The best LG phones you can buy in 2018: high-end, midrange, and budget

The best LG phones you can buy in 2018: high-end, midrange, and budget

It's a dog-eat-dog world out there in the land of smartphones, and there are only a few top names that manage to both stay afloat and innovate every year. LG is among them — despite reporting the tenth consecutive quarter of mobile losses, the manufacturer has at least managed to produce two top-tier devices this year that seem to have won back the favor of smartphone fans and critics around the world.

But LG doesn't just have two flagships. It makes phones to fit most pockets and needs. So, let's check out what LG phones are most deserving of your money in 2017!

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Top-tier


LG G7 ThinQ


The best LG phones you can buy in 2018: high-end, midrange, and budget

LG G7 ThinQ

G7 ThinQ

Cons

  • Weak battery life
  • Design is uninspiring

LG's latest and greatest — its 2018 flagship — LG G7 ThinQ sports the most current top-tier hardware that's commercially available and builds on the design language that started with the LG G6. An extra-long 19.5:9 display, a glass back, metal frame, water-resistance, and wide-angle lenses on the secondary back-facing camera and the selfie snapper. We've also got some upgrades, with a super-large F1.6 aperture for the main camera — first seen on the LG V30 —, the new night shot mode — as seen on the upgraded V30s ThinQ —, a notch design for the phone's front — like it or not —, and while we did not get stereo speakers here, the phone's new Boombox is definitely impressive. The G7 also now has a hardware button dedicated to the Google Assistant, which is extra-convenient when you want to call it up when the phone is asleep, for example.

Obviously, if you want the best from LG, the G7 should definitely be on your radar. It's currently up for pre-order for $750 with some of the large carriers.

LG V30S ThinQ


The best LG phones you can buy in 2018: high-end, midrange, and budget

LG V30S ThinQ

V30S ThinQ

Cons

  • A bit bulky
  • Harder to find

The V30s ThinQ is a slightly upgraded V30 — it bumped the RAM up to 6 GB from 4 GB, the storage to 128 GB, and came with the new AI camera features as well as the new Night Mode for better low-light shots. It is a bit harder to find it with a carrier — your best bet is to go to a retailer like B&H, who currently sells it for $680. Not a bad price for a really good, underrated phone.

 Buy on B&H 


LG V30


The best LG phones you can buy in 2018: high-end, midrange, and budget

LG V30

V30

Cons

  • A bit bulky
  • Year-old model

Without a doubt, the V30 was LG's true heavy-hitter for 2017. It has a 6-inch display with the new 18:9 aspect ratio, minimal bezels, a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, and 4 GB of RAM. What set the V30 apart was its 16 MP camera with a super-wide F1.6 aperture — a first on smartphones —, its advanced photo and video features, and its quad-DAC aimed at audiophiles.

All that while the handset is thin, light (lighter than the smaller G6, even), water-resistant, and has an excellent battery life, which is a category LG phones don't usually excel in.

Yes, it did get updated with the V30s, which is probably the better buy. But the latter is a bit harder to find, so if you just want a financed phone with your carrier, the V30 is the option here.

 Buy on Amazon 


Mid-range


LG G6


The best LG phones you can buy in 2018: high-end, midrange, and budget

LG G6

G6

Cons

  • Sub-par battery life
  • Aging processor

LG's G6 was the 2017 flagship, but it went by largely unnoticed. Sporting an older Snapdragon 821 processor — reportedly because LG preferred to take their time optimizing the phone to work with the hardware, instead of jumping on the Snapdragon 835 while it was fresh out of the oven — it got a lukewarm reception from the powerusers. The general userbase, on the other hand, was captivated by Samsung's Galaxy S8 and its massive marketing campaign. But still, the G6 is a pretty competent phone, with great wide-angle cameras for vloggers, and its price makes it a great midrange offer nowadays.

