LG V30 review: The best LG phone so far

This year marks the strong return of LG following the release of many flops last year. Earlier this year, the South Korean firm announced its highly-anticipated flagship phone, G6 with a lot of innovative changes and features. The LG G6 ranks among the best phones you can buy right now and helps push back the recognized brand to the forefront of the smartphone market.

However, the G6 doesn’t give LG enough confidence to take on other competitors out there. LG is fully aware of that and the company officially welcomed the V30 to the world back in August. The V30 may surpass the G6 to become LG’s ultimate weapon to compete with the Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone lineup. Last year, the V20 was a huge success and received mostly positive reviews from users worldwide. This year, the V30 retains what we loved about the V20 while adding a dual-camera system and a stunning OLED display.

In this article, we will give you a brief review of LG’s latest flagship smartphone. Before we dive in, the LG V30 is now available across the globe and carries a $799 price tag.

  1. Design

This year, LG removed the modular design of the G5 in favor of a traditional and simple design. With the G6, the South Korean firm re-adopted glass and metal design, thus offering a premium look. The V30 takes some design hints from the G6, meaning that we have small bezels on the sides and a big screen standing out in the middle.

LG’s flagship phone weighs 158 grams and measures in at 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm, helping the phone rank among the thinnest and lightest phones on the market. On the outside, the V30 is packed with everything we can expect from a smartphone, like a volume rocket, a SIM and microSD tray. The speaker sits comfortably at the below bottom of the phone, while the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack is still there. The fingerprint scanner acts as a power button that sits right in the middle, allowing you to quickly unlock your device.

The LG V30 comes with IP68 rating for dust and waterproof resistance. According to LG, the phone meets military spec standards, thus putting it on par in durability with the Galaxy S8 Active.

  1. Software

Last year, the V20 was among the first to run Android Nougat at launch. That seems pretty plausible, as Google and LG have been in a long-standing relationship. The V23 was previously rumored to run Android Oreo, Google’s latest version of Android operating system. However it was nowhere to be found at launch.

The V30 runs Android Nougat and will be one of the first phones to get Android Oreo this year. With Android Nougat out of box, the V30 comes with In-App Search and split-view multitasking. LG Health app and QuickMemo + are still there, but LG has upgraded all of them. One of the best things when it comes to LG-branded phones lies in Smart Settings that make what you do most with your phone much easier and better.

  1. Performance and Camera

The LG V30 is undoubtedly one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. Under the hood, the V30 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM. With a powerful chip and stock Android operating system, the V30 offers an impressive performance. We have never seen any lag while switching between apps or playing heavy-graphics games.

When it comes to cameras, the V30 comes with a dual-camera setup, with two rear 16MP shooters on the back. Both rear shooters feature f/1.6 aperture, which is pretty impressive. Camera has never been a highlight of LG phones, but things have changed this year. The V30 offers impressive photos even in low-light conditions. There’s a 5MP front-facing shooter that offers decent image quality.

The LG V30 is one of the best phones LG has ever made. The phone is expected to hit back at critics who are questioning the company’s ability to create an innovative smartphone.

Also read: Google Pixel 2 hands-on review: A small upgrade

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