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Mankind's computing habits are going undergoing their biggest evolution yet. Users from around the world are ditching their personal computers in favor of lighter, leaner and more compact tablets.
Manufacturers have been quick to adapt to the change by releasing hybrid devices which can be used as traditional laptop and then dismantled to be converted into a tablet in seconds. Apart form this, they've shifted their focus onto two core segments, smartphones and tablets.
Talking about tablets, users have now developed a preference for 7-8 inch slates. Capitalizing on this trend, LG has announced its own contender for the category, the G Pad 8.3 which features a rich screen and some peppy hardware.The device is slated for Indian release later this year.
As far as the Indian market is concerned, products fall into two categories. The first category includes low-priced tablets which offer rather mediocre and sluggish performance and then come the slates above the Rs. 8,000 mark which offer a commendable performance and user experience.
We expect that the LG G Pad will definitely be in the second category and will have a price point around the range of Rs. 20,000 or so. Apart from this, LG has been promoting the device based on its screen, which according to the manufacturer is very high on quality. On papers, its specifications beat the display on the iPad Mini and a host of Android slates in and around the price range.
Interested in learning what kind of devices that you might also consider along with the LG G Pad? GizBot has picked a list of competing devices that might rival LG's new slate. They have been picked by virtue of being in the same price point or because they offer a similar feature set. For more on that, go through the sliders below.
Apple iPad Mini (16GB)
Apple's iPad Mini has been one of best selling tablets of 2013. it has even cannibalized into the sales of its larger sibling, the iPad 4. It happens to be one of the G Pad's biggest competitors and given its specifications, it looks like the G Pad was designed by LG to take on the iPad Mini and even the purported iPad Mini which might come with a retina display and some solid hardware. LG's advantage over the current iPad mini would be that it offers better imaging, faster processing and a superior screen. It also worth noting that while the iPad Mini only uses 512MB of RAM the G Pad packs 2GB or RAM.
Price : Rs. 21,634
Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 7 (2013)
Google's original Nexus 7 saw a massive price cut last week, allowing the device to retail at Rs. 9000 (16gb Variant) on Flipkart. This is an indication that the device is on its way out and that Google will be launching the Nexus 7 2013 edition soon in India. Compare the two slates and you'll notice that the Nexus 7's display churns out 323 pixels per inch, thereby making it far better than the G Pad's 273 ppi. Apart from that, the Nexus 7 has delivered some of the best performance results in the Android ablet segment, allowing us to believe that the slate will the biggest competitor to the upcoming G Pad.
Price : Estimated to be around Rs. 17,000
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
When compared to the Tab 3, LG's G Pad has the better screen, better cameras, more RAM and a better processor. However, it does not offer a SIM card slot, meaning that it you won't be able to make calls on it. The Galaxy Tab offers a calling facility plus it can utilize higher data speeds on the go thanks to a SIM card. The G Pad also has a 4600 mAh batter which is bigger than the Galaxy Tab's 4000 mAh battery.
Price : Rs. 24,500
Xolo Play Tegra Note
Expected to be one of the most powerful mid-range slates of 2013, the Tegra Note from Xolo features some path breaking technology that will allow it to compete with the G Pad. By Tegra 4 processor with a 72-core GeForce GPU and quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU, the slate should be able to beat the G Pad with ease. It also has amazing touch response technology, allowing it to recognize intricate and subtle movements from styluses. Plus, with a price tag of Rs. 16,999 and availability later this month, the slate will surely have an edge over the G Pad.