Galaxy Note 8 or LG V30: which one has your eye (and potentially your money?)

Galaxy Note 8 or LG V30: which one has your eye (and potentially your money?)
So, both Samsung and LG have unveiled their top-tier devices for H2 2017 and both of them are phablets. Each aims at its own niche — Sammy's Note 8 has the S Pen and some productivity features, the LG V30 has the quad-DAC and photo / video features. But it's safe to say that both are top-notch devices.

Now, Sammy has the dual camera with the telephoto lens, iris and facial scanning, the oddly-placed fingerprint scanner, the S Pen, and curved screen with Edge Panels. The LG V30 has the wide-angle secondary camera, the quad-DAC, audio and video presets for recording, and camera-centric effects and apps. The latter phone also has its own version of the Edge Panels in the form of the new Floating Bar, which replaces the V series' ticker screen.

Anyway, it'd be hard to make a choice between these two behemoths. Have you made up your mind?

LG V30 or Galaxy Note 8?

Galaxy Note 8
Can't decide yet
LG V30
Let's see what the iPhone is about first...

Related phones

Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(16.5h talk time)



1. TechGirl90 unregistered

It's a no brainer, LG V30 ALL DAY EVERYDAY!! I also feel this year the LG G6 and the LG V30 we're LG's Foundation, and NOW all they need to do is just build (improve) more and more going forward with each Iteration. LG being the UnderDog is making sure their barks be heard by the TopDogs! LG hit a HomeRun! And I can't wait to buy this Multimedia Behemoth Unlocked!!

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Both handsets are nezr identical in aesthetics, and they've got their own pros and cons... it's a close call. But I fancy the S-Pen and Infinity display more than the Audiophile powerhouse that the V30 is...

32. TechGirl90 unregistered

Eh, for me I prefer the imaging capabilities, audio power, video power (My goodness the video capabilities are VAST) and overall intuitiveness of the LG V30 over an S-Pen. I do give Samsung props for implementing PDA functions into a Celluar Device, but other than that, I personally don't see anything else special about it that's worth what they're asking IMO.

16. Georgio

Posts: 332; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

In Europe we buy tv and air conditioner from Lg ;not phones. We only buy phones from the best ( Samsung;apple;sony) People don't even know that they make phones LOL

55. disatrousrainbow

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

I like that you're trying to be shady against LG for selling TV's and air conditioners when Samsung and Sony sell the exact same things. Get out more buddy.

64. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Sony doesn't sell non entertainment appliances.

69. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

We? LOL you are not alone in Europe, I know a lot of people( friends/family) who want the V30 over all Samsung devices !

78. andrewc31394

Posts: 312; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Nobody knows that Sony makes phones... lol

81. Raigo90

Posts: 11; Member since: May 12, 2013

Which side of Europe are you from? You talk a lot of s**t!

19. Bankz

Posts: 2553; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

While both are great devices, the lg V30 is undoubtedly the no brainer for what I want tbh. for 1 the note 8 is too big, 2. I have no use whatsoever for the s-pen, 3 I care about updates, 4. LG has a crazy camera with loads of professional features 5. samsung has a horrible fps placement 6. I don't like curved screens 7. I love LG's use of the second camera the best. I feel this is the first time LG are actually putting out the best phone on android for the year (since the G2). That being said, I'm definitely buying the iphone 8.

22. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Amen! V30 easily wins my heart and soul...

62. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're an iPhone troll, and have zero interest in the V30. You simply hate Samsung so much, you voted 30, just to troll.

57. ryanusc75

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 09, 2017

I was all about the LG V30 until I read a super negative first impression from ARS Technica re it's screen (PhoneArena won't let me post the link). Will wait for official reviews to see if it's a fluke before going all-in.

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2680; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Both seem like nice devices, but I think the V30 is the better choice for me. I prefer non-curved screens and greatly prefer the fps placement on the V30. I think it really comes down to preference and what your priorities are.

