LG G Pad 8.3: Hands-on preview

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Over at IFA, we’ve had the chance to take LG’s G Pad 8.3 for a quick hands-on spin. This was the tablet that LG revealed last Sunday night, with somewhat odd timing – particularly considering it was a holiday weekend in the US – and the G Pad 8.3 joins a number of other Android-based tablets debuting at IFA.

The LG G Pad 8.3 tablet is the first 8in tablet to offer a full HD display, the company said. It sports a 1,920 x 1,200 display, which matches the screen on the new 7in Google Nexus 7, though its pixels per inch – at 273 – doesn't quite match the Nexus 7's 323.

Still, the G Pad's screen is crisp, and would be an enjoyable way to power through a good old Netflix binge. The G Pad runs a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 4,600mAh battery. There's also a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing device for video chats.

At 8.3in, the G Pad just about qualifies as a one-handed tablet, but if you have small hands, it might be a bit too much to hold comfortably in portrait mode for too long. Switch over to landscape mode for that Netflix binge…

But for those who don't want to flip back and forth between their smartphone and tablet, the G Pad 8.3 includes the QPair app, which will allow for calls and messages received on a smartphone to show up on the G Pad, from which users can also reply.

The feature will work with non-LG smartphones, though a Jelly Bean-based gadget is recommended, LG said. Naturally, LG had it set up with a G2 phone at IFA. You can tap the app to set up the kind of alerts you want to get on your G Pad: Calls, emails, SMS, saved QMemos, and more.

The G Pad 8.3 runs Android 4.2.2, so otherwise it's your standard Android tablet with access to Google Play for all your app needs.

Joining the G Pad in the 8in category will be the Asus MeMO Pad 8, another Android-based tablet introduced here at IFA this week.