LG V30 review

An incredible telephone that almost does everything


The Good / The LG V30 nearly has everything: an extraordinary camera, quick processor, immense OLED screen, magnificent battery life, waterproofing, remote charging, microSD stockpiling and the best earphone jack on a telephone.

The Bad / Ergonomic idiosyncrasies can make the V30 cumbersome to hold. You may miss a few shots because of moderate camera self-adjust. Bearer particular variants accompany irritating bloatware and logos.

The Bottom Line / The LG V30 is a stone strong other option to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL. On the off chance that it fits your hands and your photographic needs, you won’t be baffled.

LG V30 review

Ijust need a telephone that does everything. Is that an excessive amount to inquire?

I need a smooth, tough handset that is basically all screen. A gadget with gobs of execution, loooong battery life, a stunning camera and an earphone jack. What about water obstruction, remote charging, microSD expandable capacity and support for any cell transporter, as well?

As of not long ago, Samsung was the main organization that offered such an item – like the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note. Presently, there’s the LG V30 too. Is anything but a shabby telephone, is anything but a little telephone and it isn’t great. I’ve utilized it for an entire month as my day by day driver, and I unquestionably have disturbances to share.

Be that as it may, this is what the V30 really is: a commendable opponent for Samsung.

In test after test against Samsung’s comparable Galaxy S8 Plus, the V30 stood its ground – to the point that you may be glad getting it.

What’s a LG V30 and what amount does it cost?

It’s LG’s new leader telephone – a strong advance up in manufacture quality and highlights from the LG G6 discharged not long ago.

With another OLED screen, more slender form, enhanced double cameras and a quad-DAC (computerized to-simple sound converter) incorporated with the earphone jack, LG’s promoting it as both an extravagance telephone and a substance maker’s fantasy, with specific spotlight on videographers (who can shoot genius style Log arrange video) and audiophiles.

In the US, the 64GB telephone costs amongst $810 and $840 relying upon cell bearer, with an opened variant good with every one of the four noteworthy US transporters retailing for $830.

Dash is the exemption: It offers a redesigned V30+ with twofold the capacity (128GB) and a couple of B&O wired earphones for $912.

About that screen

“Is that the new iPhone?”

It, as well, has a strangely tall screen that stretches out for all intents and purposes the distance to the best and base edges. It, as well, dons a smooth glass back and a sparkly aluminum band. What’s more, it, as well, houses a P-OLED show – the first on a LG telephone in a long time.

Why are OLED screens so looked for after? Every pixel transmits its own light, taking into consideration more lively hues and more profound blacks. Also, I’m glad to report that LG’s 6-inch, 2,880×1,440-pixel screen is fresh and excellent ideal out of the container.

LG V30 review

(As we’ve found as of late, not all OLEDs are made equivalent, and some stressed that the LG V30’s 6-inch screen – worked by LG – might exhibit an indistinguishable spooky afterimages and quieted hues from the LG-fabricated 6-inch screen in the Pixel 2 XL. Gratefully, that doesn’t appear to be the situation with our own.)

The V30’s screen has some odd issues at low brilliance, as well: I experienced serious difficulties viewing Netflix and perusing sites in bed in light of the fact that LG’s screen tends to pulverize blacks when the screen’s shine is set low. Diminish scenes in motion pictures didn’t simply look diminish, however emphatically haunting. Only brief comment mindful of.


All the more critically, I had a couple of issues holding the telephone that encompasses that goliath screen.

While I totally love the V30’s back mounted power catch (which serves as a responsive unique finger impression sensor, and triples as a divot that encourages me adjust the telephone), the telephone is still so wide, it was difficult to grasp with a solitary, medium-measure hand. The glass and metal surfaces are sufficiently smooth that it’s simple for the telephone to slip.

Likewise, the unpleasant edges of the USB-C pattern tend to delve into my finger, which made my “pinkie rack hold” hazardous. In addition, there heaps of times when, endeavoring to grasp the telephone firmly, my substantial fingers would every so often brush the edge of the screen, and the show would unconsciously detect two fingers and neglected to do a tap.

LG V30 review

Try not to misunderstand me, the V30 looks and feels flawless (spare the enormous AT&T logo on the back of my survey unit) and the unique mark sensor situation is path superior to anything the camera smirch magnet on Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note 8. I simply don’t think the ergonomics are all around incredible.

P.S.: If you’re originating from a past LG V-arrangement telephone, know you’ll never again locate the second little screen that used to live over the show. Be that as it may, you can get the vast majority of a similar snappy dispatch alternate ways by turning on the new Floating Bar in settings. At that point, basically swipe in from the screen’s edge to catch a district of your screen, make vivified GIFs and then some.

