HP Slate 7 Extreme vs LG G Pad 8.3: Tablet Battle

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January 22, 2015 | 0 comments
HP Slate 7 Extreme vs LG G Pad 8.3: Tablet BattleHi guys, welcome back again to this site!

As you probably know, some of my recent tablet comparison reviews were mostly about HP Slate 7 Extreme competing side-by-side against other tablets. So i've really wagered a lot on this HP’s tablet in most of my recent comparison reviews.

I even put some higher-end tablets to fight against HP Slate 7 Extreme and this HP’s tablet – in my opinion - was mostly the one that came out as the winner.

There is actually a lot reasons why i put favor a lot (i mean, like a LOT) on HP Slate 7 Extreme compared to other tablets in those reviews and i’ve already mentioned them a lot.

First and foremost, I really like the stylus of this tablet, which is really amazing because it even matches the writing experience brought by S-Pen on Samsung GALAXY Note.

So you can basically take simple notes and even draw some professional paintings (of course, if you have the ‘gift’ for that!) with the stylus of this tablet.

HP Slate 7 Extreme vs LG G Pad 8.3 benchmarks and gaming performance

Besides that amazing stylus, the other awesome things that i mentioned a lot about this tablet are:
  • its great gaming performance,
  • great sound quality,
  • elegant design with dual-front-speaker grilles,
  • smooth experience,
  • full-featured stock Android OS,
  • impressive cameras (yes, this $199 golden boy is able to take some decent quality shots!),
  • stylus-related apps (to take notes, draw images, etc),
  • well-optimized THD games for HP Slate 7 Extreme
  • and many other more.

Anyway guys – sorry for the long introduction above -, today, i’m STILL interested to bring up this HP Slate 7 Extreme into my next comparison review.

But its next contender this time is from a much higher-end category – given its $300 price tag. It’s coming from LG and i actually also like the entire thing about this tablet.

Okay then, introducing to you – LG G Pad 8.3.

I know, i know – besides coming from entirely different price bracket, this tablet is also equipped with a larger 8.3-inch display, as opposed to the smaller 7-inch screen on HP Slate 7 Extreme.

But if you take a look again in one of my previous comparison reviews, i actually already put a much larger 10.6-inch Microsoft Surface RT 2 against HP Slate 7 Extreme, given their Tegra 4 processor.

So i think it’s still relevant to place this LG’s tablet in the ring against HP Slate 7 Extreme, especially considering that they both are powerful tablets and both are also great media-consumption tablets.

Introduction

Similar just like HP, LG also used to have a tablet in the past – HP with its HP TouchPad webOS, while LG has its own LG G-Slate tablet, which was exclusively for T-Mobile costumers.

For old-gen tablets released in 2010 – 2011, both tablets can actually be considered as pretty good in their class.

However, in that timeframe, there’s no doubt that Apple with its iPad was just untouchable by many of its competitors.

But fast-forward to the present, now these 2 companies are back again to bring their own contenders not just to fight against the iPad, but also many other Android counterparts out there on the market.

And in my personal opinion, i think both HP and LG (which i just noticed, they only have 2 letters in their names), are both doing a great job in making their homemade tablets.

HP Slate 7 Extreme – as you already know – has been my favorite tablet, while LG G Pad 8.3 is also a really impressive device, even in higher price range.

Both devices have some high-grade quality specs here and there on their hardware, both devices are made with solid build quality and design, both have their own advantages, both have powerful gaming performance and both have great cameras plus the quality.

So pretty much everything about these 2 tablets – in my opinion – is just great. No doubt about that.

But the questions remain. With all of the great things found on HP Slate 7 Extreme and LG G Pad,

Which one between these 2 tablets that have better gaming performance and experience in this review?

Do these tablets have what it takes to be iPad mini killers?

Is it really worth it to buy any of these tablets, especially for playing games?

Be sure to read the rest of this post if you want to find out more about the answers of these questions.

Design

I think, the major problem about most of Android tablets today is that many of these tablets still leave a lot to be desired when it comes to design.

Even Samsung is still trying to find the best formula to make premium-class devices that have their own characteristic than Apple’s devices.

The good thing is, HP with its HP Slate 7 Extreme and LG with LG G Pad 8.3 – in my opinion – have some of the best tablet designs on the market right now.

HP Slate 7 Extreme
HP Slate 7 Extreme
HP Slate 7 Extreme 2
HP Slate 7 Extreme
LG G Pad 8.3 2
LG G Pad 8.3
LG G Pad 8.3
LG G Pad 8.3
HP Slate 7 Extreme looks really good and modern with its dual-front-speakers (which is one of many things that i’m really impressed at).

It also looks pretty unique, more professional and elegant than any other low-end tablets out there.

I also love with the “HP” logo on its rear-cover, giving it a more professional accent even as a media-consumption device.

