Yet still, after using the new LG G7, we found a few weird things about it that we wish LG could fix or that we wanted to point out as interesting details that you might not have noticed.
So these are the 5 peculiar things about the LG G7 that you should know about.
1. The name: it's the LG G7 ThinQ
Yes, it's weird, but the idea seems to be that LG wants the G7 to feel more like a part of LG's overall ecosystem, hence the ThinQ name. ThinQ is actually a branding that many LG household appliances have carried for years now and now the phone joins LG washers and refrigerators as part of the ThinQ family.
ThinQ, short for "thinking of you" sounds... a bit cheesy for a phone name
So... can one just call it the LG G7 and omit the ThinQ part? While LG would probably disagree, we would gladly omit the ThinQ part. It's the LG G7, at least in our hearts.
2. Weirdly, no OLED screen
The LG G7 has a good looking display that can get extremely bright: hitting up to 1,000 nits, which helps a lot with visibility under direct sunlight.
This is probably the biggest reason why LG might have preferred an LCD display over an OLED screen. Still, it's a strange decision considering that most flagship phones these days come with OLED screens, known for their more lively colors, deeper contrast and perfect blacks.
Is this related to some issue with LG's own OLED screens? We don't know. We, however, ought to point out that there were numerous reports about the OLED screens on the V30 having uneven colors, and the Google Pixel 2 XL, a device made by LG and featuring an LG OLED display, was met with an avalanche of negative coverage about poor quality of its screen and issues with burn-in and poor viewing angles.
3. Proper video stabilization for 4K video
The LG G7 features a dual camera system that very few little phones have: it has one "regular" camera and a secondary one, a super wide angle camera with an angle of view similar to what you get with a GoPro or other action cameras. Having a super wide camera is a feature that no other flagship phone offers and in many cases - from landscape photos to architecture shots and for videos - a wide angle of view is exactly what you need.
What we were disappointed to see, however, is that the LG G7 seems to lack any proper video stabilization when it records 4K video. For a flagship phone of this grade, this is simply inexcusable: even cheaper phones like the OnePlus series have now added electronic image stabilization that does a great job for smooth-looking 4K footage. We wish LG would fix this with an update.
4. Only a 3,000mAh battery?!
Yes, battery size is not everything but running a 6.1-inch Android phone with a Quad HD+ resolution on a 3,000mAh battery definitely does not inspire confidence about great battery life.
While other companies have pushed for much larger batteries in their phones: Samsung's Galaxy S9 Plus, for instance, has a similarly sized 6.2" display and features a 3,500mAh battery, while the Huawei P20 Pro sports an even bigger, 4,000mAh cell. Compared with these two phones, the 3,000mAh battery on the G7 looks... well, a bit feeble.
Of course, the battery size alone is not the one factor that decides the actual battery life of the phone: from the battery drain (the G7 has a more power-efficient screen), the processor and the optimization of the interface, there are multiple factors that can seem even a small battery feel big in everyday use and we have not used the G7 enough yet to know. But are we concerned? Yes, a bit.
5. An interface strangely similar to Samsung phones
Okay, LG has got a brand new interface, but wait a minute: doesn't it look strangely similar to the default Samsung Experience theme?
It's a strange direction for LG to take: it has switched from its signature icon style to a squircle icon form, a shape known to be used in the last few Samsung phones and in no other phone, then LG has moved the Google widget to the bottom, introduced a very similar weather widget at the top, so the home screen arrangement overall looks very similar to a Samsung home screen, including the same five-column app grid even a similar set of icons and style for the notification dropdown. And then, the LG camera app has evolved to look in many ways similar to that on Samsung cameras, with a white camera shutter button and a red dot button for recording video. Those similarities had us often time secretly wondering: wait, was that LG's new interface or are we looking at the Samsung Experience interface?
Take a look at our detailed interface comparison between LG's new interface and the company's old interface and let us know whether it's just us seeing this similarity, or do you see it too.
