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LG Optimus Pad review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £750
inc VAT

It may be able to shoot 3D video, but for this price we'd expect a 3D display


8.9 in 1,280×768 display, 621g, 1GHz ARM Cortex A9, 1.00GB RAM, 32GB disk, Android 3.0

Like Samsung, LG often replaces standard Android icons with garish alternatives, but luckily our preview sample came with the standard Android layout. The only additions were a copy of Polaris Office for viewing and editing office documents, and a copy of Google’s Books app. The Google Books store isn’t yet available in the UK, but it still lists free books in the public domain that you can download. However we couldn’t find where it stored its files, and it didn’t find the ePub and Mobi test files we placed on the disk.

LG Optimus Pad

There are also two apps for 3D: a 3D Camcorder and a 3D viewer. The 3D Camcorder defaults to anaglyphic 3D, to match the red-and-blue-tinted glasses that come in the box, but “mixed” and side-by-side modes are also available for viewing on a 3D TV or display later.

Movies recorded with the Pad store all the necessary information, however, for conversion to other formats, although the files are in 3GP format and can’t be played directly on most TVs. YouTube recognised the format successfully and displays it in red/cyan mode, while connecting via HDMI to a Sony HDTV allowed us to watch using active shutter glasses.

LG Optimus Pad top and right

However, we didn’t like any of the results. The red/cyan glasses caused unnatural colouring, while the active shutter mode suffered from heavy ghosting, however much we adjusted the depth slider. It’s also a shame that the tablet doesn’t have a glasses-free 3D display.

Finally, we come to the price. At £750, it’s extraordinarily expensive even for a tablet than can shoot 3D video. The most expensive iPad 2, with 64GB of storage and 3G, is £659 direct from Apple. If the Pad’s 3D capture was effective enough, LG might be justified in adding a price premium, but it isn’t. The excellent Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is lighter, lasts for ten-and-a-half hours playing video, and costs almost half the price.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor ARM Cortex A9
Processor clock speed 1GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Maximum memory 1GB
Size 150x244x13mm
Weight 621g
Pointing device touchscreen


Viewable size 8.9 in
Native resolution 1,280×768
Graphics Processor Tegra 250 T20 (ULP GeForce)
Graphics/video ports mini HDMI


Total storage capacity 32GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 1
Bluetooth yes
Wireless networking support 802.11n, 3G
PC Card slots 0
Supported memory cards none
Other ports 3.5mm audio output


Carrying case No
Operating system Android 3.0
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Polaris Office, Google Books

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £750