Aug 26 AT 10:15 AM Nick Sarafolean 8 Comments

LG designing new tablet that’s “just right” for you


About a week ago, one of LG’s execs gave an interview where he talked about all sorts of things LG was cooking up in its not-so-top-secret labs. One of those things was a new tablet slated for release by the end of this year. And as with the G2, it seems that LG isn’t too shy about us knowing about it before it’s released. In fact, LG is asking people a question, “What would make a tablet just right?”

LG hit the streets in its latest teaser, asking this very question to real people. LG went to the UK, and the people interviewed have rather charming British accents. Whether that’s an indication of where the tablet is to be released, we don’t know. But we do know that if LG listens to what these people actually said, we could have a very practical tablet on our hands.

A common theme among people was portability. Many of them wanted it to fit in their pocket or bag and a couple said that they don’t carry their current tablets with them nearly as much as they thought that they would. But one of the other big things was the screen size. It seems that consumers would rather not compromise on the screen size of their tablet; they want something that’s portable and yet has a large enough screen to watch a movie on or show things to multiple friends. One person in particular mentioned the viewing angles and commented that she didn’t want to have to tilt the screen all over for her friends to see it.

All these points make sense, and we certainly agree with them. Judging by the screen size that LG has chosen, 8.3-inches, we’re going to hazard a guess and say that it was the largest size LG could manage without it being uncomfortable or unable to fit into your pocket. I myself have always preferred a slightly larger tablet than 7 inches; 8.9 inches has long been quite possibly the perfect size for a tablet. An 8.3-inch screen sounds comfortable and roomy to me. Big thumbs up to LG for choosing that screen size.

The interviewees also mentioned that they’d like the ability to control your TV, which is becoming increasingly popular in phones and tablets. Many also said that their tablets were family devices. So, it would be great if LG designed the G Pad 8.3 to be easy to share. At the end of the day, we’re actually excited to see what LG has to offer with this new tablet.

What would make a tablet just right for you?

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • Nicholas Vettese

    Have Google make it into a Nexus, and I am buying.

    • Nate B.

      They just refreshed the Nexus 7. I’m sure the Nexus 10 won’t be any smaller. They don’t need to saturate their portfolio.

    • donger

      Agreed, would be awesome.

  • surethom

    “What would make a tablet just right?”

    A 11″ tablet that is as light as the current 10″ ish tablets.

  • Sarah B

    One other new tablet to launch this month is the Pipo M7 Pro ($255) which for about the same price as the new Nexus 7, features a larger 8.9 inch display with 1900X1200 screen resolution that uses advanced Samsung PLS technology, along with a Quad core processor, and built in GPS navigation — and is packed with features that compare to the LG – G — with premium speakers, WiFi with both 2.4 and 5.0 GHz frequencies for greater connection, and a choice of using standard Android O/S or a Windows style User Interface that makes the Android experience much more intuitive and easier to use — a 3G HSPA+ edition is also available for $30 more.

    Another new tablet to launch next week is the Novo 7 EOS ($189) — with a key advantage is the flexibility to use it for Internet data access and Voice Calling function through any GSM Wireless carrier, including AT&T and T-Mobile… with a built-in SIM card slot that provides 3G HSPA+ connection and an Android phone SIM card maybe used interchangeably with both phone and tablet. The new Novo 7 EOS is made by Ainol Electronics, which won runner-up for Best-Tablet-of-the-Year at CES 2012 — and features a 7-inch HD screen (1280×800) like the Kindle Fire, along with 16GB Memory, Bluetooth wireless connection to headsets and printers, a 2 Megapixel webcam & 5 Megapixel rear camera, HDMI, Google Play and a 4400 mAh battery. The Novo 7 EOS may not offer 4G LTE speeds but overall is sufficient for most needs and doesn’t cost $350-$500 which is what you’ll pay for a 4G-enabled tablet.

    One of the first sources to offer these new Android models is a site called TabletSprint — which profiles features and specs of these new devices.

  • kiki.utena

    The M7 PRO is an outdated POS. The othet tablet you mention is even cheaper so I’m not going to waste my time researching how slow and out of date it is.

    The M7 PRO has a GPU that is over 2 years old and won’t power a 1200p display with modern games. Why do you keep pushing this mediocrity on Android tech sites. The people that visit here are too well informed to buy the POS you’re peddling

    • Aston

      I bought a Pipo M7 Pro and this tablet’s performance is great for most needs after testing it out for the past week and outperforms my Nexus 10. For the price and overall features you can’t do much better

  • impromark

    I’m really looking forward to next week with this one, and am hesitating on the 2013 N7 until this one is launched. Anyone have ideas on a potential price range? LG’s phone release was certainly upper-end, so I wonder if this will be too – but OTOH they have to price it competitively. The closest analog would probably be Samsung’s Note 8 or Tab 3 8, so between $300-400 would seem to make sense.

    On the other OTHER hand, we have HP and Asus coming out with 8-inchers too for the lower or middle end set. Asus’ will likely be more appealing on the price side (and shut out Samsung’s Tab 3 at that size unless you like Touchwiz) and HP’s recently-announced Slate 8 will likely be as disappointing as their 7 incher unless they’ve really made changes.

    The 8-inch is a real sweet spot for me, and I’m hoping that someone can release a superior tab in this size range this year. I have a need this year for a more portable, work-oriented device than the family 10-incher that mostly stays at home, but unless something manages to impress then the (hopefully un-bugged soon) new Nexus 7 it is. :)