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Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 vs LG G Pad 8.3: Tablet Battle

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In my past comparison reviews, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 has been nothing but an amazing quality tablet. it’s not only great for just doing some simple daily stuff like watching HD movies, reading books/magazines, browsing the web or listening to music, but Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is also an impressive powerful tablet for playing games. In fact, in some comparison reviews between this tablet against iPad mini Retina, i would rather pick up Xiaomi’s tablet instead of Apple’s device simply because it offers a lot of stuff that cannot be found on iPad, even in cheaper price point.

So this the main reason why today i’m really excited to bring up again this tablet in my next comparison review with other competing device. But this time, i’m going to compare Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 with LG’s aluminum-plated LG G Pad 8.3. I think the comparison review between these 2 tablets could be interesting to see especially because both devices are powerful tablets priced at 2 different price points, $250 for Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 (16GB), while LG G Pad 8.3 costs more expensive with its $300 price tag (but probably has dropped to the same price range of Xiaomi tablet).

So i believe some of you here (or even all of you) are interested to find out which one between these 2 models that is worth to buy than the other one.

Well, if you’re also interested to know and see how these 2 tablets fare against each other, especially in terms of gaming performance, then here you go, my comparison review between Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad 8.3.

Introduction

Both Xiaomi and LG actually are not really “expert” when it comes to making tablet. LG used to have its own homemade G-Slate tablet but sadly it didn’t have much to say around the tablet market, probably because it’s sold exclusively only for T-Mobile consumers. It goes the same with Xiaomi. Around the tablet-making business, it’s quite obvious that this Chinese company has no experience and expertise whatsoever in making tablets. In fact, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is the first-gen and the only one tablet ever released by this company.

But impressively, both LG and Xioami – in my opinion – really nailed it this time with their tablets – LG G Pad and Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 respectively. LG’s tablet is not only powerful in performance and specs, but it surprisingly looks and feels premium thanks to LG’s decision to use total aluminum material all over its coating, similar just like iPads.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is also an impressive tablet. This device may not have the same premium aluminum material just like LG G Pad, however, when it comes to specs and performance, it’s definitely Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 that will be clear winner here against LG’s tablet

But the questions remain, with all of their powerful performance and impressive specs, which one between Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad 8.3 that deserves to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review? Which one between these 2 tablets that is a better tablet in the whole aspect? Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets, especially for their gaming performance?

Well, hopefully we’re about to find out more about the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around!

Design

When it comes to design, then it’s really obvious that Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 has no originality on it as this device is hugely “inspired” by – or blatantly copy, if you would – the entire design of iPads, especially the iPad mini Retina. And this is the main reason why Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 probably would never be allowed to enter to the countries where Apple lawyers are hanging out at the cafes eating donuts (wait, that's police officers, right?).

Xiaomi Mi Pad
Xiaomi Mi Pad
LG G Pad 8.3 2
LG G Pad 8.3
LG G Pad 8.3
LG G Pad 8.3

On the other hand, LG G Pad 8.3 is definitely the clear winner here against Xiaomi’s tablet especially because it has its own identity and characteristic compared to other regular Android tablets out there on the market.

Speaking about material used on both of these tablets, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is made out of plastic polycarbonate material, while LG G Pad is covered by totally aluminum material all over its coating, similar exactly just like iPads. However, this LG’s slate (not to be mistaken with LG G Slate) doesn’t try to copy the design of iPad, which is something that should be appreciated from this manufacturer. But impressively, even with its own design, LG G Pad still looks and feels really premium and sturdy in the grasp of hands.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is actually not shabby at all when it comes to design, especially build quality, despite using plastic material. So even with that plastic material covering its entire coating, this tablet still feels solid, slick, slim and comfortable to hold, and also not prone to catch finger prints (so you can easily clean the rear-case even with your own hands). This of course really contradicts with other cheap tablets that mostly use glossy plastic finish on their rear-covers, which obviously feels and looks really cheap.

Between Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad 8.3, of course i will side on LG’s device especially because its design is pretty unique – which has fully rounded rectangular design approach, or chubby, if you would – plus its material and build quality are really solid and premium, just like the iPads. But even so, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is still pretty good on this department as well. It may not be as good and premium as LG G Pad obviously, but its build quality is still good, in fact, impressive given its affordable price tag.

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Xiaomi Mi PadLG G Pad 8.3

No SIM
Released June 2014
360 g (Weight)
7.9 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1536 x 2048 pixels, (~324 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
2 GB RAM
Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15 Nvidia Tegra K1 Chipset
ULP GeForce Kepler (192 cores) GPU
Android OS
16/64 GB of Internal storage
microSD card slo for up to 128 GB
8 MP rear-facing camera
5 MP front-facing camera
Li-Po 6700 mAh battery
Bluetooth
GPS
Talk time (multimedia): for up to 11 hours
Music play: for up to 86 hours 
    Released October 2013
    338 g (Weight)
    No SIM
    8.3 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1200 x 1920 pixels (~273 ppi pixel density) 16M colors
    Android OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, planned upgrade to 5.0 Lollipop
    Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 Qualcomm APQ8064 Pro Snapdragon 600 Chipset
    Adreno 320 GPU
    microSD card slot for up to 64 GB
    16 GB Internal storage
    2 GB RAM
    5 MP rear-facing camera
    1.3 MP front-facing camerea (720p video recording)
    Bluetooth. GPS, Infrared, microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), Java MIDP emulator, Wi-Fi 802.11
    No Radio
    Non-removable Li-Po 4600 mAh battery

    LG G Pad was released around 2 years ago or so, while Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 just got launched around few months ago in 2014, so it’s pretty obvious that Xiaomi’s tablet is the one that gets the new-generation of hardware specs. And that means, this tablet will be more powerful in performance, especially for gaming. But we’ll get more on that later. However, the hardware package found inside the LG’s tablet is still considered as impressive even for today’s standards.

    It has an 8.3-inch display sporting the full HD 1920x1200 pixel resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor supplied by Qualcomm, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 5MP and 1.3MP cameras back and front respectively, microSD card slot, Android 4.2.2 out of the box and many other standard features. Meanwhile, on the blue side, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 looks far more superior than LG’s tablet in hardware department.

    Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 has a 7.9-inch display with “Retina” 1536x2048 pixel resolution (exactly just like iPad mini Retina), a quad-core Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 192-core Kepler GPU, 8MP and 5MP cameras back and front (which take great shots by the way), microSD card slot for up to 128GB, MIUI, 6700mAh battery promising 11 hours of talk time and 86 hours of music play and some other standard features.

    Screen

    It’s no brainer that the screen of Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is the clear winner here compared to LG G Pad’s display. And it’s not on paper, but also in the real life implementation. LG’s tablet comes with an 8.3-inch display sporting the 1920x1200 pixels (full HD), as opposed to the higher 1536x2048 pixel resolution on the smaller 7.9-inch display of Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9. So when it comes to sharpness, there’s no single doubt that Xiaomi’s tablet has the edge here compared to LG’s device.

    However, as i said above, it’s not just on paper this Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is more superior than LG G Pad in terms of display, but also in real life situation. So its screen surprisingly looks really gorgeous. It has good viewing angle (it’s true actually!), good color saturation (so it looks realistic, not overly-saturated just like AMOLED) and it just looks sharp and crisp. This is not so shocking because Sharp is one of the screen suppliers of Xiaomi devices, as well as Apple devices (which is probably why it adopts the same “Retina” 1536x2048 resolution of iPads.

    But even so, the full HD display of LG’s tablet also still looks gorgeous and really sharp given that LG produces its own screen and in fact, it is also one of the main display suppliers of Apple devices as well. Besides, the screen resolution above HD already looks sharp on a small 7 to 8-inch display. So i think it’s more than good enough for most of users out there.

    User Interface

    I think both Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad 8.3 really excel on the software department with their own way. Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 has its own fully-customized Android UI called MIUI, while LG also designs its own Android UI for this tablet. So compared to the pure stock vanilla Android UI on, say, Nexus or HP tablets, then the UIs of both Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad have more added features, pre-loaded and visual presentations.

    On LG’s tablet, the most prominent feature found on this device is its ‘3 finger gesture’ which allows you to open the existing 3 running apps just like multiwindow mode or split screen. It actually also comes with multiwindow-mode on some pre-loaded apps like video player, browser, photo gallery or note app that can float on the screen or re-size according to your preference, just like the window floating mode/split screen on laptops or PCs. There’s also a lot of manual customizations found on the setting & notification drop-down window.

    Meanwhile, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is also as great as LG G Pad in terms of software and features. However, unlike LG’s tablet and other regular Android tablets out there, the MIUI of Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 doesn’t come with app drawer. So every app that you install or the existing pre-loaded apps on this device will be directly shown on the homescreen – similar just like the iOS of iPads. However, MIUI also has the widget element, so you can basically put any Android widget to the homescreen just like on any other Android tablets.

    Between these 2 devices, i think both Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad 8.3 are really good in presenting their UI to the users. It’s not flat as stock Android UI, but it’s also not complicated to learn, which is a good thing for users.

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    So what do we have here? Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is powered by a Tegra K1 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz per core, accompanied with 2GB of RAM and a staggering 192-core Kepler GPU, while LG G Pad 8.3 is injected with Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor with the lower clock speed of 1.7GHz along with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU. So on paper, it’s very obvious that Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 will blow instantly LG’s tablet out of the water. And it’s not just on paper, but also in the real life implementation.

    The performance difference of both tablets can be seen clearly when playing one graphics intense game from Rockstar Games – GTA San Andreas -. According to what i’ve seen on video reviews on YouTube, the Adreno 320 GPU is not that adequate to handle this game. So when set in full highest graphics, this game runs really slow and laggy, and it’s just not playable for human being. So you can totally expect the same thing happens on LG G Pad – unless if Rockstar Games already fixes the issues and brings the updated version for this tablet.

    That’s not gonna happen if that game is played on Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9. Thanks to its monster powerful Tegra K1 processor along with its 192-core GPU – which is capable to deliver the same graphical performance of today’s desktops/PCs -, GTA San Andreas can be easily executed on this device in buttery smooth performance even in full highest graphics (full visual effects, shadows, reflections, objects, resolution, etc). And the same thing happens when playing other heavy Android titles like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne and many more.

    In fact, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is so powerful for gaming it’s even more than adequate to handle some console-quality games – which are ported from consoles/PC – like Trine 2 (PS3), Half Life 2 (PC), Oddworld Stranger's Wrath and many other next-gen titles that are about to arrive in 2015 or even in the next 2 years ahead. The fact that NVIDIA – the maker of Tegra K1 – has good relationship with many famous giant game developers like Activision, EA or Ubisoft will also help a lot smooth things up in convincing these game makers to port their popular games to Tegra K1 tablets like Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 in the future (and it’s gonna happen real time soon!).

