The LG V30 ($799.99 at Amazon.com) was well-received upon its launch in November 2017. A big step up from the G6, the V30 proved to be a worthy adversary to the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, particularly within the digital camera division. With spectacular battery life, a top quality headphone jack, and quick efficiency, it is easy to see why the V30 continues to be considered one of our favourite smartphones.
In Might 2018, LG pushed out an replace, the V30S ThinQ, which is presently solely out there unlocked. This improve is actually the identical telephone with somewhat extra reminiscence and base storage, plus higher AI software program.
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Our overview of the LG V30 — initially printed on Nov. 14, 2017, and in any other case is generally unchanged — follows.
I simply need a telephone that does all the pieces. Is that an excessive amount of to ask?
I need a smooth, sturdy handset that is virtually all display screen. A tool with gobs of efficiency, loooong battery life, a tremendous digital camera and a headphone jack. How about water resistance, wi-fi charging, microSD expandable storage and help for any mobile service, too?
Till lately, Samsung was the one firm that supplied such a product — just like the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Word. Now, there’s the LG V30 as effectively. It is not an inexpensive telephone, it is not a small telephone and it is not excellent. I’ve used it for a complete month as my day by day driver, and I positively have annoyances to share.
However here is what the V30 really is: a worthy rival for Samsung.
In check after check towards Samsung’s related Galaxy S8 Plus, the V30 held its personal — to the purpose that you just could be joyful shopping for it as a substitute.
What’s an LG V30 and the way a lot does it value?
It is LG’s new flagship telephone — a stable step up in construct high quality and options from the LG G6 launched earlier this yr.
The LG V30.
With a brand new OLED display screen, thinner construct, improved twin cameras and a quad-DAC (digital-to-analog audio converter) constructed into the headphone jack, LG’s advertising it as each a luxurious telephone and a content material creator’s dream, with explicit concentrate on videographers (who can shoot pro-style Log format video) and audiophiles.
Within the US, the 64GB telephone prices between $810 and $840 relying on mobile service, with an unlocked model suitable with all 4 main US carriers retailing for $830.
Dash is the exception: It sells an upgraded V30+ with double the storage (128GB) and a pair of B&O wired headphones for $912.
All about that display screen
“Is that the brand new iPhone ($799.99 at Cricket Wi-fi)?”
I should have heard that query half a dozen instances whereas utilizing the V30, and there is good cause. Just like the iPhone X and lots of different 2017 flagship handsets, the 6-inch LG V30 is a imaginative and prescient product of glass and aluminum.
It, too, has an unusually tall display screen that extends virtually all the way in which to the highest and backside edges. It, too, sports activities a easy glass again and a shiny aluminum band. And it, too, homes a P-OLED show — the primary on an LG telephone in fairly some time.
The OLED display screen actually pops, even when LG’s show is considerably inferior to Samsung.
Why are OLED screens so wanted? Every pixel emits its personal gentle, permitting for extra vibrant colours and deeper blacks. And I am joyful to report that LG’s 6-inch, 2,880×1,440-pixel display screen is crisp and exquisite proper out of the field.
The LG V30 does slot in pants pockets. How a lot it’ll bulge is dependent upon your pants.
(As we have found in latest weeks, not all OLEDs are created equal, and a few frightened that the LG V30’s 6-inch display screen — constructed by LG — would possibly display the identical ghostly afterimages and muted colours because the LG-built 6-inch display screen within the Pixel 2 XL. Fortunately, that does not appear to be the case with ours.)
That mentioned, the V30’s display screen is not fairly the very best OLED has to supply. It did not get as shiny or clear as Samsung’s display screen open air — which actually made taking photographs and video somewhat tough. It appears to be like a bit blue when considered from off-angles, even when the colour shift is not fairly as noticeable as Google’s Pixel 2 XL.
The V30’s display screen has some odd points at low brightness, too: I had a tough time watching Netflix and looking web sites in mattress as a result of LG’s display screen tends to crush blacks when the display screen’s brightness is ready low. Dim scenes in films did not simply look dim, however positively deathly. Simply one thing to pay attention to.
Extra importantly, I had just a few points holding the telephone that surrounds that enormous display screen.
Whereas I completely adore the V30’s rear-mounted energy button (which doubles as a responsive fingerprint sensor, and triples as a divot that helps me stability the telephone), the telephone continues to be so broad, it was exhausting to grip with a single, medium-size hand. The glass and metallic surfaces are easy sufficient that it is easy for the telephone to slide.
Additionally, the tough edges of the USB-C cutout are inclined to dig into my finger, which made my “pinkie shelf maintain” problematic. Plus, there plenty of instances when, making an attempt to grip the telephone tightly, my meaty fingers would sometimes brush the sting of the display screen, and the show would unknowingly sense two fingers and failed to hold out a faucet.
Do not get me flawed, the V30 appears to be like and feels pretty (save the massive AT&T emblem on the again of my overview unit) and the fingerprint sensor placement is means higher than the digital camera smudge magnet on Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Word eight. I simply do not assume the ergonomics are universally nice.