LG V30 Review
- Ergonomically excellent
- Impressive speed
- Bursting with features
- Dual cameras, one ultra-wide angle
- Great battery life
- Wireless Charging
- Hi-Fi Quad DAC
- IP68/MIL-STD-810G rating
- Quite expensive
- Applies too much noise reduction in low-light photos
- Unexpected quality issues with display
- Speaker is underwhelming
- Front facing camera quality lags behind competitors
LG V30 Review – A Whole New Way to Tell Your Story.
From the revolutionary display that delivers vibrant, authentic color, beautiful contrast, and eye-opening clarity—to state-of-the-art video capabilities that’ll give you the tools to create true cinematic masterpieces—get ready to hold and behold the brilliance that is the LG V30! Soon, you’ll be watching life unfold on the V30’s large, striking screen—giving you plenty of extra room for creating, texting, webpage browsing, multitasking, gaming, and more.
main competitors: Samsung Galaxy Note 8
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|Dimensions||151.7 x 75.4 x 7.4 mm (5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29 in)|
|Weight||158 g (5.57 oz)|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|- MIL-STD-810G compliant|
|- IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes|
|Display||P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|6.0 inches (~81.2% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1440 x 2880 pixels (~537 ppi pixel density)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|- Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant|
|- Always-on display|
|- LG UX 6.0+|
|OS||Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)|
|Internal Memory||64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|128 GB, 4 GB RAM - V30+|
|Primary Camera||Dual 16 MP (f/1.6, OIS, 3-axis, laser & phase detection autofocus) + 13 MP (f/1.9, no AF), LED flash|
|1.0 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec., HDR video|
|Secondary Camera||5 MP, f/2.2, 1/5" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size|
|- 32-bit/192kHz audio|
|- B&O Play certified|
|- 24-bit/48kHz audio recording|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery|
Like its predecessors, the LG V30 is a phone designed to appeal to spec lovers first, though with its pretty aesthetic and great ergonomics it could have stood a chance of attracting a more mainstream audience as well. But the story of LG smartphones has always been a matter of “could have” and “should have.” It’s not that LG phones aren’t improving every year — they are, and they continue to offer cutting-edge spec sheets with each new iteration — but the improvements the company is making seem to always be accompanied by self-inflicted wounds. The LG G5 was a nice step up in design over the G4, but LG hamstrung it with a poorly conceived and quickly aborted modular accessory system. The G6 got better again, but it too lacked the final polishing touch to outshine Samsung’s more accomplished designs.
The V30 arrives half a year after the G6 and, at first blush, appears to rectify everything that ailed LG’s devices of the past. But LG rushed to put an imperfect OLED screen in its flagship phone, preferring to have the highlight spec over the superior user experience, and I can’t condone either the choice or the eventual product. This is a phone that has given me goosebumps with the astonishing quality of its headphone audio, and if I was reviewing it on the strength of music playback alone, I would say it’s one of the best media players on the market. But this is supposed to be a smartphone. And as a smartphone, the LG V30 fails to validate its high price and flagship status.
The LG V30 is for the Android fan who’s been looking for a phone that looks forward while respecting the past. The 18:9 aspect ratio looks especially nice on LG’s slightly curved glass design and while it’s thin, it doesn’t shed useful hardware like the headphone jack or the dual cameras on the rear.
Additionally, it packs more than enough power to last you the next few years and with features like HDR and Google Daydream support, you’ll actually want to use this phone moving forward.
LG’s V30 is a phone for a wide, wide world. As the first Band 71 phone, it’s the one T-Mobile subscribers who aren’t thrilled with their current coverage should grab. As a wide-angle camera phone, it’s one that anyone with a big family or a wild group of friends will adore.
Gigabit LTE and a faster processor makes the V30 a significantly better pick than the G6, and the wide-angle camera is something you won’t find in either Samsung’s Galaxy line or Google’s Pixel 2.
The V30’s battery life and LG’s aggressive approach to sharpening low-light photos leaves us a little frustrated, though. While the V30 has the specs for terrific camera performance, LG’s software leads to low-light photos consistently not coming out quite as clear as photos taken with the Galaxy Note 8 and S8. That leaves the Galaxy S8 as our all-around Editors’ Choice, although the V30 is worth strong consideration if the new T-Mobile coverage or wide-angle camera options appeal to you.
This year, LG’s V-phone feels like it occupies a different spot in the company’s lineup than it has in the past. It’s not quite the phablet version of a mainstream flagship, nor a chance for the manufacturer to experiment with unusual new hardware.
Rounded edges notwithstanding, the V30 feels more like an LG G6.5 than anything else – or maybe the marriage of the G6 and V20 – but really, is any of that so bad? As we said a lot earlier, the V30 seems like it’s built on the idea of refinement; there’s not a lot here we’re seeing from LG for the first time, and instead the V30 comes across as the company building off recent handsets in a conservative, deliberate manner, rather than doing anything gimmicky or overly attention-seeking.