    So with all of these facts presented to you, i think it’s just no brainer that Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is a far more powerful gaming tablet than LG G Pad 8.3. i’m not saying that LG’s tablet really sucks for gaming because that would be wrong. But when compared to Xiaomi’s tablet and its monster hardware, it’s just not hard to guess that Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is the clear winner here in gaming performance.

    Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 vs LG G Pad 8.3, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

    Cameras

    Both Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and LG G Pad 8.3 are perfectly good for taking photos or recording videos. And it’s not because they have higher megapixels on their cameras, but it’s because their overall quality is indeed really good in the real implementation.

    Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 ships with an 8MP camera on the back and 5MP on the front, while LG G Pad 8.3 is embedded with 5MP and 1.3MP cameras back and front. So basically, you can instantly take great pictures with their cameras. In fact, according to many video reviews i’ve already seen on YouTube, the 720p videos taken with Xiaomi’s tablet look really good and sharp, plus have good sound quality. The same applies to LG’s tablet especially given its years of experience on the camera developments on its previous devices.

    Battery Life

    On battery department, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 looks more prepared than LG G Pad 8.3. And that’s because it’s powered by a much larger 6700mAh battery, as opposed to the smaller 4600mAh battery found inside LG’s tablet. It’s probably due to the screen resolution of both devices, not to mention some other factors like processor, GPU or software.

    And we both know that Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is the one that really requires a lot of power to run its engine as it comes with a higher-resolution 1536x2048 pixel display, a power-hungry quad-core Tegra K1 processor along with 192-core Kepler GPU and of course, MIUI that ‘sucks’ a lot of space in the memory/RAM, forcing this tablet to always stay awake even in idle mode (with the assumption that all pre-loaded are activated in default/without rooting).

    On the other hand, LG G Pad comes with a lower full HD screen-resolution (1920x1200 pixels VS 2048x1536 pixels), an efficient Snapdragon processor, plus its UI is not as heavy as MIUI on Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9. So i think with that 4600mAh battery, this tablet is still more than capable to survive in long long hours even in heavy use. It actually the same with Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9. its larger 6700mAh battery will ensure longer gaming or watching movie session on this device, probably around 4 to 6 hours without resting the screen at all.

    My Personal Opinions

    So in my final conclusion of the comparison review, i think it’s pretty hard to determine which one is the best tablet in the whole aspect. Okay, i know, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 may have an insanely powerful Tegra K1 processor and 192-core GPU that ensure smooth console-quality gaming. However, LG G Pad 8.3 with its gorgeous design and premium build quality is just not untouchable by Xiaomi’s tablet with its plastic material (although it still feels sturdy and has great build quality on its, despite using plastic).

    But then again, on the display department, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 looks more ‘polished’ than LG’s tablet given its much sharper “retina” display as opposed to the ‘only’ full HD screen on LG’s slate. The good thing is, LG G Pad fights back with its software that provides more useful features without draining a lot of power from its battery – compared to MIUI that takes a lot of space in the RAM and requires a lot of energy even in idle mode (which is why its battery life bar always drops pretty significantly even in lockscreen mode).

    However, in the whole aspect of both devices, i think Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is more prepared especially in the fierce battle on future’s tablet market than LG G Pad. It may not have aluminum and premium build quality all over it just like LG’s tablet. But Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is actually a much better and greater tablet overall, even in quality.

    That’s not surprising because Xiaomi always uses hardware parts from respected manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, Sharp, Qualcomm, NVIDIA and many more. So no wonder if many Xiaomi devices are great in terms of display quality, camera, sound quality, gaming performance and even build quality. It goes the same with its gaming performance. As i already mentioned above, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is insanely powerful it’s even capable to deliver the same graphical performance of today’s desktops/PCs, thanks to Tegra K1 processor and 192-core GPU.

    This really contradicts with LG G Pad that ships with the processor and GPU that are already considered as ‘so last year’. And it’s not just on paper because in the real life implementation, this LG’s tablet is not as powerful as Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 especially in handling game like GTA San Andreas in full highest graphics. And the fact that Tegra K1 tablets like Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is capable to execute console-quality games in the future also makes it harder for LG G Pad to stay in the same league as Xiaomi’s device.

    So bottom line, i think Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is a much better tablet in the whole aspect. It’s also a much greater more powerful gaming tablet than LG G Pad 8.3. It may not have the premium aluminum material just like LG’s tablet, but in terms of display, camera, software, features and most importantly, price point, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is the clear winner here.

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    Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 vs Archos GamePad 2: Tablet Battle

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    In terms of gaming performance, it’s no brainer that Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 really excels on that sector perfectly. Despite not being originally made as a gaming tablet, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 is more than capable to execute any games that you see today on Google Play Store. And that’s thanks to its Tegra K1 quad-core processor, a staggering 192-core of Kepler GPU, plus a huge 2GB of RAM, which is a great powerful hardware package that is indeed made for gaming.

    However, if we talk a little bit deeper about gaming tablet specifically, then we probably would have a hard time finding the ‘real’ tablet that has all the element of gaming tablet. I mean, okay, Tegra K1 tablets like Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 or NVIDIA Shield Tablet are no doubt insanely powerful for gaming, thanks to their monster processor.

    However, i think powerful gaming performance is not enough to make a tablet great gaming device. There are many other things that should be had on that tablet in order to be the best gaming tablet, like the full support from game developers, huge catalog of well-optimized games specifically for that tablet, strong battery life, great touch response, fluid experience (or known today as 60fps gaming), comfortable design for gaming and of course, the existence of physical gaming controllers.

    This is actually the thing that Archos has been trying to deliver to the market through its Archos GamePad series. This gaming tablet series now has stepped up to the second-generation model – Archos GamePad 2. Compared to the predecessor, this latest-gen model brings many improvements, but mostly on its design department, which now looks more mature and elegant.

    Anyway, Archos GamePad 2 may not be as powerful as Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 with its monster Tegra K1 processor. However, there’s one thing that makes this Archos tablet more superior than Xiaomi’s device. And that is its physical gaming controllers. Unlike Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9, this Archos GamePad 2 tablet has the real physical gaming controllers – like gaming buttons, analog sticks and even trigger buttons on its shoulders.

    This is actually the reason why today i’m really interested to bring up these 2 tablets in my next comparison review. I think it would be awesome to see which one of these 2 devices that is a better gaming tablet in the whole aspect. Archos tablet may not be as powerful as Xiaomi’s device, but its physical gaming controllers make this tablet on par with Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9, in terms of gaming experience as a whole.

    Well, if you’re also interested to find out more about these 2 tablets and see how they fare against each other in this review, then here you go, my comparison review between Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and Archos GamePad 2.

    Introduction

    As mentioned above, in terms of gaming performance, then it’s no brainer that Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 will blow Archos GamePad 2 out of the water instantly. Its monster Tegra K1 processor and a staggering 192-core GPU are just too powerful compared to a quad-core A9 processor and Mali-400 MP2 GPU found inside Archos tablet, which are already considered as older-gen hardware for today’s standards. But apparently, that doesn’t stop Archos GamePad 2 from being an awesome gaming tablet.

    Thanks to Archos’ impressive design approach on this device, Archos GamePad 2 looks really stand out as a real gaming tablet even compared to other flagship devices out there that have more powerful gaming performance than this Archos device - like Samsung GALAXY Tab S, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9, NVIDIA Shield Tablet, LG G Pro, Kindle Fire HDX or even iPad mini Retina. And that’s mostly because it has the real physical gaming controllers all over its body.

    Archos GamePad 2. actually kind of reminds me with another handheld device from Sony – PlayStation Vita -, which also is a touch screen device and has the physical gaming controllers. And that is the same exact thing that you can totally expect to see on this Archos tablet. It has the touch screen (of course), the gaming buttons (like X, B, Y, A, etc), pause and select buttons, analog sticks, directional pad and even the trigger shoulder buttons (like L, R, L1 and R2).

    However, if pitted side-by-side against each other, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 has a slight advantage compared to Archos tablet especially with the gaming compatibility of the next-gen games, plus of course the gaming performance as well. But even so, both of these tablets in my opinion are still powerful for gaming.

    But the questions remain, with all of the strengths and weaknesses found on both of these tablets, especially in terms of gaming experience, which one between Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 and Archos GamePad 2 that deserves to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review? Which one between these 2 devices that is a better tablet in the whole aspect? Is it worth it to buy Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 or Archos GamePad 2, especially for their gaming performance?

    Well, hopefully we’re about to find out more about the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around!

    Design

    One thing that really impresses me a lot with Xiaomi is actually the material that this company uses for its devices. Most of Xiaomi smartphones– including Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 – use plastic polycarbonate material all over the body, which usually is called as cheap material on today’s smart devices. But that’s entirely wrong about that. Not all plastic polycarbonate material feels really cheap, as cheap as glossy plastic. In fact, there are many manufacturers out there that manage to make this material feel premium on their devices, even as premium as iPads.

    Xiaomi Mi Pad
    Xiaomi Mi Pad
    Archos GamePad 2
    Archos GamePad 2

    And that’s the same thing you can totally expect to see on Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9. Despite using plastic coating, this rear-cover of this tablet amazingly feels really sturdy and comfortable to hold. And it’s also not prone to catch finger prints or human grease (unlike the rear-cover of Google Nexus 9). Plus, it doesn’t feel cheap if you really have a hold on this device on your hands.

    In terms of design, however, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 may not have something to write home about, simply because it looks really identical with iPad mini Retina, especially with its 4:3 aspect ratio and the size of bezels. And that turns out to be not quite shocking given that this tablet also blatantly copies the entire screen specification of iPad mini Retina – from the same 7.9-inch display, 1536x2046 pixels, -324 ppi and of course the same 4:3 aspect ratio.

    This really contradicts with Archos GamePad 2. Unlike Xiaomi’s tablet, this Archos’ gaming tablet has its own characteristic compared to other regular Android tablets out there on the market. And the most prominent element that makes it look stand out is definitely its physical gaming controllers. As mentioned above, Archos GamePad 2 actually kind of reminds me with PlayStation Vita, which has the touch screen, the gaming buttons, directional pad, analog sticks and even trigger buttons on the shoulders.

    Between Archos GamePad 2 and Xiaomi Mi Pad, i think i have to go with Archos GamePad 2 in terms of design, simply because it has its own identity compared to its rivals on the market. And that’s something that is pretty rare to find on today’s tablet market.