The other great thing about the design of this tablet is, the sound that comes out from the dual-speaker grilles on the front is really loud and clear, making the experience of watching movies or playing games more realistic, especially for gamers.

Meanwhile, LG with its LG G Pad also has much to say in terms of design.

First of all, this tablet is made entirely out of aluminum material, which feels really sturdy and solid on hands.

And i also like the whole design of this tablet, especially with its 4:3 aspect ratio and rounded rectangular design approach which make this tablet more attractive even than the iPad mini.

The more impressively is, this LG’s tablet is using aluminum material all over the place, which makes this device an equal contender for iPad mini Retina.

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HP Slate 7 ExtremeLG G Pad 8.3
No SIM
Released December 2013,
7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels, (~216 ppi pixel density)
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 CPU
1 GB RAM
5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, HDR
VGA front-facing camera
microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
16 GB Internal storage,
No GPRS
No EDGE
USB
No Radio
GPS
HDMI port
Java
Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery
Up to 10 hours 30 min (multimedia) Talk time

Released October 2013
No SIM
8.3 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1200 x 1920 pixels (~273 ppi pixel density) 16M colors
OS Android OS, v4.2.2 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)
Infrared
No Radio
microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort)
Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
Java MIDP emulator
Non-removable Li-Po 4600 mAh battery

Both of these tablets are actually coming from 2 different price segments.

HP Slate 7 Extreme is released in mid-to-low-end tablet market, while LG G Pad 8.3 is more on the high-end side, although it’s not on par anymore with today’s flagships on the market.

Their price tags really show that perfectly, with HP Slate 7 Extreme priced at only $199, while LG G Pad being the $300 tablet.

However, i’m actually more impressed with HP Slate 7 Extreme because as an affordable $199 slate, this device brings more benefits and advantages that probably couldn’t be offered by LG G Pad.

So of them are an amazing stylus, great sound quality, awesome gaming experience, well-optimized THD games, powerful processor and 72-core GPU and a bunch of other things.

LG G Pad may not be as great as HP Slate 7 Extreme in the whole aspect, but as a more expensive $300 tablet, LG G Pad certainly has some great things to brag in front of HP Slate 7 Extreme.

To name a few, there are solid aluminum premium materials just like the iPad, a much sharper 1080p display, more features on its customized Android UI, bigger 2GB of RAM, better front-facing camera and probably more efficient battery life.

But even so, both tablets are equally great and powerful, especially in terms of performance.

Screen

If there is one sector that LG G Pad is really superior at compared to HP Slate 7 Extreme, then it’s definitely its display.

LG G Pad is equipped with an 8.3-inch screen sporting the 1080p (1920x1200 pixels) resolution, as opposed to the ‘only’ 720p (1280x800 pixels) display on HP Slate 7 Extreme.

So it’s obvious that when it comes to sharpness, LG G Pad is the one that should take the crown here.

And the great thing is, besides Samsung, LG is also one of the manufacturers out there that really makes its own display and OLED technology.

So as the user of this device, you’ll be guaranteed a pleasing experience with its gorgeous display.

The screen looks insanely sharp and vibrant, the colors are popping out, the text is readable even from far distance and every thing on the screen simply looks more amazing than the display of HP Slate 7 Extreme.

However, 720p resolution of HP Slate 7 Extreme actually still looks good and pretty sharp for its 7-inch screen size.

Actually, HD resolution even on a much larger 14-inch of my laptop already looks sharp for my own taste. So i think the display of HP Slate 7 Extreme is still more than good for most of users out there.

It may not be the best, but it’s still good enough. Besides, it's a $199 tablet. So that's the best you can get for that price range.

User Interface

The UI of these 2 devices is also the one that sets them apart.

HP Slate 7 Extreme comes pre-installed with stock vanilla Android UI, while LG G Pad is more prominent with LG’s usual homemade customized UI – just like its G series of smartphones.

So LG G Pad certainly has more added features and better visual presentations than the stock Android OS of HP Slate 7 Extreme.

The good thing is, LG’s tablet is already equipped with bigger 2GB of RAM, as opposed to the 1GB RAM on HP’s tablet.

So even with a heavier customized UI and its pre-loaded apps/features, this tablet still flies in performance.

I actually kind of like the 3-finger gesture that LG puts on this device. I think this can be pretty handy if you love opening many apps at once.

Not to mention, there are also many other added features like multiwindow mode, revamped notification and setting window and many more.

But even so, i think both tablets have their own advantages with their UIs.

HP Slate 7 Extreme may not have some additions of features just like on LG G Pad, however, this device also has something to be proud of like its stylus and some pre-loaded apps (like printing app, etc).