And you know what? For the very large part, that approach pays off. The V30 probably won’t evoke quite the same strong reactions from fans as past V-models, but what it lacks in showmanship it more than makes up for with handsome styling, capable performance, and a nice assortment of features that once again really inspire us to become better content creators.
To be fair, it does have its problems: the display uniformity glitches, the disappointing speaker, and even the cameras – which are very good – still aren’t quite as effortless as some users might prefer. All of these hurt the V30, but none can quite talk us out of liking the phone.
If you liked the idea of the G6, but weren’t quite ready to buy a new phone earlier this year, the V30 is an easy recommendation. Or if you thought the Galaxy S8+ was a little underwhelming (or the Note 8 too expensive), the V30 comes through with a similar package, but the very useful upgrade of dual cameras. It’s arguably LG’s strongest smartphone effort all year, and while we can’t say if that will ultimately spell broad success for the V30, this is one phone that deserves a win.
The LG V30 may seem like a conservative flagship, but it gets an awful lot right. There’s undeniably a whiff of Samsung about the phone’s design — nevertheless, the V30 continues the no-nonsense trend of the G6, with better build quality than ever. The display, despite some low-light issues, is a step beyond any previous LG phone in terms of quality and daylight legibility. The size is near perfect for me, providing an expansive display in a more ergonomic handset than Samsung can currently offer. And the camera builds on everything I loved about the G6, with better low-light performance, superior processing and new video tricks that I might not use all that often, but which are nice to have all the same.
LG’s phones will inevitably be judged by the standards set by the company’s main competitor, and that comparison is particularly interesting this year. LG hasretained all the things that make its phones unique — features like high-end video, the wide-angle camera, and the Quad DAC, while also shipping with fewer annoyances than its Samsung rivals. The fingerprint scanner is in a place you can actually reach. There’s no frustrating animation jank. And nothing approaching the obnoxiousness of Samsung’s Bixby button.
As much as I could praise the great design and camera features, there is another very compelling argument for the V30. In a world of headphone jacks going away, and weird screen dimples, and $700 phones with inexplicably bad cameras, and dumb fingerprint placements (or the lack of any fingerprint scanner at all), and bad biometrics, the V30 is a phone with absolutely no bullshit. It does everything well, and then goes the extra mile with a phenomenal camera setup that’s genuinely fun to use. And it does all that at a price considerably below its main rivals.
The V30’s going to have its work cut out going up against the Note 8s and Pixels and iPhones of the world when it launches. But for the moment, it’s easily among the best Android phones I’ve used, and has every chance of being a sleeper hit for late 2017.
When I first took the V30 for a spin, I was surprised by my own optimism. At last, LG had made a phone that seemed to tick all the right boxes. After more prolonged testing, I’m not quite as enamored — thanks mostly to its questionable screen. Still, I’m impressed with what LG has managed to accomplish. The V30’s design and build quality are first rate, performance is up to snuff for a flagship, and I’m in love with the way this thing sounds. Hopefully, LG irons out these sketchy screen issues, because otherwise the V30 is a worthy phone in danger of being overshadowed.
The unlocked LG V30 is available for pre-order now through B&H for $829.99 with expected availability in December. Through U.S. carriers prices will vary, so expect it to cost you $800 or more. While the price tag is certainly no drop in the bucket, it’s fairly standard flagship pricing and still undercuts competing devices like the Galaxy Note 8.
LG’s goal with the V series has always been to provide a photo, video, and audio experience that is unparalleled by any other smartphone. Not only does it beautifully tick all those boxes, it’s also wrapped up in one sleek package. The design is gorgeous and even greater to hold, and the display is quite the attention grabber. The LG V30 justifies its price tag and is easily a top contender for smartphone of the year. If you haven’t paid attention to the LG V series of smartphones, this is one year you definitely should.
The LG V30 is a smartphone with amazing looks. And while it’s not the most innovative thing out there in terms of features, it’s on the whole very compelling.
There are some improvements, like the Floating Bar, which is a seemingly practical and logically intuitive way of perpetuating the second screen idea further. The display and camera also got some attention from LG. The OLED display may be huge, but the device is still comfortable in-hand. LG keeps to having two focal lengths for its dual camera, and that’s enormously practical in day-to-day life.
There’s often a bitter aftertaste with LG smartphones, but for now, we were absolutely convinced by our first impressions of the device.
In the high-end market, the competition is very tough. LG knows this. There are a lot of good approaches in the V30: The design has finally been really successful, but the case suffers from slight defects in workmanship – especially with regard to the material connection. The display is beautifully large and colorful, but has only a narrow viewing angle. The camera offers interesting photo options thanks to the wide-angle lens, but suffers from a slow HDR mode and poor low light performance.
There is little to complain about when it comes to performance: here all performance junkies are happy, gamers especially thanks to the large display. Ultimately, you won’t find any real amazing highlights on the V30.
LG has presented a very good smartphone with the LG V30, which is not enough for this tough competition. The rating of the LG V30 varies between 3.5 and 4 stars. This is where the price comes into play: A the starting price, I tend to 3.5 stars. But after a drop in price, the V30 edges into four stars.