    With the arrivals of many Android tablets from wide range of different manufacturers, now tablets look really generic with their designs. And that’s something that should be appreciated on Archos through its GamePad 2 tablet. However, when it comes to build quality, i think Xiaomi Mi Pad is slightly more superior than Archos’s tablet.

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    Xiaomi Mi PadArchos Gamepad 2
    No SIM
    Released June 2014,
    7.9 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1536 x 2048 pixels, (~324 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
    Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15 Nvidia Tegra K1 Chipset
    ULP GeForce Kepler (192 cores) GPU
    2 GB RAM
    Android OS - MIUI
    16/64 GB of Internal storage
    microSD card slo for up to 128 GB
    8 MP rear-facing camera
    5 MP front-facing camera
    No EDGE, No GPRS, No Radio, No GPS
    USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11
    HTML5 Browser
    Java MIDP emulator
    Colors Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, White, Gray
    Li-Po 6700 mAh battery
      No SIM
      7-inch 1280 x 800 pixels IPS capacitive display
      Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
      1.6GHz Quad-core A9 Processor •
      Quad-core GPU Mali 400 MP4
      8GB/16GB
      micro SD up to 64GB formatted to FAT32
      2GB RAM
      Front-facing camera
      USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol
      Dual band WiFi
      Bluetooth
      Gaming Controls
      Two analogue thumb-sticks
      Directional pad
      6 front facing buttons
      4 shoulder buttons
      Built-in stereo speakers
      G-sensor
      HDMI output (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)

      As the next-gen tablet, Xiaomi Mi Pad is of course far more powerful in terms of specs compared to Archos GamePad 2. And that’s mostly because its Tegra K1 processor, 192-core Kepler GPU, a high-resolution “Retina” display are just top notch in high-end class, as opposed to the quad-core A9 processor, Mali-400 MP2 GPU and a 720p display found on Archos GamePad 2. However, that’s still acceptable because Xiaomi Mi Pad is new-gen tablet released just a few months ago, unlike Archos’ device that is already considered as older-gen tablet with older-gen hardware.

      But even so, both devices are still great as gaming tablets. Archos GamePad 2 may not be as powerful as Xiaomi Mi Pad, in terms of gaming performance. But at least, this tablet is still more than capable to execute even the most graphically demanding games like Modern Combat 4 (even 5), Asphalt 8: Airborne, Need for Speed Most Wanted or NOVA 3 all in buttery smooth performance and of course, in full highest graphics.

      Screen

      Something that for me is quite surprising to see on Xiaomi Mi Pad is actually its display. Similar exactly just like the “Retina” display on iPad mini 2 Retina, this Xiaomi’s tablet also shares the same exact screen specs of Apple’s mini tablet – from the same 7.9-inch screen size, 1536x2048 pixel resolution, -324 ppi and even the same 4:3 aspect ratio. So this actually makes this tablet ‘on the same level’ with Apple’s device.

      And even in terms of quality, the screen of Xiaomi Mi Pad is also not too shabby at all compared to iPad mini 2 especially because it is supplied by Sharp, which is one of the main screen suppliers of Apple devices. So when it comes to sharpness, color reproduction and saturation and viewing angle, the screen of this Xiaomi’s tablet is as top notch as iPad mini 2.

      On the other hand with Xiaomi Mi Pad, Archos GamePad 2 is definitely not on par in terms of sharpness with Xiaomi Mi Pad. And that’s because this device only comes with 720p resolution (1280x800 pixels) on its 7-inch display. It may look pretty sharp for some users, however, if compared side-by-side with Xiaomi Mi Pad, then we can certainly know how these 2 tablets are not on the same level on the screen department.

      User Interface

      Xiaomi has been really consistent, in fact, will always be consistent with the use of its own heavily-customized MIUI on all of its devices. And Xiaomi Mi Pad is no exception here. Similar just like its siblings, this Xiaomi’s tablet comes with MIUI along with all of its useful features and attractive visual presentations here and there on its pre-loaded apps.

      I believe MIUI 6 has already arrived on this tablet a long time ago. So basically, it may slightly look like iOS 7/iOS 8 especially with the entire design and icons. However, the UI of Xiaomi Mi Pad still has its own characteristic compared to Apple’s mobile OS. In fact, i think MIUI has more cool stuff and features than iOS 7. And that’s why this UI consumes a lot of space in the memory/RAM (probably around 600MB to 900MB overall).

      But the good news is, there’s a lot of tricks (on XDA developer forum) to literally ‘freeze’ some of the unnecessary features and pre-loaded apps of this MIUI, giving you more free space in the memory, making it run faster and smoother, decreasing the temperature of the device, plus making it more efficient with the use of battery life. Not to mention, the method to root Xiaomi device is also really easy, of course, if you have the capability to do that.

      On the other hand with Xiaomi Mi Pad, Archos GamePad 2 comes with entirely stock Android UI, without any meaningful customizations from the manufacturer to its software build. And this is good because it will make the device perform much faster and smoother when playing games, plus more efficient with the use of battery.

      Between Xiaomi Mi Pad and Archos GamePad 2, i think i have to side on Xiaomi Mi Pad because its MIUI offers a lot of benefits like useful features and more attractive plus advanced visual effects that cannot be found on Archos’s device.

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      There’s no single doubt that Xiaomi Mi Pad is far more powerful in gaming performance than Archos GamePad 2. And that’s clearly because its Tegra K1 processor is NVIDIA’s latest and greatest mobile processor shipping with a staggering 192-core Kepler GPU, as opposed to the quad-core A9 processor and Mali-400 MP2 GPU found inside Archos tablet. So basically, Xiaomi Mi Pad has a lot more power especially in terms of graphical performance than Archos GamePad 2, thanks to its 192-core Kepler GPU.

      But even so, despite not being as powerful as Xiaomi Mi Pad, the gaming performance of Archos GamePad 2 is actually not too shabby at all. In fact, it’s really impressive to see how this Mali-400-powered device is more than capable to execute some of the games that are considered as the most graphics intense titles like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger and NOVA 3 – all running smoothly even in full highest graphics.

      Meanwhile, as a Tegra K1 tablet, Xiaomi Mi Pad has a far more powerful advantage than Archos GamePad 2, especially in terms of graphical performance. According to some game makers and game engine developers, this Tegra K1 processor is capable to deliver the same graphic power as today’s desktops. It even outperformed Apple A7 chipset and could bring 3 times graphical performance as Apple’s processor, as seen on benchmark tests on some tech sites.

      So with that being said, then the gaming performance of Xiaomi Mi Pad is undoubtedly really insanely powerful. Not only does this tablet have the power to run all Android games smoothly and in full highest graphics, but it’s also capable to play some console-quality games like Trine 2 (PS3), Half Life 2 (PC) and many other next-gen titles that are about to arrive in 2015 specifically for Tegra K1 tablets like Xiaomi Mi Pad.

      However, in terms of gaming experience, i’ll definitely side on Archos GamePad 2 instead of Xiaomi Mi Pad. And that’s mostly thanks to its real physical gaming controllers, which are no where to be found on Xiaomi Mi Pad. And this really adds up a lot of points to its gaming experience as a whole.

      Archos GamePad 2 may not have the same powerful gaming performance as Xiaomi Mi Pad, nor the support from game and even console game developers with their console-quality next-gen games. However, playing games on tablet with physical gaming controllers is definitely so much even better than playing games with on-screen virtual buttons. Besides, this Archos tablet is still capable to run heavy games like Modern Combat 4 or Asphalt 8: Airborne, all smoothly even in full highest graphics. And this what really matters for today’s gaming, right?

      However, in the long run, Xiaomi Mi Pad has a much bigger advantage than Archos GamePad 2 especially because its processor and GPU are really powerful and fully supported by many game and even console game developers. And this means, the next-gen console-quality games in 2015 can all be executed perfectly on this device.

      Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9 vs Archos GamePad 2, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

      Cameras

      The other thing that always impresses me with Xiaomi devices is actually their cameras. Despite being affordable devices, many of Xiaomi devices surprisingly have great and sharp cameras, capable to take some decent quality shots and even 720p videos. Well, that’s not shocking because the camera sensors used on many Xiaomi devices are mostly supplied by Samsung.

      And we all know that Samsung flagship devices have always been really top notch in terms of camera. So you can totally expect the same thing on Xiaomi Mi Pad. The photos are pretty sharp and the 720p videos taken with its camera are really impressive.

      Unfortunately, there’s no rear-facing camera found on Archos GamePad 2. So if you’re into photography, you will be left disappointed with this device. The good thing is, there’s still a front-facing camera embedded on this tablet, allowing you to do selfies and video calls.

      Battery Life

      Xiaomi Mi Pad is powered by 6700mAh power battery, the same battery capacity found on other Tegra K1 tablet – Google Nexus 9. Meanwhile, Archos GamePad 2 comes with a polymer Lithium battery, although its capacity is no where to be found on the spec sheet.

      In terms of battery life, i think both devices are pretty equal. I mean, they both are of course capable to survive in a solid day in moderate use. But their battery life would drain drastically faster to probably around 4 to 6 hours if used for doing some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all – like watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row.

      However, the use of stock Android UI on Archos GamePad 2 probably will give more advantage to Archos tablet given that its UI will be more efficient with the use of energy, as opposed to the MIUI of Xiaomi Mi Pad that is really power hungry, especially if all of the pre-loaded apps are activated in default, like miCloud, software update, etc.

      My Personal Opinions

      So in my final conclusion, i think it’s a bit harder to determine which one between Xiaomi Mi Pad and Archos GamePad 2 as a better gaming tablet because both of these devices have their own strengths and weaknesses. I mean, Xiaomi Mi Pad may have a far more powerful gaming performance. However, the physical gaming controllers on Archos GamePad 2 really makes the gaming experience of this device more awesome and better than on Xiaomi Mi Pad.

      Not to mention, the fact that Archos GamePad 2 – with its A9 quad-core processor and Mali-400 MP2 GPU – is still capable to run Modern Combat 4 and Asphalt 8: Airborne smoothly in full highest graphics, also makes it ‘on the same level’ with Xiaomi Mi Pad – at least for now in 2014.

      However, in the long run, it’s definitely Xiaomi Mi Pad that will be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review. It’s not only capable to run games like Modern Combat 4 or Asphalt 8: Airborne in full graphics, but it’s also more than happier to execute many next-gen console-quality games that are about to arrive in 2015.

      In fact, there are 2 games that are ported from console and PC – Trine 2 (PS3) and Half Life 2 (PC) – that both are made specifically for Tegra K1 devices like Xiaomi Mi Pad. So in the near future, Xiaomi Mi Pad will finally show off its real gaming capability to the world, while Archos GamePad 2 is probably not gonna be that powerful anymore to execute next-gen games in the future.

