LG V30 Preview

LG has just announced their brand new V30 device, and until the official units are out, we figured we’d take a look and see: Is this the only phone LG needs?
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36 Comments

32. thunder18

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

It's still MIL-STD 810G certified like the V20 was and that one has been known to withstand multiple drops onto pavement with nothing more than some scratches and maybe the battery cover popping off. I don't think it was until they held it up about 8 feet and dropped it that the screen finally gave up and that was after multiple drops from a more realistic height.

33. papabear

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

I now owe a V10. Jumping to the V30, I am not really satisfied and I see much more steps back than forward. Why do I think so? The cons for me are: - smaller screen in total: width is smaller (6,8cm vs 7,1 cm) height is the same including the second screen (13,6 cm); I expected a much bigger screen without changing the phone width and height (OK, I have big hands) - removal of the second screen (thus disabling one touch application change among the last 5) - non-removable battery (a huge step back, I had to replace the V10 battery after 15 months, which took less than a minute, and battery life was again OK) - aspect ratio v30 (1:2) vs. V10 (1:1,77) - why? It is not better for websites, photo/video shooting nor for watching movies/youtube. Just another copy of Samsung. - removal of the IR blaster (WHY??? It is so cool to control my TV, amp, receiver, aircon, etc with my phone...) - removal of the FM radio - which was cool for uncovered areas - removal of the second front camera (not a big deal) - removal of the wonderful scratch and truly fingerprint resistant back cover - moving the volume controls to the side (this is another thing LG was different and better in my opinion than others) - removal of the unique design (replacing it to the iphone-ish, samsung-ish, very general design, which is something I don't find nice at all) - V10 with the metal bars on the side was something really unique - removal of the replaceable back cover (I have a nice leather finish one with NFC and wireless charging capabilities) - no change in the 5MP (F2.2) front camera (besides halving the numbers:-)), this is the worst part of V10, very bad quality selfies especially in the dark - a real shame Pros (or said to be pros) - OLED (very good, but why no second screen???) - 81% to 71% screen to body ratio (is it really such a big deal in terms of usability or just copying others...) - better camera (F1.6, OIS, a great step ahead, although I was satisfied with the V10 pictures and manual options) - better CPU - obviously after 2 years - water resistance - I still don't think I will take my phone when I swim - second back camera (not a big deal) - lighter weight - 10% more battery capacity (I really expected more) No change: - audio (I understand that numbers show the quality is better, but V10 has already a very good quality, no hearable difference for V30 with my devices and ears; V10 is far better than any mobile device I listened music on, so is V30) - resolution - no visible change, cca 8% more pixels on V30 (4,1M) vs V10 (3.9M) - RAM size - a shame, my V10 has 4 GB/64GB onboard, no steps ahead in 2 years... (I know V30+ has 128GB) - wireless charging (I use it since day 1 with a $5 sticker, no, it did not make the phone thicker) - MIL-STD-810G compliant - shock resistance - It is very hard to believe V30 has the same resistance with its glass background even if 5 gorillas are protecting it. - video settings and photo settings - quick charger included

36. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

You should hear V10 with VIPER4ANDROID. Blows the DAC away even though DAC is better than other phones. You're right, LG audio is very good, VIPER4ANDROID makes LG audio untouchable. Better than or at least equal to my PC soundcard. I really like the look of the V30 but with no removable battery V20 may be as high as I go. Good posting breaking it down.

34. phatdaddio21

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

Be my next phone,,I'm finally gonna ditch the iPhone after 6 yrs ,,and considered the price of the new one announced tomorrow at a grand ill. Be buying the V-30

35. nottolate

Posts: 52; Member since: Jun 01, 2014

Only thing keeping me from buying this is lack of removable battery. This is otherwise the perfect device. I could care less about water resistance. Nothing beats being able to pull out the battery and putting in a bigger one any time you feel like it. If these manufacturers are really smart they start making two versions of their flagships. One with removable battery and one with IP68 and let the consumer decide. Problem solved. Are you reading this LG?

37. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Im normally not a fan of LG Phones, but I like this one. Because of the Note 8 not carrying the upcoming T-Mobile 600MHz Spectrum, I have to look at other phones that are just as good as that one.....and the V30 looks like my next phone. Id have to see it in person in order to make that switch
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