The "1-Minute" Review
- Impressive hardware makes the Optimus Pad a treat to use. It is extremely fast and responsive all-around
- The Android Marketplace does not currently have many Android 3.0 apps
The LG Optimus Pad is a brand new tablet that runs on Android 3.0 and features dual cameras which allow 3D video to be shot. The design of the tablet is very wide and can be awkward to use if you are used to more traditionally shaped tablets. The device is also really large to hold in your hand due to its size and overall thickness.
Hardware specs are good with a powerful processor, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. Android 3.0 was designed specifically for tablets and it shows. The operating system runs beautifully with apps opening quickly and not having any slow downs to speak of even when several apps are open at the same time.
While the LCD screen might be rather awkward for web browsing, it excels at video playback. The 15:9 aspect ratio is much like the HDTV you have at home, so movies can play without having to be stretched across the screen. The screen's colors are bright and vibrant. Text is easy to read as well thanks to the high-resolution of the screen. Like most tablets, the screen is not legible in direct sunlight or other extremely bright conditions.
As far as apps go, there are not too many out there for Android 3.0 yet. This will change in the future as more and more tablets are released but now the marketplace looks rather empty. Thankfully, the Optimus Pad does include Polaris Office for those who need productivity software.