      The other thing that makes Xiaomi Mi Pad much better tablet than Archos GamePad 2 is also its hardware specs and the most importantly, its overall quality. Despite being an affordable tablet, i’m personally really impressed a lot with the quality that Xiaomi provides on its devices.

      Many of parts used on Xiaomi devices are mostly supplied by big manufacturers, like Sony, Samsung, Sharp and many more. So that’s the reason why Xiaomi devices mostly have great camera, great display, good battery, and solid build quality.

      Archos GamePad 2 also has decent quality overall. However, its lack of rear-facing camera and its ‘only’ 720p display, really make it harder to recommend compared to Xiaomi Mi Pad, which has decent quality cameras and a “Retina” 1536x2048 display (exactly just like iPads).

      So bottom line, in this comparison review, i think i have to go Xiaomi Mi Pad as the winner in this review compared to Archos GamePad 2. It may not have the real physical gaming controllers just like on Archos’s tablet, however, then entire aspect plus its more powerful gaming performance really make it up for its lack of physical gaming controllers.

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      Xiaomi Mi Pad vs NVIDIA Shield Tablet: Tablet Battle

      Hi guys, welcome back!

      As a smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi has already proved itself to the world that it is the real serious contender for Samsung and even Apple. And that can be clearly seen on how successful this Chinese-based company in selling its smartphones all around the globe. Thanks to its brilliant hunger marketing strategy in selling its devices to the consumers, this company now has become one of the top 5 biggest smartphone manufacturers in the whole world.

      And more impressively, Xiaomi is basically not a smartphone manufacturer. It’s only an online company that sells online contents for smartphones like wallpapers, screen savers, etc, through the MIUI – the UI designed by Xiaomi for Android devices, similar just like CyanogenMOD, etc. But in the past 2 years, this company has shaped up into a real smartphone manufacturer alongside Apple, Samsung and other Android counterparts across the globe. In fact, this Chinese-based company has managed to dump Apple and Samsung as the top smartphone makers in China.

      Anyway, just a couple of months ago, Xiaomi released its first-ever-gen tablet called Xiaomi Mi Pad. One thing that in my opinion really stands out from this tablet is definitely its processor.

      Thanks to Xiaomi’s decision to use NVIDIA’s latest and greatest Tegra K1 processor, not only is this tablet really powerful in graphical performance, but it’s also more than capable to deliver the same graphical power of today’s desktops/PCs. So with that being said, i think it’s gonna be hard to find the real contender for this tablet, especially the one that has the same powerful graphical performance as this Xiaomi Mi Pad.

      However, the superiority of Xiaomi Mi Pad on that sector can still be matched by one tablet. And that’s because this tablet is also powered by the same exact Tegra K1 processor, just like Xiaomi Mi Pad. Interestingly, this tablet is coming from the same manufacturer that designs the processor inside the Xiaomi Mi Pad. And that is NVIDIA. Through NVIDIA Shield Tablet, it’s really obvious that this graphic chipset manufacturer has high hopes that its tablet could be the real gaming device across the tablet market.

      That’s the reason why today i’m really excited to bring up these 2 devices in the same ring. I think it could be interesting to see how these 2 Tegra K1 tablets fare against each other, especially in terms of gaming performance. I’m also really eager to explore more about the whole thing on these 2 tablets, like their software, cameras, features and of course, their gaming experience as a whole.

      Well, if you’re also as interested as i am to know more about these 2 devices, including their gaming performance, then here you go, my comparison review between Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA Shield tablet.

      Introduction

      When it comes to overall quality, i think there should be no questions asked on these 2 devices. I know quite sure how impressive the quality of Xiaomi smartphones – from its display, cameras, performance and many more. And this is amazing because even with that impressive quality, Xiaomi smartphone are really affordable to buy.

      It goes the same NVIDIA Shield Tablet. Even though this manufacturer is known mostly for its graphic chipsets, NVIDIA amazingly is really mature in creating its own hardware devices – as shown on NVIDIA Tegra Note tablet. So you can totally expect the same thing on this NVIDIA Shield Tablet. As a matter of fact, with the new more powerful Tegra K1 processor – as opposed to the Tegra 4 processor inside the predecessor -, this tablet is now much even better than the previous-gen model.

      Meanwhile, in terms of performance, especially graphical power, both tablets are probably on the same page especially given that Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA Shield Tablet are both powered by the same exact 32-bit Tegra K1 processor – even with the same clock speed of 2.2GHz per core. So when it comes to gaming, there’s no doubt that these 2 devices are insanely powerful for that matter.

      In fact, thanks to Tegra K1 processor – which is as powerful as today’s desktops/PCs, in terms of graphical performance -, both Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA Shield Tablet are probably the best performing gaming tablets on the market right now. But we’ll get more on that later.

      But the questions remain, with all of their powerful specs and great gaming performance, which one between Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA Shield Tablet that is a better tablet in the whole aspect? Which one between these 2 devices that is a better gaming tablet? Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets, especially for their gaming performance?

      Well, hopefully we’re about to find out more about the answers of these questions at the end of this review, so be sure to stick around guys?

      Design

      As far as the design is concerned, i think both tablets take some cues from other popular devices on the market. Xiaomi Mi Pad – as we all know already – is hugely “inspired” by the similar looking design of iPad mini, especially when knowing that this tablet also adopts the same exact screen size, resolution, pixel density and even the same 4:3 aspect ratio of iPad mini.

      Xiaomi Mi Pad
      Xiaomi Mi Pad
      NVIDIA Shield Tablet
      NVIDIA Shield Tablet

      And thanks to its similar looking bezels of iPad mini Retina, it’s gonna be pretty hard to find the difference between these 2 devices, especially when the screen and the UI are turned off (because their UIs look different).

      But the most impressively about the design of Xiaomi Mi Pad is actually its material. Despite using just a plastic material all over it, the rear cover of this tablet amazingly feels really good, sturdy and comfortable in hands. And it doesn’t feel cheap at all, as thought by many people. Not to mention, it’s also not prone to catch finger prints, which makes it more amazing than other Tegra K1 tablet made by HTC - Google Nexus 9 -, which is really finger-print friendly.

      Similar just like Xiaomi Mi Pad, NVIDIA’s tablet also takes some design cues from other popular device. But interestingly, unlike Xiaomi’s tablet, this NVIDIA Shield Tablet is inspired by the design of HTC One, which is a smartphone, not a tablet.

      This can be clearly seen on the dual-front-speaker grills found on the left and right areas of this tablet (in landscape mode), which interestingly produce good and loud sound quality. This NVIDIA’s tablet is actually not a huge departure from the previous-gen Tegra Note, which also has the same dual-speaker grills on the front and of course, the stylus and its hole on the rear-cover.

      Between Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA Shield Tablet, i think i have to go with NVIDIA’s tablet especially because it looks more modern and unique compared to other Android tablets on the market right now (with the exception of HTC Nexus 9 that also looks similar with the same dual-front-speaker). Xiaomi Mi Pad may look great with iPad mini’s design and feel sturdy with its plastic material, but i think NVIDIA Shield Tablet looks more premium in the whole aspect.

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      Xiaomi Mi PadNvidia Shield

      No SIM
      Released June 2014,
      360 g Weight)
      7.9 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1536 x 2048 pixels, (~324 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
      Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
      Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15 Nvidia Tegra K1 Chipset
      ULP GeForce Kepler (192 cores) GPU
      2 GB RAM
      Android OS
      16/64 GB of Internal storage
      microSD Memory Card slo for up to 128 GB
      8 MP rear-facing camera
      5 MP front-facing camera
      No GPRS, No EDGE
      USB
      Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
      Bluetooth
      HTML5 Browser
      No Radio
      No GPS
      Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
      Java MIDP emulator
      Colors Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, White, Gray
      Li-Po 6700 mAh battery
        No SIM
        Released July 2014
        390 g (Weight)
        8.0 inchCapacitive touchscreen, 1920 x 1200 pixels, 16M colors (~283 ppi pixel density)
        * DirectStylus 2
        Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat
        Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15 Nvidia Tegra K1 Chipset
        ULP GeForce Kepler 192-core GPU
        2 GB RAM
        Dual bass reflex port audio enhancement
        microSD Memory Card slot for up to 128GB
        Internal 16 GB
        No GPRS
        No EDGE
        Wi-Fi 802.11
        Bluetooth
        microUSB
        5 MP rear-facing camera with HDR
        5 MP front-facing camera with HDR
        HTML5 Browser
        No Radio
        GPS
        Java MIDP emulator
        HDMI port
        19.75 Wh Li-Ion battery

        As 2 new-gen tablets, no doubt if both Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA Shield Tablet pack some high-grade quality specs on them, which are considered as high-end on today’s tablet market. In fact, Xiaomi Mi Pad comes with the specs that are on par with iPad mini Retina, which is the most popular high-end tablet on the market to date, alongside iPad Air.

        It has the same 7.9-inch “Retina” display sporting the same 1536x2048 pixel resolution just like iPad mini 2, a quad-core 32-bit Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM, 192-core Kepler GPU, 8MP and 5MP cameras back and front (which take great pictures by the way), 16/64GB internal storage, microSD card for up to 128GB, a huge 6700mAh battery and many more.

        Meanwhile, NVIDIA Shield Tablet is also not too shabby at all in terms of specs. It has an 8-inch display sporting the full HD 1920x1200 pixel resolution, a quad-core Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB native storage, microSD card for up to 128GB, 5MP cameras front and back, 19.75Wh Ion battery and many more. On paper, it’s pretty obvious that this tablet is not “on the same level” with Xiaomi Mi Pad, especially on the display and camera sectors.

        However, both devices are still “on the same page” when it comes to gaming performance. And i think, the existence of stylus on NVIDIA Shield Tablet really makes up the lower resolution display and rear-facing camera compared to Xiaomi Mi Pad.

        If you haven’t known already, the stylus of NVIDIA Shield Tablet is really amazing, you can use it not only to take some simple notes, but you can even create some beautiful paintings out of this stylus. So long story short, the stylus of NVIDIA Shield Tablet is really awesome, even as amazing as S-Pen on Samsung Note

        Screen

        If there is one sector that Xiaomi Mi Pad is really superior at than Xiaomi Mi Pad, then it’s definitely the display. Xiaomi Mi Pad is packing a 7.9-inch display with the screen resolution of 1536x2048 pixels (similar just like iPad mini Retina), as opposed to the 8-inch display with 1920x1200 pixel resolution on NVIDIA Shield Tablet. So when it comes to sharpness, then the clear winner here is definitely Xiaomi Mi Pad. And that’s not only because it has more pixels on its display, but it’s also because the display of Xiaomi Mi Pad is supplied by SHARP – which is also one of the screen suppliers of Apple.

