LG V30 vs Samsung Galaxy S8+ first look comparison
It’s that time of year again when new phone announcements start ramping up. This week LG announced their flagship-level V30, which has us looking all sorts of crazy ways at our old devices; for example, the Galaxy S8+. So, we figured now would be the proper time for these two devices to meet cordially, and fight to the death for our hard-earned money, no?
Galaxy S8+ made commendable strides in design, as well – stuffing a 6.2-inch screen into its skinny frame, is no small feat. In fact, the V30 may owe its so-called “truvision” edge-to-edge design to the S8, which precedes it, and looks pretty darn sleek itself. Both devices have plenty of shininess and curved edges to go around, but the V30’s fingerprint sensor
Interface and Performance
motion seem to be just right, not too fast and frantic and not too slow and overly-fancy, again, just right.
Samsung was once known for its ability to take high-spec’d, high-end phones and slow them down with their bulky UI. The Samsung Experience aims to lessen this effect, organizing phone settings, and lightening up animations, and doing so to great effect. Issues with slow-down over time may still persist, but at least initially the device is lightning quick, just as the V30 is.
We’d be remiss in not mentioning the V30’s Quad-DAC Hi-Fi setup. This little goody adds not only the ability to listen to Hi-Res audio, but the ability to record in high quality as well. This is a great addition for those who love music, and those who love to create. Speaking of which..
The V30 is very oriented towards those who like to create videos and photos with their phones, though, and as such would not be outdone (for now) by any phone when it comes to features. Many shooting modes exist for the V30, including a few for fun and social media, but also some for better function. The coolest and most useful addition is a feature named GRAPHY, which allows users to select professionally taken photos (which are similar in composition to the photo they’re about to take) from which the exact settings of the camera used to take the photo will be extracted and applied to the user’s camera, so that they can have the fine touch of a professional in their own shots – pretty nifty stuff. While the S8+ has a few pre-installed shooting modes, and a couple to download, nothing comes close to this in terms of features and function.
Pressing onward into the list of camera-related features which the V30 lords over the S8+, video shooting also proved quite important to LG, and topping their competitors seems like slight work here – at least in terms of offering such useful features. LG’s Cine Video feature adds four main components to the video shooting, and producing prowess of the V30. This suite includes; Point and Zoom, which locks focus on a specific part of the screen and allows the user to zoom in on it smoothly; Cine Effect, which contains 15 different movie-genre-inspired filters to film with; Cine Log, which facilitates easy editing in programs like Adobe Premiere; and Video Studio, an on-board editing software which allows you to work with multiple photos and videos, as well as add after-effects to your mobile masterpiece. Please excuse us while we try to remember the other phone in the comparison here.
Oh, that’s right, the S8+. Well, like we said. The camera on the S8+ is one of the best in the game, but is that enough still? With the V30 closely behind it in performance, the answer to that question may be easier for some than others. Of course, part of it will come down to preference, but at the same time, why not gain a great wide-angle lens, and deep video creating options? That may be the harder question to answer.
Ultimately, the S8+ and V30 represent some of the best that the mobile market has to offer right now. Designs are beautiful and increasingly functional, while performance is a category in which it’s becoming harder to create meaningful distance – which is great for us customers! That doesn’t mean some manufacturers can’t screw it up, with confusing bloated software, or bad battery life, but these issues don’t seem to afflict either device. The camera, and the features within, are easily the biggest separators between the two. So, which one of these gorgeous devices checks all the right boxes for you?