HP Slate 7 Extreme also has some cool features like lasso (which you can use to take specific screenshots by using the stylus), palm rejection (to prevent your palm from being registered when using the stylus), Tegra Zone (NVIDIA Hub) and many more

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In terms of performance between HP Slate 7 Extreme and LG G Pad, i think this is going to be pretty hard to determine which tablet has the most powerful performance.

HP Slate 7 Extreme – as we all know – is armed with a quad-core Tegra 4 processor accompanied with a staggering 72-core GPU, which managed to top most of the mobile processors on the market according to some benchmark tests.

Meanwhile, LG G Pad is also as impressive as HP’s tablet on the same sector.

It has a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor plus Adreno 320 GPU, which are the same internals found on Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

However, this LG’s tablet is packing a much higher resolution 1080p display, as opposed to the 720p display on HP Slate 7 Extreme.

So LG G Pad has much heavier job to do especially in executing all the pixels of its display.

But impressively, this LG’s tablet is still able to perform really fast and smooth, even with LG’s heavy customized Android UI with lots of features and visual presentations (including that great ‘multitasking’ mode with 3-finger gesture).

On the other hand, HP Slate 7 Extreme – first of all – runs stock Android UI – which obviously is much lighter compared to the customized Android UI that LG G Pad comes with -, especially with the use of memory (RAM) in default.

And then, its Tegra 4 processor is insanely powerful it even has a bit higher 1.8GHz clock speed than the Snapdragon 600 processor of LG G Pad that is only clocked at 1.7GHz.

Not to mention, HP Slate 7 Extreme is only sporting 720p resolution on its 7-inch display – as opposed to the 1080p display on LG G Pad -, which means its Tegra 4 processor has less number of pixels to execute.

So with all of this being said, then HP Slate 7 Extreme no doubt really flies in performance.

And that’s mostly because its hardware package and software don’t really put much pressure on the processor.

But even so, both tablets are equally great and powerful. Any basic daily task that you throw on any of these devices – even multitasking many apps at once -, can all be executed perfectly in buttery smooth performance with no lag.

It goes the same with the gaming performance of both devices. HP Slate 7 Extreme with its Tegra 4 is really beast for gaming.

Any games that you wanna play – from Angry Birds to even GTA San Andreas, Asphalt 8: Airborne or Modern Combat 5 – all can be perfectly handled by this device, even in full highest graphics.

But the story would probably be different with LG G Pad.

Even though Snapdragon 600 processor and Adreno 320 GPU are considered as high-end flagship processor and GPU in today's standards, this LG G Pad could suffer a lot when playing heavy games like GTA San Andreas especially in full highest graphics.

Actually, this tablet kind of reminds me with Google Nexus 7 (2013), especially in terms of hardware specs.

It has the same Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 1080p display, although its Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset is on the different level with Snapdragon 600 processor of LG G Pad.

And this Google-branded tablet runs really laggy when handling GTA San Andreas in full highest graphics.

Its Adreno 320 GPU is probably the one to blame – or its 1080p display – for not doing its job perfectly when running this game in full graphics.

I’ve even seen on video review on YouTube how the GPU’s performance of this Google tablet (with on-screen benchmark app) suddenly became inadequate when the game’s character was approaching some heavy area filled with many objects and living people in the game.

Long story short, it’s just not playable in full graphics.

So it could probably happen also on LG G Pad tablet, given their same Adreno 320 GPU and 1080p display.

But even so, for other latest graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, Need for Speed Most Wanted or NOVA 3, of course, this LG tablet has no problem at all to execute these games perfectly, even in full highest graphics.

So if you’re a big fan of tablet gaming, then your hobby will be well accommodated on this device.

But of course, if compared to HP Slate 7 Extreme with its amazing gaming performance, not to mention, its great sound quality (thanks to the dual-front-speaker grilles), plus huge catalog of well-optimized titles specifically for Tegra-powered tablets, then the battle between HP Slate 7 Extreme and LG G Pad is definitely won by HP’s tablet.

It has powerful gaming performance and it also has awesome gaming experience.

But there is one downside found on this HP Slate 7 Extreme (probably most of other tablets as well). And that is its overheating issue.

Many of Tegra 4 tablets on the market are mostly plagued with overheating issue. So the rear-covers of these tablets suddenly get hotter especially when doing some crazy stuff, like playing heavy 3D games.

But this probably could be handled with an app called “no frills” (requires rooting), in order to lower the clock speed of its Tegra 4 processor, to prevent it from overheating.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of HP Slate 7 Extreme and LG G Pad 8.3, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Cameras

On the sector of camera, both of these tablets are probably equal on this department. HP Slate 7 Extreme comes with a 5MP rear-facing camera and VGA front-facing shooter.

Meanwhile, LG G Pad is also equipped with 5MP rear-facing camera, but its front-facing camera is 1.3MP.

In terms of quality, either HP Slate 7 Extreme or LG G Pad 8.3 can still be considered as pretty ideal for photography.