        So basically, with this type of “Retina” display, the experience of watching movies, reading books/magazines, browsing the web, editing documents or playing games will be amazing. The text looks crisp and quite readable even from far distance, the image looks sharp, and everything on the screen just looks so great and pleasing to see.

        It actually goes the same with the full HD display found on NVIDIA Shield Tablet. Even though this tablet is sporting a lower-resolution screen than Xiaomi Mi Pad, having a full HD resolution actually already produces such a sharp looking display on this tablet. In fact, it’s more than enough for a small 8-inch tablet like this.

        User Interface

        Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA Shield Tablet actually fall in separate different paths when it comes to User Interface. As a Xiaomi-produced tablet, there’s no doubt that Xiaomi Mi Pad will come pre-installed with MIUI out of the box, which usually takes a lot of space in the memory (RAM), thanks to its heavy customizations, features and visual presentations here and there on its pre-loaded apps.

        On the other hand, NVIDIA Shield Tablet can be considered as much lighter in terms of software than Xiaomi Mi Pad. And that’s because this device is injected with stock vanilla Android UI – based on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat (upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop), without any heavy customizations from the manufacturer – NIVIDIA it is. So when it comes to overall performance, i think NVIDIA’s tablet is probably much faster and smoother in the long run than Xiaomi Mi Pad.

        But the good news is, Xiaomi Mi Pad is powered by a huge 2GB of RAM. So even with that heavy MIUI and its rich features, this Xiaomi’s tablet is still more than capable to perform really fast and smooth, even when opening some heavy apps at once. Meanwhile, the performance of NVIDIA Shield Tablet is definitely superior here compared to Xiaomi Mi Pad. Not only that, it’s also more efficient and effective with the use of energy from its battery, making sure that it’s able to survive longer than Xiaomi Mi Pad.

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        As Tegra K1 tablets, there’s no single doubt that both Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA Shield Tablet are gonna be great for gaming. But let’s talk about that later. In terms of overall performance, however, i think NVIDIA Shield Tablet is more superior and much faster than Xiaomi Mi Pad especially when controlling or operating the UI. And that’s because, first, it comes with stock vanilla Android UI without any heavy customizations, and second, it’s sporting a full HD 1920x1200 pixel display, which is lower than the 1536x2048 pixel display found on Xiaomi Mi Pad.

        So basically, the overall performance of NVIDIA Shield Tablet will be much faster and smoother than Xiaomi Mi Pad, especially when doing some heavy intense tasks like gaming. But even so, thanks to the Tegra K1 processor found on Xiaomi Mi Pad, i believe this tablet is also able to perform smoothly for doing some basic daily tasks.

        It goes the same when playing games. Again, thanks to the Tegra K1 processor – which is MADE for gaming – found on both devices, you can totally expect either Xiaomi Mi Pad or NVIDIA Shield Tablet to be really great for playing games. In fact, these 2 Tegra K1 tablets are currently 2 of the best gaming tablets on the market right now, even than the iPad Air.

        And that’s mostly because its Tegra K1 processor – as proved by benchmark tests held by some tech sites -, is capable to deliver the same graphical performance as today’s desktops/PCs. It even manages to outperform Apple’s A7 chipset and bring 3 times graphic power as Apple’s homemade processor on iPad Air and iPad mini Retina. So with that being said, then the gaming performance of both Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA Shield Tablet can be considered as better than iPads.

        However, between Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA Shield Tablet, in my opinion, i think i have to go with NVIDIA Shield Tablet as the one that has better gaming experience as a whole than Xioami’s tablet. And that’s mostly thanks to its dual-front-speaker grills, which produces a strong and good sound quality to this tablet, making the gaming experience more realistic.

        This NVIDIA’s tablet will also be much smoother for gaming given that this device comes with very light weight UI and software – as opposed to Xiaomi Mi Pad that uses a heavy MIUI along with its heavy features, which really consumes a lot of space in its memory/RAM.

        And this has such a huge impact to the gaming performance of this tablet, especially when playing some heavy intense games. But even so, Xiaomi Mi Pad is still a great and powerful gaming tablet. No doubt about that. But of course, if compared side-by-side with NVIDIA’s tablet, i will definitely pick NVIDIA Shield Tablet over Xiaomi Mi Pad.

        Anyway, with Tegra K1 processor embedded inside these 2 tablets, basically you’re able to play some latest and the most graphics intense games like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas and not to mention, many other next-gen games that are made only for Tegra K1 devices – like Trine 2 (PS3 title), Half Life 2 (PC) and many other more that are about to arrive next year in 2015.

        Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Xiaomi Mi Pad vs NVIDIA Shield Tablet, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

        Cameras

        One sector that always impresses me about Xiaomi devices is actually the camera. Despite being affordable devices, many of Xiaomi smartphones impressively have decent quality cameras. Even the cheapest model – Redmi 1S – is also able to take some decent shots with its 8MP rear-facing camera.

        Soon i found out that Xiaomi apparently uses Samsung’s camera module on most of its smartphones. And we all know already that Samsung GALAXY devices have the best quality cameras on the market. So with that being said, you can totally expect the same thing on Xiaomi Mi Pad.

        Thanks to its 8MP camera on the back and 5MP camera on the front, this tablet is more than capable to take some great quality photos and videos. As a matter of fact, according to what i’ve already seen on video reviews of this tablet on YouTube, the 720p videos taken by the camera of this tablet look really sharp and gorgeous. Everything just looks really crisp and impressively sharp.

        I believe this has something to do with the camera module supplied by respected manufacturers like Samsung or Sony – which has been proved their quality. So no wonder if Xiaomi Mi Pad is able to take some decent quality shots with its cameras.

        It actually goes the same with NVIDIA through its Shield Tablet. Even though there’s no further information regarding the supplier of the camera on this tablet, NVIDIA Shield Tablet is actually also as impressive as Xiaomi Mi Pad when it comes to picture taking or video recording. And that can be clearly seen on the previous-gen Tegra Note that gained many positive feedback from tech reviewers on the net.

        So you can totally expect the same thing on NVIDIA Shield Tablet. In fact, i even think that the 5MP rear-facing camera on this tablet is much improved and better than the one found on predecessor, especially thanks to the new build of software on this device.

        So if you’re really into photography and you’re also looking for a tablet that has great camera, then Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA Shield Tablet can be your good options here. Their camera quality may not be on par with iPad Air or Samsung’s flagship devices, but at least, the quality is still decent and the photos/videos are worth showing off to your Instagram or Twitter followers.

        Battery Life

        Xiaomi Mi Pad is powered by a pretty huge 6700mAh battery inside, while NVIDIA Shield Tablet comes with 19.75Wh Li Ion battery – or equal to around 5000 – 6000mAh battery (if i’m not mistaken). On paper, Xiaomi Mi Pad definitely looks more superior than NVIDIA’s tablet. However, in the real world implementation, i think both tablets are pretty equal in terms of battery life.

        Okay, Xiaomi Mi Pad may have a much bigger 6700mAh battery. However, in default, this tablet comes with MIUI, which is a really heavy weight UI filled with many advanced features and visual presentation (and i know quite well how power hungry the MI UI of Xiaomi devices).

        Not to mention, its display also caries much higher resolution than the screen of NVIDIA Shield Tablet (1536x2048 pixels VS 1200x1920 pixels), which will drain a lot of power from its processor. So with that 6700mAh battery, i believe this tablet is able to survive in a solid day on a full 100% charge – of course in moderate use.

        On the other hand, if you’re a power user and will likely use this tablet to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all – like watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, you can probably expect to see it last around 4 to 6 hours the longest.

        This really contradicts with NVIDIA Shield Tablet. Thanks to NVIDIA’s decision to use stock vanilla Android UI and only a full HD 1920x1200 pixel display, i believe this tablet is more than capable to survive in many hours even in heavy use.

        Not to mention, if this tablet already gets updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop – which comes with many improvements on battery department -, i think this will help a lot in making this device last longer ever for doing heavy intense gaming. However, don’t expect this tablet to survive like around 8 hours non-stop for gaming because that’s not going to happen, especially if you deploy some heavy console-quality games like Trine 2 or Half Life 2 in many hours without stopping.

        But basically, both tablets are really good equally, if not the best. And i strongly believe their battery life will be much improved when they are updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

        My Personal Opinions

        So in conclusion, i personally think that both tablets are equally great. No doubt about that. They have strong powerful Tegra K1 processor – which ensures heavy console-quality gaming -, sharp display, great quality camera, good sound quality (on NVIDIA Shield Tablet of course), comfortable design for gaming, plenty of free RAM, microSD card slot and of course, great gaming performance.

        With any of these devices, you can do absolutely anything from watching HD movies, reading books/magazines, editing documents, browsing the web, taking photos, recording videos and the experience of doing these tasks are no doubt amazing, thanks to their high-grade specs.

        However, if compared side-by-side against each other, i personally would go with NVIDIA Shield Tablet instead of Xiaomi Mi Pad. And that’s mostly thanks to its stylus. As i mentioned already above, the stylus of this NVIDIA’s tablet is really amazing.

        Its touch response is really realistic, every result occurs in real-time on the fly to the screen, its thickness can be easily controlled according to your pressure to the stylus on the screen and there’s also this technology that prevents your palm from being registered when using the stylus. So long story short, the stylus of NVIDIA Shield Tablet is really awesome, even as impressive as S-Pen on Samsung GALAXY Note tablet. And i’ve already seen they perform side-by-side on some video reviews on YouTube.

        Meanwhile, Xiaomi Mi Pad doesn’t have stylus. And if any third-party stylus can work on this tablet, i don’t think its writing experience will be as amazing as the stylus of NVIDIA’s tablet. I think the only things that make this tablet better than NVIDIA Shield Tablet are its display and probably its MIUI. It has a much sharper screen and its UI has a lot of cool features and visual presentations here and there on its pre-loaded apps – as opposed to the full HD display and standard looking Android stock UI on NVIDIA Shield Tablet.

        However, in the whole aspect, not just as a gaming device, i’m still really consistent to say that NVIDIA Shield Tablet is a better tablet overall than Xiaomi Mi Pad, despite having lower full HD display, lower rear-facing camera, flat looking UI.

