Though it makes the G Pad a bit more slippery, I like the device's aluminum back panel. In fact, I prefer it over the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3's glossy backside, which traps fingerprints easily. I also like how the tablet feels dense, without it being too heavy. Both characteristics give the G Pad a polished look. But while its build quality is solid, the device's plastic trimmings dampen its overall aesthetic, and compared to other small tablets, the G Pad just doesn't look as chic. For example, although CNET's Eric Franklin prefers the stylings of the 2012 Nexus 7 over the 2013 edition, the most recent Nexus is still much sleeker than the G Pad, with its starkly sharp corners and black all-matte construction. And even though I don't like the Tab 3's backside, its steep, metallic-trim edges look elegant. Lastly, the Apple iPad Mini's alluminum body and trimming definitely give the Mini a more high-end, refined aspect.
On the device's top edge you'll find a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD card slot that's expandable up to 64GB, and an infrared blaster (more on this later), The right houses a sleep/power button and volume rocker, At the bottom is a Micro-USB port gloop iphone case for charging and transferring files, Above the display is a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, On the back is 5-megapixel camera, which sits to the left of two narrow slits for the audio speaker, Software features The device runs LG's Optimus 3.0 user interface, and it introduces a new function called QPair, This enables you to connect your G Pad to your smartphone via Bluetooth, You can see when you're getting an incoming call, hang up on a call, or respond to a call with a text--all directly through the tablet..
QPair also allows you to view the last webpage you were looking at on your handset, or the last app you had open (as long as the app is also loaded in the G Pad) with a little popup sticker that appears on your screen. The tablet can receive SNS notifications from your smartphone on its own status bar, and any notes written in the G Pad's QuickMemo app (more on that later) can be automatically saved in your handset's gallery. Though QPair is already preloaded as an app on the tablet, you'll need to go to the Google Play Store and download it on your smartphone in order to initiate pairing. The good news is that your handset can be any Android phone, as long as it runs 4.1 Jelly Bean or later.
Aside from QPair, the G Pad doesn't have any new standalone UI features that I didn't already see on the G2, However, some functions have certainly benefited from the tablet's bigger screen, One is QuickMemo, LG's signature note-taking app, which lets you jot down notes and doodles directly onto whatever your screen gloop iphone case is displaying at the moment, or on a virtual memo pad, (LG also added two new overlays: one is a papyrus-esque background and the other mimics that of steam creeping up against the glass.)..
You can launch QuickMemo by sliding your finger up from the bottom edge of the screen, tapping its icon on the notifications shade, or opening the app. Though its been around since last year's Optimus Vu 5-inch phablet, the app shines on the 8.3-inch display. Drawing and writing come much easier with all that space, but keep in mind that the G Pad, QuickMemo, and a common stylus all pale in comparison to Samsung's pricier Galaxy Note 8, S Note app, and S Pen in terms of productivity features and functionality. Still, with the G Pad, QuickMemo has become more useful and even fun to use.