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You pre-ordered it? I also live in Canada but I wasn't aware that the Tab Pro 8.3 is already available for pre-order. I'd appreciate it if you could post more details as to where to pre-order it.
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Now if only TabPro 8.4 would come in GPe ...
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For those who says that the Gpad is slow.
All my benchmarks are around (sometimes up) 25k antutu points (stock rom).
I use to play heavy games like GTA SA and similar and not feel any lag at all, nor loading times. I own a galaxy s4 with snap800 and the performance is au pair (s4 a thick faster obvious). But generally I donīt use any lag or similiar issues. Iīve made some tweaks and debloated some parts.
This tablet is a real great thing for the price. And for the updates, one I accept on LG, they donīt promise nothing or timelines contrary to Samdung that year after year let his costumers alone with update promises and then they donīt update theyīre flagship devices because of the lauch of new top devices. I donīt play this game anymore. My s4 was my last samdung device after lots of them. Very happy with lg gpad and maybe get the new g pro.
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Faux leather = tacky. Buttons on the bezel = tacky. I'm buying the gpe 8.3 tomorrow. The 8.4 will turn out to be slow. It will freeze and it will lock up - just give her time. If Sammy put one fourth of the money they put into marketing into product development and quality control they would have great products. In order to do that they would have to sacrifice their #1 spot, much like Pioneer and now Panasonic did with PDP production. Quality doesn't make much money anymore. Bloviating salesmen and the promise of quality do. Unfortunately lg isn't too far behind. I just hope my screen doesn't have too many of the QC issues I've read about.
 
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Faux leather = tacky. Buttons on the bezel = tacky. I'm buying the gpe 8.3 tomorrow. The 8.4 will turn out to be slow. It will freeze and it will lock up - just give her time. If Sammy put one fourth of the money they put into marketing into product development and quality control they would have great products. In order to do that they would have to sacrifice their #1 spot, much like Pioneer and now Panasonic did with PDP production. Quality doesn't make much money anymore. Bloviating salesmen and the promise of quality do. Unfortunately lg isn't too far behind. I just hope my screen doesn't have too many of the QC issues I've read about.
I actually like the physical buttons. You get full screen without a bar along the bottom of icons that can only be hidden via rooting. I have both the G Pad and the Samsung tab 3 8.0 and while the G Pad is definitely better (also cost me $120 more...) The samsung is a very decent tablet. I gave it to my daughter and she vastly prefers it to her IPad Mini. I've owned most of the Samsung tablets (7.0, 7.0+, note 8,0 and the tab 3 8.0) and was generally pleased with all of them.

My hope for the Samsung is that with the much higher rated battery, it will have a longer battery life than the LG. Battery life and the dimness of the screen are my only concerns with the LG. Otherwise it is great.

Regarding the faux leather back, I am indifferent. I also put tablets in full cases so I guess it is moot. I wonder how they will have a case that covers that back (or maybe just a magentic front?).
 
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I actually like the physical buttons. You get full screen without a bar along the bottom of icons that can only be hidden via rooting. I have both the G Pad and the Samsung tab 3 8.0 and while the G Pad is definitely better (also cost me $120 more...) The samsung is a very decent tablet. I gave it to my daughter and she vastly prefers it to her IPad Mini. I've owned most of the Samsung tablets (7.0, 7.0+, note 8,0 and the tab 3 8.0) and was generally pleased with all of them.

My hope for the Samsung is that with the much higher rated battery, it will have a longer battery life than the LG. Battery life and the dimness of the screen are my only concerns with the LG. Otherwise it is great.