The 5MP rear and VGA front cameras of HP Slate 7 Extreme, according to some reviews on YouTube, are able to take some decent quality shots (and even slo-mo videos).

Meanwhile, as for LG’s tablet, even though i’ve never seen its camera quality, i believe LG has put a lot of thoughts on the cameras of this tablet.

So you can still count on its cameras especially if you love photography.

So both HP Slate 7 Extreme and LG G Pad 8.3 are well prepared when it comes to cameras. And i think this is amazing – especially HP Slate 7 Extreme – because this HP’s tablet only costs $199 and the entire thing of this tablet is just great in quality.

It has great gaming performance, amazing stylus, fast experience, good sound speaker quality, full-featured stock Android OS, good quality cameras, elegant design and pretty much everything about this tablet is just great.

So you'll make no mistake if you decide to buy any of these tablets, even for their cameras.

Battery Life

As a larger 8.3-inch tablet, of course LG G Pad will need a much larger battery capacity than the one found inside HP Slate 7 Extreme.

And that what happens here because LG G Pad is powered by 4600mAh battery – as opposed to the 4100mAh battery.

But in terms of longevity, i think both tablets are relatively good, if not the best.

So basically, you can expect to see any of these devices last in one solid day of course in moderate use.

But of course, their battery life could drop drastically faster to just probably around 4 to 6 hours if you’re going to use them for doing some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen – like really long watching movie session or playing games in marathon.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, i think this can be pretty hard to determine which one is better than the other one.

HP Slate 7 Extreme is just a great all-around tablet, while LG G Pad is also a solid quality device, especially for media-consumption purpose.

However, if we look at each aspect on these 2 tablets, then we could get a much better conclusion for this comparison review.

First of all, on the design department.

HP Slate 7 Extreme is made out of plastic matte finish, while LG G Pad, on the other hand is built with totally aluminum materials all over the place.

Both tablets also have their own characteristic of design compared to other rivals on the market.

HP Slate 7 Extreme is more prominent with its dual-front-speaker grilles (just like HTC One M8), while LG G Pad 8.3 looks a bit stand out with rounded rectangular design and premium feel, plus 4:3 aspect ratio of this device makes it look like iPad mini, which is a good thing.

So when it comes to design, i think both tablets look and feel great, but in my opinion LG G Pad looks more premium with its aluminum material and its overall design is also really cool.

In terms of performance and gaming capability, however, i think i’m gonna go with HP Slate 7 Extreme because it’s just really powerful for handling any games.

Plus, it also has much better sound speaker quality thanks to its dual-speaker grilles embedded on the front.

Not to mention, as a Tegra 4 tablet, the users of HP Slate 7 Extreme have the privilege to play many THD games on NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone (which has been changed now to NVIDIA Hub) where users are able to find plenty of games optimized specifically for Tegra 4 tablets like HP Slate 7 Extreme.

So games on this device have more detailed graphics and advanced visual effects than other games on non-Tegra tablets.

Meanwhile, even though LG G Pad 8.3 is also a powerful gaming tablet, this device might suffer when handling games like GTA San Andreas in full highest graphics (with full resolution, visual effects, shadows, etc).

And this contradicts with HP Slate 7 Extreme that is more than capable to run this game even in full highest graphics.

In my opinion, both are no doubt great equally.

They are great for watching HD movies, reading books/magazines, browsing the web, taking photos, recording videos, editing documents, listening to music or playing games.

However, if if i had to choose, i think i would prefer HP Slate 7 Extreme over LG G Pad because with only $199, you can have a really awesome all-around tablet that offers a lot of benefits to users.

For example like its amazing stylus, powerful gaming performance, good sound quality, great quality cameras, full-featured stock Android OS and many more.

But it doesn’t mean that LG G Pad is not a good tablet. LG G Pad is still a decent quality tablet, especially for enjoying media contents.

And as a $300 tablet, you’ll also get some awesome stuff:
  • like its premium design and aluminum material (which according to review, feels really sturdy and comfortable on hands), 
  • much sharper 1080p display, 
  • great cameras, good battery life, 
  • rich features on its LG’s homemade customized UI, 
  • good gaming performance (if not the best) and not to mention, 
  • it also has microSD card slot, just like HP Slate 7 Extreme.
So both tablets are equally great. But at the end of the day, it will come down to your personal preference actually.

I mean, if you want to buy an affordable $199 tablet that has great stylus experience, gaming performance, good quality cameras, awesome sound quality and stock Android UI, then go ahead, HP Slate 7 Extreme can be a great tablet for you.

However, if you happen to have $300 in your pocket, and you’re also looking for a premium Android tablet that is also great in the whole aspect, then LG G Pad can be your best shot here.

But of course, as a gaming device, this LG G Pad might not be as great as HP Slate7 Extreme.

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