LG G8 ThinQ Review

This is the new LG G8 ThinQ. It looks like your typical phone on the outside – with a familiar glass-and-metal construction and a screen stretching from edge to edge – but on the inside, it packs some sci-fi-level stuff. It lets you unleash your inner Jedi with its Air Motion gesture controls, while Hand ID, as its name implies, allows the G8 to recognize its owner by scanning the palm of their hand.
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1. OneLove123

Posts: 1062; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Can't wait to get this phone.

2. alvxxxzmx

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 07, 2018

Censor the IMEI on that one picture

4. Venom

Posts: 3541; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Another forgettable LG phone that will get a bunch of discounts and bargain bin price cuts.

12. Taphius

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Great thing for consumers. Actually played with it at Tmobile the other day. Once its had a few price cuts it'll be the best lower cost phone out.

14. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Do you have an issue with discounts?

22. Venom

Posts: 3541; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I never said nor implied that I did.

6. TBomb

Posts: 1481; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I don't know what "the" feature is, but LG needs to figure out a feature that is really the iPod of phones. My Galaxy S4 had the air gestures and I used it for a week before it was just a gimmick.

17. magnaroader

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

And Sony had air gestures on one of their xperia phones way before the S4 did so LG really has NOTHING new to offer lol

7. User123456789

Posts: 910; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

LG = queen of noise reduction They use much more than necessary

9. sun0066

Posts: 270; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

omg , I love the VEF 206 radio , that was my favorite electronic device ( the only one ) during my childhood, love those radio, I almost buy one in Ebay . Thanks

10. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

I like the idea of hand gestures, etc... But yeah just nothing excites me enough about LG year after year.

25. hjl2345

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

The idea is great, but not the execution. Hovering your hand over the content that you wish to see didn't really pan out well for the Samsung phones and the Sony phones that used to do this earlier than the G8.

11. shield

Posts: 837; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Nice LG, but 8.0 score why no 8.5

16. cheetah2k

Posts: 2254; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Not at that price point..

13. kopkiwi

Posts: 102; Member since: May 31, 2013

I have to wonder what sort of BS you're pulling for that battery test results. The iPhone is absolute tosh compared to the S10/+

15. cheetah2k

Posts: 2254; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Article grammar comments - the use of "are" and "is" should be re-assessed. Review - In the battery comments - would be handy to mention the LG G8 comes equipped with a 3500mAh battery. About the handset - well LG delivered another expensive flop. Since the V30+ they've totally gone down hill again. Battery is too small, no in-screen FPS and only 6gb / 128gb configuration at the hefty price point. RIP LG. They might as well close up shop (like Sony should).....

20. TBomb

Posts: 1481; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If the division is losing money, it's probably not worth closing up shop. LG could kill the mid-range game and take a lot of Motorola's business if they wanted to, but they're a premium OEM in other areas like TVs. I think LG is hoping to stay relevant in mobile until tech from their other divisions is able to be incorporated into mobile devices. If they were to leave, they would almost completely give up the game and would be near impossible to get back in.

23. User123456789

Posts: 910; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Sony uses stuff from Bravia, Alpha and Cybershot for years. LG does not because they do not want too. Not because they were not able. G8 is the first of their cellphones with stereo speakers. Even their midrange tablets had.

24. TBomb

Posts: 1481; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Thanks for the information. I am confused at what you are responding to though. Any clarification?

26. hjl2345

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

They do it because one day, when people upgrade all their fridges and other house hold appliances that are "thin-q" compatible, they would very much have their own phone as a remote for controlling all their household appliances. Sure, they are losing quite a bit of money, but LG is a really big company.

19. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

"The design lacks originality" Lamest reason ever

21. TBomb

Posts: 1481; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Which OEM isn't lacking originality these days? They're all essentially the same with tiny tweaks to the sharpness of corners and camera placement.

27. hjl2345

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

I for one really like the whole one slab of glass design. The lack of a camera bump is really appealing. Don't know how that would hold up after the back is cracked though. If they were gonna use oled, it would have been really cool to go with the S10 5G way of adding a ToF sensor, not a notch. But still, I guess that is the way things are. Personally like the secured face unlock, not a big fan of all the motion gestures. They could have gotten rid of it and just slashed the price around like 25 or 50 bucks.

28. edipking

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 13, 2019

Where can I find this wallpapper with that trees pls

30. SawEnzi

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 10, 2019

Coming from Samsung Flagship phone, I have to say this LG is quite impressive! I didn't experience any lag with the UI, It's been fast and fluid. I don't see why some are complaining about LG's custom UI, it's easy to navigate, customize and you can even default some aspects, like the home buttons, to google's "pill" design. Screen is beautiful but not as perfect as Galaxy phones, but then again, Samsung screens are perfection, and we all know it! I love the Face and Finger Print Unlock features. Very convenient if you train them correctly! The author here talked about it being easy to handle; it isn't, it's very slippery. Get a cover or you'll drop it and break it. This phone's biggest chink in the armor is: Sound. External speaker and Headphones. There's absolutely nothing impressive about its' boombox gimmick. And even worse, the sound quality when you have earphones plugged in. I like bass, which gets distorted if you crank it up on this phone! So it's not for you if you listening to music on the phone. For me this phone shines in 3 areas: 1. Size: Perfect, just the right size, not as wide as Pixel 3, yet not small like an outdated Galaxy 4 or something in that neighborhood. And I believe this is LG's main objective with this phone, slim body. 2. Camera: Second to the best out there (Which Pixel 3XL at the moment), and equal to Galaxy S10. Can do Slo-mo FHD videos @ 240fps that's a win for me, and Bokeh in portrait mode! (Not as magnificent as Pixel 3's but still impressive) 3. Water proof: NOT ONLY SPLASH PROOF, Water proof baby!

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