Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30

Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30

This year, we finally got the "phones of the future" — all these thin-bezeled, all-screen devices which only existed in fan-made renders a couple of years ago are now a reality and are being produced en masse. Two such phones are the Google Pixel 2 XL — a device from the company that made Android what it is today — and the LG V30 — a top-tier handset from a manufacturer that has been in the game for years. Yeah, to say they are heavy-hitters is an understatement.

So, how do these two devices compare? Let's take a deeper dive!

Design


Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30

Both of these phones have the increasingly popular, extra-tall 18:9 display ratio, but that's where the similarities between them end. While LG worked to minimize the bezels around the V30's display as much as it could, Google actually designed its device with a noticeably thicker frame. The latter is there for a good reason, too — since the Pixels now have the squeeze-to-activate feature for the Google Assistant, it doesn't hurt to have enough grip area around the screen to avoid accidental touches or slips. Plus, there's room at the top and bottom for stereo speakers to fit in.

With the second generation of Pixels, Google kept the metal-meets-glass dual material back, though it did scale down on the glass part a bit. Your palm will mostly press against cool, matte metal when holding the Pixel 2 XL, while a glass strip that sits just above the fingerprint scanner provides some bling. LG's own top-shelf handset is much flashier with its back entirely made of glass. Behind the plate is circuitry enabling wireless charging, which is still absent on the Pixel 2 XL.

The two phones are similar in size, though the Pixel 2 XL is a bit taller. In terms of handling, we've got the flat metal back of the Pixel vs the arched glass back of the V30. LG's phone, however, is also slightly slimmer and noticeably lighter — two factors that really make a difference towards a more comfortable grip.

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches

157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.17 oz (175 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)

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 inches

157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.17 oz (175 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


Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30

It is the battle of the OLEDs! The LG V30 has a 6-inch, 1440 x 2880 P-OLED display and the Google Pixel 2 XL has... a 6-inch, 1440 x 2880 P-OLED display. Sound a bit similar? Here's the kicker — both phones are actually assembled by LG and both displays are LG-made.

But contrary to what one might assume, these two displays are not identical. Specifically, the Pixel 2 XL suffers from poor viewing angles — skewing the phone just a bit will cause a color-distorting blue shift to occur. It's something we are used to seeing in low-tier phones, not top-range ones, and it's a disappointment, to say the least. That aside, both displays are super-sharp and vivid, but the one on the V30 provides a slightly more pleasing viewing experience and wider viewing angles.

Software and interface


Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30

Google makes Android, Google makes the Pixels — obviously, the UI on the Pixel 2 XL is fully representative of Google's vision of how the operating system should look, feel, and run. And it's pretty cool — fast, responsive, super-smooth, and still full of useful features. Android is now a mature operating system — gone are the days when "vanilla Android" meant you'd only get basic features. No, no: we've got split screen, we've got always-on display (called Ambient display here), native support for VR (Google Daydream), notification dots and channels, and more.

Android on the Pixel 2 XL - Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30
Android on the Pixel 2 XL - Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30
Android on the Pixel 2 XL - Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30
Android on the Pixel 2 XL - Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30

Android on the Pixel 2 XL


The LG V30 builds on that by adding its own visual style to the UI — a different notifications drawer, a different settings menu, its own Gallery, Video, and Music apps (which duplicate with Google Photos and Play Music, also present on the phone), and a Themes app, which lets you change appearance on the fly.

Android 7.1 and LG's software experience on the LG V30 - Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30
Android 7.1 and LG's software experience on the LG V30 - Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30
Android 7.1 and LG's software experience on the LG V30 - Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30
Android 7.1 and LG's software experience on the LG V30 - Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30

Android 7.1 and LG's software experience on the LG V30


What we are getting at here is that both interfaces work very similarly and have nearly identical features. The difference comes mainly in looks, especially with LG's Themes app thrown into the mix. Depending on your personal taste, you may like or hate the LG package here — either you will prefer LG's apps over the Google ones, or you will spend your first hour with the phone cleaning up the stock apps and hiding them somewhere you will never be able to find them again.

