Apple iPhone X vs LG V30: first look


One of the biggest surprises this fall happens to be the LG V30, a refined product that has been highly praised by critics as the no-bull smartphone – offering a wealth of uncompromising features. Meanwhile, the hype surrounding Apple's latest device, the 10th anniversary iPhone X, is in full swing as buyers packed stores and shops to pick it up recently. Apple's reputation isn't necessarily on the spot, given how its iPhones are continually popular amongst consumers, but for LG, they're on the upswing after last year's sour performance, so it'll be interesting to see if the V30 can remain relevant now that the iPhone X is here.

Design


When you stack these two titans next to one another, it's apparent that there's no shortage of premium qualities with their designs. It's so blatantly rampant, as the two phones share almost the same philosophies – a metal meets glass construction. However, the stainless-steel bands of the iPhone X combined with its slightly heavier weight does give it a more substantial feel in the hand. In terms of size, the iPhone X is slightly more manageable, since it's shorter and narrower than the V30. But at the end of the day, it's clear that the two phones simply look stunning!

What we like about the V30's design over the iPhone X is that it features a slightly more water-resistant construction; an IP68 rating versus the iPhone X's IP67. Furthermore, it packs the ever-so-useful 3.5mm headphone jack and a fingerprint sensor. The latter has been omitted with the iPhone X, replaced instead by its new Face ID technology, but we still certainly appreciate this alternative form of security.

Display


Apple might've moved beyond 1080p resolution with the iPhone X, which flaunts a 5.8-inch 1125 x 2436 Super Retina Display that leverage OLED technology, but the V30 is still technically more pixel packed with its larger 6-inch 1440 x 2880 FullVision P-OLED display. Not surprisingly, they hopped on the trend of boasting that near bezel-less look with their fancy looking new displays, so they're more than equipped for all of your multimedia consumption.

Briefly comparing the two, it's tough to make enough of an assertive affirmation about which one is more superior, but we can definitely say that the viewing angles on the iPhone X's display is better. For now, we'll be reserved before making a final judgement – that's until we can fully test out the qualities of the iPhone X's new Super Retina Display. With the V30, it has already established itself as a strong contender with its strong brightness output and high contrast. 

 

User Interface


Apple's iOS versus Google's Android, this is a battle we've seen countless times before. With LG's skin on the V30, it manages to retain a faithful experience to stock Android, but there are some useful additions thrown into the experience that enhance the experience, like its always-accessible floating bar. As for the iPhone X and its latest iOS experience, there are some new tweaks and tricks up its sleeve, like its new Animoji feature, but the core stuff continues to favor simplicity and straightforwardness.

Honestly, the two competing platforms have grown so much since their inceptions, so either can suffice for all sorts of needs. Android clearly continues to offer more customization and control by the user, but Apple's control has been lessened. That new Animoji feature with the iPhone X is intriguing, providing users with a new form of interacting through messages, but knowing how the two platforms eventually adopt ideas from each other, it shouldn't surprise us if and when a similar feature comes out for Android.

Processor and Memory


Just for specs sake, the LG V30 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC accompanied with 4GB of RAM – whereas the iPhone X leverages Apple's new A11 Bionic with 3GB of RAM. Until we can properly put the iPhone X through our barrage of testing, we'll just mention our quick takeaways with their performances during our initial look. And with that, it's just unbelievable how snappy the iPhone X runs. We've been using the V30 for quite some time now, exhibiting the tight responses you'd expect from a high-caliber phone, but it blows us away the noticeable difference in how the iPhone X performs with simple navigation around the interface!

Both handsets start with base storage capacities of 64GB, but there's also an iPhone X with a 256GB capacity as well. That's surely nice and all, but it can't take away from the storage expansion of the V30 courtesy of its microSD card slot.

Camera


Dual-camera systems have been the trend amongst top-tiered smartphones this year, but even though these two prized smartphones offer them, their purposes are totally different. With the iPhone X and its dual 12MP cameras, it's meant to deliver those creamy looking portrait shots as your subject is surrounded by beautiful bokeh. Oppositely, though, the LG V30's combo of having a main 16MP camera and a 13MP wide-angle one, is meant more to deliver a wider capture with compositions.

The intent of each camera system is definitely on the opposite ends of the spectrum, as the iPhone X seems to be the kind of camera for those who want simplicity in capturing shots, with an attention to portraits and those blown out backgrounds. Those wishing for more control, the V30's implementation offers a rich set of tools for content creators, especially on the video side. Then again, the iPhone X is notable for offering 4K capture at 60 FPS.

Regardless, we're eager to compare the two and uncover who is going to deliver the better end result quality – both stills and videos, of course. 



