Verizon have launched two more tablets onto their LTE network; the LG G Pad 7.0 LTE and the larger cousin, the LG G Pad 10.1 LTE.The smaller G Pad 7.0 is available for just $49.99 on a two year plan, down from a usual $249.99, whereas the larger G Pad 10.1 is $199.99 on a two year plan (usual price $299.99). Customers can pay an additional $10 a month to add the tablet to their existing MORE Everything plan. If customers buy to take advantage of Connection Day on November 26, customers will receive a 1 GB gift of sharable data for that billing month and the next.
Both tablets have middling specification, using a 720p (or close thereabouts) screen of either 7.0-inch or 10.1-inch as befits the model name. They each have a 1.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor equipped with 1 GB of memory, which is the epitomy of a mid-range chipset combination. Both devices come with a MicroSD slot to boost the onboard 16 GB of storage by up to 64 GB, run Android 4.4.4 Kit Kat under LG’s interface and come with a 5 MP rear camera and a front 1.3 MP unit. The 7.0-inch device comes with a 4,000 mAh battery and the 10.1-inch model comes with an 8,000 mAh battery; the 10.1-inch model, especially, has superb battery life. LG’s interface includes some clever tricks, including the Knock Code, whereby the user can wake and unlock the device using a customized pattern tapping on the screen. LG say that there are more than 86,000 possible combinations. These tablets benefit from a similar interface to the LG G3 smartphone, which is clean and pleasant to use. Other software features include the Q Pair application, which can receive call, text and social media updates from an Android smartphone running 4.1 Jelly Bean or later. Calls and text notifications are useful, I am not so sure I would need duplicate social network updates, though! LG have also included Dual Window, which splits the screen for multitasking and allows two applications to be viewed at the same time.
As I’ve already alluded, these two LG G Pads are not the most desirable of tablets on the market today but they’re not designed to be. It’s hard to argue with the introductory price of the G Pad 7.0 LTE, which looks something of a steal at the price. Conversely, I admire the 10.1-inch model for packing in a big battery. Both tablets also come with some handy software features; they’re not necessarily designed for power users, but instead are completely workable devices.