Processor and memory


Being 2017 top-tier Android smartphones, both the Pixel 2 XL and the V30 sport the top-tier hardware for the year — a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC hums under the hoods of both phones and 4 GB of RAM takes care of the multitasking. Both phones come in variants with 64 GB or 128 GB of storage, but the V30 also offers a microSD card slot for extra expansion.

In terms of performance, it's no shocker that both handsets are comparable, both in benchmarks and real-world tests. Rest assured that whichever one of these you pick, you are getting a snappy, fast phone that is a pleasure to operate.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Google Pixel 2 XL 169541
LG V30 174456
JetStream Higher is better
Google Pixel 2 XL 63.163
LG V30 55.338
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Google Pixel 2 XL 21
LG V30 19
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Google Pixel 2 XL 3340
LG V30 2690
Geekbench 4 single-core Higher is better
Google Pixel 2 XL 1917
LG V30 1903
Geekbench 4 multi-core Higher is better
Google Pixel 2 XL 6315
LG V30 6495

Camera


Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30

There certainly are a lot of differences to talk about when we examine the two phones' cameras. The LG V30 rocks that dual-camera module on its back, with one "regular" and one wide-lens camera, which gives you a bit of flexibility when you are trying to frame a shot that's too big to fit in the standard camera's field of view, and stepping back isn't an option. The Pixel 2 XL, on the other hand, introduces Portrait Mode with just a single lens, though it is a bit of a hit-or-miss.

But what about picture quality?

When talking about daytime photos from the main camera, both shooters do equally well. In some scenes, we can see that the LG V30 goes for a colder tone, while in others it's the Pixel that presents a bluish hue. But generally, the photos are pleasing, detailed, with a wide dynamic range and very little noise.


Take them out at night, however, and it's a different story. Compared to the Pixel 2 XL, the V30 struggles to get enough exposure, and its images end up looking dark, blurry, and washed out. Google's HDR+ magic on the Pixel 2 XL, however, manages to expose the darkest of spots and even captures an impressive amount of detail. While its night shots are noisy, they are definitely viewable.

On the selfie side, we have an 8 MP sensor on the Pixel 2 XL, which takes some pretty honest mugshots. There is an automatic face retouch mode, which is a bit more flattering, and you can also use Portrait Mode with the front camera as well, for some artsy shots. The LG V30 has a 5 MP wide-angle selfie camera, which does not care about details. On the flipside, you've got an adjustable beautify slider and a special "lighting" slider, which simulates stage lights on your face, so Instagrammers might be into that one.

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
Google Pixel 2 XL 0.951
0.918
700
843
LG V30 1.6
2.15
641
649

Both cameras are capable of 4K video recording and both are equipped with optical image stabilization to help out in shaky situations. But the Pixel 2 XL just takes the cake when it comes to stabilization — the sample videos below show a massive difference between the capabilities of both phones. The V30 also ends up producing a slightly cold color temperature, while the Pixel 2 XL warms it up a bit.





Multimedia


These super-wide, 6-inch displays were made for media consumption. And yes, it's a pleasure to view clips on them, though the Pixel 2 XL's viewing angles can feel a bit restrictive.

The LG V30 also has the bonus of still sporting a 3.5 mm headphone jack — now that's something that quickly became rare in flagshipland. Not only that, its Quad DAC feeds high-quality audio into your headphones and has no troubles driving even large, high-impedance sets.

On the other hand, the Pixel 2 XL may not have a headphone jack, but it has a pair of front-firing stereo speakers, which are not super-loud or outstandingly deep, but they are definitely better-sounding than the somewhat tinny V30 loudspeaker.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Google Pixel 2 XL 0.397
LG V30 0.769
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Google Pixel 2 XL 76.3
LG V30 74.1

Battery life


Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30

Battery capacity is a big deal, especially when you have a 6-inch QHD+ screen and top-of-the-line hardware to power. And the V30 and Pixel 2 XL deliver in that department. LG has a 3,300 mAh cell in its V30, while the Pixel packs an even larger 3,520 mAh cell.