Battery


The LG V30, with its 3300 mAh battery cell, has already proven its endurance in delivering solid battery performance. It's not the longest lasting thing we've tested, but it's definitely up there still. Oppositely, though, the iPhone X's 2716 mAh battery will be scrutinized moreover not only for the fact that the capacity is a little bit underwhelming, but it makes us wonder how it'll perform with that new, higher resolution display.

Thanks in part to their glass surfaces, the two are endowed with wireless charging technologies, which is always a nice complement to find in a high-end phone.

Expectations


What makes the LG V30 so compelling is that unlike its contemporaries (iPhone X included), it's not priced so exorbitantly that it would make it unreachable to mere mortals. Although, based on the craziness and demand from consumers on launch day for the iPhone X, it seems people are willing to enter this new threshold for a smartphone.

Starting at roughly $829.99 at most retailers and carriers, the LG V30 seems like a value rich option in comparison to the $1,000 cost of the iPhone X. For the additional $130 you're required to fork over for the iPhone X, it makes us wonder how much more you’re getting from Apple's latest gadget. Still, we can't stress enough how we appreciate some of the design cues found with the LG V30, like its headphone jack, in addition to how it's a great option for video content creators.

The iPhone X, on the other hand, has a lot to prove to consumers at $1,000.

Related phones

iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
V30
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(16.5h talk time)

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68 Comments

2. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

How refreshing. The way I read this comparison, PA sees the V30 as a slightly superior hardware package.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol, the only thing the V30 is superior in is Audio Quality, literally every other category goes to the iPhone X. FF Camera- iPhone X Primary Camera- iPhone X Display- DEFINITELY the iPhone X Speakers- Wash Processor- TF? Of course the iPhone X. Hell... any of the current generation iPhones. Audio Quality- LG V30 ...???

9. SyCo87

Posts: 299; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Design: V30 Headphone: V30 availability Camera App: V30 Color Variety: V30 Value: V30 Secondary Camera: V30

10. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Half of those aren't even hardware (camera app, color variety... the hell). Value is subjective. The iPhone X has better cameras... period. There is room for comparison in video quality when talking about the camera though, I'll give you that. Headphone Jack falls under AQ. Design is completely subjective in nature.

23. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

"The iPhone X has better cameras." Based on what? I used PAs own camera tool to take a real close look at the IPhone 8+ which they claim to be superior...LOL! It's not even in the same class as a flagship. So where is the problem? The problem comes in when you look at the detail of photos up close. IPhone 8 is roughly equal to a 2014 LG G3 when it comes to how well the camera picks up detail. Where Apple compensates and does a great job is with the black color. The black on the Apple is better than the Android phones but the details is very much below par. The fact that they do so well with black makes the photo look better than it actually is. Still not up to flagship quality though,. Bet IPhone X will have the same issue. That's a ongoing issue with Apple smartphone cameras. Of course you people don't look close enough to figure that out. But wait until Android flagships catch up in the color black which will be very soon. Then there is quad dac which blows Apple away. And if you really want to crush Apple just root and install Viper4Android which crushes quad dac like an ant. Ain't even close. My phone sounds better than the Xonar soundcard in my PC -- which is no slouch. I hate that my phoe sounds better than my Xonar...LOL! That alone would makes the V30 a no-brainer. There is nothing worse than trying to listen to music that does not sound as good as it can possibly sound. I can't carry a phone that is not rooted now because of what I am able to do with the sound. The DAC on my V10 is inferior by far to Viper. Then there are other features like manual camera, smart lock, trusted agent, infinite customizations, the list goes on and on.

44. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Hah, another "audiophile" which thinks software tweaks like V4A make the SQ actually better.

62. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

And what's wrong with being an audiophile? Or do you just like your music sounding crappy? V4A is untouchable and everyone knows it. Is like having the best dsp on the planet right in your phone...and it's free! A huge plus obviously.

78. Khumi13

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 27, 2017

Pixel 2 camera is better than the iPhone and you can port the camera to the LG v30 which takes better pics also full manual mode and let's not forget if you drop an iPhone X chances are that your face Id won't work or a $550 rear panel replacement .. look it up

51. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Do you even know the meaning of literally?

3. disatrousrainbow

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

The camera housing of the X looks absolutely hideous and outdated compared to the V30's. Yikes. Thank goodness it's pretty in the front.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You think that notch is pretty! At best the iPX is fairly good looking but the V30 is stunning!

7. dnomadic

Posts: 405; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I thought it was bad initially...but after playing with it, the display is quite lovely.... I would venture to say it is better than my S8 plus.... The screen is so close to the glass it looks as if the apps are on top of the glass... Love my S8 but man I'm questioning selling the two I purchased.

18. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

You are talking about which handset being better than the GS8 display? Because neither are. The GS8 display is sick! The LG V30 is pretty sexy overall though. Seems so nice the hardware. Another home run like the Optimus G I believe.

53. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

Than guy is bluffing, nothing comes close to Samsung displays en that iPhone x display is better, but not as the LG v30 to be honest.#18

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If the V30 didn't have those display problems I would seriously consider getting one. I've come to the conclusion that I should own both a flagship android phone along side my iPhone. Fix said issues and I will get a V30 in Q1 of 2018 for sure.

12. mikehunta727 unregistered

I hope in next iteration they definitely upgrade the front camera. Now I very rarely take selfies, but I do take front videos sometimes, the S8/i8/Note 8/other devices all have noticeably better front cameras than V30, which is slightly disappointing but yeah the V30 is a dope ass device And yeah obviously better quality control too lol

8. miketer

Posts: 514; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Went to the store and handled the X. Apart from the heft of the X, I think LG V30's got more for the money. And also, that option for youtube videos i.e between the 19:5:9 ratio vs the expanded dimensions with the notch in prominence, comparatively gives a smaller screen. For a 1000 USD, at least the display gotta be top "notch", which it is, but didn't expect the "notc.... Anyways, I'm for the XZ1 Compact. So it doesn't matter much.

11. theot14430 unregistered

V30 all the way!

14. Rumblee1

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 04, 2017

Kiko007, sounds like yet another apple iPhone junkie. SO SAD. you are horribly incorrect in your assessment the V30 camera is right up there with the X. The V30 movie camera is second to none period. How do you add storage to the X? That's right, you can't. Don't give me the cloud BS please. Let's see you make it through a whole day of moderate to heavy use without having to recharge. Won't happen. As my fries, who owns a local tech repair facility, the iPhone gives a rolls royce appearance but has the internals of a Chevy. Fact is, the X is a good device, still behind android, and should be priced as such. By the way, who makes the new lower quality X screen? You guessed it. Samsung.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30973; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The X should be priced according to what it can command, like all other products are. It's a very nice, and valuable device, with the resale value to boot. As far as Chevy goes, I have one...a Vette, and its got kick ass internals.

26. androapplephone

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

Only gonna argue one of your points because most of what you said is just faceless opinion, but Arlie’s your not a troll. The a11 chip is by far the best mobile chip on the market by far. That is only on benchmark scores but still hard to argue that

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30973; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is a great matchup for the X, along with the S8/Plus. The Note 8 is kinda in another bracket, due to the S-Pen, and all it add to the experience. I've not yet seen the X in person, but of course I've watched a ton of vids on it, and it's pretty nice, and durable. Apple has another hit on its hands. Enjoy em folks.

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The X would be a hit no matter what, because it's the iPhone redesign that's long overdue. But they could have made it even better by giving it just a little top/bottom bezel to avoid the notch and by putting a fingerprint scanner somewhere (ahem rear). Then hardware wise there'd be little to complain about. Also, it would look like a smaller V30.

52. midan

Posts: 2749; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"But they could have made it even better by giving it just a little top/bottom bezel to avoid the notch" And it would have looked 100% same than every Android flagship phones now on upcoming. Clearly that wasn't the thing Apple wanted, they made stand out look, and people can decide if they like it or not, Iv been using the phone and the notch give the phone own style and it looks very good and o hardly even see notch in real use. Basicly almost every reviews what i'v read says same thing.

58. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I can't imagine that Apple wanted the phone to stand out with an asymmetric, compromised design. I'd say that notch is the least iPhonish element on any iPhone ever, because it's an inelegant solution. Steve Jobs would've hated it.

21. barondebxl

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I love reading a comment section this positive. I have the V30 and it's a great device and I'm sure the X is solid as well

27. androapplephone

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

I was thinking the same thing it’s awesome

24. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1553; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

"so it'll be interesting to see if the V30 can remain relevant now that the iPhone X is here. " IPhone X launch has little effect on the V30, they don't run the same OS. It is still very much relevant, you couldn't pay me to use iOS daily.

30. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yeah every time I've gone into a carrier store to look at the V30, they're comparing it on price and features and size to the Note 8. People know it's not LG vs Apple, it's LG vs Samsung.

31. Justlooking

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

I have yet to play with an iPhone X however I can tell you that I'm not happy with the V30 camera performance at night. I'm just waiting for the 30 day period for my jump on demand and get a Note 8. My wife is really happy with it and that camer blows mine out of the water.

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