LG Optimus Pad Review

It all started off with the Personal Computers in the 80’s, and then came laptops, and this was soon replaced by netbooks. Lately the world has witnessed the rise of the netbook killers; and these are the gadgets which made companies take business seriously to stay ahead of the game. So what’s killing the netbook anyway?? Tablet PCs or more commonly known as the Tabs is this gadget I am referring to. With the computing devices getting smaller and smaller day by day, tablet makers are faced with the challenge to consider all of this to rule the market.

When it comes on paper, LG Optimus Pad is definitely a killer. Surprised?? Yes, LG becomes the first company to bring out the first tab to support 3D and a pair of anaglyph glasses. Not just that, Optimus even has many more features to leave its users spellbound. Here’s a sneak peek on it –

The very first thing to be noticed in this tab is its not-so-slim feature, and of course this has quite been a mantra of all successful tab designers lately. The pad measures 243 x 149 x 12.55mm and weighs 630gm, 30gms heavier than the iPad2.

The front is dominated by the screen and also sports a 2MP camera, notification light and ambient light sensor. The traditional navigation keys have been moved onto the screen. Coming to the backside of the tab, one finds a dual 5 MP camera lenses accompanied by a single LED flash placed on either side of a metal strip. 2 cameras in the rear!! We are into serious 3D filming, aren’t we?

On the top one finds 3.5 mm audio jack, loudspeaker grills, power/lock key and a charger point. While the left side features a MicroUSB port and mini HDMI ports, the right side houses the volume rocker and the microphone. At the bottom, one finds two loudspeakers, taking the speaker count to 3 on this impressive tab.

Unlike other tabs, featuring an external SIM slot, a part of LG Optimus Pad’s back needs to be opened to access the SIM and microSD card compartments. The expected standby is somewhere around 273 hours on standby and it’s also sad to know that LG Optimus Pad has made its users inaccessible to the battery compartment. Still, wonder the reason behind it.

Moving on to the LG Optimus Pad’s 3D capability, the tab allows the user to record in 3D with the help of 2 dual 5MP camera lenses and a 3D Camcorder app. It also supports the viewing of these clips with its dedicated 3D player app. However, this would need the user to gear his eyes with a 3D anaglyph glasses. And for those, who still like to shoot in 2D, LG Optimus Pad allows capturing in 2D too. This is done through the pad’s rear camera unit on the left. The screen legibility is also very impressive in comparison with the iPad2.

So this is all what you needed to know about the layout and design. Let us now take a look at the user interface. LG Optimus Pad runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. This is a tailor made version of OS for the tablets. As usual, users have the choice of swiping from one screen to another and each screen can be configured with your favourite apps.

 

Here goes the video on the LG Optimus Pad UI demo –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIJ9si3kFKE&feature=player_embedded

There is Search key on the top left corner, which gets activated on clicking the magnifying glass icon. The bottom right corner features the all-famous notification menu. On the lower left, one finds the home and navigation buttons. Placing of the widgets has been very easy on the desired homescreen.

LG Optimus Pad’s browser is just great with a better flash performance. As usual, the tabs are kept on the top and switching between tabs has never been easier than this. There is an option for viewing history on a split screen interface and also an option of bookmarking is available. Other features to be included in the browser are Pinch-to-Zoom, Auto completion of forms, gesture based page navigation and much more. It also gives the user an option of secured browsing, just like the incognito window in Google Chrome.

Running on a Vanilla honeycomb version, the apps found are not that plenty. With the most famous ones being the Calendar, Calculator and a Clock app which features an Alarm clock. It also offers its users with Google’s amazing suite of apps including Gmail, Google maps and YouTube.

Conclusion:

The 3D recording and playback in LG Optimus Pad is real fun, unless the user is a 3D enthusiast. This has clearly been a differentiator strategy to outclass its rivals. Kudos to the development team. Wish LG had also invested on the design issues as it lost in the areas of weight and thickness to other pads. Coming to the price, many feel LG Optimus Pad has been overpriced and is almost double the price of iPad. This is a serious issue on which the concerned department needs to rework their strategy. And as the saying goes, it is better to be the best and apart from the rest. LG Optimus Pad has just shown the world that its definitely good to be a tablet in the current era and created itself a niche market for the die-hard 3D fans.

 

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