10 phones that redefined LG's identity



It’s really amazing what a year can do for some companies. Just look at LG for example, who went from a fall from grace type of situation in 2016, to somehow turning things around for the better by the time 2017 came to a close. Being a seasoned veteran in the mobile space, having accumulated a diversified portfolio of phones, the South Korean company has seen its fair share of ups and downs – but through it all, they've managed to remain relevant, something that can't be said about everyone!

Many will argue that they still fall under the shadow of Samsung, always trying to catch up, yet never able to once really push ahead of its longtime rival. Nevertheless, LG's history in the mobile space is an interesting one, primarily because they really didn't start making considerable headway until roughly 5 years ago. We've seen many companies once regarded as darling gems in the market eventually succumb to pressures, but yet, here's LG kicking along, surviving, and potentially about to unleash something truly epic to keep its momentum going strong.

We've seen many smartphones from LG over the years, but in this particular piece, we're going to go down memory lane and reminisce about the 10 phones that redefined LG's identity. This list will be in chronological order, just to provide you with some insights about their struggles and successes – so without any more wait, let's begin!


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31 Comments

1. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The V30 was my favourite phone of 2017. Its only shortcomings were the camera (it has a good camera, but not the best) and its software. If they improve this with the V35 then I'll probably get it.

2. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

one of the best phone of 2017(best design for me)...they should improve front facing camera too

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

No mention of The LG G6 that kick-started The 2:1 aspect ratio trend? And since we are nitpicking; I doubt The LG G Flex has any reason to be in that list. Oh well, G'Day!

8. tani24

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

I do agree: and also one of the best looking phones of 2017, definitely. Especially they need to improve the Front Facing camera, and perhaps battery too!

17. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Refer to the batter results of the VERY against the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S8/+, S9/+, Google Pixel 2/XL and get back to me about that. :D

9. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

aside the LG 2, is there really any phone that redefined LG's identity? LG's has itself to blame for its lack of a consistent identity. nothing about LG is the best in the industry. Huawei has the best camera, charging and battery in the industry, samsung has the best screen quality and design, HTC has the best headphone experience, the Pixels have the best software experience, razer has the best audio and gaming experience in the business, apple has the best eco system on the planet, Motorola has the best modular experience on lock down, even onplus has the best performance in the business along with dash charge. but LG,Nothing and I mean NOTHING WHATSOEVER...

15. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Probably best answer yet.

20. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I see where you're going but your points don't hold up in the long run. Huawei might have the best camera currently but the Pixel held that title for a while, Samsung usually holds that title for a good portion of the year and the iPhone is also in there. LG is said to have an amazing headphone experience. HTC was known for their BoomSound but now apparently the S9 has the best speakers. Unless it's a long lasting feature and not some that's existed for less than 6 months, it's not part of their identity

30. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Tech moves at a dizzying pace and features are bound to be copied. But here's some perspective, the Palm Pre introduced gesture-based navigation and wireless charging yet no one ever mentions these pioneering features as webOS's legacy - only their failure in the marketplace.

24. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Their camera is better than Sony's lame overrated camera. Get your fact straight fanboy

3. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

It's unfortunate that LG didn't keep the volume buttons at the bottom of the phone.

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Years ago I almost got the G2, but the lack of sd slot was a big deal. Why is PA so in love with v30? Screen is not better than Note 4, photos and videos are not even better than old s6.

6. Jacksie66 unregistered

I'm using a v30 plus now. Pretty rare here in Ireland. With the Google camera apk the camera is sensational. But for listening to music, it simply can't be beaten. And I think the screen is gorgeous.

10. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Agreed. It is an awesome phone.

7. A_A_A

Posts: 225; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

LG G6 is a very good phone. May be not best of the best on the market, but definitely excellent value for money: flagship level device for the price of midranger (in fact some midrangers are even more expensive).

11. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I'd say the v10 was more of a head Turner than the v30.

13. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The LG G2 and the V10 was LG's best ever phones tbh. They could basically re-use the V10's design with a metal back and today's internals and still have made the best phone on the planet today. but no, after all this is LG we're talking bout here.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

LG's identity was defined by bootloops.

14. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Stupid, Only LG G4 and V10.

16. kiko007

Posts: 7499; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The fact that there are two flagship f**kups doesn't make Crispin wrong.

25. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

What are you doing here in LG article? Visit your beloved Apple article pls.

18. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Not true. The Nexus 5X, the G5, and the V20 also experienced bootloop issues. It's a big part of their history. https://www.androidauthority.com/lg-bootloop-whats-going-on-735474/

19. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Double post.

23. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

My G3 used to bootloop. The issue webt away when I changed the battery.

26. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Is it a big deal? People don't really care.

29. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Ask the people who owned them, I'm sure you'll get a different response.

21. Daisy123

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 15, 2018

Pretty surprising no one mentioned the LG Pro... It was a very nice phone for ATT, back in 2013.... I still have it.. And it still works on WiFi...

22. rkoforever90

Posts: 459; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

you missed the optimus 2x which was probably one of the most hyped phone at that time as it comes with first dual core chipset on an android phone

27. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

which identity? like seriously LG is more lost than sony and htc

28. deleon629

Posts: 465; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I would've liked to see the LG Optimus Pro on this list, in that it was successful at giving consumers a great alternative to the Galaxy Note 2 by offering a larger; higher resolution screen. Wouldn't have been a bad idea to mention the phones LG put out to introduce the public to DAC audio tech on a smartphone, either.

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