Feb 03, 2014 10:32 PM EST

Apple iPad Air vs. LG G Pad 8.3: Comparison Review of Specs, Features, Performance & More!

Apple iPad Air and LG G Pad 8.3 are just two of the most popular gift ideas for kids and loved ones today. Valentine's and graduation days are just around the corner which means you're probably wondering what to give your child or your partner for these special occasions. A good gift combines aesthetics, luxury and usefulness wrapped in good intentions and what else perfectly fits this criteria but the latest in tablet technology such as Apple iPad Air and LG G Pad 8.3!

But if you're on a tight budget, you can't very well buy both devices. Hence, we've come to a moot point: which flagship device would be the perfect gift for this season, Apple iPad Air or LG G Pad 8.3?

There's no need to exhaust yourself listing down pros and cons on a piece of paper - we did it for in this comparison review of Apple iPad Air and LG G Pad's best and worst features.

First thing's first, let's start with appearances. Apple has always been the trendsetter for the neat, compact look with its clean lines and elegant design and in iPad Air it retains the same design. It boasts a 9.7 inch body covered in aluminum, which although can be prone to scratches if not taken care of properly, can easily be protected with a good, dependable casing. LG G Pad's 8.3-inch design does not lag behind in terms of aesthetics either, with the South Korean brand leveling up to produce its most high-end tablet to date. It's much lighter than Apple iPad Air's 481 g (16.8 oz) with only 338 g or 11.92 oz in weight so its both easier and handier to carry around.

While the two devices are similar in many aspects when it comes to display, resolution is one of Apple iPad Air's advantages however with 2048 x 1536 pixels. It offers a distinctly more advanced resolution compared to LG G Pad 8.3's 1920 x 1200, which although is impressive for a tablet with that size. But while iPad Air's got home court advantage in resolution, LG G Pad 8.3 earns another point with pixel density, its 273 ppi a slight improvement compared to Apple iPad Air's 264 ppi. It's a tie between the two flagship tablets in terms of tech, colors, touchscreen capacity and screen features, though Apple iPad Air does boast oleophobic coating unlike LG G Pad 8.3.

In terms of internal features, Apple iPad Air leaves LG G Pad 8.3 in the dust with its connectivity and storage capacity. Apple's latest tablet boasts the most recent bluetooth version as well as an internal storage capacity that's 8 times bigger than LG G Pad 8.3. Apple iPad Air also offers video call for both 4G and wi-fi while LG's flagship tablet only has wi-fi capability. But LG G Pad 8.3 also boasts up to 64 GB storage upgrade capacity on top of its 16 GB so its not completely lagging behind iPad Air in this department.

And now we've come to the most important warring point between the two flagship devices: hardware. Apple iPad Air definitely takes the lead with Apple A7 with 64-bit architecture for its system chip. LG LG opted to imbue the G Pad 8.3 with a Snapdragon 600 heart -- a trade-off made in the interest of better battery life and less overheating. LG G Pad 8.3 makes it up however with its quad core 1700 MHz processor which is twice as fast and efficient as iPad Air's dual core 1400 MHz, Cyclone.

LG G Pad 8.3 takes the lead with its 2048 MB RAM, a decisive lead against Apple iPad Air's 1024 RAM. More memory means, more fluent, faster and flawless user experience especially when you are running games or video apps so you can be sure LG G Pad 8.3 won't break down on you if you've got a lot of apps running.

The two flagship devices are tied when it comes to camera and camcorder features, both sporting 5MP cameras and features such as back-illuminated sensor, auto focus and the like. Both camcorders also boast 1920x1080 capacity which means you can view your videos in 1080p high definition.

But while a lot reviews might tell which device to buy or not to buy, at the end of the day, it all comes right down to personal preferences. You might prefer Apple iPad Air's elegant design and impressive storage capacity over LG G Pad 8.3's topnotch processor and beautiful display. You can't go wrong when you're choosing between two top of the line tablets such as Apple iPad Air and LG G Pad 8.3.

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