Asus MemoPad 7 HD vs LG G Pad 8.3: When two older-gen tablets gets compared

Posted by B. Johnson
February 29, 2016 | 0 comments
 Asus MemoPad 7 HD vs LG G Pad 8.3: Two Older-Gen Tablets Gets ComparedAsus MemoPad 7 HD and LG G Pad 8.3 are 2 of the older-gen tablets that made their debuts in 2013. I’ve discussed a lot about these 2 devices in many of my reviews, mostly the good things about them.

Asus MemoPad 7 HD is a cheap budget tablet with gorgeous screen and pretty good cameras, while LG G Pad 8.3 is more prominent with its premium metallic design.

These 2 tablets are actually pretty great for their prices and have their own strengths as well as weaknesses.

However, when compared side-by-side on the same table, I think the result of this review could be pretty interesting to see, especially given that both devices are intended by the manufacturers as media-consumption devices.

So watching movies, reading books, browsing the web and listening music are definitely pleasing to do with any of these tablets.

But the question is, are they also great gaming tablets?

Asus MemoPad 7 HD vs LG G Pad 8.3 benchmarks and gaming performance

Well, to answer that question, I think I will need a lot of words to explain how these 2 guys perform for playing games, which is the reason why today I decide to pit these Asus MemoPad 7 HD and LG G Pad 8.3 in this comparison review.

So if you’re interested to find out more about my comparison between these Asus and LG’s tablets, as well as my take on their gaming performances, then here you go, my comparison review between Asus MemoPad 7 HD and LG Pad 8.3. Enjoy!

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Introduction

From the first look at the glance, we can totally be sure that LG G Pad is one gorgeous looking tablet.

Its design is elegant and unique (or sexy if you would), its build quality is top notch and it’s also made out of aluminum materials exactly just like what Apple uses on its iPads. So it feels really sturdy and solid in the hands.

On the other side of the road, Asus MemoPad 7 HD, which is a cheap budget tablet priced at $150 in its first launch, is definitely not on the same level of build quality as well as design found on LG G Pad given that this Asus’ tablet uses glossy plastic finish all over the rear side, which has been widely used on majority of cheap budget tablets on the market.

However, don’t be fooled by the inferiority of Asus MemoPad 7 HD with its ugly design.

Despite being a cheap looking tablet, this Asus’ tablet actually still has some great things to offer to anyone of you the owner of this device.

It has a gorgeous looking display (although it’s only sporting 720p resolution), it has pretty good quality cameras, it’s got Asus’ customized UI (which is filled with useful features), and also some other things that surely make this device worth grabbing at low price.

But the questions remain.

With all of the great stuff found on Asus MemoPad 7 HD, as well as the premium looking design found on LG G Pad 8.3, which one between these 2 tablets that has what it takes to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Which one deserves to be the best tablet in the whole aspect?

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

Well, if you wanna know the answers of these 3 little questions, you can find them right at the end of this review. So stick around!

Design

As far as the design goes, I think it’s very obvious that LG G Pad 8.3 deserves to take the crown here in design department especially if compared with Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

It’s made out of aluminum materials, it has nice touch of design, it's really thin, it feels sturdy and premium in the hands and its overall design is also very appealing compared to other Android rivals out there, which mostly look really generic.

On the other hand, Asus MemoPad 7 HD, as a cheap budget tablet that costs only $150 (in its first launch), of course has nothing to brag about here especially against the premium-looking LG G Pad 8.3.

Its glossy plastic finish feels kind of cheap, its overall design is not very attractive and it also looks really generic just like any other cheap Android tablets on the market.

So there's nothing special about the design of Asus MemoPad 7 HD. But we cannot fire any complaint regarding its design because this tablet is a really cheap budget tablet. So no wonder if Asus doesn't bring its best when designing this tablet.

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Asus MemoPad 7 HDLG G Pad 8.3
No SIM
Released July 2013
7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels (~216 ppi pixel density)
Quad-core Mediatek MT8125 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
PowerVR SGX544 GPU
1 GB RAM
Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
Internal 16 GB
5 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus
1.2 MP front-facing camera
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11
No Radio
GPS
Java MIDP emulator
Bluetooth
USB
Non-removable Li-Po battery
No cellular connectivity
Released in October 2013
8.3 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1200 x 1920 pixels (~273 ppi pixel density)
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0 (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)
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

The superiority of LG G Pad 8.3 in build quality and design also continues to the spec sheet of this device.

