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Tablet LG G Pad 7.0 (V400). Review and testing

The reason of the popularity of Android-tablets is quite simple. It's relatively affordable, compact device with long battery life, which are able to perform most simple daily tasks. They are fairly comfort to read books, watch videos, work with text, listen to music, wandering the vast network and play favorite games. Many users do not need more capabilities. Therefore, such a well-known player the company LG, could not remain on the sidelines in this market segment. For now the arsenal of the South Korean manufacturer has tablets of all popular form factors (7, 8 and 10 inches), which are part of the lineup LG G Pad. The last has absorbed all the successful practices of the company and can offer the device with a pleasant appearance and a sufficiently high functionality that will satisfy any customer.

LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

We are testing the youngest representative of the lineup LG G Pad 7.0 (V400), equipped with 7-inch IPS-display, efficient processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, main camera of 3 megapixels and a number of other features that we will describe below. We suggest beginning with a review of the technical characteristics of new item:

Producer

LG

Model

G Pad 7.0 (V400)

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226): four cores ARM Cortex-A7, L2 cache 1 МB, technology process – 28-nm LP, frequency up to 1200 MHz

Graphics adapter

Qualcomm Adreno 305: clock speed - 450 MHz, support OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenVG 1.1, OpenCL 1.2 и DirectX 9.0c 

Display

IPS, 7,0", 1280 × 800 p (216 ppi), , multi-touch up to 10 touches, protective glass

RAM

1 GB

Drive

8 GB

Memory card

microSD (up to 32 GB)

Socket for SIM-card

-

Interfaces

1 x micro-USB

1 x audio mini-jack 3,5 mm

Multimedia

Speaker system

Mono

Microphone

Mono

FM-radio

Camera

Main

3 МP, aperture f/2.8, fixed focus, video recording in format 720p

Front

1,3 Мp, aperture f/2.8, fixed focus, video recording in format 720p

Communication capabilities

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n (2,4 / 5 GHz)

Bluetooth

4.0

DLNA

+

IrLED

+

GPS/GLONASS

+/+

GSM/3G

-/-

4G LTE

-

Sensors

accelerometer, gyroscope

Battery

lithium-ion cell, 4000 mА·h

PSU

Input: 100~240 V AC at 50/60 Hz

Output: 5 V DC 2 А

Dimensions

113,8 × 189,3 × 10, 2 mm

Weight

293 g

Color

Blue

OS

Android 4.4.2 KitKat with brand shell LG Optimus UI

Warranty

12 months

Producer website

LG Electronics

Design and elements layout

LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

LG has decided not to experiment with the design of the tablet, and based the device on the familiar appearance of the LG Nexus 5. It can be stated that this had a positive effect. The new product combines clean lines with a gently rounded upper and lower ends. In addition due to the ability to choose from a wide range of colors (white, black, blue, orange), the device will appeal to not only business people, but also the young who want to stand out from the crowd. The tablet is quite compact (113,8 × 189,3 × 10,2 mm) and relatively light (293 g).

LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

The front side of it is covered by a protective glass (brand is not specified) with a very weak oleophobic coating and anti-glare filter. Drops have no stains, but the fingerprints are quickly collected. But you should not worry about this, because they are quite easily cleaned with a soft cloth or a fiber. Black frames around the display are about 9 mm on each side and 18.5 mm on top and bottom, which is a fairly typical figure for the 7-inch models.

LG G Pad 7.0 (V400) LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

In the center above the display is a front camera and silver logo. But there is no light sensor. The lower part is empty, since the buttons are onscreen. There is the possibility of changing their arrangement and removal of additional, which is typical for this manufacturer.

LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

The back side of the LG G Pad 7.0 is combined with sidewalls and represented by the light blue plastic (polycarbonate) with a fairly enjoyable and non-slip coating that is very similar to the soft-touch. It is rather easily soiled, but in the color line the fingerprints are hardly noticeable. At the top is the main camera lens without flash. Below is a logo «LG». At the bottom there is a sticker with the service information and two perforated area, under which there is one speaker under the right grill.

