LG V30: should you upgrade from the LG V10 or V20?


The LG V30 is here and, quite frankly, it's an eye-grabbing phone. Beautiful design, huge display, tiny bezels. LG nailed the 2017 flagship trends and finally outed a phone that has this year's processor (zing). You'd be right to be asking yourself “Should I be upgrading right now?”. Either that or you are already throwing money at the screen. In any case, let's see if the V30 is worth an upgrade.

Design


If you are coming from the original LG V10, you will definitely appreciate the new design and materials. Yes, the V10 was hitting some nails on the head with its titanium frame and what was at the time a design shift for the company's phones. But its rubberish back and wobbly power button did leave a bad impression.

With the LG V20, we have a move to a fully metal body. And this one is a love-it-or-hate-it type of design. We've likened the V20 to a Batmobile before, due to its rugged looks, which you either love or are annoyed by at this point. The LG V30 comes with more universally-loved looks, and sans that weird-looking ticker display (more on that later). It also has these insanely thin bezels, which are all the rage this year.

What we are saying is that the V30 is a definite win in the design department. Of course, that's speaking generally, we are sure there might be a few out there who prefer the robust look of the V20 or grip of the V10's rubber back.

Display


Not counting the new 18:9 ratio, LG made two changes in the display department. Firstly, the V30's display uses OLED tech instead of an IPS LCD panel like top-tier LG phones from the past years. You've got true blacks, punchy colors, and a few color profiles if you want to dial down the color vibrancy. It also lends itself better for the Always-On Display. Which brings us to our next point.

The ticker display is gone. It has now been replaced by a simple slide-in panel on the edge of the homescreen, kind of like Samsung's Edge Panels. When the phone is asleep, the Always-On widget provides the information and utility shortcuts, which used to be housed on the ticker display.



Both of these changes make sense, we'd say, and play an integral role in why the V30 looks and feels so streamlined. Needless to say, if you are a devout fan of the ticker display, you may wish to hold on to your old V20 or V10 a bit longer, or migrate to the HTC U Ultra. Otherwise, we do find the V30 to be an absolute winner in the display department.

Hardware and camera


Unlike the LG G6 before it, the LG V30 actually comes with the latest-and-greatest in hardware — the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of onboard storage that can be expanded up to an extra 2 TB via microSD card. Pretty cool stuff!

The camera department has also seen improvements. It has a first-on-smartphone lens aperture of F1.6. It's arguable if that gets us more light coming through to the sensor and a shallower depth of field than before. However, the wide-angle lens that lets you capture much more in a single photo also shows much less fish eye distortion than before. We certainly appreciate the upgrade and find the secondary camera much more useful.

We've also got a bunch of software updates to the camera, which allow us to set up cinematic shots, with smooth zooms, HDR capture, lots of effects and presets. Now, these may or may not make their way down to the LG V20 and V10 in either an official or unofficial manner, so we won't make them a priority.

Onboard 4K editing is also a thing on the V30, and the highly robust mics have been further improved to capture loud events with better dynamic range. The quad-DAC is also back to please the audiophiles.

In terms of hardware? While you may not need the latest and greatest processor out there, if you are a stickler for camera quality and features, you'll be happy to get your hands on a V30. Also, audiophiles may enjoy jumping from the V10 to a V30 — from the single DAC to the quad setup. Let us know if you hear a difference!



Final thoughts


LG knocked it out of the park with the V30, no denying that. If you own a device that's 12+ months old, you can make the jump feeling confident that you are getting a top-notch device that actually feels like an upgrade.

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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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24 Comments

1. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Upgrade of the year !!

2. TechGirl90 unregistered

I am most definitely upgrading to this bad boy!

17. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Great choice. Enjoy :)

18. TechGirl90 unregistered

Thanks! Whatever device you choose, I hope you enjoy it as well. :)

3. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

#KingCometh

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's a good upgrade over the V20, but you lose a couple things too. IR blaster, removable battery, but look at what you gain. If I wasn't getting the Note 8, I'd definitely get the V20. It, the Note 8, and S8/+ look to be the big dawgs this year.

7. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

IR blaster is a real thing and OEMS are just removing it. On the screen of my phone are there apps i use in controlling all my home devices. I can't do this with the new phones out there. My TV isn't smart so it can't be connected to WiFi neither can my AC. What about my decoder, home theater et al. Not everybody lives in a first or second world country. Sighs

10. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well, the reality is that the Internet of Things is gaining traction and with that, the ability to control objects, appliances etc with your phone, and not necessarily with a IR blaster.

11. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

I agree but these people forget it's a big world and not every country moves in a speed of light. IR blaster is still a thing here. Unfortunately it's stripped off and likely never to return. My pals who uses iPhones go AWOL when i control stuffs with my phone at home or while chilling outside

19. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

None of the above features are part of the Note 8, yet you can't stop fangasming over it.

20. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Dark, I think you meant to say you'd get the V30, not V20. ;) Or I could be wrong. The V20 was a great device too, but the V30 is where it's at when it comes to LG.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My bad, and thanx for the correction. I did mean the V30. +1

5. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

How much?

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It's not an option for me as I have Google Fi, but it is a very remarkable device. Still waiting on Pixel 2 news. lol.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LG did a great job on this one.

9. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's definitely worth upgrading, even if I had the G6 I wouldn't think twice about upgrading to the best phone LG has ever made.

12. ZeroSlack_Jack

Posts: 35; Member since: May 02, 2017

The only problem I have is the fact that LG releases dual-sim versions of their phones in India and then totally forget about providing bootloader unlock. For two years I've been stuck with the G4, a phone I really thought highly of until all the bootloop issues popped up and the non-existent dev support thanks to LG! Samsung is a lot more dev-friendly in that regard!

24. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

I had the G4 and had that same problem. My phone started bootlooping about 5 months into having it and LG refused to fix it. I will never buy another LG product again.... But this v30 does look pretty nice lol

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

V 30 >>> Note 8/S8+

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Note8 >>> V30.

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

V30 == Note 8 Get the one that suits your needs.

16. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

This looks like one of the best of the year. Far better than the Note 8 and samsungs bloat IMO. If only I could get my family off the Apple bandwagon...

22. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

LG V30 will possibly kill the G Series, this is honestly what that (still very nice) G6 should have been.

23. sosojerk

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

My next phone. I own the V20 and there are a few things I want to keep when I will upgrade: super angular camera (once you have it, you won't want to live without it anymore), 1080p 60 fps (simply brilliant), quad DAC (super sound). So, for me...V30 keeps all this and makes them even better. Bonus, P-OLED screen, better design than V20, of course. Good. V30 = upgrade. Good work, LG.

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