        This NVIDIA Shield Tablet still has some awesome things to brag in front of Xiaomi Mi Pad – like its dual-front-speaker grills, modern-looking design, good sound quality, much smoother overall performance and of course, its amazing stylus.

        And i think these are more than enough to make it up for its lower resolution, camera and flat stock Android UI. Besides, having a full HD resolution on an 8-inch tablet is actually good enough for most of users. It looks already sharp and crisp for this small tablet. Not to mention, by using a stock Android UI, it actually really helps this tablet perform much even faster and smoother, plus more efficient with the use of battery, making it last longer.

        But even so, both Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA Shield Tablet are still decent quality tablets, even for gaming. And you’ll make no mistake if you pick up any of these devices in the near future.

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        LG G Pad 8.3 vs Google Nexus 9: Tablet Battle

        Hi guys, welcome back to this site!

        As a manufacturer that focuses mostly on smartphone market, i think it’s amazing to see how LG manages to come up with a tablet that in my opinion, is just great in the whole aspect. Yes, of course, the tablet i’m talking about is no other than LG G Pad 8.3, the only impressive tablet made by LG.

        Well, actually, LG used to also have one other tablet called LG G-Slate – which was a T-Mobile’s exclusive device -, but this device didn’t have much to say in 2011 especially given that iPad still monopolized this market entirely back then.

        However, that soon changed when this company introduced LG G Pad 8.3 to the world. Not only is this tablet amazing in terms of spec sheet, but interestingly, it also has the premium feel all over its body, thanks to LG’s decision to use aluminum material instead of plastic polycarbonate with matte finish just like most of its counterparts. The other thing that makes this tablet look awesome is definitely its design, which somehow kind of reminds me with the mini iPad, especially with its 4:3 aspect ratio.

        But the story of LG with its G Pad tablet is probably not the same with Google through its Nexus-line tablets. Ever since this search engine giant debuted its first-ever-gen Nexus 7 tablet in 2012, public and especially tech world really appreciated what Google brought to the market. It might not have the same viral-explosive fame just like Apple with its iPad, but i think the warm reception of tech people was a good sign that Google really nailed it with that tablet.

        Fast-forward to the present, this year, Google now has the next-gen Nexus 9 tablet, a 9-inch Android tablet (actually, an 8.9-inch tablet). However, unlike the rest of other Nexus tablets that are mainly intended as media-consumption devices, this Google Nexus 9 interestingly is more on the productivity side. And that can be seen clearly on its keyboard case that is officially released by Google for this tablet on Play Store.

        But even so, Google Nexus 9 is still great as a media-consumption device and even gaming tablet. As a matter of fact, thanks to its Tegra K1 processor – which is MADE for gaming -, this Google Nexus 9 is one of the best gaming tablets out there on the market.

        Anyway guys, today i want to keep the momentum going by giving you more of my comparison review. This time – as seen above -, yes, i’m going to compare LG G Pad 8.3 and Google Nexus 9, especially given that they both sport around 8 to 9-inch screen size. Besides, i think it would be interesting to see how these tablets fare against each other especially in terms of gaming performance and of course, in the whole aspect of the device.

        Well, if you’re also as interested as I am to find out more about the comparison between these 2 tablets, including my take on their gaming performance, then here you go, the comparison review between LG G Pad 8.3 vs Google Nexus 9.

        Introduction

        LG has never been so great when it comes to making tablet. And that’s shown by the mediocre reception it gained over the LG G-Slate in the past. It didn’t sell well and this was probably the reason why LG didn’t continue its journey around the tablet market for quite so long, especially compared to Samsung that has always been laser-focusing intensively on both markets– smartphone and tablet markets.

        However, the decision of LG to finally come back to this market apparently proved to be the great idea because LG G Pad is definitely a huge departure from LG’s previous-gen tablet in 2011. The thing that actually impresses me a lot with this device is its design.

        As a matter of fact, i think the overall design and the build quality of LG G Pad 8.3 are so amazing it even deserves to be positioned alongside iPads – especially iPad mini Retina. It’s made out of aluminum material that impressively feels really sturdy and premium compared to other Android tablets out there, even Samsung’s flagship tablets.

        This really contradicts with Google Nexus 9, however. If LG G Pad is more prominent with its solid build quality and premium aluminum material all over the place, this Google Nexus 9 – which is made by HTC – uses the material that is easily prone to catch finger prints or grease. And this is such a shame because everyone, especially around the tech world, really had high hopes when hearing the rumors about HTC making the next-gen Nexus tablet.

        The great thing is, there are still many things from this tablet that could still help overshadowing its mediocre material. And one of them is on the performance sector. Google Nexus 9 is powered by NVIDIA’s latest and greatest Tegra K1 processor, which according to console/PC game developers, it’s capable to deliver the same graphical performance as today’s desktops/PCs.

        In fact, this Tegra K1 processor manages to beat Apple’s chipset with 3 times graphical performance than A7 chipset. And if compared to LG G Pad with its Snapdragon 600 processor, it’s no-brainer that Google Nexus 9 is far more superior than LG’s tablet in terms of gaming performance.

        But the questions remain, with all of the strengths found on both devices, which one between Google Nexus 9 and LG G Pad 8.3 that is a better tablet in the whole aspect? Which one of them that deserves to be a better gaming tablet? Is it worth it to buy Google Nexus 9 over LG G Pad especially as a productivity device?

        Well, hopefully we’re about to find out more about the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around guys!

        Design

        In terms of design, both LG G Pad and Google Nexus 9 are actually well prepared for that matter. LG G Pad is more prominent with its premium aluminum material all over its body, while Google Nexus 9 looks really elegant with its modern design – which is hugely inspired by HTC one’s dual front speaker grills and iPad mini’s 4:3 aspect ratio. So as the results, both tablets look really great and premium even for high-end market.

        LG G Pad 8.3
        LG G Pad 8.3
        Google Nexus 9
        Google Nexus 9

        Design has always been the thing that HTC always puts priority on. And it’s no different with Google Nexus 9. It may not use the same aluminum material of LG G Pad or iPads, however, thanks to HTC’s years of craftsmanship in making premium devices, this tablet looks really elegant and premium all over the place. However, there’s one downside on the design of Google Nexus 9.

        And that is its rear-cover. According to many reviews (including theVerge and Phonearena), the back cover of this device is really prone to catch finger prints and human grease. And trust me, it doesn’t look good if there are many finger prints all over its rear cover.

        On the other hand, i think LG G Pad really nailed it with its design because not only does its aluminum material make it look premium, but also its entire design that actually looks pretty unique compared to other tablets out there. So it has this rounded rectangular design around its bezels that - in my opinion - looks really attractive and it’s not trying to blatantly copy iPad mini or Samsung GALAXY tablets, which weirdly is the thing that LG has been trying to do with its smartphone lineup.

        Meanwhile, Google Nexus 9 – as mentioned above – can be said as the combination between HTC One smartphone and iPad mini. So on the front side, there are the dual-speaker grills on the left and right areas (in landscape mode), which is the same one found on HTC One.

        This tablet also adopts the same 4:3 aspect ratio just like the iPads. In fact, Google Nexus 9 also “blatantly copies” the screen resolution of iPads – which is 1536x2048 pixels -, although it has different ppi, thanks to its smaller 8.9-inch display – as opposed to the 7.9-inch and 9.7-inch displays of iPad mini and iPad Air respectively.

        So between Google Nexus 9 and LG G Pad, i think both tablets have great designs. But the most importantly, they have their own characteristic especially compared to other tablets out there, especially the iPads.

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        LG G Pad 8.3Google Nexus 9 (HTC)
        No SIM
        Released October 2013
        8.3 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1200 x 1920 pixels (~273 ppi pixel density) 16M colors
        Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 Qualcomm
        2 GB RAM
        APQ8064 Pro Snapdragon 600 Chipset
        Adreno 320 GPU
        Android OS 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, planned upgrade to 5.0 Lollipop
        microSD card slot for up to 64 GB
        16 GB Internal storage
        5 MP rear-facing camera
        1.3 MP front-facing camerea (720p video recording)
        Wi-Fi 802.11
        Bluetooth
        GPS
        Infrared
        No Radio
        microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort)
        Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
        Java MIDP emulator
        Non-removable Li-Po 4600 mAh battery
          4G Network LTE
          Released November 2014
          8.9 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1536 x 2048 pixels (~281 ppi pixel density) 16M colors
          Dual-core 2.3 GHz Denver Nvidia Tegra K1 Chipset
          Kepler DX1 GPU
          2 GB RAM
          Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
          No Memory Card slot
          16/32 GB Internal storage
          HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE
          Bluetooth v4.1
          8 MP rear-facing camera LED flash
          1.6 MP front-facing camera, 720p video recordingNFC
          GPRS
          Wi-Fi 802.11
          GPS
          No Radio
          Java MIDP emulator
          Non-removable Li-Po 6700 mAh battery
          Stand-by: for up to 720 hours (3G) for
          Talk time (multimedia) : for up to 9 hours

          As 2 high-end tablets, there’s no doubt that both Google Nexus 9 and LG G Pad are equipped with some of the best hardware specs on the market today. As a matter of fact, Google’s tablet has the best specs on today’s tablet market, thanks to Google or HTC’s decision to use NVIDIA Tegra K1 dual-core Denver processor made with 64-bit architecture – which is capable to deliver the same graphical performance of today’s desktops/PCs.

          Not only that, there are also many parts of its specs that make it stand out compared to other rivals out there. It has a super-high 1536x2048 pixel display, huge 2GB of RAM, a staggering 192-core GPU, an 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash (that’s able to take decent quality photos), a pretty huge 6700mAh battery and a bunch of other standard features. However, as a Nexus tablet, there’s of course no microSD card slot on this device.

          Meanwhile, LG G Pad must be willing to be the second best on the sector of specs. It comes with a full HD 1920x1200 pixel resolution on its 8.3-inch display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 320 GPU, 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 4600mAh battery and some other standard features. But there’s the killer feature on this device compared to Google Nexus 9. And that is its microSD card slot.

          Screen

          I think it’s quite weird to see how Google Nexus 9 shares the same exact screen resolution of iPads, even with the same 4:3 aspect ratio. However, that’s not weird anymore if you already see Archos Titanium HD that blatantly copies the entire screen specs of iPads – like the same 9.7-inch display, the same 1536x2048 pixels and even the same ppi.

          Anyway, when it comes to sharpness, i think it’s quite obvious that between Google Nexus 9 and LG G Pad, it’s definitely Google’s tablet that deserves to get the crown here, especially because – on paper -, it has a lot more pixels compared to the screen of LG G Pad.

