Nexus 7 vs. G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition: Which should you get?

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By Vanessa Francisco | December 17, 2013 6:13 PM EST

With the launch of the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition, Google made the decision of choosing a pure Android tablet even trickier than before. Buyers are faced with the question whether to buy a tried and tested 2013 Nexus 7 f16 GB for $229, 32 GB for $269, 32 GB with LTE connectivity for $349, or go into new territory with the bigger G Pad BPE for $350.

It's a tough decision with both devices running stock Google Android software. Both devices should receive future upgrades quickly. The G Pad Google Play Edition will surely pace up with the Asus-made Nexus 7, with its Nexus status still giving it a small advantage.

If the user doesn't have much preference, he should then go with the less expensive device with more ergonomics which is the Nexus 7. If he prefers a bigger screen though, he should get the G Pad with its 8.3-inches display, offering a great amount of extra visuals compared to the Nexus 7's 7.02-inches panel.

If the user prefers a device comfortable to use in one hand, the Nexus 7 should be his bet at 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.34 inches and 0.64 lbs. This is because with 8.5 x 5 x 0.33 inches and 0.75 lbs, the G Pad is more of a two-handed grip like how you would use a 10-inches tablet.

For a more premium design, the G Pad is for you. The tablet device has an elegant brushed-metal panel, while the Nexus 7, not looking cheap by any means, comes a bit less striking for critics. The Nexus 7 on the other hand has a warmer feel with its soft, rubberized plastic back.

If the user needs a lot of local storage, the G Pad is unquestionably the winner. While the Nexus 7 offers only 16 GB or 32 GB of internal space with no microSD slot, the G Pad GPE has 16 GB of local storage but allows the user to insert a memory card for up to 64 GB of space. The Nexus 7 is compatible with all Qi wireless chargers though, while the G Pad has no such functionality.

G Pad GPE also doesn't offer any LTE connectivity option, which the Nexus 7 has, with which you can fit a SIM card from any compatible GSM network. All in all, the two fantastic tablets could not go wrong either way. It just boils down to what the user needs and finds more important.

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