61. Xilam unregistered

Samsung goofed up forcing their "edge" display. I think it looks nice, but practically I hate it.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1872; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I've got the note 8 on the way... actually got two of them, one from my carrier and one from the Samsung Note 7 appreciation promo. If the iphone 8 isn't what it's cracked up to be I might be getting the V30... It does look really good on paper.

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1577; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

That V30 is no doubt a great phone and I’m hearing all kinds of great reviews over the software on the phone. I think LG definitely hit it out of the park with this one. The rear finger print is and always will be my biggest issue. Other than that I think it looks more natural, it’s not as long as others and it’s a lot sleeker than most. V30 and Pixel XL 2 definitely Android phones of the year.

48. Skizzo

Posts: 438; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Couldn't agree more. LG really surprised me, and went all out with this phone. Waterproofing, wireless charging, 3.5mm jack, NFC, a powerful DAC, etc...all the things that OEMs try to skip out on to cut corners (eg. "Essential") and not only that, but all the basics are made to be "best in category" contenders (audio, camera, screen, build quality, aesthetics, FPS, etc.)...and all for less than the competition! Note 8 is a great device, no question, and still tempting as hell (I'm still wanting that S-Pen!), but V30 just threw the kitchen sink at it.

5. haruken

Posts: 311; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Design and screen quality VS photo and fingerprint placement.

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

VS photo? The Note8 actually has the upper hand in camera department - at least in the hardware side of things. The f/1.60 aperture of the V30 is the equivalent of f/1.95 on the Note8's camera setup, because the Note 8's camera has got a larger sensor than the V30. Dont be hyped by the f/1.6 label alone, bro. In fact, the f-stop label alone says nothing at all if the rest of the camera's specs are unknown.

49. Skizzo

Posts: 438; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Samsung has always made excellent cameras, true, and the Note 8 is no exception, but personally, I feel they goofed up by not going with a wide angle lens for the secondary camera. I just think it's so much more useful in day to day situations than a dedicated bokeh lens. To each their own I guess.

63. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1605; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

It's much more than a bokeh lens, it's a telephoto zoom. With the frequency at which people use digital zoom and crop images, I feel the telephoto is much more useful. I mean if you think about it, cameras come with telephoto lenses instead of wide angle lenses for a reason, but like you said, to each their own.

84. dcwt2010

Posts: 74; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I never ever zoom with my phone and never want to either. I have always found a wide angle lens to be far more useful.

6. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 624; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I love samsung devices been using them forever but this time around i think LG has a gem on its hands

7. Cat97

Posts: 2034; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Just look at their size and shape. Even if Note 8 may be technically superior, it is too large ugly. The V30 will be my choice (I do wish it had a larger battery, I would happily trade the headphone jack and Quad DAC for a larger battery).

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Note 8, and it's not even close. As much as I like the V30, the Note 8 is just well ahead, and the S-Pen is the icing on the cake for me. Mine ships today.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not even close. The V30 is a great phone, but the Note 8 is a class ahead. There's not any other phone right now that could pull me from it.

56. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I was considering the V30 for its Camera attributes, and the fact I've had a bad time with Samsung's updates when they have changed os, but I just saw a review of V30 camera up against the Note 8, and the Note 8 owned it except for a wider view! More detailed pics, which is strange since the V30 has a 16mp shooter! Stabilization on the camera was better on the Note 8! Note 8 had better high dynamic range! Note 8 was the best at macro! Note8 was better a unaltered video! Note 8 was miles ahead in terms of the front facing camera which was to be expected! The V30 wasn't the finished retail version, so you'd have to wait for another review, but seems to be more points to the Note 8 at this very moment! And that article the other day showing the V30 backlight bleed on the display doesn't inspire you with confidence! It looks more likely I'll be going with the Note 8! It's the phone that brings everything, not somethings!

11. Georgio

Posts: 332; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Note 8 of course any day !! LG? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can't help, but wonder how many Samsung haters (like the flock), voted for the V30, just cause they hate Samsung.

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