The camera: It’s confounded

We should make one thing clear: The LG V30’s double cameras take executioner photographs. They’re fresh, loaded with life, and – off again on again – superior to anything ones I took one next to the other with a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, with more detail and less splotchy clamor on the off chance that you zoom in. You can thank the extra megapixels (16MP versus 12MP) and marginally bigger focal point gap (f/1.6 versus f/1.7) for that.

LG likewise offers a confounding cluster of extra camera modes which I discovered truly valuable. This incorporates an astounding manual mode with a smooth virtual concentration dial, modes to give you a chance to think about and outline shots, modes to enable you to pull off lively nourishment photographs, make previously/after juxtapositions and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

LG V30 review

Be that as it may, on full-auto, LG’s camera essentially isn’t as brilliant as the best of what Samsung, Apple and Google offer. Self-adjust is moderate, especially in low light. Mine frequently attempted to center in circumstances where Samsung jumped to the ideal recognize without fail. The Samsung was additionally better at nailing white adjust and introduction, where LG would skew too warm or make my photos a bit too splendid.

Video’s much a similar story. With an expert tripod, full manual control and some after creation aptitudes, the LG V30 could shoot some conventional video. (We shot our whole V30 video audit utilizing another V30!) You can likewise:

  • Record sound with worked in stereo mics
  • Attach an outer mic by means of the 3.5mm jack
  • Screen sound with a couple of wired 3.5mm earphones
  • Modify pick up and include low profile and wind commotion channels
  • Shoot Log-design video for additional powerful range you can change in post

Simply know you’ll have to complete a horrendous parcel of tweaking to influence LG’s Log-to arrange film look sharp and exact.

Be that as it may, once more, the V30 leaves a ton to be wanted in case you’re shooting on full-auto. Notwithstanding slowish self-adjust, the 1080p and 4K film doesn’t turn out as fresh as the opposition. I regularly ended up asking “Is this extremely 1080p?” (It was.) And while LG’s camera in fact has both optical and computerized video adjustment, it’s still excessively unstable, making it impossible to utilize on the off chance that you shoot while strolling around.


I liked LG’s forward looking camera as well, especially its wide-edge mode. It’s nitty sufficiently gritty to make selfie recordings that don’t look appalling.

Why are we contrasting with Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus rather than the organization’s leader Note 8? Both Samsung telephones share a similar essential camera, and the second camera on the Note is a fax (zoom) focal point rather than a wide-edge. In addition, the Note costs $100 more, while the V30 and S8 Plus are generally a similar cost. It’s a superior correlation.

The best earphone jack

Reason enough to purchase a telephone? I don’t know – but rather the LG V30’s “quad-DAC” (advanced to-simple converter) isn’t only a showcasing trick. It really works. When I connected my Grado earphones to this current telephone’s 3.5mm jack, my music promptly lit up, developing wealthier, more full and hotter.

LG V30 earphone jack

Mind you, you’ll require a decent match of earphones to truly see the distinction. Shoddy earbuds won’t cut it, and it’ll help immensely in case you’re beginning with top notch sound records rather than the shitty 128kbps MP3s you pilfered a lifetime back. Be that as it may, even with gushing administrations like Pandora, I saw a slight advantage just by flipping the Hi-Fi sound switch: Harsh, high frequencies all of a sudden turned into somewhat less grinding on my ears.

Incidentally, the LG V30 doesn’t accompany earphones, unless you pick the more costly LG V30 Plus.

Everything else you should know

Battery life: It’s quite incredible. I make it to bed each night with battery to extra, even on days I shoot a pack of photographs or utilize the telephone as a Wi-Fi hotspot for a hour on the prepare. We gauged around 17.5 hours in our standard video deplete test – where we run a neighborhood circling video in standalone mode – only a half-hour short of the correspondingly magnificent Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.

No removable battery: The LG V20, this current telephone’s ancestor, was one of the last lead telephones with a removeable battery. Tragically, the thin glass configuration implies it’s no more.

Crude execution is keeping pace with the speediest Android telephones we’ve tried. (Not astounding; they all have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip.)

However, true execution felt slower than I expected – maybe in light of all the AT&T bloatware on our survey unit. I’d unquestionably pick the bearer free form.

Bloatware: Seriously, there’s a nauseating measure of swell here. Like an AT&T application that downloads other AT&T-suggested applications – which utilized 382MB of my month to month information without asking me.

Water obstruction: We scrubbed down with the LG V30, dropped it into a vase loaded with water and left it at the base of a pail for 28 minutes (twice) to test LG’s IPX8 water opposition claims. It finished without a hitch.

