I simply need a cellphone that does every little thing. 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 digicam and a headphone jack. How about water resistance, wi-fi charging, microSD expandable storage and help for any mobile service, too?

Till just lately, Samsung was the one firm that supplied such a product — just like the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Notice. Now, there’s the LG V30 as properly. It is not an inexpensive cellphone, it is not a small cellphone and it is not good. I’ve used it for an entire month as my each day driver, and I undoubtedly have annoyances to share.

However this is what the V30 really is: a worthy rival for Samsung.

In check after check in opposition to Samsung’s comparable Galaxy S8 Plus, the V30 held its personal — to the purpose that you just may be completely satisfied shopping for it as an alternative.

What’s an LG V30 and the way a lot does it value?

It is LG’s new flagship cellphone — a stable step up in construct high quality and options from the LG G6 launched earlier this 12 months.

The LG V30.

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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 cellphone and a content material creator’s dream, with explicit give attention to videographers (who can shoot pro-style Log format video) and audiophiles.

Within the US, the 64GB cellphone 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?”

I will need to 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 made from glass and metallic.

It, too, has an unusually tall display screen that extends virtually all the best way to the highest and backside edges. It, too, sports activities a clean glass again and a shiny metallic band. And it, too, homes a P-OLED show — the primary on an LG cellphone in fairly some time.

The OLED display screen actually pops, even when LG’s show is considerably inferior to Samsung.

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Why are OLED screens so wanted? Every pixel emits its personal mild, permitting for extra vibrant colours and deeper blacks. And I am completely satisfied to report that LG’s 6-inch, 2,880×1,440-pixel display screen is crisp and delightful proper out of the field.

The LG V30 does slot in pants pockets. How a lot it’ll bulge will depend on your pants.

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(As we have found in latest weeks, not all OLEDs are created equal, and a few nervous that the LG V30’s 6-inch display screen — constructed by LG — would possibly show 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 perfect OLED has to supply. It did not get as shiny or clear as Samsung’s display screen outside — which actually made taking pictures and video a little bit tough. It appears 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 about low. Dim scenes in motion pictures did not simply look dim, however positively deathly. Simply one thing to concentrate on.

Extra importantly, I had a number of points holding the cellphone 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 cellphone), the cellphone remains to be so broad, it was exhausting to grip with a single, medium-size hand. The glass and metallic surfaces are clean sufficient that it is easy for the cellphone to slide.

Additionally, the tough edges of the USB-C cutout are likely to dig into my finger, which made my “pinkie shelf maintain” problematic. Plus, there have been instances my meaty fingers sometimes brushed the display screen, and the show unknowingly sensed two fingers and failed to hold out a faucet.

Do not get me fallacious, the V30 appears and feels pretty (save the massive AT&T emblem on the again of my evaluation unit) and the fingerprint sensor placement is means higher than the digicam smudge magnet on Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Notice eight. I simply do not assume the ergonomics are universally nice.

P.S.: When you’re coming from a earlier LG V-series cellphone, know you may now not discover the second tiny display screen that used to dwell on high of the show. However you will get a lot of the identical quick-launch shortcuts by turning on the brand new Floating Bar in settings. Then, merely swipe in from the display screen’s edge to seize a area of your display screen, create animated GIFs and extra.

The digicam: It is sophisticated

Let’s make one factor clear: The LG V30’s twin cameras take killer pictures. They’re crisp, lively, and — as typically as not — higher than ones I took facet by facet with a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, with extra element and fewer splotchy noise when you zoom in. You possibly can thank the extra megapixels (16MP vs. 12MP) and barely bigger lens aperture (f/1.6 vs. f/1.7) for that.


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