LG Optimus Pad review

The world's first tablet to come armed with a 3D camera

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lg optimus pad review verdict

The LG Optimus Pad is a decent Android 3.0 tablet. It's speedy, it's responsive and it captures 3D video which makes it a bit of a one-off, at least for the time being. But the problem is that there's just something… missing.

We liked:

It's fast and responsive. The screen is nice and sharp and the battery performs as we'd expect it to. All in all, it's a full competent Android tablet with the unique ability (among tablets at least) to record video in 3D.

It's also very nice to hold in one hand which is crucial for a tablet. We particularly liked the setting to turn off the Anaglyph 3D display, because it's just nasty.

We disliked:

Our main problem with the Optimus Pad is that it's just not refined enough. It's not particularly good looking. It's quite fat, certainly compared to iPad 2 and it's rather heavy as well – particularly when you consider this is an 8.9-inch device.

It just doesn't have the same feel of quality that you get with other tablets even at this early stage.

It's comfortable to hold in one hand, but you'll need a firm grip simply because after a couple of minutes that 630g of weight starts to feel rather heavier. And there's also the issue of that missing expansion port...

Then we come to the price. The LG Optimus Pad has gone on sale in Carphone Warehouse for £749.99. This is, frankly, a ludicrous pricetag. You should laugh all the way to the shop nextdoor that's selling the £379 Asus Eee Pad Transformer.


It all hinged on the cost, and at £749.99 this tablet is simply not worth the cash. If it had cost in the region of £450 we might have recommended it to 3D enthusiasts, but that price is just ludicrous.

In general though, ignoring the price, we don't think this tablet has the chops to really capture the imagination of the masses. It's a solid performer – far and away better than most of the tablets that came out last year – but can it really claim to be as appealing as the Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 or Eee Pad Transformer?

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, GPRS, EDGE
Product FamilyOptimus Pad
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Operating SystemAndroid 3.0 Honeycomb
Brand NameLG
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size22.6 cm (8.9")
Weight (Approximate)630 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Cellular Generation3G
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
3D Type3D
Height12.8 mm
Width243 mm
Depth149 mm
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product ModelV900
Product NameOptimus Pad V900
Product LineOptimus Pad
Manufacturer Part NumberV900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

LG Optimus Pad V900

It's time to switch to the World First Honeycomb Tablet. One-hand grip 8.9' tablet, crafted for work and play anywhere: new 3D experience and powerful performance supported by dual core mobile processor. The standard set of LG Optimus Pad enriches your life with friends and family by maximizing every moment.

Package Contents
  • Optimus Pad V900
  • AC Adapter