LG’s G Pad 8.3 has the build quality to compete with the iPad mini, but not the apps

LG has traditionally kept a low profile during the annual IFA show in Berlin, but this year it’s introducing a big new product in its Android portfolio: the G Pad 8.3. The company couldn’t contain itself and already fully detailed the spec sheet of its new 8.3-inch slate, which marks its return to the Android tablet market. There’s an aluminum back cover, a Snapdragon 600 processor and a quite handsome 1920 x 1200 display to woo potential buyers, though I must warn that the G Pad 8.3 suffers from the same issue that plagues every other Android tablet: a shortage of worthwhile apps exploiting the form factor.

Physically, the G Pad 8.3 is a nice and compact device, with a rigid build quality that far exceeds the company’s typically…

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