          However, that’s not the case here because quality of display has nothing with pixel number. In fact, according to theVerge, despite having the same resolution of iPads, the screen of Google Nexus 9 apparently is not nearly as nice looking as the Retina Display of iPads. The colors often look washed out, there’s visible gap between the glass and LCD, and the backlight is easily visible on the side of the screen.

          This really contradicts with the full HD screen of LG G Pad. Actually, the display of this tablet is the one that LG always shows off in its commercial. So it looks insanely sharp, the colors look popping out from the screen and everything looks really crisp. Long story short, the screen of LG G Pad is really gorgeous.

          User Interface

          If there’s one part that sets these 2 tablets apart, then it’s definitely their UIs. Google Nexus 9 still inherits the tradition of all Nexus devices. And that is the stock vanilla Android UI out of the box. This tablet, however, comes with Google’s latest and greatest Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed, which is not surprising given that it is Google’s official device (sorry, HTC must be willing to back off and keep its Sense UI in its pocket!).

          But that’s actually a good thing for this device because by using this stock Android UI, not only does this perform really fast and smooth with no lag whatsoever, but it’s also more efficient with the use of battery. So as a result, this tablet runs really smooth and it has solid battery life, plus the RAM/memory will provide much bigger free space for users in default.

          This is very different with LG G Pad. Similar just like any other LG G devices, this tablet also comes with LG’s homemade customized UI, which has a lot of added features and more advanced visual presentations here and there on the software.

          But the good news is, LG G Pad is powered by a great Snapdragon 600 processor and Adreno 320 GPU, so even with that heavy customized UI, this tablet still performs consistently fast and smooth. And thanks to its huge 2GB of RAM, multitasking many apps on this device still delivers a pleasingly smooth experience to users.

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          Google Nexus 9 and LG G Pad actually fall in entirely different categories. Google Nexus 9 is more on a productivity side (with its keyboard case), while LG G Pad is mainly focused as a pure media-consumption device. However, that’s not stopping both tablets from being great gaming machines.

          Google Nexus 9 with its Tegra K1 processor is no doubt insanely powerful for gaming. Not only is this device capable to handle heavy games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5 in full highest graphics, but it’s amazingly also able to execute some console-quality games like Trine 2 or Half Life 2 (which are ported from PS3 and PC specifically for Tegra K1 tablets).

          Meanwhile, even though LG G Pad is not as powerful as Google Nexus 9 in terms of gaming performance, this tablet with its Snapdragon 600 processor and Adreno 320 GPU is still more than happier to execute some latest graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4 or NOVA 3 in full highest graphics.

          However, for much heavier games like GTA San Andreas, i have doubts that this device has the power to run this game smoothly in full highest graphics. Well, that’s because as i’ve already seen on Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition) – which has the same Adreno 320 GPU but different Snapdragon S4 Pro – this Google’s tablet runs really laggy when handling GTA San Andreas in full highest graphics - i mean, like really really laggy. So you probably can expect the same on LG’s device, given the same GPU.

          So between Google Nexus 9 and LG G Pad, i think i have to go with Google Nexus 9 because it’s just too powerful compared to LG’s device.

          Not only that, it’s also more superior on the sector of sound quality (thanks to its dual-front-speaker grills), Tegra K1 well-optimized games and huge support from game developers – and even console game makers – to release some console-quality games for Tegra K1 tablets like Google Nexus 9 in the near future.

          So this really adds a lot of huge points for Google Nexus 9 especially in terms of gaming experience as a whole.

          Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of LG G Pad 8.3 vs Google Nexus 9, including what games that will run on these 2 tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

          Cameras

          HTC has been doing such a marvelous job on the camera department in the past few years – especially on its flagship devices. And that’s the thing that HTC still wants to continue on this Google Nexus 9. This Google-branded tablet is equipped with an 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, plus 1.6MP on the front.

          According to theVerge, the camera of Google Nexus 9 takes great pictures, although not as good as the iPads. But i think, that’s already enough to convince people to buy this device, especially the ones that love photography.

          The same also applies to LG G Pad. This tablet only comes with 5MP rear-facing camera and 1.3MP camera on the front. However, given LG’s expertise on this department on its G series device, i believe the photo/video quality taken by this tablet still looks good and sharp for most of users.

          Battery Life

          On paper, Google Nexus 9 looks more powerful than LG G Pad on the sector of battery. It comes with a much larger 6700mAh battery, as opposed to the 4600mAh battery inside the LG’s tablet. However, Google Nexus 9 comes with a much larger 8.9-inch display compared to the much smaller 8.3-inch screen on LG G Pad.

          Plus, Google-branded tablet is sporting a much higher screen resolution (1536x2048 pixels), as opposed to the full HD (1200x1920 pixels) screen on LG G Pad. Not to mention, Google Nexus 9 is powered by an insanely powerful Tegra K1 processor, which could be really power hungry especially when used for doing some heavy intense tasks.

          So as a result, i think both tablets are pretty equal when it comes to battery life. They both could survive in one solid day – on a full charge – in moderate use, but its battery life could drain much faster to even 4 – 6 hours when deployed with some heavy stuff without resting the screen at all.

          But the good news is (actually, this good news is only for Google Nexus 9), this Google’s tablet comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. And we all know already that, this software build brings a lot of improvements on the battery life. So i believe this could be really helpful in making Google Nexus 9 more efficient with the use of battery life.

          My Personal Opinions

          So in conclusion, i think both tablets are equally great, especially in their own category. Google Nexus 9 can be really great as a productivity device, while LG G Pad can be a decent media-consumption device. Both devices look and work great equally – although LG G Pad is much better looking device with its premium material.

          However, if pitted side-by-side against each other, it’s very obvious that Google Nexus 9 is by miles more superior and much better tablet than LG G Pad. I mean, it has more powerful processor and performance (plus graphics power, thanks to its 192-core GPU), it has much sharper screen, it has much better gaming experience overall, it has better sound quality (thanks to dual-front-speaker grills), it has much sharper camera and last but not least, it’s far more powerful for gaming.

          Unfortunately, there are some parts of Google Nexus 9 that could prevent it from being the best tablet than LG G Pad. And they are: its lack of microSD card slot (which LG G Pad has it), its mediocre rear-cover (which is prone to catch fingerprints) and its slightly bad quality display (but still looks good overall though).

          And this is very different with LG G Pad that has microSD card slot, solid build quality material and sharp vibrant looking display (especially when knowing that LG also develops its own display with OLED technology).

          So this is the reason why i think both tablets are equally great. They have their own strengths and weaknesses as well. But the bottom line is, both Google Nexus 9 and LG G Pad are no doubt great quality tablets and you’ll make no mistake if you decide to buy any of these devices.

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          Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4 vs iPad mini Retina: Tablet Battle

          Hi guys, welcome back!

          In the past few years, Samsung has been insanely popular with its superiority over its Super AMOLED screen technology. Almost all of Samsung flagship devices have really gorgeous and sharp screens. One of the strongest points of Samsung’s Super AMOLED display is definitely its outstanding color saturation.

          Even though many people call it as unrealistic compared to what we see with our own 2 eyes, vast majority users of Samsung GALAXY devices still love it a lot. It looks really vibrant, the colors look popping out and saturation level of colors is just perfect, so long story short, everything on the Super AMOLED screen looks really gorgeous. And that’s the thing that Samsung wants to brag in front of its closest rival – Apple – through its Samsung GALAXY Tab S series.

          Samsung GALAXY Tab S actually just launched a couple of months ago, but its commercials are already spreading out like crazy across the planet, even than the iPad Air, because Samsung has always been so aggressive with its marketing strategy.

          Anyway, today i want to keep the momentum going by giving you more of my comparison review. However, this time, as mentioned above, i’m really interested to bring up Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4 and iPad mini Retina into this comparison review. I think it would be great to compare between these 2 devices especially because they are popular tablets, and they are also in the same league (8-inch tablet category).

          Well, if you’re interested to learn more about my comparison between these 2 tablets, including my take on their gaming performance and the whole aspect, then here you go, my comparison review between Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4 vs iPad mini Retina Display.

          Introduction

          Samsung GALAXY Tab S series can be considered as the premium and flagship series of Samsung GALAXY Tab family. And as a flagship premium variant, no wonder if Samsung decides to cram all the powerful even the best hardware specs on the market into this device. And that what exactly happens on Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4.

          Compared to iPad mini with Retina Display, it’s quite obvious that Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4 is more superior and better performer than Apple’s tablet, especially on the screen department. Thanks to Samsung’s years of experience in the developments and improvements of its in-house Super AMOLED screen technology, the 8.4-inch display of Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4 is totally unmatched by even the Retina Display of iPad mini.

          it has much sharper 2560x1600 pixel resolution, its colors look really popping out and the saturation level of the colors is just perfect. To make it simple, on this Super AMOLED display, even the flowers look more gorgeous than what we actually see with our own eyes.

          The same story happens on the performance department and some other sectors of this Samsung’s tablet. it has full-featured TouchWiz UI, fast performance, strong processor, more mature design (although not as premium as iPad mini), longer battery life, great gaming performance, sharp cameras and many other more.

          But the questions remain. With all of the goodies and high-grade quality of Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4, does this tablet have what it takes to be an iPad mini Retina killer? Do these 2 tablets deserve to be positioned alongside other flagship devices on today’s tablet market? Which one between Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4 and iPad mini Retina that is a better tablet in the whole aspect?

          Well, hopefully we’re about to find out more about the answers of these questions at the end of this review. So be sure to stick around guys!

          Design

          When it comes to design, i think both tablets look great and premium. But iPad mini Retina is definitely the one that really stands out here if pitted side-by-side against Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4. it has full aluminum material all over the place (except the screen of course), it looks really elegant and premium and it feels like you’re really holding an expensive device.

          iPad Air
          iPad Air
          Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4
          Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4
          The more impressive thing about this iPad mini is, it is really thin and light in weight, making the experience of using this tablet more pleasing even for many hours in the row. Despite its large footprint – thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio -, i think it’s amazing how Apple manages to make this device really comfortable to hold even with one hand – although it’s not a one-handed device.

          The story contradicts with Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4. Even though Samsung releases this tablet in its flagship lineup, this Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4 still hasn’t received the best treatment from this Korean-based manufacturer on the sector of design.

          No – i’m not saying that the overall design of this tablet is not premium. That’s wrong, because this device still looks and feels premium. However, i think this tablet still hasn’t reached the premium level of iPads, including the iPad mini Retina.