Both phones lasted for around 9 hours in our battery life test and both are champs in screen-on-time during real-life usage. The V30 wins in the charging speed, department, though — it goes from 0% to 100% in 108 minutes, while the Pixel 2 XL needs 152 minutes to fully charge.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Google Pixel 2 XL 8h 57 min (Excellent)
LG V30 9h 34 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Google Pixel 2 XL 152
LG V30 108

Conclusion


Google Pixel 2 XL vs LG V30

If you haven't picked up on it, we do think that both the LG V30 and Google Pixel 2 XL are pretty awesome. Now, there are some pros and cons to both phones — the V30 is a bit thinner, a bit easier on the hand, has a headphone jack and a custom UI with themes. The Pixel 2 XL has a disappointing display, but offers top-notch performance, the latest and greatest in software experience directly from Google, and stereo speakers at the cost of a slightly bulkier handset.

But in terms of performance, battery life, and general "cool factor", we've got a pretty stark competition. You need to dig deeper into the individual features in order to decide which phone is more suitable for you. Do you want the LG V30's wide-angle camera and wireless charging? Or the Pixel 2 XL's grippy metal body, stereo speakers, and Portrait Mode? If you put a lot of weight on camera performance, the Pixel is the winner here, with a camera that's not afraid of the dark and offers superb stabilization.

Then we have the software. Google promises three full years of software support and timely updates. As soon as the next big Android build lands, you will be able to download it. LG offers... well, a slightly more customizable interface.

Google Pixel 2 XL

Pros

  • Better photo and video quality
  • Better-sounding speakers with stereo sound
  • Has portrait mode
  • Timely software updates from Google

LG V30

Pros

  • Better-looking display
  • Wide-angle camera is nice having
  • Wireless charging
  • More beautifully made
  • Still has a headphone jack

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30 Comments

1. dnomadic

Posts: 372; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Recently picked up the Pixel 2 Xl. Simply amazed by the fluidity and the Camera. As for the Display there is a blue shift off axis but it is imperceptible in normal use (I generally look straight at my phone). The color shift is by no means annoying to me and does not tarnish the great experience I am having. I have now had and sold every major phone in the US (exception V30), Iphone x, Note 8, S8 Plus, LG G6, Iphone 8 (Bad phone Addiction), This phone, Pixel 2 Xl, is my favorite. The weight is perfect, the camera (front and back) are amazing, the in hand feel is great, the OS is too smooth, and with the Maxboost Case from Amazon the phone is a joy to handle.

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1295; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

you need to get the V30 next month!

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

lol he/she should.

10. dnomadic

Posts: 372; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Should but I can never find a deal on the V30. I only buy phone when there is some benefit (gift cards/money off) so I don't end up losing money. V30 would be a nice Addition, I love flat screens for the Screen Protection options. Must admit that I miss the Wide angle camera on my G6 (though I don't miss the subpar battery life)

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You should write a detailed user review for each of those phones! I'd actually go read them if you did.

11. dnomadic

Posts: 372; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Too much time, plus I seem to ramble, it wouldn't be interesting. I will say this If I was to choose an overall best phone it would definitely be between the Iphone x (though I don't like Iphone that much) and the Pixel 2 xl. Thought the Note 8 (excellent device) felt a little too tall. All Phones are great at this point, but the Pixel 2 xl and Iphone X with the software, hardware, Camera and in hand feel combination beg to be used often (personal opinion, don't beat me up). If the Lg G6 had better battery life it would have been my favorite for 2017 once you change that hideous launcher.