Regarding the faux leather back, I am indifferent. I also put tablets in full cases so I guess it is moot. I wonder how they will have a case that covers that back (or maybe just a magentic front?).
That's a good point about the case but I don't use cases with any of my tabs. We will see. I'm going to check if 8.4 is out on display at any of the brick and mortar stores today and have a go with it. I'm heavily leaning towards the 8.3 but have read many comments like yours stating that the display is too dark or that it crushes blacks, also that it doesn't cover the entire color gamut. The brightness level doesn't have an impact on my decision but the gamut and black crush do. If Samsung would substitute that fake leather back and ugly fake stitching with something more practical it may be a different story. That back is a big deal breaker for me. Aesthetic is a large part of the tablet experience IMO, besides I've had horrible experiences with Samsung product quality in the past, never really owned anything LG so can't comment on them. Does cramming that many pixels per inch really make a difference. I'd think it wouldn't make a difference to our eyes per say and only slows down the device. That 800 is definitely needed. The battery is another good point, but then again it will be powering a lot of heavy hardware and that magazine ux.
 
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That's a good point about the case but I don't use cases with any of my tabs. We will see. I'm going to check if 8.4 is out on display at any of the brick and mortar stores today and have a go with it. I'm heavily leaning towards the 8.3 but have read many comments like yours stating that the display is too dark or that it crushes blacks, also that it doesn't cover the entire color gamut. The brightness level doesn't have an impact on my decision but the gamut and black crush do. If Samsung would substitute that fake leather back and ugly fake stitching with something more practical it may be a different story. That back is a big deal breaker for me. Aesthetic is a large part of the tablet experience IMO, besides I've had horrible experiences with Samsung product quality in the past, never really owned anything LG so can't comment on them. Does cramming that many pixels per inch really make a difference. I'd think it wouldn't make a difference to our eyes per say and only slows down the device. That 800 is definitely needed. The battery is another good point, but then again it will be powering a lot of heavy hardware and that magazine ux.
From a build perspective the LG is beautiful. The back is incredible, smooth aluminum. However it's also a scratch magnet similar to the IPad Mini. Definitely needs to be protected or it will get bunged up mighty quick. The only tablet that had similar design quality in Android was my Toshiba AT270
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I just got my wife a Samsung Note 3 and it reminded me how beautiful the Samsung screens are: bright and vibrant, compared to the g pad which i find to be dull and my whites are actually dingy gray. Not to mention the screen resolution on the new Pro is incredible. I think the screen is worth the price difference.

I thought I hated Samsung's UI but after spending all weekend teaching my wife how to use her phone, it's not too bad. Never any lag on her phone.

I've never been 100% satisfied with the G Pad. Between the average screen quality, poor wifi, and the slippery metal back, I knew it was probably going to replaced by whatever was the next best thing on the market. Maybe this is it?

Need to go check it out. Looks like it's almost the same size weight as the G Pad which is great. I have an iPad Mini too and the damn thing is just too wide to hold comfortably in one hand in portrait mode.
 
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Default LG g pad updated with cyanogenmod

I have cm11 m3 running on my v500 g pad (KitKat 4.4.2). I don't have to wait for LG to update, they will always be way behind on updates (Sammy aswell). Still waiting for my Note 2 update (would root, if I wasn't going to sell soon).
I notice my brightness went way up after updating to cm11. Now plenty bright, usually use at about 60-75 percent, before 85 to 100 percent indoors.
I use a rubber type slip on case, so not slippery any more.
I do have a storage problem when setting app storage to ext sd. It stops back ups, saying insufficient space available, when I have plenty. This is not a deal killer for me.
sd card works great as extra storage and movies play fine from it.
Battery life is not great (even before I rooted and installed cm11), but very manageable.
All in all, this is a great tablet. I would not spend more than $250 ish for it though (at this time, since it is no longer leading edge).
I like the cm11 m3 custom rom. CM11 M3 has Double Tap (wake up screen) and a screen color adjustment, built in. I adjust screen to a slight blue bias. This makes whites better for me.
I like the fact that the v500 is supported by cyanogenmod (cm11), once installed, updates are easy (built in updater). I will stay up to date in the future.
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Now if only TabPro 8.4 would come in GPe ...
Nope that link does not work. They will not deliver to Canada. Try bestbuy canada or ncix, they both have pre order options

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