LG 3D Pad

Posted by admin | 3D Tablet,LG 3D Pad | Monday 13 June 2011 18:52

LG Optimus Pad

Along with its spectacularly ambitious 3D smartphone, LG managed to unleash another new device today – the LG Optimus Pad. This 8.9″ tablet represents LG’s first foray into the tablet space packing in 3D features alongside the expected roll call of features.

Before you get too excited, though, it doesn’t have a parallax barrier 3D screen like the Optimus 3D. In fact, the display is a standard capacitive TFT touchscreen, measuring 8.9″ from corner to corner and with a resolution of 1,280 x 768. It’s a perfectly good display too.

The Optimus Pad’s 3D features are instead limited to a 3D camera, which is still a pretty unusual feature. Flip it over and you’ll see a pair of lenses, each with its own 5-megapixel sensor behind it, and this arrangement allows you to shoot 3D video (not in HD), 3D stills, and 2D video at up to 720p. For playback, the Pad sports an HDMI 1.4 port so you can hook it up to a compatible 3D TV, and as with the Optimus 3D, there’s also the option to upload to YouTube 3D.

Design wise, this tablet is a bit on the dull side. It feels well made, it’s slim at 12.8mm and light at 630 g, but there’s nothing about  it (aside from that pair of gleaming, black beady 3D eyes) that will draw looks at a conference or in a meeting.

Its 8.9″ screen size, however, is a good idea, striking a nice compromise between usability and readability – hold the Optimus Pad in portrait mode, and your thumbs will comfortably reach the centre of the on-screen keyboard.

And its vital statistics help it keep up with the Joneses too. As with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Optimus Tab runs on Google’s dedicated tablet operating system, Android 3 (aka Honeycomb), and in keeping with its specifications it ran pretty smoothly.

The screen was responsive, the screen rights itself quickly when you rotate between portrait and landscape. Specifications comprise a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 32GB of storage, 802.11N Wi-Fi and 3G.

We’re less convinced by the LG Optimus Pad than we are by the Optimus 3D, simply because it offers only half the 3D features, yet those features will inevitably mean extra cost. Because of that, we can only see it appealing to those who’ve already invested in a 3D TV, or an nVidia 3D Vision-equipped PC and monitor.