Apple iPhone X vs LG V30


Exciting, appealing, futuristic – these are just some of the words we’d use to describe Apple’s iPhone X. But so are “expensive” and “imperfect”, as those who have read our iPhone X review should know. Long story short, the iPhone X is a phone worth being thrilled about, but it doesn’t quite tick all the boxes that a $1000 phone should, and many rivals in the high-end space could give it a good run for its money. One of these rivals is the LG V30, which is no less rich in features, but comes at a considerably lower price. Let’s now dive deeper and see how these two phones compare.

Design



On the surface, the iPhone X and the LG V30 seem similar in many ways. They are both made of glass and metal, they are both designed around “bezel-less”, extra-tall displays, and they’re both water resistant. But the closer we examine the two, the more differences we encounter. The iPhone X, for instance, uses a stainless steel frame, and while steel is heavier than the aluminum used in the V30, it is also stronger. The V30, on the other hand, has a higher water resistance rating and retains the 3.5mm headphone jack which the iPhone lacks.

Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 g)

LG V30

LG V30

Dimensions

5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29 inches

151.7 x 75.4 x 7.39 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches

143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm

Weight

6.14 oz (174 g)

LG V30

LG V30

Dimensions

5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29 inches

151.7 x 75.4 x 7.39 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display



First things first, we must point out that the two displays we’re comparing here are based on the very same OLED technology, which is known for its greater contrast compared to traditional LCD panels. The screens are also packed with plenty of pixels: 1125 x 2436 pixels (459 ppi) for the iPhone X and 1440 x 2880 pixels (537 ppi) for the LG V30 is more than enough resolution to produce clear and sharp visuals.

Still, the iPhone X is superior when it comes to color reproduction. Colors are accurate and vivid, but without any of that artificial saturation boost OLED screens are known for. In contrast, the V30 produces colder whites and pumped-up colors. This is a look that some might actually find appealing, but it is unnatural nonetheless. Thankfully, color reproduction can be configured from the settings menu.

Despite its shortcomings, the screen on the LG V30 has a thing or two going for it. For instance, the Always-on Display feature is kind of neat, and the greater area has the potential to fit more content. But most importantly, it doesn’t have a notch getting in the user’s way.

Software and interface



Android vs iOS: it’s an ever-going rivalry of mobile platforms, and while labeling one as better than the other would be tricky, we can easily list a number of factors that set them apart. To put it briefly, the theme with the LG V30 is that it is a phone made for power users. LG’s software experience, running on top of Android 7.1, is highly customizable and packed with features, most of which would be appreciated primarily by enthusiasts: the Floating Bar and side-by-side multitasking, for instance, or the option to adjust the screen’s resolution to save battery.


The iPhone X, on the other hand, running iOS 11.1, has a much shorter list of bells and whistles. But Animoji is definitely on it, and by now we’re pretty sure you know what these are. Sure, they’re fun, and the face-tracking technology behind them is remarkable, but we feel like most people (read: people who can actually afford an iPhone X) would get tired of them quickly. Animoji aside, iOS 11 remains a fast and rich operating system acclaimed for its visual consistency and for being a gateway to a universe of quality apps and games.


You might have noticed that the iPhone X lacks a home button. There are no on-screen buttons either. To get back to your home screen, you just swipe from the bottom of the screen. New gestures for Reachability and for switching between apps are also implemented. Fear not, as these are mostly easy to get the hang of. Meanwhile, the LG V30 relies on familiar on-screen buttons. These do eat a small fraction of screen space, but can be configured to disappear when not needed. Also, it is neat that their arrangement can be modified, and a handy shortcut for pulling down the notifications panel can be added.

Processor and memory


Here we could have listed the technical specs of these two phones side by side: processor cores, clock frequency, amount of RAM and so on. However, we chose not to, as that wouldn’t be giving you the slightest clue as to how these two phones actually perform. In a nutshell, neither the iPhone X, nor the LG V30 feel slow in any way. Both are fast and responsive in real life and deliver performance of roughly the same level, although benchmarks indicate that the iPhone X has a greater potential as far as raw number crunching goes.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 224538
LG V30 174456
JetStream Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 218.98
LG V30 55.338
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 58.75
LG V30 19
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 3916
LG V30 2690
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 4244
LG V30 1903
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 10401
LG V30 6495

On-board storage starts at 64GB for both phones. Unsurprisingly, there is no storage expansion slot on the iPhone X, so if you need extra gigs, you will have to spend the extra cash on a 256GB model. The LG V30 offers a microSD card slot, which is nice having, but one should keep in mind that microSD cards are neither as fast, nor as reliable as on-board storage.

