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LG Optimus Pad Advantages And Dis Advantages

The advent of iPad’s is showing us how the future of mobile gadgets is going to look like. After the iPad, many manufactures released their won tablets. For example, the blackberry released the playbook and the Samsung released the galaxy tab. And then the HP Slate with multi-touch capable Windows 7 slate PC that was launched in late 2010. Now LG has a tablet, LG Optimus Pad.

LG Optimus Pad: An 8.9" screen hits the sweet spot for tablets and LG's Optimus Pad shows good thinking. The first tablet of the company will want to make a difference among more or less uniform rivals. Tablets coming to the market look almost the same - screens, hardware, OS. There is very little room for experiment, but LG are keen to disagree.

3D is more of a fun show-off feature to have on the side - but LG has taken that very, very seriously. We already met with and were impressed by the Optimus 3D smartphone. Its tablet sibling didn't get an actual 3D screen, but it can take 3D stills and videos. Anaglyph 3D viewing is enabled with a standard pair of polarized glasses.

LG Optimus Pad Advantages And Dis Advantages

The Optimus Pad is based on the powerful NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset - the only one currently compatible with the Android 3 Honeycomb (though this is supposed to change with the upcoming 3.2 update). Its 8.9" TFT touchscreen of 1280 x 768 pixel resolution and 32GB of internal storage don’t sound too bad either. The imaging skills are the highpoint on the specification sheet.

LG Optimus Pad at a glance:
  • General: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 900/2100 MHz, HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps
  • Form factor: Tablet
  • Dimensions: 243.8 x 150.0 x 12.7 mm, 621 g
  • Display: 8.9" 16M-color WXGA (1280 x 768 pixels) TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • CPU: Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, ULP GeForce GPU, Tegra 2 chipset
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android 3.0.1 Honeycomb
  • Memory: 32 GB storage
  • Camera: dual 5 MP, autofocus, LED flash with 1080p@24fps video recording; Stereoscopic 720p@30fps videos; geo tagging, face detection; 2 megapixel front facing camera, video-calls
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2PD, standard microUSB port,GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI TV-out
  • Misc: built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor, gyroscope sensor

So, on top of the ordinary Full HD video capture, you get 720p 3D video. At one point users of the Optimus Pad will want to consider the Optimus 3D smartphone. If they haven't already got themselves an LG 3D TV set.

Here are some thing you should really know before buying an LG Optimus Pad. Unlike the Apple iPad, you cant remove the battery on LG Optimus Pad.

What about da 3D playback. Can we see 3D videos on the device with the glasses or do we have to connect to another 3D Display?

And about the 3D recording and playback, you do need glasses to see the 3D content. Otherwise you have to share it with the Optimus 3D to see the images without glasses.

I read sumwhere that the playback wasnt that good and everything looked green when a 3D video is played. Its because you need the 3D Glass to feel the real effect.

You need to have the Quick Office Application Available in your device to view or edit documents. Quick office is available for purchase only for v905 not v901. Hopefully it will be available soon.

LG Optimus Pad is the tablet with no GSM voice communication capabilities. And that is the reason why the specification regarding the talk-time is inadequate.

  • 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100

This 2G and 3G specification is related only to the data communication and not to the voice communication. Thus, this unit can't make phone calls but you can use Skype. Again the down fall is that it doesn't use video call for Skype neither.

Next is the price, the expected price was over 1000 euros and that is almost double than the new iPad 2. LG really have to cut half the price!

But the fact is, they wont cut the price until the next 3D Tablet out in the market. It's going to be the same strategy for price positioning Samsung used for delaying the Galaxy Pad launch in few countries to support the local brand launch ahead with slightly lower specification which uses the same processor from Foxcon.

LG Optimus Pad Advantages And Dis Advantages

If you have enough bugs, go ahead or just be patient and wait for so called competitor launch of 3D Tablet and when Apple releases iPad3, maybe LG will drop their price by 60%

If you have looked at the design of the LG Optimus Pad  you may ask this question, why  dual camera in backside. Well, its for the 3D effect, just like the Nintendo DSi 3D.

Well, over all, LG Optimus Pad with 1 GB Ram has full support for adobe flash player.  Hopefully if it is cheaper, it’s the best to have.

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