It features a full HD 1080p display on 8.3-inch screen (which already looks sharp for an 8.3-inch tablet), a Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 320 GPU, 5MP rear-facing camera along with 1.3MP shooter on the front, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (upgradeable to Lollipop), 4600mAh battery and some other more.

Meanwhile, Asus MemoPad 7 HD comes second in spec sheet against LG G Pad 8.3 with a smaller 7-inch display sporting the 720p resolution, a quad-core MediaTek MT8125 processor, PowerVR SGX544 GPU, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 5MP rear and 1.2MP front cameras, 3950mAH battery and some other standard features.

Both Asus MemoPad 7 HD and LG G Pad 8.3 are also equipped with expandable external storage with microSD card slot for up to 32GB (for Asus’ tablet) and 64GB (for LG G Pad).

So you can fill any of these devices with many of your favorite media contents and games without worrying about running out of storage space.

Screen

For today’s standards, LG G Pad 8.3 is actually considered as good with its full HD 1080p display. The screen looks insanely sharp, the colors look popping out and everything just looks nice and crisp on this tablet.

Not to mention, thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio (just like on the iPad mini), the screen of LG G Pad looks wider horizontally, making the experience of browsing the web or reading books more pleasing to do and enjoyable as well.

Meanwhile, Asus MemoPad 7 HD with its smaller 7-inch screen and thinner 16:9 aspect ratio is nothing special here because that what most of 7-inch tablets out there adopt these days.

But this actually can be a good thing for Asus MemoPad 7 HD because with this thinner aspect ratio, this tablet can be really easy to carry around and it will fit perfectly in your tiny bag (of course, if you use tiny bag).

User Interface

On software side, both Asus MemoPad 7 HD and LG G Pad 8.3 come pre-installed with fully-customized UIs from each manufacturer. So they are not going to be as efficient as the pure stock Android UI found on tablets like HP Slate7 Extreme, Nvidia Shield Tablet or Google Nexus 7.

The good thing is, LG G Pad 8.3 is equipped with huge 2GB of RAM, so it’s definitely more than sufficient to run all the added features along with heavy system tasks without decreasing its overall performance.

Unfortunately, the same story doesn’t happen to Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

So Asus MemoPad 7 HD only has 1GB of RAM, but it’s tasked to run some heavy software along with some extra pre-loaded features as well as heavy visual interface.

As a result, of course its performance, especially for playing heavy games, is the one that takes the consequence here.

But even so, the battery saving mode that Asus provides on its software proved to be useful especially in making this device last longer in battery life. And that's true because Asus MemoPad 7 HD has a pretty solid battery life.

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As far as the gaming performance is concerned, I think LG G Pad 8.3 has the edge here compared to Asus MemoPad 7 HD. The Snapdragon 600 processor along with Adreno 320 GPU found inside this LG's tablet are still considered as pretty powerful in 2013.

However, despite having more powerful processor and GPU, the gaming performance of LG G Pad 8.3 is sadly not as great as expected for a mid-range tablet powered by Snapdragon 600 processor.

I mean, I've already seen some Android devices even powered by a lower-end Snapdragon 400 processor and Adreno 305 GPU, yet still performs faster and smoother mostly thanks to the use of stock Android UI (like Moto G for example).

LG G Pad 8.3 may handle games like "NOVA 3", "Lost Planet", "Asphalt 8: Airborne" or "Killer is Dead" in full graphics. But when thrown with one huge and heavy game called GTA San Andreas, this tablet starts showing its weakness in performance.

This game actually runs smoothly, but only in medium quality graphics, not in full highest graphics, with medium levels of draw distance, effects, shadows, resolution, etc.

But this is actually as expected because another tablet that is powered by the same Adreno 320 GPU, which is Google Nexus 7 (2013), also suffers a lot when handling GTA San Andreas in full highest graphics, below 20 fps (if i'm not mistaken), which of course is filled with lags all over the gameplay.

But what happens to LG G Pad 8.3 is actually not that bad at all if compared with Asus MemoPad 7 HD with its gaming performance.

So Asus MemoPad 7 HD is powered by a quad-core Mediatek MT8125 processor with the clock speed of 1.2GHz, coupled with PowerVR SGX544 GPU as well as 1GB of RAM.

But with its heavy fully-customized Android UI, Asus MemoPad 7 HD is not very ideal for playing some heavy 3D games in full graphics.

And that’s shown perfectly when this device is tasked to play some graphically-demanding titles like GTA III, Dead Trigger, Real Racing 3, Minion Rush, GTA Vice City and ShadowGun Deadzone.

