LG V30 Review

The LG V30 is a certain step forward, not only for LG’s experimental smartphone division but for its flagship device generally.  To put it simply, this is LG’s best in recent memory and consequently, it is also among 2017’s very best smartphones.

Pros

  • Streamlined design
  • Bursting with features
  • Interesting camera enhancements
  • Gorgeous OLED screen

Cons

  • Doesn’t start with Android Oreo
  • Quite expensive
  • Selfies and low-light photography are not industry-leading

The LG V30 stands out from the competition sufficient to be considered LG’s true flagship phone for 2017, not the LG G6, it is impressive.

That is an unexpected relief since the LG V20 came onto the scene this past year and its rivals honestly picked aside everything unique it had going for it.  The HTC U Ultra raised the next display for notifications, and pretty much every single flagship phone now uses a dual-lens camera.

So how has LG’s experimental smartphone division move forward?  By focusing on the subtleties, ditching the divisive layout, and producing its most daring, feature-packed device yet.

That amount of money will essentially get you some flagship phone in the market, or at least most of one if you are on the search for the iPhone X. And for a few, LG took much too long after the V30’s late August announcement to bring it to market.  Since that time, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Google Pixel two XL has been shown to the world.  But despite this stellar year for Android smartphones, LG’s almost bezel-free device readily makes its case to the money.

We have now spent more than enough time with the last review unit and have worked to scoop through each and every attribute (there are many) available within LG’s newest smartphone.

For the first time, LG’s V-series smartphone will be more broadly available across the world.  Having been restricted to only the US, Australia and part of Asia, the V30 is making the leap to multiple areas, including the United Kingdom.

There is special incentive to pick up the V30 at the moment from the US: it includes a free Google Daydream View (2017) and a free update to the business’s Second Year Promise guarantee, which protects the phone from manufacturer’s defects for a total of 2 years after the purchase.

Design

  • Understated design lets the display Stick out
  • Feels very light considering All the techs inside
  • Waterproofing and military-grade toughness

Rather than straying from the pack, the LG V30 blends in with this year’s fleet of flagships.  But that is not such a bad thing.  It even takes cues from the LG G6, evolving that design ID ever so slightly, all while steering itself in a few new directions, too.

Beginning on the front, LG’s FullVision 18:9 aspect ratio technician is on display here, complete with a stunning 6-inch OLED,  Screen tuned at 2,880 x 1,440.  While there are still bezels in the ends and the sides of this V30, the demonstration leaves them to be quite understated, allowing the display stand in the middle of the stage.  In actuality, we really appreciate having only a tiny bezel on the sides, as it reduces accidental presses while studying or playing a match.

LG’s latest measures in at 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm and weigh 158 g, all of which puts it on par in size with the Google Pixel XL.  Having said that, it is remarkable that LG has fit a display that has a half an inch bigger inside of a chassis that is nearly the exact same size.  

Interestingly, it’s only a little wider than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, although the remainder of its measurements pale in comparison.

Around its shiny steel siding, you will discover a tactile volume rocker to the left, along with a SIM and microSD tray on the right.  Down below, there is a bottom-firing speaker grill beside the V30’s USB-C charging interface.  Up top, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is your one-stop store for experiencing the phone’s Hi-Fi sound capabilities.  LG hasn’t been one to let us down in this section.

Flipped over on its slightly curved glass rear, the phone’s fingerprint sensor, which doubly functions as its power button, sits right in the center — a more ergonomic place compared to Samsung’s choice with the Galaxy S8 and Note 8.

Glancing up has us stumbling on the V30’s center aligned dual-camera system.  This is not LG’s first foray into the technology — the LG V10 premiered in 2015.  However, this phone’s duo of lenses sets them to the best use yet.  

Finally, LG has done the V30 a strong by implementing wireless charging in addition to making it both water and dustproof with IP68 resistance.  Additionally, it meets military spec standards, meaning it is very durable.  While this doesn’t guarantee that its own glass won’t break, the challenging frameworks to protect against bending.  And because of this pretty phone, that is an excellent thing.

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