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What we love
- Stunning metal-glass design
- Sharp, vibrant 6-inch display
- Hi-Fi Quad DAC
- Impressive 3300 mAh battery
- Versatile dual camera configuration
- IP68 certified dust and water immersion protection
- Incredible 64GB internal storage
Ever since the first phone in the LG V series of smartphones came out, they have maintained a standard that has come to be renown of that line. More focus has been on giving users the best in audio, photos and videos. With the third line since the inception, the team at LG has done it again. Enter the LG V30.
As at the time of this review, the LG V30 is the best phone ever made by LG. With its distinct, modern look, you are guaranteed to have an experience like no other. Retailing at $840 or $35 per month, this is a device that takes merely over your smartphone experience and makes you an LG advocate. The V30 sports an incredibly vibrant P-OLED display, the latest Snapdragon 835 chipsets, 4 gigabytes of RAM and a high-performance 16MP & 13MP dual cameras. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
When we first received the package that is the LG V30, we were instantly hooked. The box was so sleek and minimalistic that we wanted to really see what was inside. When you break the seal, you will find the phone on the top which is then followed by the user manuals and then the accessories at the bottom. The phone itself is covered in plastic which you will have to peel off before your first use.
What’s in the box?
- One LG V30 smartphone
- The SIM ejecting tool
- Fast charging adapter
- USB type C cable
- One pair of LG earphones
- USB OTG cable
- User manuals
Most flagship devices that have been launched in 2017 seem to have outdone themselves in matters design. These smartphones have invested in designs that are instantly recognizable, and LG hasn’t been left behind with the third iteration in the LG V line.
Unlike its past predecessors, the V30 has taken on a bold new design that is unlike the esque metal design of the V20 nor the heavy, durable skin of the LG V10. The LG V30 is made of glass on the front and back and lined with metal on the sides. Given the glass back, this device is already expected to be a fingerprint magnet, but the grip is surprisingly steady and not slippery as one would have expected.
Due to the minimalistic design, the screen pops out giving the user a full view of the incredibly vivid 6-inch OLED display. Given all the tech the V30 is packing, it felt surprisingly light in the hand which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. LG went a step further in ensuring this phone can play with the other big boys in the yard by waterproofing it and making sure that it has military grade toughness.
The LG V30’s camera is one of its most attractive and satisfying feature. Similarly, to 2016’s V20 and the more recent LG G6, the LG V30 boasts of dual cameras as primary shooters. The main camera is a 16 MP shooter with an aperture of f/1.6 accompanied by both optical image stabilization technology as well as phase and laser detection autofocus. The second camera is the wide-angle sensor which has a smaller aperture of f/1.9.
Packed as they are, these cameras give incredibly vivid true to life pictures. The color saturation and reproduction are very impressive even rivaling the powerhouse that is the Galaxy S8 and Note 8. The controls and the amount of control handed to the user with this device is simply breathtaking. Some of these tools can only be found in high-end mirror-less or DSLRs cameras. If you are looking for a 4K video shooter in a smartphone, the LG V30 will totally impress you.
The secondary camera is a 5 MP shooter with an aperture of f/2.2. This means that the camera can take wide angle selfies and let in the maximum available amount of light possible. This is a great feature for group selfies and taking photos in a low-light environment.
This year LG has switched up its display technology embracing POLED for the 6.0-inch screen. Not only is this display crystal clear, but it also has very sharp color reproduction capabilities. The display has a QHD+ resolution of 2880 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 18:9.
Since this device has super thin bezels, LG has coined the term “full vision” display which is what Samsung did to their line of phones since the Galaxy S7 Edge by giving the “infinity display” popularity. This is not a small device by any means. However, the minimal bezels make the phone more manageable than its 6-inch counterparts such as the Nexus 6 or 6P.
The incredible color saturation that brings out incredible contrasts and true blacks makes it comfortable to use for social media, gaming and multimedia. Outside visibility is also perfect with no shadows and reflections on the screen. In matters responsiveness? This is the most responsive display I have used, and it sure will impress you.
Unlike the previous iterations of the V series, this is the first one that comes without a removable battery due to the waterproofing feature. As such, the company knew they had to pack some serious juice so that you can easily have a full day’s power. The LG V30 boasts of a 3,300 mAh battery which is adequate for mixed usage throughout the day.
For the superuser, the battery will get you through a full day’s work. For normal users who do not stay on their phones as much, you can go to bed with about 40% left. When in need of a quick top-up, the LG V30’s fast charging ability has your back via the USB Type-C. Due to the glass back, the LG V30 also supports wireless charging.
By default, the LG V30 comes with 64 GB of internal storage. For those that need more storage, the V30 also supports expandable storage of up to 256GB. The single SIM model has a dedicated slot for the SD card but the dual SIM model uses the secondary slot to either take on a second SIM card or be used as a micro SD slot. For sure, these are incredible storage options as the phone will allow you to carry all your necessary files and music with you, even before adding an external memory card.
The LG V30 sports similar hardware specs as most 2017 flagship devices. Under the hood, we have the Snapdragon 835 processor. The processor packs 8 cores (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo), simply put, it’s a 2.2GHz octa-core processor. This is coupled with 4GB of RAM, giving the device a flawless performance.
LG V30 ships running the latest Android 7.1 Nougat. This operating system comes with the most advanced features a handheld gadget can have. Multitasking capabilities are superb. There’s no noticeable lagging even with so many apps running in the background. We can attribute this to the high-end resources the device packs.
For the graphics department, LG V30 has the Adreno 540 GPU to ensure that even the most graphics intensive applications run as smoothly and fluidly as possible. With such hardware in the background, the LG V30 is super-fast and impressively agile. Apps launch quickly without lags in between, scrolling through apps and handling multiple tasks is easy and quite effortless. Intensive games such as Asphalt 8 Airbone had no noticeable delays or hiccups.
One incredible feature that you will notice on the LG V30 is the always on display. This feature is evident on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 flagship devices from Samsung. This feature supports time, date, and notifications to always show on a sleeping screen. Another one is the Floating Bar icon which is likened to the Samsung’s edge display. It takes multitasking capabilities to the next level by allowing access to app shortcuts and call notifications on a movable/collapsible toolbar.
Among other sensors, the phone comes with a rear-mounted multi-functional fingerprint sensor. It’s superfast in unlocking your gadget and doubles up as the power button. We have the proximity sensor for detecting distance between phone and your body, the accelerometer for gaming and other functionalities that depend on tilting or shaking your phone, and the barometer sensing atmospheric pressure changes.
Overall, the LG V30 is amazing in everything: incredible camera specs, superb performance, a faster processor, a high-resolution display, it’s water proof, battery life is impressive, audio quality is awesome. With such a great specification sheet, it’s up there competing with 2017 flagships like the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+. Read below for the LG V30 specifications summarized.
- Wi-Fi/ GSM / HSPA / 4G LTE.
- 6.0 inches P-OLED touchscreen (2880 x 1440 pixels resolution).
- Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
- Camera: Back: Dual 16 MP f/1.6 OIS + 13 MP f/1.9. Front: 5 MP, f/2.2.
- Processor: 2.2GHz Octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.
- Internal Storage: 64 GB.
- RAM: 4 GB.
- Battery: Non-Removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh.
- Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD.
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), proximity, accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer.
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