LG G7: the best summer vacation phone

LG G7: the best summer vacation phone
This story is sponsored by LG. PhoneArena's opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!

That fearless gentleman – the one standing closer to the edge of the cliff than he probably should – is me. It's a photo that Rado, my long-time colleague, took last week – and he wasn't shooting from a particularly safer location either. But the spectacular view was worth it. Rado's weapon of choice – the LG G7 and its wide-angle cam. 

It was a Thursday quite unlike the rest – one that went under the theme of adventure and exploration. Rado and I decided to go on a road trip and give that vlogging thing a try, all while taking LG's flagship phone for a spin. At the end of the day, it turned out that vlogging indeed was a great way to tell a story. Oh, and the LG G7 – well, I'd say that's the best phone to have on your summer vacation. 

And off we go!

Labeling a phone as best for a particular task requires the correct ingredients to be thrown into the formula, and the LG G7 ticks the right boxes. One of them is a capable and reliable set of cameras. The first stop on our trip was a seafood restaurant by the sea shore – an opportunity to both fill up on calories and to test the G7's camera capabilities. The results were well-worthy of an Instagram post!

Our next stop was a small resort town up north, and its biggest tourist attraction was a grandiose botanical garden. Exploring it was a great pleasure – surrounding yourself with tranquility and natural beauty is an excellent way of relieving yourself from the stresses of every-day life. 

That beauty we managed to capture and share through the lens of the LG G7. Or perhaps I should have said "lenses". The LG G7 boasts a dual-camera setup pairing a regular camera with a wide-angle one, giving you more creative freedom and versatility. The main snapper can already take great shots, but it is the wide-angle cam that I'd call my favorite feature on the G7. As it has a viewing angle much wider than that of a typical camera, you can fit all your friends, epic sceneries, or architectural marvels in a single shot without having to step back or to resort to special camera modes. Needless to say, the wide-angle cam came in handy plenty of times during our travels. 

Here are several examples of the kind of shots the LG G7 is capable of taking:

Of course, once you take a photo, you'd have to be able to see it properly. The sun wasn't helping that day. It was a hot one indeed, and we were regretting the fact that we left our bottle of sunscreen in the car. 

But even under the scorching sun, the LG G7 delivered good visibility. Its secret is its Super Bright Display capable of reaching 1000 nits of brightness – the highest on a phone we've ever tested. Peak brightness output kicks in automatically and makes the screen clearly legible even in broad daylight. 

By the way, did you know that many plants we grow at home are poisonous? It's a fun fact I learned that day thanks to another trick the LG G7 has up its sleeve. Using the built-in Google Assistant and Google Lens shortcut button, I could ask Google to recognize the plants I was pointing the camera at. Pretty neat!

As much as we enjoyed our time in the garden, it would have been a shame not to set foot on the sandy beaches the small town had to offer. We walked there with the intention to go into the sea for a dip as well, but I had greater plans in mind.

As its IP68 rating indicates, the LG G7 is a water-resistant phone. So why not go in for a dive with it and take some video? It's not something I'd recommend you to try, honestly speaking, as salt water and electronic hardware don't get along, but I was super careful not to expose the phone for more than a few moments at a time, gave it a nice rinse with fresh water after submerging it, and dried it quickly with a towel afterward. My LG G7 survived the thrill, and the footage I took looked awesome!

The sun was starting to set. We were starting to feel tired, but not tired enough to stop us from driving out of town to admire the sunset in peace and quiet. I knew just the right place. 

Last summer, I went to a picturesque spot up further north along the shore – a spot where we could observe the setting sun as the waves of water splashed against the cliffs beneath our feet. The only problem was that I made the wrong turn as I was driving there, but luckily, we arrived just in time for the spectacle in the sky. We took some photos as well!

It was a great ending to a great day – but also an opportunity for us to give a few more LG G7 features a try. Super Bright Camera mode combines four pixels into one to boost the camera's sensitivity to light. Some resolution is lost along the way, but you end up with a visibly brighter image large enough to be shared on social media.

And with artificial intelligence built into the camera, the G7 can recognize a set of scenes and apply a range of settings to spice them up. Using AI CAM in the right situation can make a substantial difference to the look of an image, much like shown here:

We all have our own definition of what a great vacation is. We all have our own favorite ways of unwinding and leaving troubles behind. But at the end of the day, it's not the destination that truly matters. It's the trip itself – the opportunity to learn, to explore, and to appreciate. 

These were the kind of thoughts we were driving back home with. And even though our legs were aching and our eyelids becoming heavier by the minute, we also had smiles stuck to our faces as we had gathered memories that weren't going to fade away anytime soon. 

Oh, and about that vlogging business we mentioned in the beginning, here's our bold first effort. Enjoy!

Related phones

G7 ThinQ
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(20h talk time)



1. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Well...yes, if you carry a large power bank along with the phone.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Why not carry a better phone instead?? Such as a P20 Pro, or Pixel 2 Xl, or iPhone 7 Plus (for metal back), or something rugged such as a Galaxy S active??? Maaaan! LG is too optimistic. If this was an ad for the V35 then that would've been understandable. But the G7...no way!!

27. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Since when P20 Pro is better than G7? Except for photos and battery , it is way worse. - Old cpu that is weaker than 835 - Gpu is even worse compared to Adreno - Video quality is lame, just 24Mbps ( 4K) and no EIS - BT is 4.2 instead of 5.0 - No high quality screen - LG has better audio thought jack, but sadly mono speaker

28. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I was referring the P20 Pro more for it's battery than other aspects. 4000mAh vs 3000. Makes the Pro a better summer vacation phone in that regard.

30. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

You are right in many ways but Huawei phones are much snappier and responsive then the LG phones. It is about os optimization and not about cpu or gpu or anything at this point. Better phone is a hard term to prove.

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Please LG..... you're fooling nobody.

26. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's why it's "sponsored".

7. Alex2017

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 08, 2017

Lg g7 is best smartphone first half 2018

15. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Really... You shouldn't encourage anyone to take photos from high risk locations... You are promoting it by this post... You never know what crazy teenager would try this next and fall to his demise !

16. VigneshRaja

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Am I blind or they didn't mention about battery life anywhere in this? What kind of vacation is this without dealing with battery information?

21. haydenb

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

No they did not mention anything about battery life.

25. VigneshRaja

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

I mean how could they not? Battery life is THE most important aspect during a vacation and PA missed it. Oh, maybe LG paid them only to cover about camera.

20. haydenb

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Just carry a better phone instead. LG has given me really no reason to switch over to the G7 from my Pixel 2 XL

22. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

LG V35 > LG G7

23. Junito

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

I'm done with LG. Gave them a second chance with the G6. Tired of the horrible battery, lag, and stutters; even more, how fragile the device is. Lesson learned, don't trust You Tube device review. Either ask a friend, or forum such as this one. Done.

33. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Well, the battery isn't the best (not that bad either), and yes, the interface isn't the most fluid, but I still love my G6 as it is a good allround flagship. And fragile? I've dropped it more than 30 times from at least weist height (without a case). And only my back glass cracked while I dropped it while riding my bike, the front is still okay. Even with this cracks, I accidentally dropped it in a lake a few weeks ago and had to search for it for at least half an hour. Finally found it at 0.5-1m depth, and guess what, it's still fine. This must be the best built phone I've ever used, and the G7 seems to continue this trend. And that's the biggest pro for me. And that's why ny next phone will probably be made by LG again.

29. tywanjames

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I'm confused. Would they do a sponsored article, on say the Razer phone, even though they hated it but still call it the best vacation phone? How can we take P.A serious anymore if they do stuff like this? Then they got the nerve to say " their opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!" How can that be true if they paid for this to happen?

31. Jc1980

Posts: 27; Member since: May 16, 2018

The G7 is amazing in my opinion. I loved the G6 because the wide angle camera, but the US version lacked a quad dac. The G7 not only includes the DAC but also wireless charging. The speaker is crazy and the screen produces great color. No other phone in this price range has more well rounded useful features. I picked one up for $500 and couldn't be happier. I would have definitely paid $750 if I had to. The V35 is good but it lacks the speaker enhancements and lacks Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides.

32. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

A lot of haters here. The article is sponsored by LG don't drag other brands in the comment section. To the author, good pictures anyway and nice view

34. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Till the time sh!tty battery life and fragile glass back (and still costs an arm and leg) are fundamental requirements for flagship phones, I will never buy them -- no matter how hard they market it, imho...

35. tokuzumi

Posts: 1946; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Flossy Carter said it best. He talked about how LG never did anything to make the boot loop fiasco right by their customers. Samsung offered deep device discounts, free VR headsets, SD cards, etc, as a way of apologizing for the Note 7 fiasco. So everyone has the boot loop issue in the back of their minds, even if the fear is baseless.

36. hermanskew37

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 26, 2018

Cool! The LG G7 seems to have an incredible HD display and I must admit that right now I'm thinking I want to replace my Oppo F7. LOL! I mostly use my phone for gaming like The Room and Play The Bible, so now I think I want to get into photography too!

37. Anymal

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 22, 2009

Nice photos, beutiful coast. At least in July as in August it gets windy. Anyway, love Varna and long edgy coast.

38. bassembm

Posts: 143; Member since: Dec 27, 2015

they didnt mention that the summer vacation cannot be completed without ; - Bootloop issues - Screen Burn in or image retention - the worst battery life - an ugly Notch .......!!!

41. Jc1980

Posts: 27; Member since: May 16, 2018

I owned the G5, G6, and now the G7... No bootlooping! It's an LCD display so no burn in The battery life is good enough to last the day The notch isn't that big of a deal.

42. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Everyone doesn't agree with you.

40. redmd

Posts: 1947; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

My complaints are 1. Battery life 2. Notch I will praise the G7 for its build quality, screen and camera. LG make the G7 your last notched phone. Or better yet make an all screen phone like the Vivo NEX or Oppo Find X.

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