Camera



Both phones are playing the dual camera game, but with a totally different strategy. On the iPhone X we find a regular camera paired with a secondary telephoto shooter providing 2X optical zoom, bringing the subject in the frame significantly closer. Also, the arrangement enables Portrait Mode, which adds artistic background blur to images, and Apple’s software algorithms let us apply lighting effects to the image, even after it has been taken.

On the LG V30 we have a standard camera as well, but it is coupled with a wide-angle shooter, which fits much more in the frame than any other standard camera would. While image quality and detail suffer, the secondary cam allows you to fit epic sceneries, monuments, or parties without having to step back. In tight spots, this camera proves a valuable asset.


Both of these dual cam setups have their pros and cons and we can’t say that one approach is better than the other. It’s all a matter of what kind of photographer you are and what kind of situations you find yourself into. But no matter which side you’re on, regardless of which phone you pick, you’ll be definitely using its primary camera more often. Their secondary cameras just aren’t as sensitive to light as the normal ones are.


One thing worth mentioning is that the LG V30 comes with full manual camera settings out of the box. In other words, you can take full control of how images and videos look, which is great news for camera enthusiasts. On the iPhone X you need the help of a third-party app if you require manual adjustments of any kind.

Image quality


We recently featured the iPhone X and the LG V30 in a camera comparison across a number of situations. Both phones did well, especially in daytime and well-lit situations, where the two perform at the same level. But the outcome was in favor of the iPhone, mostly thanks to its consistent low performance and better handling of scenes where HDR mode is required. Low light images from the iPhone are livelier, with better colors and detail, while the V30 tends to leave such images a tad underexposed.


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 1.3
1.8
No data
No data
LG V30 1.6
2.15
641
649

Selfie quality


All in all, both phones take good-looking selfies, but it is different features that make their selfie cameras special. On the iPhone X you can use Portrait Mode and Studio Lighting when taking selfies to achieve a more dramatic or more professional look, but the results are mostly hit and miss. Still, regular selfies turn out great, with faithful colors and more than enough detail.

The LG V30 has a skin softening effect to smooth out imperfection and a lighting slider to make faces brighter, but we kept these set to a minimum level to avoid an unnatural look in our selfies. The selfie cam’s top feature, however, is its extra wide lens mode. While it adds some distortion near the edges, it has a very wide field of view that lets you fit the whole party in a single shot. Admittedly, overall image quality is still better from the iPhone, but the V30’s wide-angle selfie cam could prove useful when snapping group shots.

Video quality


The LG V30 is advertised as a phone that excels at video capturing. It comes with full manual video controls and advanced modes that experienced videographers could find useful. And indeed, videos out of it look pretty good, but as far as every-day video recording is concerned, the iPhone produces better results with less effort on the user’s side. Videos are more detailed, better stabilized, and the 60fps 4K mode produces footage of epic clarity.

Multimedia


One detail that we haven’t mentioned yet is that both phones support HDR video, which delivers richer color and contrast. Such content is still in short supply, but can be found on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, even on YouTube. But as far as general video playback is concerned, the V30 is the more suitable device. It may not have the iPhone X’s excellent color calibration, but it has a larger screen where there isn’t a notch in the way.

As we mentioned in the beginning, the LG V30 has a headphone jack for those who still prefer conventional, wired headphones. Plus, its Quad DAC has a high-enough output to drive even large, high-impedance earphones. But you don’t get a pair of headphones in the box, at least not with the V30 sold in the US. Since the iPhone X has no headphone jack, you can either use the dongle found in the box to connect a pair, or you can just use Apple’s own Lightning Earphones that come included. Or you can always go wireless, of course.

