LG G Pad 8.3 vs iPad Mini 2: Android vs iOS, Design, Price and Performance, Who Takes the Cake?

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By Precious Silva | December 3, 2013 1:50 PM EST

Android and iOS continue to fight for the holiday rush and sales. This time, LG G Pad 8.3 and Apple's iPad Mini 2 are pitted against each other. LG has been praised for its design of the LG G Pad 8.3 and Apple made sure it stays atop the tablet food chain releasing a refreshed line of the Apple iPad Mini 2. Which is better? Which tablet suits which user best? 

The LG G Pad 8.3 offers a premium look especially with its metal back cover. It also runs on a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. The iPad Mini 2, on the other hand, sports a 7.9-inch frame plus 64-bit architecture. It is thinner compared to the G Pad 8.3 measuring at 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm (7.87 x 5.30 x 0.30 in), while the G Pad measures 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm (8.54 x 4.98 x 0.33 in). 

The iPad Mini 2 is made of all aluminum which makes Apple all the more impressive. It was able to keep the weight to a minimum despite the type of material used. The iPad Mini 2 also runs on the updated and powerful Apple A7 processor offering benchmark test results unlike any other. Since Apple released its 64-bit system, it has become a standard for many manufacturers. 

The iPad Mini 2 trumps the LG G pad 8.3 in the resolution department as well. The iPad Mini 2 shares the same resolution as the bigger iPad. The screen has a resolution of 2048 x 1356 with 326ppi. This is a record for a device in this size and range according to a report by Phone Arena. The LG G Pad 8.3 has a Full HD display but its resolution is only at 1920 x 1200 with pixel density at 273ppi. 

Other features of the LG G Pad 8.3 include:

  1. SNS integration
  2. MP4/DivX/XviD/H.264/H.263 player
  3. MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
  4. Document viewer
  5. Photo viewer/editor
  6. Organizer
  7. Voice memo
  8. Predictive text input 

Whereas the Apple iPad Mini 2 offers the following additional features: 

  1. Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  2. Siri natural language commands and dictation
  3. AirDrop file sharing
  4. iCloud cloud service
  5. iCloud Keychain
  6. Twitter and Facebook integration
  7. TV-out
  8. Maps
  9. Audio/video player/editor
  10. Organizer
  11. Image viewer/editor
  12. Document viewer/editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  13. Voice memo
  14. Predictive text input 

The LG G Pad 8.3 is cheaper starting at $350, while Apple's iPad Mini 2 starts at $399. Those looking for a premium tablet should pick Apple's iPad Mini but for those looking for an alternative not far from quality but affordable then the G Pad should be a good choice.

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