LG G Pad 7.0 (V400) LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

At the top there are: connector microSD (covered with a plug), IR transmitter, standard audio mini-jack 3,5 mm and a microphone. The lower bound contains only connector micro-USB 2.0.

 LG G Pad 7.0 (V400) LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

On the right side is the volume rocker and button "power/lock". There is a pretty handy proprietary technology KnockON, allows you to unlock or lock the device by double-tapping anywhere on the screen. The left side is devoid of any controls or connectors.

The tablet is characterized by excellent rigidity of the case: it is very solid, does not flex and does not change its geometry in case of moderate torsion. Although with a fairly strong pressure on the glass in the center of the display you can notice stains. In general LG G Pad 7.0 is built on a very good level and leaves the impression of a high-quality product.

Display

LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

Tablet LG G Pad 7.0 is equipped with a 7-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 1280 × 800 (HD). At the same time the density of pixels is 216 ppi, which is quite commonly used value in this class of devices. It is quite enough to display any type of information in everyday use.

LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

The display is characterized by wide viewing angles and a nice color reproduction, perhaps with a little lack of saturation. But thanks to this there is reduced eye strain in the long work with the device. The main drawback of the screen is a short supply of brightness that does not allow to talk about a comfortable use of new item on a bright sunny day. Minimum brightness level, on the contrary, is quite comfortable to work in complete darkness. Note that the brightness level can be changed manually only, as there is no light sensor.

LG G Pad 7.0 (V400) LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

The sensor plate has good sensitivity. Multi-touch technology allows up to 10 simultaneous touches, and their processing is done without any complaints. Finger sliding on the safety glass is quite smooth and pleasant.

Sound
As mentioned above the tablet LG G Pad 7.0 has only one multimedia speaker despite two perforated regions that are below the rear part. Due to this fact the sound is little bit muted when the gadget is on a flat surface, but it is not critical. But under normal or horizontal grip the speaker is not overlapped by hands, which is quite a good solution.

LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

Speaker is pretty good and loud enough, but nothing special stands out. On the entire range of the volume are no distortions. Mid and high frequencies are well balanced with each other. Occasionally, depending on the composition, there is a presence of bass. Thus, its capacity is sufficient for comfortable watching the video or an extended gameplay.

Sound in the headphones can be described as good (tested on game игровых Kingston HyperX Cloud with an impedance of 60 Ohms and monitor Technics RP-F600 with an impedance of 56 Ohms) and loud enough. Detailed sound is good: evenly played a wide frequency range without any blockages.

Camera
Novelty is equipped with two digital camera modules. The front sensor has 1.3 megapixels and a lens with an aperture of f/2.8. It is able to create photos and videos with a resolution of 1280 x 960 and 1280 x 720 respectively. The focus here is fixed.

LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

Camera capabilities would be enough for video calls. Under favorable conditions, you can even make a decent self-portrait, but high detail is not possible. The only thing that surprised us was the focusing system: it produces a rather unpleasant noise during work, which is probably the only feature of our test sample.

LG G Pad 7.0 (V400)

The main camera has a 3-megapixel module and a lens with an aperture of f/2.8. Autofocus, as well as flash are absent. A photo have a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and video 1280 × 720 and has the format mp4. The video quality is pretty mediocre: the parts are at a low level. Furthermore, several colors look distorted. Sound is mono. Under favorable condition, the camera will be enough to create simple notes or photos with a low level of detail.

Proprietary software, which is responsible for the camera operation has a simple and intuitive interface with the minimum required settings. Software is the same as for the flagship smartphone LG G3 with the most interesting features. Among them is the ability to quickly capture a simple touch to the screen, and for the selfie - enough to squeeze hand. In addition, there is the possibility of voice control via option Cheese shutter. For quick start the camera, keep the volume keys in the locked position.


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