LG G Pad 8.3 will be available at Best Buy today, it’s too expensive to sell well
LG hasn’t learned. It still hasn’t learned that trying to sell an Android tablet that’s more expensive than the respective iPad it competes against has never worked, for any company, ever. Yet that’s exactly what the Koreans are trying to do with the G Pad 8.3, their latest foray into the tablet space after a long absence. Perhaps they should’ve thought this through some more.
But no. The G Pad 8.3 is an 8.3-inch tablet (obviously), and it’s been priced at $349.99 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi version. That’s $20 more than what the iPad Mini goes for, and this is why the G Pad 8.3 won’t be the next Kindle Fire or Nexus 7 – in terms of sales.
Those tablets, arguably the most successful such devices to run Android (or Amazon’s fork of Android) up until this point, are both at least $100 cheaper than the iPad Mini. Sure, the G Pad has a more ‘premium’ feel, so let’s say that in itself deserves a price premium (plus it’s a tad bigger than the Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7). But a price premium over the Android competition, not over the iPad Mini.
LG’s only hope right now is that Apple either doesn’t announce an iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display at its event on October 22, or that this model will be significantly more expensive than the non-Retina unit. Because aside from the higher-res display, there’s no reason to spend $349.99 for the G Pad 8.3. Die-hard Android fans will quickly find options that have a better price per features ratio, and the average Joe still has issues distinguishing between a ‘tablet’ and an ‘iPad’. So that’s settled.
If you’re the world’s biggest LG fan, and thus have to have the G Pad 8.3, overpriced as it is, the second it comes out – then run straight to Best Buy. Though not literally. The tablet will only be out in actual stores on November 3. But you can go to Best Buy’s website and buy from there – today. The G Pad is already listed, but the retailer still has a ‘pre-order’ button attached. That should turn into ‘add to cart’ sometime before tomorrow.
The LG G Pad 8.3 is offered in both black and white, and it’s undoubtedly a solid performer. At $50 less than what it’s going for, it would have been a decent buy. At $100 less, it would have been recommended left and right. However, reality disappoints. And we’re still waiting for LG to get this whole tablet thing nailed. Maybe next time.