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LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet -  Quad-Core 2GB RAM 16GB Flash 8.3
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Pros: When I purchased this tablet it came with Android 4.2 and worked well but did have some issues. Now that I've upgraded to 4.4 I've seen definite improvements. Your mileage may vary, of course:

1. Audio Quality: Initially my speakers sounded awful at lower volumes. I was beginning to think the speakers were blown but now they sound perfect at all volume levels.
2. Lock Screen: You can add apps to the lock screen but I had a problem where multiple digital clocks would just show up. The upgrade fixed that issue.
3. Knock On: Seems more reliable now. Also, Try moving any widgets such as Weather or Google Now away from the center of the screen and reducing the size. Knock Off doesn't seem to work when tapping on a widget and some widgets have a larger footprint than what is viewable.
4. Lag: General responsiveness appears better. On 4.2, transitioning from portrait to landscape was stilted. On 4.4, there is a slight delay before the tablet reorients but the transition is smooth. Moving between apps is also better.

LG has their own app store and update center where you can get some unique themes, fonts, games, and other items. It is no where as extensive as Google's Play Store but one of the offers you get from LG is 50GB of storage from Box.com. Forever. Very cool.

Cons: Yes, I do see the individual lights at the bottom of the screen when the back light is set very low. I'm not one to use my tablet in the dark so the issue doesn't bother me.
If anything, I'd say the auto-dimming feature is more of a problem since it always seems too dark for me for watching videos. But that's easily fixed by turning off that feature and upping the lighting to 80 - 85%.

Battery life on any device is always too low so it's hard to really count this as well. With light use (email, short web searches) I can go two days on a full charge. Playing games or watching movies, however, drains the battery and lasts maybe 5 to 6 hours (probably due to my keeping the backlight so bright).

LG, like most companies, provides unique add-ons to the basic Android OS. While somewhat cool, I don't use the IR remote to control my TV, nor do I use Qpair and some of the others. Again, not exactly a con since someone may find them useful. Asus, Samsung, and everyone else add different functions to their devices. The point is to pick a device that works the way you want that is within your budget and just ignore the stuff you don't use.

My one real con is that the internal memory is only 16GB. An external memory card fixes a lot of that but there are still many apps that need to be on the device. I don't have a lot of apps or pictures but I'm amazed at how quickly I've filled the internal memory. A 32GB card will be more than enough... for now.

Other Thoughts: If the over-the-air update to Kit Kat 4.4 is still not available, go to the LG website and download the PC Suite. The software will backup your tablet then install the updated OS.

Some of the problems I experienced on 4.2 may have been solved by wiping and resetting the device but the upgrade to 4.4 does have advantages.

Even though Adobe Flash is no longer supported on mobile devices many web sites still use it. One bonus of the G Pad is that unlike tablets based on the Intel Atom processor, this tablet does support Flash but you have to manually load the "Adobe Flash Player 11.1.apk" and use the Dolphin browser and Dolphin Jetpack. There are detailed instructions on the web. I found I have to clear the cache for Dolphin browser every once and a while but it is possible to watch Flash-based videos. Obviously, you need an account on many sites to watch streaming content.

Overall this is a great tablet and meets my needs perfectly. Yes, there are quirks in the LG software that you will either like or not but considering the hardware specs at the current prices, I can definitely live with it.

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