Not everyone wants to spend iPad money on a tablet. And not everyone wants a massive 10-inch tablet. For those people the LG G Pad 7.0 might be rather appealing – it’s much smaller than an iPad Air, and even cheaper than a Nexus 7.
For £140, you get a neat little 7-inch tablet with a surprising wealth of features, including a couple of bits often missing from much more expensive devices.
There must be a catch, right? Of course there is. But for a casual-use tablet, LG’s latest is a perfect fit for many people’s lounges.
Black hides a multitude of sins
What the LG G Pad 7.0 doesn’t have is a big design personality. As with many lower-cost tablets, it looks pretty anonymous.
Essentially, it’s a small slab of plastic. No design flourishes, no bright colours. It’s not the sort of tablet to feature in a TV advert where a man with a deep voice tries to convince you it’s going to change your life.
That’s not what the G Pad 7.0 is about. Instead, it’s practical. It’s small. It’s inoffensive and cheap.
And, bascially, it’s also fairly nice. The plastic of the back is silky-smooth with a slightly soft finish, there’s not too much screen bezel and adults can hold it in one hand. It’s pleasantly curvy.
It also feels reasonably well-made. The top of it is covered by smooth toughened glass, and while it’s not hard to make the edges of the screen ripple under pressure (and only the edges, unusually), it feels as though the LG G Pad 7.0 can withstand at least a little abuse.
It comes in white and black, but while there are blue and orange versions available elsewhere these don’t seem to have made it to the UK. Yet.
Granted, it’s not as flash as the metal LG G 8.3, not quite as nice as the Nexus 7. But it’s not bad, and for the money that in itself is fairly impressive.
It’s flexible, too. You only get 8GB of internal storage, but there’s a plastic flap hiding a microSD card slot on the top edge. This is a must if you want to put your tablet to work as a little movie jukebox.