When it comes to loudspeaker quality, however, the iPhone X has the upper hand. While the V30 sounds okay with its single bottom-firing speaker, the iPhone’s stereo speakers are clearer and with more substantial bass to accentuate any music you may be listening to.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 0.998
LG V30 0.769
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 76.3
LG V30 74.1

Battery life


How long a phone lasts between charges depends greatly on how it is used and configured. That’s why we level the playing field by subjecting phones to our custom battery test, which runs at a constant screen brightness level and simulates real-life usage. All in all, both the iPhone X and the LG V30 scored really well, meeting our expectations for a phone of this class.

Charging, however, is significantly quicker on the LG V30. The phone is supplied with a rapid charger out of the box, which allows it to charge nearly twice as quickly as the iPhone X. To get faster charging on the iPhone X, you need both a more powerful charger and a special cable, both sold separately.

Wireless charging is available on both phones, assuming you have a Qi wireless charging accessory. Right now, however, only the LG V30 supports fast wireless charging, while the iPhone X charges at a slower rate.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 8h 41 min (Excellent)
LG V30 9h 34 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Apple iPhone X 189
LG V30 108

Conclusion



At $1000, the iPhone X is one of the most expensive phones around. While the LG V30 isn’t cheap either, it costs $200 less, which is a considerable price gap – enough to get you 2 years of Spotify Premium or a decent budget backup phone like the Nokia 6 or the fifth-generation Moto G.

Yet despite the four-digit figure, the iPhone X has been selling really well, and it is easy to tell why: it is a phone surrounded by hype and excitement, and owning one is like holding a piece of the future – today. For many people, choosing the iPhone X over any other phone would be an emotional decision above all. But the good news is that the iPhone X, while expensive, is also a great phone – fast and good-looking, with excellent cameras, clear-sounding speakers, and, ahem, a top-notch display. If money is no object, that’s the phone to go with.

On the other hand, the LG V30 still has a lot going for it. Just like the iPhone X, it is an enthusiast-grade device, but while the iPhone X is targeted at early adopters, the V30 is more suitable for tinkerers and power users. It may not have the iPhone’s color-accurate display, but it doesn’t have a notch to distract you with. Its cameras may not have Portrait Mode, but its wide-angle lenses could be of use in tricky situations. And while you won’t find Animoji on it, you will find a fast charger in the box. In other words, if you value practicality over showmanship, perhaps the V30 is the phone to consider.

Apple iPhone X

Pros

  • Bright and color-accurate display
  • Better fit in the hand
  • Superior cameras take great photos and videos
  • Loud and clear stereo speakers

LG V30

Pros

  • Larger screen without a notch on it
  • Wide-angle cameras can be useful
  • Fast charging out of the box
  • Cheaper, easier to get

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36 Comments

1. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

iPhone X superior cameras? What? The pics of the guy near the tree, show who the real winner is. LG V30. Please. Stop being biased!

6. pradhanmn

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Checkout dxo if u don't believe

8. dnomadic

Posts: 415; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Accidentally upped you....really I wanted to say that the DXO numbers are skewed. For instance the elements that make up a picture all much better on the Pixel, yet the score includes elements that include the optical zoom and bokeh that skew scores.... Use the eye test my friend...iPhone x is not better than pixel camera and is questionably better than the V30. Peep the elements make the score and not the overall score which is faulty. However X has a great camera

29. smacsteve

Posts: 86; Member since: May 16, 2012

How do you have any claim with DxO if they've not reviewed the V30?

35. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

The V30 has an excellent camera. I bet DxO is afraid to review the V30 because it will topple their current champ the Pixel 2.

41. Millenialssux

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

God! I hate this go check dxo if you don't believe crap! Like they are the end all be all of smartphone camera quality. Like someone said: trust your eyes man! Half the time the phone dxo says has a better camera is obviously wrong if you just compare the pictures and judge with your eyes. Yet you have people who will reject what their eyes are telling them and believe some silly supposedly scientific test, that is very biased towards aspects of a camera that have nothing to do with the quality of the actual picture being taken.

43. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I’m too blind to give a crap. All pictures above 2MP looks the same to me.

2. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I love how the V30 scores 1hr longer in battery test it they don't mention that in the text. They just say they both perform as expected. Pretty sure that's more important than more FPS in the Manhatten test to your average user

3. shield

Posts: 837; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG V30 better than iPX on camera and UI, no 221K on Antutu but is FAST. YT test is better.

24. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Real life experience has shown that benchmarks means little to by far the majority of users. IOS 11 makes it worse having to take more steps to do most tasks.

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Kinda shame they didn't mention sound quality of the captured footage. To my eyes iPhone does have a better picture quality, but to my ears LG wipes the floor with iPhone when you capture video because of sound quality. Image quality is just one half of the video with sound.

5. shield

Posts: 837; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’ve never used a v30, so I can’t speak on it, but the X is an app excellent device. Apple needs to stop with its conservative software approach, and really tap into the A-11 Bionic. It should have split view, picture in picture, and pencil support. If it had those, it’d be a 9.5. As it sits, it’s a 9.2. My note 8 is a 9.5.

9. billyblonco

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

After all these years the galaxy note 4 still has a better screen than the x and v30

10. Jrod99

Posts: 729; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Thought I saw x had better screen then Note 8? Other then the notch. Not just this site either but more tech savvy sites. Note 4 is awesome but does it still have the best screen on a smart phone?

25. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

No both screens get rates as A+ by Displaymate. Looking a little deeper though the X has that blue tint which I do not see on the Note. With True Tone on the picture deteriorates on the X giving it a yellow tint and the auto brightness is all over the place. Add to this the Notch and lack of app optimisation and the viewing experience on the Note is far superior to the X.

11. Ledzep09

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2017

I agree with all the other stuff, x might better at other stuff except the OS. But the audio really? V30 specialises in audio pumping max power upto 2vrms and your tests give that to the iphone. How biased can you guys be? Did you turn off the quad dac?

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Phone Arena did not test audio quality, there is only loudness and power output test. It does not say anything about sound quality.

17. jagwap

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

Some US versions of the V30 have the high output turned off. It depends on the carrier. Also Phone Arena do not seem to understand how to measure the different output levels for different headphones. Their measurement equipment appears to trigger the "external device" setting, or as you say they turned off the HiFi setting Quad DAC. The V30 is likely the best sounding phone on the market apart from the odd Onkyo unit.

18. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Good thing we have GSMArena for those measurements. It's still not definitive answer if the phone sounds good, but still much better than audio tests on PhoneArena. BTW: I have V30 preordered and right now I use Meizu Pro 5 - so I am more than curious if the analog output will even be better with V30.

13. Ledzep09

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2017

I'm talking about the headphone output voltage. Thw v30 pumps upto 2vrms on high impedence mode. Maybe they tested it with the quad dac off.

14. Savvy

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2017

Well said Ledzep, and this is the problem with reviews like this that only targets selected areas of a phone and gives an incorrectly skewed subjective perception of which is better. I've seen, used, and heard both devices... The Quad DAC of the LG v30 leaves the audio quality of the iPhone for dead.. and yes it's output of 2vrms is twice that of the iPhone... Yet no mention of that ability here... Then there is the missing headphone jack on the iPhone... Degradation in audio quality cause of that screw up... If Audio is important to you (wired headphones...) then the V30 is king

19. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Even if you use wireless headphones, the V30 is a better choice - due to AptX HD and future LDAC support.

15. Savvy

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2017

... And and yes that notch on the X's screen is fugly... Ruins an otherwise nice design... Watching movies in full screen ruins the experience... Take the notch area away... Just how big is the screen then compared to the LG v30

16. path45th

Posts: 404; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I would choose LG over Samsung. Samsung has created an aura of hate so I wouldn't like to feed that hate. In fact, I wouldn't buy any Samsung product for that reason.

20. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

That is a really pathetic reason - not to buy a device you like just because "what people would think of you".

21. talha_16

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Lol.... Its funny how the iphone takes almost an hour more to charge. Apple still living in 2013

22. Blueprintsrecords

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 24, 2017

I own both. Two excellent phones. iPhone Face ID is better as it unlocks many apps. V30 has faster LTE connectivity and the Quad DAC with the headphone jack is sublime. Tough choice.

23. rowlin

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

No always on display on the X is a deal breaker, can't believe they charge $1k without that, plus slow charging and skinny screen with small image size. Sound quality of V30 is a big plus.

27. mrochester

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

iOS is a far superior OS to Android so the iPhone X easily bests the V30.

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