Solidness: LG likewise asserts the V30 passed a clothing rundown of military-review strength tests, including rehashed drops. We haven’t completed a drop test yet – yet know it just took one incidental, shallow bobble to put a sharp ding in the telephone’s aluminum band.

Remote charging works fine – yet it’s not especially quick. The V30 just backings standard 5-watt Qi charging and a more up to date 8-watt standard – not the 15-watt Fast Charge variation upheld by Samsung and a few contenders. Thing is, it’s hard to discover chargers that help the 8-watt standard yet. See amendment beneath.

Wired charging: The V30 supports wired Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 accusing of an ensured connector and link. It guarantees 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.

Camera brisk dispatch: You can twofold tap the volume catch – if the telephone’s sleeping. Or then again tap the screen twice to turn the telephone on.

Virtual reality: The LG V30 works with Google’s Daydream View VR headset, dissimilar to past LG telephones. It wouldn’t be my first pick on the grounds that LG’s OLED screen now and again demonstrates spooky afterimages close dim items, however I attempted it and it works.

Application cabinet: Like numerous LG telephones, and the iPhone, the V30 doesn’t have an application cabinet as a matter of course. (You can include one.) Every application experience the home screen. The drawback is that if LG won’t let you uninstall an application, you can’t without much of a stretch shroud it either.

Redress, Dec. 2017: We are presently observing the LG V30 accuse rapidly of Samsung’s quick remote charging cushions, finish with a Fast Charge image unmistakable in the telephone’s status bar. We don’t know why it didn’t work amid our unique survey, yet we’re glad to state it does now. Truth be told, we’ve found the Samsung cushions charge the LG V30 significantly quicker than the Belkin Boost Up cushion that LG suggests for quick remote charging. Look at my timelapse video to see with your own eyes.

Versus the opposition

The LG V30 is a standout amongst the most element pressed telephones available, regardless of whether you shoot a considerable measure of video and photographs and I’d certainly suggest it if that is what you’re searching for. In any case, here’s the manner by which it thinks about to a couple of choices you may incline toward:

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus: They don’t have the LG V30’s second, wide-edge camera, the broad camera modes or the sound DAC that can make music such a treat. What’s more, truly, their unique finger impression sensors are ineffectively set. In any case, for flame and-overlook photographs and video in for all intents and purposes any lighting condition, they have the V30 beat – and they coordinate it on for all intents and purposes each other spec. Also, people with littler hands (and littler wallets) can pick the standard-measure Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: wouldn’t fret dropping an additional $100? The Note 8 is a considerably greater Galaxy S8 Plus with a similar incredible execution and battery life, in addition to a moment optically-settled zoom focal point and a fly out stylus pen that is truly valuable.

Google Pixel 2 XL: Built by LG and on special for generally an indistinguishable cost from the V30, the Pixel 2 XL dons a similar 6-inch, 2,880×1,440 OLED screen, is wonderfully sans bloatware, and accompanies three long periods of ensured quick Android updates and support for all intents and purposes any cell transporter, including Google’s own Project Fi organize. All the more essentially, the camera is a fantasy. In any case, you lose the earphone jack, microSD stockpiling development and many long stretches of battery life. Also, there’re those annoying screen issues to consider (expecting you’re a screen addict).


Basic PH-1: For $500, this comparative all-screen telephone isn’t just significantly more moderate, yet in addition sans bloatware and far simpler to hold in one hand. The fabricate quality feels radiant. In any case, its double cameras can’t measure up to the V30, and there’s no astounding battery life, earphone jack or capacity development.

LG G6: When you hear the LG G6 has the same double camera and 18:9 screen for many dollars less, you may be enticed. Yet, just the V30 has the advanced to-simple converter, that energetic OLED screen, the quicker camera and ensured remote charging (on the G6, it doesn’t come standard outside the United States). Additionally, we gauged four more long periods of battery life for the V30 in our standard deplete test, and the wide-point camera is in reality less misshaped with the LG V30.

iPhone X: You may mix up the LG V30 for the iPhone X from a separation – and they positively have some attractive highlights in like manner – yet the most recent, most noteworthy iPhone is a strikingly littler telephone that is simpler to use with one hand. It’s additionally got an optically settled zoom focal point rather than a wide-edge camera, representation modes and the selective Face ID sensor for consistent opens. Gracious, and it effectively costs $200 more than the LG.

OnePlus 5T: The OnePlus 5, maybe the best value for-the-money telephone at any point made, has a successor coming Nov. 16. It may be worth sitting tight for.

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