LG G Pad 7.0The LG G Pad 7.0 is quality mid-range tablet for an excellent price and in my opinion, it’s further proof that LG are a premium brand with big ambitions. I have previously reviewed the LG G Pad 8.3 and was suitably impressed, although disappointed by its rather dim display. The LG G Pad 7.0 on the other hand boasts a glorious 1200 x 800 IPS LCD screen that is both bright and vivid with crisp contrast and 216 pixels per inch.

For €179 from Harvey Norman, the LG G Pad 7.0 offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series CPU at a clock speed of 1200 MHz, 1GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage, expandable vis microSD. Other stand out features include QuickRemote, which allows you to use the device as a TV remote, QPair, for pairing with your smartphone and Knockcode, which lets you create your own unlock tap gesture for when the display times out.

It’s been some time since I reviewed a true 7-inch tablet, these kinds of screens are considerably smaller then the 7.85-inch iPad Mini, but still well beyond phablet size. The LG G Pad 7.0 comes preinstalled with Android 4.4.2 KitKat along with LG Optimus UI, which delivers a unified experienced across the OS. LG has done a great job in creating continuity throughout their implementation of Android and Optimus. There are no jarring transitions like on the HTC One M8, where Sense 6.0 is merely a layer on top of stock Android. Here, Optimus can be seen in all aspects of the OS from the Home screen, notifications menu, settings screen and app drawer / widgets menu.

Although not everyone appreciates custom skins on Android, this particular proprietary flavour is visually appealing, removing much of the mess and clutter associated with Android’s often complex and flimsy stock UI. The dual window feature lets you run two applications side by side in a manner similar to Windows 8. Overall, the LG G Pad 7.0 is a wonderful and affordable 7-inch tablet, stay tuned for our full review to follow.

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