          But even so, as mentioned above, in my opinion, Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4 still looks very elegant and premium in high-end class. And the great thing about its design is, it has its own characteristic compared to other rivals on the market right now – especially the iPads. This tablet actually kind of reminds me with the design of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone – Samsung GALAXY S5 -, especially with its unique pattern finish all over the rear-cover and also the metal trim all over the bezels.

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          Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTEiPad mini Retina
          4G LTE (SIM)
          Released July 2014,
          Fingerprint sensor
          8.4 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1600 x 2560 pixels, (~359 ppi pixel density), 16M colorsSamsung TouchWiz UI
          3 GB RAM
          Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
          Adreno 330 GPU   
          Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat
          microSD card slot for up to 128 GB
          8 MP rear-facing Camera with autofocus, LED flash
          2.1 MP front-facing camera
          16/32 GB Internal storage
          GPRS    
          Infrared port
          Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Sensors   
          HTML5 Browser   
          No Radio   
          GPS
          Java MIDP emulator
          Non-removable Li-Ion 4900 mAh battery
          LTE
          Released 2013, November
          Nano-SIM
          7.9 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
          1536 x 2048 pixels (~324 ppi pixel density) 16M colors
          iOS 7 (upgradable to iOS 8.1.2)
          Apple A7 Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based) Chipset
          PowerVR G6430 quad-core GPU
          1 GB RAM DDR3
          No micro card slot
          16/32/64/128 GB Internal storage
          5 MP rear-facing camera
          1.2 MP front-facing camera (720p@30fps video recording)
          Wi-Fi 802.11
          USB v2.0
          Bluetooth v4.0
          No Radio, No Java
          GPS
          Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
          HTML5 (Safari) Browser
          Non-removable Li-Po 6470 mAh battery
          Up to 10 hours (multimedia) for Talk time

          Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 may not win on the sector of design compared to iPad mini Retina, but fortunately, there is still one sector that this Samsung’s tablet is more superior at than the mini iPad. And that is its overall specs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is equipped with some beefy specs that can be considered as better than the ones found on the iPad mini.

          First of all, the screen. It seems like, Samsung has no problem at all to cram many 2.5K display on all of its flagship devices because most of Samsung’s high-end tablets today already jump to the same bandwagon entirely – a 2560x1600 pixel display.

          And that’s the thing you can find on this device. But that’s not the only thing that is so impressive from its display. Thanks to Samsung’s years of experience and never-ending developments of its homemade Super AMOLED display technology, this screen of this tablet looks insanely gorgeous.

          The screen looks sharp and vibrant, the colors look popping out and have great level of saturation and everything on the screen like text or image looks really crisp, even from far distance. So to make it simple, the flowers on this Super AMOLED display looks more gorgeous than if we stare it with our own 2 eyes. Yup – that’s true.

          Besides the screen, this tablet is also much better than the iPad mini Retina on other sectors, like cameras, software features, RAM, and it also has microSD card slot for up to 128GB and better software experience.

          However, it doesn’t straightly mean that iPad mini Retina is really horrible in terms of specs. Well, that’s not true because this mini iPad is still great on the sectors of display, performance, experience, UI, cameras, gaming experience, hardware especially GPU and of course battery life.

          Screen

          There’s no doubt that Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is definitely really superior on the sector of screen compared to iPad mini Retina. And this is not very surprising because Samsung itself is actually the one that develops and engineers its own screen including the technology on this tablet. So no wonder if this Samsung’s tablet is just untouchable by even the iPad Air when it comes to display.

          But even so, the display of iPad mini Retina still looks really sharp though. It may not be as gorgeous looking as the Super AMOLED screen on Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, but at least, it still looks great, the text looks sharp, image looks crisp and everything on the screen delivers such a pleasing experience to the users. And that’s the most important thing for iPad users.

          User Interface

          The UIs of both tablets are like men and woman. The UI of Samsung’s tablet is coming from Mars, while iPad mini’s UI is from Venus. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has a full-featured UI complete with all useful and great Android features we’ve already come to love, while the iOS 7 (now iOS 8) of iPad mini Retina is more prominent with its simple-to-use straight-forward but still elegant UI.

          However, both UIs are still great equally. Even though iOS 7 is really simple and straight forward, it’s actually the thing that makes its users insanely in love with this device.

          It goes the same Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Thanks to Samsung’s never ending efforts to improve and develop its homemade TouchWiz UI, now it looks much better, more elegant and more efficient by putting more prominent and useful features directly to the users, while keeping others safely on the place that only geeky users know them. The overall look of this UI is also now much improved with some revamped icons and navigation all over the place, making its experience much better for users.

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          If we talk about the overall gaming experience between these 2 tablets, then iPad mini Retina is definitely the one that takes the crown here. And this is not very surprising given that Apple has been really good at making all of its iGadgets great gaming devices.

          It has a fast-growing App Store that has a wide range of apps and games all over the world, it has easy payment system for vast majority of its users and it also has huge support from many game developers especially to bring the well-optimized versions of their apps on each specific of Apple device. And this is truly amazing.

          So when it comes to gaming experience as a whole, no doubt that iPad mini Retina is too superior than Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. It has powerful performance and graphical capability, it has much bigger game catalog well-optimized specifically for this iPad mini Retina, it has a very comfortable design that makes it convenient for users to play games even in many many hours and the most importantly, it has a solid long lasting battery life, even in heavy use.

          In terms of games, you can actually play any kind of games that you see today on App Store, which is not very surprising given that this device has the latest hardware and software that surely are more than adequate to execute all the iOS games in smooth buttery performance and of course, in full highest graphics.

          The other thing that makes its gaming experience stand out compared to Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is definitely the one called Metal API, which is supported only on iOS 8. This Metal API (similar like JDK or Java development Kit) helps iOS game developers improve and revolutionize their games by using the full potential and graphical power of GPU inside this iPad mini Retina.

          So their iOS games will have more detailed graphics, advanced visual effects and many other goodies that surely elevate the experience of playing their games. Long story short, with this Metal API, the next-gen iOS games in the near future will look far better than the ones on other platforms.

          On the other hand, despite not having the same great gaming experience just like iPad mini Retina, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is still a great gaming tablet. Thanks to the Snapdragon 800 processor, coupled with Adreno 330 GPU and huge 3GB of RAM, any Android games on the market right now – even the most graphically demanding ones like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 5 or GTA San Andreas – can all be executed perfectly on this device, in buttery smooth performance and of course in full highest graphics.

          Well, actually there’s still one great thing on Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 that probably could make its gaming experience on the same level with iPad Air Retina. And that is its display. As mentioned above, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is equipped with an insanely gorgeous Super AMOLED display sporting 2560x1600 pixel resolution – as opposed to the Retina IPS display (1536x2048 pixels) found on the iPad mini Retina.

          So as a result, games will look more gorgeous, crisp and much sharper than the ones deployed on the mini iPad. The most impressively is, even with that crazily lots of pixels, this device still delivers the best smooth performance when playing games, even in full highest graphics.

          However, it’s worth noting that Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is divided in different models, carrying 2 different processors – Snapdragon 800/Adreno 330 GPU inside the LTE models, while the WiFi-only variants get the Samsung 5 Octa Exynos 5420 processor and Mali-T628 MP6 GPU. But even so, both models are equally powerful even for playing games.

          Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Samsung GALAXY Tab S 8.4 vs iPad mini Retina 2, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

          Camera

          It’s probably tough to pick which one between Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and iPad mini Retina that has the best camera because both tablets take great pictures and videos. But to make this comparison more simple, i think i have to go with both devices on this department. The 8MP rear-facing camera of Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 5MP iSight camera of iPad mini Retina are equally great. And you just can’t do wrong if you pick any of these tablets, especially if you’re into photography. Trust me, pick any of these tablets, and you’re good to go.

          Battery Life

          Besides the cameras of both tablets, the other sector that is also pretty hard to determine which one as the best between Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and iPad mini Retina is definitely the battery life. Apple has always been doing great with the battery life of its iPads (not to mention iPhone 6 Plus).

          It’s great to use for longer reading session, and even for playing games or watching HD movies in marathon, without resting the screen at all. So if you decide to buy this tablet, you must accept the fact that its battery life just cannot be killed, even in heavy use.

          The same story happens also on Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Even with that crazily super-high 2.5K resolution screen (2560x1600 pixels), this tablet is impressively still capable to survive in many many hours, even in heavy use – despite using only small 4900mAh battery.

          This is actually really similar to what happens with Samsung’s flagship smartphone – Samsung GALAXY S5 -, which has longer battery life than most of its flagship rivals out there, despite using a smaller battery capacity than the predecessor.

          So either you buy Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 or iPad mini Retina, you just won’t regret it at all. They are equally strong and powerful in terms of battery life and you’re gonna have such a pleasing experience of using it even for many many hours.

          My Personal Opinions

          So in conclusion, i think both Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and iPad mini Retina are just great equally in the whole aspect. They have their own strengths and their own weaknesses against each other. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 may have a razor-sharp 2.5k display and better cameras, however, iPad mini Retina is also great on those 2 sectors. It goes the same with their overall gaming experience and battery life.

          They both are strong to play any games on each app market and the experience of playing games on both devices is just awesome. iPad mini Retina has much bigger well-optimized game catalog, huge support from game developers, Metal API on iOS 8, better more comfortable design to play game (given its thinness and light weight), plus great battery life.

          It goes the same with Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. This tablet has powerful hardware to play many high-performing games, it has much sharper 2.5K display, it has comfortable-to-hold design, it has great long lasting battery life and the most importantly, all games can be executed perfectly on this device in smooth performance and full graphics.

          However, there is still one part – actually 2 parts – that probably make this Samsung’s tablet much better offering than iPad mini Retina. And those are the microSD card slot for up to 128GB and of course, the fingerprint scanner.

          The first aforementioned part is actually the thing that has been lacking (actually will always be even in the next few years) on all iPads, including this iPad mini Retina. So if you buy – for example – the 32GB model, you’ll be stuck with this storage forever and you’ll be forced to upgrade to the biggest 128GB model – which is insanely more expensive than the 32GB variant.

          And then, the fingerprint scanner. Even though this element is currently not that important for most users. But in the future, when the advanced mobile payment system finally becomes viral all across the world, it’s gonna be the killer feature on this tablet. And Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 already has it, which means, this device will still look modern even in the next few years.

          I know that, iPad mini Retina also receives the fingerprint scanner. But it’s only on the third-gen model though, not the 2nd-gen model (which is the one i’m discussing right now in this review). So the solution is of course, buy the latest-gen model if you think that this finger print scanner is really important for you.

          But even so, both tablets – in my opinion – are still great quality tablets overall. in fact, they are 2 of the best tablets on the market right now. You’ll make no mistake if you pick up any of these devices.

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