Of course, when handling some low-performing games like Minion Rush, GTA III and Dead Trigger, this Asus MemoPad 7 HD has no problem at all to ‘execute’ any of these games smoothly with minimum amount of lags during the gameplay, even in full graphics.

However, when faced with one heavy game called GTA Vice City, set in full highest graphics, it totally messes up the whole performance of this device. The game runs slow, lags everywhere and it’s simply not playable for human being.

The good thing is, just like any other GTA games from RockStar Game, this GTA Vice City allows player to lower down the graphics and visual effects even to the lowest level.

So this definitely helps a lot tablets like Asus MemoPad 7 HD to perform well when playing this game.

Meanwhile, 2 other heavy games called “Real Racing 3” and “ShadowGun Deadzone” are running smoothly on Asus MemoPad 7 HD, but only in medium graphics. So it’s going to be really laggy on this tablet if they are set in full graphics.

I think what happens with the gaming performance of Asus MemoPad 7 HD is not very shocking for me personally because this tablet comes with heavily-customized UI from Asus, which is probably the culprit of this problem.

I mean, if this device is running on pure stock Android OS, I believe its performance will be so much even better and smoother, especially for gaming.

Not to mention, its low capacity of RAM (1GB) is probably another problem here on Asus MemoPad 7 HD because its fully-customized UI really consumes a lot of space in the memory (RAM), especially for the system tasks and pre-loaded features.

As a result, this really slows down the overall performance on this device, especially when deploying some heavy tasks like gaming.

So between the 2, I think it’s very obvious that LG G Pad 8.3 totally deserves to be the winner here against Asus MemoPad 7 HD in gaming performance. It handles heavy games better than Asus’ tablet, but it also offers some great useful features on its software.

However, if you’re a true gamer and looking for a much better option especially for gaming, I totally recommend you to pick up other tablets like Nvidia Shield Tablet or Xiaomi MiPad 7.9.

Okay, I know that both of these devices are not made out of aluminum materials just like LG G Pad 8.3.

But even so, their gaming performances are so much more powerful than LG’s tablet and their designs are actually not too shabby at all for mid-end tablets.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about their gaming performances, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Cameras

If you’re really into photography, then both Asus MemoPad 7 HD and LG G Pad 8.3 definitely have your hobby covered. Asus’ tablet has a 5MP rear-facing camera, while LG’s slate also has it on its rear with the same 5MP camera.

Unfortunately, there’s no LED flash found either on Asus MemoPad 7 HD or LG G Pad 8.3. So if you love taking photos or recording videos at night in low light condition, then you probably will be left disappointed with the quality of both tablets.

To be honest, I haven’t seen any photos or videos taken with the 5MP rear camera of LG G Pad 8.3. So I don’t have anything to share here in this regard.

However, given that most of LG’s devices, especially the flagship ones, have decent cameras, then you probably can expect the same thing with the camera of LG G Pad 8.3, which also the flagship tablet from this Korean manufacturer.

Meanwhile, as for the 5MP rear-facing camera of Asus MemoPad 7 HD, I actually have already seen the camera quality of this device on some video reviews on YouTube (PhoneArena, CNET, etc).

So based on their reviews, the 5MP rear camera of this tablet impressively is capable to take some decent quality shots. And the video quality of its camera is actually not to shabby at all, especially for a cheap budget tablet like this.

Okay, I know that the camera quality of Asus MemoPad 7 HD is not going to be as good as other flagship devices like iPad mini or Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

But then again, this tablet is really cheap in its first launch ($150). So I think it’s still remarkable to see a good rear-camera on a cheap budget tablet like Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

Not to mention, thanks to the gorgeous 720p HD display of Asus MemoPad 7 HD, I believe all the photos and videos taken with its camera would look so amazing on this device. The colors are popping out and everything just looks nice on its screen.

Battery Life

On the sector of battery, LG G Pad 8.3 is equipped with 4600mAh battery, while Asus MemoPad 7 HD looks more humble with its smaller 3950mAh battery inside.

But Asus’ tablet got a smaller 7-inch screen with lower 720p resolution, as opposed to the a wide bigger 8.3-inch display found on LG G Pad 8.3 which also is sporting the much higher 1080p resolution.

So it’s acceptable to see a bigger battery capacity inside LG’s slate compared to Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

According to Asus, with that 3950mAh battery, this tablet can get you through the day for around 9 hours of battery life in moderate or normal use. So you basically don’t need to charge this device twice during the day.

And thanks to Asus for bringing some power-saving modes on its software, I believe that promised battery life will deliver on this device.

