Originally Posted by sherlock
Quite happy with my Nexus 7(turned down two chances to get Gpad for $249/$279 during Newegg sales in Nov/Dec), It gets a lot more custom Rom & kernel
support it gets compared to Gpad 8.3
, not to mention its screen is much brighter
(screen brightness have been mentioned as a con in multiple Gpad reviews), also from my experience Nexus 7 have great battery life
when you drop its brightness down to Gpad level
. Though there isn't a definitve study on Gpad's battery life yet, I am still waiting for its Anandtech review.
Last time I checked, Gpad is also lacking in cases(various Nexus 7 cases swarms amazon.com, 2x the number of Gpad cases there ) available. Especially multi-angle cases that allows the tablet to be used more conveniently inlandscape mode.
Compared to all those above, bigger screen size with smaller ppi isn't all that important to me.
AOSP vs skin is not a big problem for me(though I prefer AOSP's cleaner settings/notification bars) but I prefer the using custom kernel & roms for extra features & improvements in performance/battery life.
I have two cases for it... Easy to find and cheap.
The Google Play edition is a clean interface and on a side note XDA already has a number of ROM's for rooting. Again the Nexus has been out months longer than the G Pad so of course it will have more resources. Perhaps you should compare items that are released at the same time
Of course there are more cases for the Nexus, it has been out months longer than the GPad. When the Nexus 2nd gen first came out, there were zero cases to be found (I know I bought one the day it was released). After a few weeks cases started showing up online. Go into Bestbuy or Future Shop and they still only have one or two cases. the G Pad is not even available yet in Canada at retail locations...
Seeing as I had the 2nd gen Nexus 7, the Samsung 8" and both IPad Mini's I was able to compare brightness. The LG is dimmer at maximum brightness than the Nexus and the Samsung (as well as the original IPad Mini). It is a bit brighter than the Mini Retina though.
Considering the Nexus is too bright at maximum brightness (and as such users dial it back for the most part), again I don't see this as a knock against the LG.
Engadget's video loop test has the LG and the Nexus 2nd gen roughly on par with both set to 50% brightness. Of course the Nexus can be set lower to get a comparable light level and as such will have a longer duration battery but the LG is on par with most modern tablets (the IPad Mini being an exclusion of course).
Going back to the screen, the LG has far better color reproduction than the Nexus 7 2nd gen, better blacks and richer colors. Not even close (and I had them side by side for half a day playing with them).
And of course that Micro SD slot is mighty handy Edited by Robilar - 1/13/14 at 11:32am