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Google Nexus 7 vs LG G Pad 8.3 vs Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 review: What's the best small and cheap Android tablet?

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Manufacturer: LG Mobile

Tablets are small and cheap but there's so many to choose from. We compare the Nexus 7, LG G Pad 8.3 and Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 to help you find the right one. Android tablet comparison review.

Nexus 7 vs LG G Pad vs Yoga Tablet 8

The Nexus 7 (2013), LG G Pad and Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 are all small and cheap tablets, but which one should you buy? Find out in our Google Nexus 7 vs LG G Pad 8.3 vs Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 comparison review. See the best tablets of 2014.

Here are three similarly sized and priced tablets, which are all very different. Choosing a tablet can be difficult so we've compared these three in detail to help you decide which the best one for you is.

Google Nexus 7 vs LG G Pad 8.3 vs Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8: Price

The Nexus 7 is available at a more than reasonable £199 and although the LG G Pad 8.3 started at a price above £200, you can buy it for the same price as the Nexus 7. That's not bad going from LG and makes both these tablets very affordable.

When we reviewed the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 last year, it was also £199 but at the time of writing you can get this device for around £160. That makes it the cheapest of the three but that doesn't automatically make is the best buy.

Winner: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 (but it's not as simple as that so carry on reading).

Google Nexus 7 vs LG G Pad 8.3 vs Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8: Design

At 7in, the Nexus 7 is the smallest and most portable tablet of the three. It's small enough to fit in some pockets. However, it doesn't have the most stylish design on offer. Don't get us wrong, the Nexus 7 is lovely piece of kit but you may fall for the aluminium look of the G Pad and Yoga Tablet 8.

LG's G Pad, at 8in, is a bit bigger than the Nexus but is still perfectly usable with one hand. The brushed aluminium rear cover gives it a premium feel and there's also a white model if you like that kind of thing.

Meanwhile, the Yoga Tablet 8 has the most radical and alternative design. It's a wedge shape which not only looks great but means you hold most of the weight in your hand. It also has a partially aluminium body and a built-in kick stand which allows you to place the device freestanding in different modes.

Winner: There's really no clear winner in this area so it's down to you to decide which one fits your usage best. The Nexus 7 is the most portable, G Pad the most premium and the Yoga the most versatile.

We're not going to bore you with a massive list of specs here. You can easily find those in our reviews of each tablet. Instead, we're going to simple explain how the tablets perform and what you're going to get for your money in terms of hardware and performance.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8

Google Nexus 7 vs LG G Pad 8.3 vs Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8: Screen

Both the Nexus 7 and G Pad use IPS display panels with a Full HD resolution. They're both great but if we're going to pick hairs the Nexus is marginally better since the screen is smaller meaning the pixels are packed in tighter. The Yoga Tablet 8 is lagging behind with a lower resolution, but it does have good viewing angles.

Winner: Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7 vs LG G Pad 8.3 vs Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8: Storage

The Nexus 7 is readily available in both 16- and 32GB models but has no microSD card slot for adding more. Unless you're lucky, you're only going to find 16GB versions of the other two tablets which both have expandable storage meaning you can add up to 64GB more.

Winner: Draw for LG G Pad and Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8

Nexus 7 2013

Google Nexus 7 vs LG G Pad 8.3 vs Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8: Processor and performance

Clock speeds and number of cores can indicate performance, but don't just go on numbers. The bottom line here is that the Nexus 7 offers the smoothest performance despite the LG having a newer chip. The G Pad does run well but has a frustratingly laggy homescreen.

The Yoga Tablet 8 is again lagging behind its rivals here exhibiting lag with more demanding tasks like web browsing and multi-tasking.  

Winner: Nexus 7

Next Page: Unique hardware, Cameras, Software and Battery life...

LG G Pad 8.3 Expert Verdict »

LG G Pad V500 Scores 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 review
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz quad-core
Adreno 320 GPU
2GB RAM
16GB Storage
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
8.3in IPS screen, Full HD 1920 x 1200
5Mp rear camera, Full HD video
1.3Mp front camera, 720p video
Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Infrared transmitter
4600 mAh battery
127 x 217 x 8.3 mm
338g

Despite being the oldest tablet here, the Nexus 7 remains our top-pick. It's the best all-rounder but the other two contenders are still worth a shout. The G Pad feels the best and has some extra software features which are really handy. Lenovo's Yoga Tablet 8 is cheap, good looking and has a great design – just be prepared for lower grade hardware and performance if you opt for this one.


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