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Not a dealbreaker...although it has a lot more great features!!!
posted on May 03, 2018, 9:13 AM 0
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posted on May 03, 2018, 9:55 AM 2
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The best speakers in any smartphone, the best manual mode software in any phone, the best video recording, the best use of the second camera, FM Radio, the brightest screen of any smartphone, great design to name a few
posted on May 03, 2018, 10:39 AM 0
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I actually prefer LG's design here with the more flat screen.Do I like the notch? No, but it isn't exactly a deal breaker being you can hide it. This phone, to me, would typically be more comparable to the S9 rather than the S9 Plus. I'm not sure I see the interface being so similar to Samsungs though. The squircle is more just a copy for Samsung of Apple's app shapes. You can at least discern the new LG phone by the fact that they didn't make a Plus size that required you to purchase it if you wanted a second camera. I wish Samsung would stop trying to follow Apple's ways of making extra money.
posted on May 03, 2018, 9:16 AM 4
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LCD screens were just fine until Apple chose to replace them with OLED in the iPhone X. This Victor guy is clearly biased. Yes, ThinQ wasn't necessary, Yes, the battery is bad. Lack of 4K video stabilization might be a concern for some, not for me as I shoot in 1080p and watch it mostly on the smartphone or my laptop. Saves me a lot of space.
posted on May 03, 2018, 10:24 AM 1
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Congratulations on the 100-th article on G7 in 2 days. Can't wait for the "6 things about G7" article !
posted on May 03, 2018, 9:43 AM 4
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Well they always like this for all new flagships (except sony and xiaomi maybe :v) In 2 weeks ,this site will be flooded with OP6 articles.. If you hate G7's article, just avoid this site for the next 3-4 days, and everything will looks normal after that
posted on May 03, 2018, 10:39 AM 3
There is nothing strange about the battery capacity of the LG G7, because you of all people PhoneArena should know that battery capacity is only half of the equation, there's also optimization, you can have a similar 3300 mAh Smartphone from a competitor with terrible runtime due to poor optimization. Example: LG V30 (3300 mAh) vs the competition (video link below) https://www.youtube.com/watch?
How many times are you going to cry to the moon about copy this, copy that?? ok, so LG copied some elements from Samsung aswell as vice versa, it's not like they're claiming that they was the author of that concept, there's this thing called inspiration, LG was inspired to use some of it's competitors ideas, is that a crime? not in my eyes, but you're trying to make a non issue an issue.
Newsflash; there is nothing new under the sun, what was, has already been, so this stupid "ABC copied XYZ" Argument MUST die!
There's nothing wrong with emulating your competitor's methods, IF there's a logical reason behind that method that justifies it's implementation.
Now, concerning the Notch on a phone, I personally see no logic, and it will NOT boosts sales of this device! What will boost sales of this device is marketing, marketing, and even more marketing, let's not forget timing, timing is very important, as well as pricing.
If LG messes up again, they should just close their Mobile Division, I hate to say that, because they make decent products that's been marred by the consumers of their devices past mistakes.
posted on May 03, 2018, 9:55 AM 0
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"there is nothing new under the sun, what was, has already been, so this stupid "ABC copied XYZ" Argument MUST die!" Sorry, but this just shows how lame your thinking is. Ideas are as valuable as tangible things, and that's why patents exist, in order to drive innovation.
posted on May 03, 2018, 10:00 AM 2
Smartphones I feel has reach the ceiling as regards to innovation, so what's needed now is refinement. I'm well aware of patents, but Samsung didn't patent the user interface, because if they did, LG would be in trouble, so seeing that Samsung doesn't have an issue, why is Phone Arena, as well as some commentators making it an issue?? Also, don't apologize, and then proceed to make an insult to my intelligence, it really seemed half-assed on your part. There's a distinction between an exchange, and confrontation, stick with the former.