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Thinks for the insight, and one would assume that if you liked the G6 so much then you would love the V30 seeing as it's just an upgraded G6 with a few extra things, plus the battery life is a little better than the note 8.

8. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Most of the things are good with the Pixel but the headspeaker sound seems too weak.

30. techyrock

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 2018

Oh damn dude reading you,I felt like I was reading myself ,I have been a phone addict since nokia days first smartphone was symbian 3650 fast forward today have used every samsung,lg,moto,iphone,sony keep on changing phone but pixel 2xl is ky first was think of going for v30 had both V10 and V20

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Google should have chosen the same panel as the one on the V30, doesn't make any sense not to get the very best LG had to offer, especially considering the price of the 2 XL. They could be the exact same panel to be honest and Google just didn't do a great job on the software side of things.

7. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I t said Google added polarizer for better outdoor viewing is that cause blue shift.

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They said that in this article? Well I didn't read the whole thing lol.

22. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I read it somewhere else.

27. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Ah ok, thanks for the insight because I obviously didn't know that.

6. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

I really like the V30, but there's little things about the LG skin that I don't care for. Like when making a phone call there's a flat green background, as opposed to the Galaxy phones having a "live" background that shifts colors like purples and blues. Aside from that the V30 is a beautiful piece of hardware that is right up there with the top of the line phones. Bang for your buck you can't go wrong with that flagship device.

9. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Delusional fanboy will think Pixel performance is like night and day compared to skinned android.

12. dnomadic

Posts: 372; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Its pretty freaking smooth, that is undeniable. There are some smooth phones out there. HTC and LG skins are pretty smooth in my experience, but the Pixel seems to be maintain that consistently smooth experience.

14. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I don't think it will maintain the smoothness with a lot Google background services working.

15. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

You’re thinking of Samsung phones

16. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Yeah Google add too much exclusive gimmicky services that I don't doubt Oneplus can beat it in performance most of time. Of course samsung is slower.

13. philip_1

Posts: 46; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

You definitely need some medical assistance in phone arena... ''Compared to the Pixel 2 XL, the V30 struggles to get enough exposure, and its images end up looking dark, blurry, and washed out. "... Did you check the photos (night shots) that you have posted in your article? V30 has more dark photos than Pixel??

18. Millenialssux

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Yes! that is what i thought too. In the low light shots, either the pictures have the wrong phone caption, or the reviewer really needs to get his eyes checked. The Pixel pictures come out way darker and the details are hard to see.

24. paul.k

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Names are reversed. Working to fix this. Thanks

25. philip_1

Posts: 46; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

Even you have corrected something is wrong.. There are plenty of night shots taken with V30, (Korean Version)in the net and the result is perfect! Even with V10,V20, G6 i took much betters photos than the ones you have presented here...Being skeptical with your reviews recently..and I guess many of your followers too..

26. philip_1

Posts: 46; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

Check this for example this link...Different color temperature , ok,, different white balance ..ok.. but not such a huge difference in overall quality as you have mentioned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KWPp2leKNM Please take some night scenery as well as using manual mode and post in the site in order to saw to the consumers the real capabilities of this phone!

17. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

I need a V30 right now !!!!!!!

21. J2017

Posts: 69; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

Every single night time shot has more detail in the V30 shot. Wre the names on the shots mixed up? Because the article claims pixel 2 XL takes better night time shots.

23. Blueprintsrecords

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 24, 2017

I would not give up the headphone jack w quad dac overall build quality with gigabit speed and wireless charging for stock android and a better camera, therefore I will happily stick with my V30.

28. philip_1

Posts: 46; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

Here is the most honest comparisons...Nobody says that pixel is not a good performer..but it is obvious that photos are so much enhanced by the software..finally you don’t capture what you are watching..the real thing...but something “photoshop” edited! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQVdrYUu7rk&feature=share

29. Skyfly

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 29, 2017

The phone updates too fast, I'd like to get a cheaper one

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