within the same price range can go up to 8 MP resolution for the rear camera. But the front camera resolution of the LG G Pad X 8.0 is better than these tablets. Most of them only have front camera resolutions of 1.2 to 1.6 MP.
There are many camera features that you will like including Selfie Light for brighter selfies, Multiple Shutter options (including voice command shutter), and Live Shot for taking pictures while recording videos.
Overall, the camera features also give the best trade for the price.
Battery, Full-Size USB Port, and More!
The battery capacity is 4650 mAh which according to LG can last up to 34 hours of mixed use. If you are a heavy user, you should expect less than that. Standby time, on the other hand, can last up to 20 days.
It is also LTE-capable, and hopefully, they will release a version that is open to other networks.
You can also use the Screen Sharing feature if you have a compatible Smart TV. You can also connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and use GPS with A-GPS, S-GPS, and GLONASS for finding locations.
If you need to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, they also come with this tablet . You will also like the Full-Size USB port that provides more convenience when transferring files.
LG G Pad X 8.0 Is Worth The Price
The LG G Pad X 8.0 has a neat and beautiful design. The rear texture is also beautiful and you will also like the thin and light profile.
It has a sharp display with very good color saturation, a fast and decent processing power, and allows a lot of additional storage space. The features of this tablet can closely compete with the best tablets under US$250.
You will also like the selfie camera and other cool features such as Full-Size USB port, Microsoft Office applications, Full HD video recording, and Android Marshmallow OS.