posted on May 03, 2018, 10:19 AM 0
The internet is basically manifold information in a cloud of different networks. I'm about to go off topic of Mobile devices at the moment. If you really dig deeper on this topic, the internet has been around for centuries, not being funny either, the philistines didn't need to search on the internet to find out how dangerous and powerful the Ark Of The Covenant is, they just seen and heard from other nations (information) of how dangerous it is and what it can do and was sorely afraid of it. When the queen of Sheba came to visit King Solomon and prove him with hard questions, she stated this "It was a true report (information) that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard." The inhabitants of Gibeon were afraid of Joshua and the people after the information of what happened to the other nations, that they disguised themselves, and acted like ambassadors to save themselves from being killed, and they eventually became tributaries. Skyscrapers have been around too, it was eons ago, the Tower of Babel during the time of Nimrod mentioned in Genesis, when he built a tower to try to reach to heaven. Now in today's age you have the Burj Khalifa, which is a refined version of the Tower Of Babel. Nothing is truly new under the Sun.
posted on May 03, 2018, 11:09 AM 1
They're the same in shape, this is true, but the difference lies in audio output, Records have analog output, while CDs have digital output, this article explains more into it. :) https://electronics.howstuffwo
posted on May 03, 2018, 4:24 PM 0
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I'm more interested in the 32 bit quad dac. Maybe I'll get the phone solely for that reason. I'll wait for the test.
posted on May 03, 2018, 10:15 AM 1
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If these are the developers of the pixel 2/2xl, and the screen quality of the iPhone x, then why would a consumer NOT want to buy their product? They're trusted with the hardware of two of this years top5 phones (based on global reviews AND sales reports), so getting this model as an upgrade wouldn't be a bad idea.
posted on May 03, 2018, 10:20 AM 0
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Lg seriously just needs to stop making mobile phones at this point. The complete lack of innovation and sub par hardware is just another example that the company lacks the vision to truly innovate. One would think that in todays market that with all the competition it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to copy a trend and play it safe but realistically copying certain form factors and innovative bits here and there from other manufacturers just shows the lack of vision for the companies mobile division. Even with a temporary poll that was held whether to keep the notch or not it still is just another little fish in a very big sea. The mobile world has become over saturated and in order to compete innovation must be the pinnacle for growth. Unfortunately it seems most manufacturers have been following the leader in most aspects recently and typically I wouldn’t put Apple at the forefront as I feel personally that they are simply a proprietary and greedy company they did get it right with last years iPhone X in the innovation department. Sure the notch looks ridiculous and aesthetically unpleasant but the trend seems to have worked. The market has seemingly lost focus on what mattered most when mobile phones were initially released and that was the core features of phones such as battery life and coverage, you know that thing called dependability. Unfortunately gimmicks have become the norm, such as 3D displays (all of which lasted a year tops), louder speakers (great but doesn’t everyone have Bluetooth speakers these days?), super slow motion video (actually useful for sports enthusiasts, but not everyone), bells and whistles and such. Sure these some of these are great but the core features have been neglected for entirely too long. Sure it sounds like I am ranting on and blowing off steam, contrary to the rant, not the case. Manufacturers should focus on staying up with the trend to some extent without skimping on core features such as durability and dependability. Let’s imagine a phone for a second that has everything you’ve always wanted, spec wise, future proof wise, feature wise, and then put it into a phone that’s not only durable but dependable. Sure most manufacturers would hate that because it would mean lower turnover rate for newer phones needing to be made, but lets say you had a phone with a life cycle of five years vs the standard two. It would not only cut back on waste but the long term would lower overhead for larger companies and give their R&D teams more time to come up with actual useful innovative features that may even help the quality of their end users lives in a way that would create not only brand loyalty but long term security. In the end however I guess these things are for a perfect utopia and greed will always rule over innovation and quality of life.
posted on May 03, 2018, 10:52 AM 0
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