If you are looking for a tablet which has the latest in technology, or need a good alternative to a laptop, why not look at the LG Optimus Pad? Featuring a 3D camera, high-resolution 8.9″ display and Android’s “Honeycomb” OS, it has everything you are looking for in a top of the range tablet, and is available for around £380.
Finished in matte-grey plastic, the Optimus looks smart and business-like. A brushed silver effect around the sides makes a nice contrast. It’s a 8.9″ tablet, so it sits comfortably between smaller rivals such as the Blackberry Playbook and the 9.7″ iPad 2. The size is intended to provide both portability and enough room to watch films on. It’s extremely comfortable to hold with one hand and moving it from one room to the other shouldn’t give you any strain.
There are few buttons on the tablet – just a power/standby switch, volume dial and charging port at the top. USB and HDMI connections are at the bottom. There’s also a front facing 2 megapixel camera for video calls and two 5 megapixel cameras at the back for the 3D camera. A standard sim card will fit in the 3G slot.
The 8.9″ screen is one of the tablet’s selling points. It can display text and images crisply with a 1,280×768 resolution. The size is perfect for watching films and playing games on the go. There are excellent viewing angles and contrast is great.
The 3D camera is the highlight amongst its features. It can record video in 3D, ready to be played back on your 3D TV. This is quite cool and people, cars and other objects seem to jump out at you. There are 4 modes to capture 3D footage: Mixed (combines images from both images to show what it looks in 2D), Anaglyph (like the old style 3D effect), Single (uses one camera) and Side by Side (shows images side by side).
The Optimus is ideal for video calls since it has a 2 megapixel front facing camera. You can also take regular video in High Definition and use the camera for photos. There’s an LED flash for taking pics in low-light conditions. 32 GB of storage should provide plenty of room for your snaps and videos.
A speedy 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of ram powers Android’s “Honeycomb” operating system on the tablet. Browsing the web and updating Facebook is quick. Thanks to a Tegra graphics chip, you can even play some cool console-like games. A music and video player are pre-installed, along with a copy of Polaris Office for viewing and editing office documents, and a 3D camcorder app. There are thousands of apps to download from the Android store, too.
Connectivity and Battery Life
The usual tablet/smartphone connections are found on the Optimus – USB, Bluetooth, HDMI, 3G and Wi-Fi. There are thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots to access whilst out and about, so you can always check Twitter and Facebook on the move. The battery should last a day or so, depending on usage.
The LG Optimus Pad is a great tablet if you are looking for a top of the range device. The 3D camera, fantastic screen and speedy processor make it a compelling purchase for anyone after a laptop alternative.
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This is now as cheap as £200 in the UK, and that's the 32GB with Android Honeycomb.
Well worth a look.