Based on the battery benchmark test held by some various tech sites, Asus MemoPad 7 HD is able to survive around 6 hours and 10 minutes in moderate use, which is relatively good for a cheap budget tablet.

Meanwhile, LG comes in the second place in this review with 5 hours and 3 minutes of battery life in moderate use, which is not surprising given its bigger and higher-resolution screen.

My Personal Opinions

So to sum this review up, between these 2 tablets, I think LG G Pad 8.3 deserves to come out as the winner here in this review. And it’s actually not that hard to take that conclusion.

It comes with higher-class of specs, it has premium design, it’s more powerful for gaming and pretty much everything about this tablet is definitely better than Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

But that’s not shocking given that LG G Pad 8.3 used to be priced at $300 in its first launch a few years ago (but probably cheaper right now), while Asus MemoPad 7 HD made its first debut with a $150 price tag.

So we can see right here that LG’s tablet definitely gets better treatment from its manufacturer compared with what Asus gives to Asus MemoPad 7 HD, especially in terms of specs.

So if you’re on the street looking for a premium-quality Android tablet with good performance, good cameras, rich features on its software and solid battery life, then LG G Pad 8.3 can be a great tablet to consider.

Meanwhile, if you’re really limited in budget and you only got around $100 to $150 in your pocket, Asus MemoPad 7 HD actually can also be a pretty good choice here.

Its HD display looks gorgeous and colorful, its rear camera is able to take some good shots and it has solid battery life. But of course, given its low price point, you must be willing to accept its low build quality and average design.

However, if you want to get a much better option with way better gaming performance than LG G Pad 8.3 or Asus MemoPad 7 HD, I actually have some alternatives for you, like Nvidia Shield Tablet, Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9, HP Slate7 Extreme or HP Slate8 Pro.

These tablets may not have the same premium feel and build quality just like the one found on LG’s tablet, but in gaming performance, they are definitely more reliable than LG G Pad 8.3.

They handle all Android games, even the most graphics-intense ones, perfectly and smoothly, not to mention, you can also play some console-quality games like Trine 2, Half Life 2 or Portal with these Tegra tablets.

Anyway, to end this review, I’ll try to answer some of the questions I’ve previously asked above.

Which one between these 2 tablets that has what it takes to be the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Of course it’s LG G Pad 8.3 that comes out as the winner here in gaming performance.

It handles NOVA 3 perfectly even in full graphics and it’s also capable to play GTA San Andreas without any lag, of course NOT in full graphics.

On the other hand, Asus MemoPad 7 HD really suffers a lot when playing some heavy games like GTA Vice City or ShadowGun Deadzone in full graphics.

It may be able to handle Minion Rush, Dead Trigger or GTA III in full graphics. But for other heavier games like GTA San Andreas or Asphalt 8: Airborne, I don’t think these games will run perfectly on this Asus’ tablet.

Which one deserves to be the best tablet in the whole aspect?

I’ve gotta say that LG G Pad 8.3 takes it all when it comes to the whole aspect.

It has higher-resolution display, bigger RAM, better cameras, more mature software, more premium design/build quality and pretty much everything about this tablet is just better than what Asus MemoPad 7 HD has to offer.

But even so, as a $150 tablet, Asus MemoPad 7 HD is actually not that bad at all for a cheap budget tablet.

It has a gorgeous and colorful looking screen, it has good performance, it has solid battery life and its software also offers great features and attractive visual interface.

But don’t count on its gaming performance because it will totally disappoint you.

Is it worth it to buy any of these devices, especially for playing heavy games?

Well, I don't think it's really worth it to buy any of these tablets specifically for playing games.

And that's because either LG G Pad 8.3 or Asus MemoPad 7 HD is actually not a great gaming tablet, especially compared to other devices like Nvidia Shield Tablet, HP Slate7 Extreme, Xiaomi MiPad or HP Slate8 Pro.

So if you are a true gamer, I totally recommend you to switch to any of these alternatives if you want a more reliable gaming tablet.

Pros and Cons

Asus MemoPad 7 HD

Pros:
  • Cheap to buy at its first launch ($150) in 2013
  • Gorgeous and colorful looking display
  • Good quality cameras
  • Software is full of features and attractive visual interface
Cons:
  • Average battery life
  • Cheap looking glossy plastic finish
  • Ugly design
  • Not powerful for playing 3D games
  • Heavy software

LG G Pad 8.3

Pros:
  • Premium feel with aluminum materials
  • Elegant design
  • Good quality cameras
  • Great performance
Cons:
  • Average battery life
  • Heavy software
  • Not really powerful for playing heavy games


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