 Buy on Amazon 


LG Q7


The best LG phones you can buy in 2018: high-end, midrange, and budget

Cons

  • Weak-ish processor

Carrying the legacy of the Q6 forward, the new LG Q7 is a midranger with a wide screen and minimal bezels. This time around, we actually do get a fingerprint scanner, which was missing from the Q6. The LG Q7 will launch in three variants, depending on region — Q7+, Q7, and Q7a. They all have their slight differences in hardware and probably price. However, we still don't have concrete information on which model will arrive in the US and how much it would cost.

LG X venture


The best LG phones you can buy in 2018: high-end, midrange, and budget

LG X venture

X venture

Cons

  • Weak processor
  • No fingerprint scanner

Putting the “venture” in “Adventure”, this is a rugged phone for harsher conditions. It's water-, dust-, shock-, and vibration-resistant. To top that package off, the phone has a design, marketed as “non-slip”, making sure you have less chance of dropping it.

On the hardware side, it's not a phone for heavy users — a Snapdragon 435 and 2 GB of RAM hum under the hood, and the cameras have a 16 MP and 5 MP sensor. You've got a 5.2-inch display for a more compact form factor and the battery on board is an impressive 4,100 mAh cell, making sure you can spend more time away from power outlets.

 Buy on Amazon 


LG Stylo 3 Plus


The best LG phones you can buy in 2018: high-end, midrange, and budget

LG Stylo 3 Plus

Stylo 3 Plus

Cons

  • Weak processor

The Stylo 3 Plus comes equipped with its own stylus, but don't jump for joy thinking it's Samsung S Pen-level sophisticated — it's just a regular, run-of-the-mill capacitive stylus. That said, the Stylo 3 Plus rocks a spacious 5.7-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. It's powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 435 and has 2 GB of RAM while a 3,080 mAh battery keeps the lights on.

In other words, it's a midranger through and through. Tied to T-Mobile, you can have it for $10 per month, which is an easily justifiable price tag.

 Buy on Amazon 


Entry level


LG K30


LG K30

K30

Cons

  • Weak processor
  • Low-resolution screen

Available on T-Mobile, this is one of LG's many entry-level handsets dispersed across various carriers and retailers. It suffers in the screen resolution and processor power departments, but should be OK for basic tasks. Though, the price of $225 might not be ideal for what you are getting.

 Buy on Amazon 


LG K20 V (K20 Plus)


The best LG phones you can buy in 2018: high-end, midrange, and budget

LG K20 V

K20 V

Cons

  • Weak processor
  • Low-resolution screen

Not to be confused with the regular K20, this one is sold as locked to Verizon and T-Mobile only. It comes with a 5.3-inch, 720 x 1080 display, a Snapdraon 425 quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 13 MP / 5 MP camera combo. Hey, it also still has a fingerprint scanner! Pretty cool for a cheap phone, no?

To make things a bit more confusing, the K20 V has 16 GB of storage, while the K20 Plus, which is on T-Mobile, can have a 32 GB variant.

Now, the reason we warned you about the “regular” K20 available through other carriers is that it comes with 1.5 GB of RAM and an 8 MP main camera. In other words, it's really, really entry level. That's not a bad thing per se, it's just not cool to get confused about which phone you are buying.

LG X charge


The best LG phones you can buy in 2018: high-end, midrange, and budget

Cons

  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Weak processor
  • Low-resolution screen

If you're going to be buying an entry-level LG, might as well get one with a massive battery, right? The X charge has a 4,000 mAh cell, which should last pretty long with the low-tier hardware and basic tasks it's meant for. Available for $100 over at Sprint right now, it's not a bad deal.

 Buy on Amazon 


LG Tribute Dynasty


The best LG phones you can buy in 2018: high-end, midrange, and budget

LG Tribute Dynasty

Tribute Dynasty

Cons

  • Low-power processor
  • Low-resolution screen


This is probably the most affordable phone LG has put out in 2018 yet. For a sub-$100 price, you get an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. Yeah, it's not much, but it's an entry-level phone. Don't be fooled by the pad-like power button on the back, there's no fingerprint scanner there.

 Buy on Amazon 

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