Interface



The V30 maintains LG’s stature as a company that loves to give you options, but knows how to keep them organized and accessible; without that piece, most people would rather not have the options at all. Customization doesn’t stop at just themes, but also includes OS tweaks which offer custom navigation buttons, unique locking/unlocking methods, and also a new feature called Floating Bar. This is the spiritual successor to the V20’s secondary display, and functions like other Android badges. A translucent half-circle sits on whichever edge you place it, and when tapped reveals a carousel of shortcuts for contacts, apps, music controls, screenshot/gif capture, screen markup functions, and more. This is a great replacement for the complimentary display, as the optional feature is easy to place and flick out of your way when necessary, but also simple and intuitive to use, as we find LG’s menu systems to typically be. Some may miss the dedicated screen for this function, but these days you need all the screen you can get, and it’s tough to waste face real estate on a static screen. We wouldn’t mind some gestures for the fingerprint sensor though. Since it’s already on the phone's back, a page scrolling gesture would be a nice option. But alas, not even the mighty Google Pixel could deliver fully on that, for some reason.

Overall, we enjoy LG’s aesthetic and operating nuances, as it teaches manufacturers important lessons in the tasteful and functional melding of manufacturer UI’s and the Android OS.

Face and Voice Unlock


In addition to the snappy fingerprint sensor, LG’s giving you two more easy ways to get into your device: facial recognition and voice recognition. While both seem to promptly grant you admission when set up, training the voice recognition took a few tries. Facial recognition was set up in one go, but voice requires a very consistent 4 recordings; there’s little if any room for vocal variation on the same words. We’ll see how this technology progresses, but it’s obviously not recognizing words, but rather sound waves. When the function is setup though, it makes for a nice, easy way to wake up the screen without having to grab your phone. All of these work in tandem pretty nicely, actually. Say your hot phrase to wake up the phone and see if you have any notifications. If so pick up the phone, and less than a second after raising it, your face has been recognized and your phone unlocked. That’s just how convenient and capable we found these functions, almost every time we picked up (or didn’t pick up) the phone. Another great example of LG’s savviness in putting together functions without having them step on each other’s toes, or become redundant.

Processor and Memory


The V30 runs buttery smooth on a Snapdragon 835 paired with four gigabytes of RAM. Storage options are 64 GB and 128, with microSD card expansion up to two terabytes. Spec-wise LG’s hitting all the right notes here, and real-world performance doesn’t disappoint. From the second you lay a digit on the fingerprint sensor, you get an idea for how quickly this phone operates. At this point it’s a good time to remind our readers (and ourselves) that this is still a preliminary device. Nothing may change after this version, or something significant can. That said, it would be hard to fathom this device slowing down. Multitasking flows like water, and apps open in a flash. To touch back on interface for a brief moment, we like how well things flow on the V30. When manufacturers have top of the line specs, often they can slow the device down a bit or make navigation somewhat jarring, all by making animations too slow, or abrupt, respectively. For us, LG’s design language hits the so-called goldilocks zone with regards to UI motion and pleasing animations – something that even if done semi-unwittingly, is nonetheless appreciated.

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36 Comments

1. Valinor

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

My Next Phone!!!! Finally one thats worth it after hanging on to my iphone 6 for 3 years :) Amoled screen, Awesome camera + wide angle lens and great audio! Cant get better than that!

5. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

This phone is a winner. 1. Perfect footprint with large display 2. 3300 mah 3. Strong audio with quad DAC 4. Attractive design 5. MicroSD 6. Strong camera Take my money. At this point, looks like the phone of the year easily.

8. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I would wait for the Pixel 2 XL

9. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Exactly SD 836. But V30 looks good and camera seems taking excellent photos.

27. dcwt2010

Posts: 74; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

What would the marginally faster chipset do? The 835 is plenty fast enough already for pretty much everything we need right now and in the near future.

23. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Nothing stands out, Note 8 crushes it. The V20 stand out from its 2 displays and removable battery. For some reason LG thought it was good to remove both unique features Flop

11. antjones21

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Nah LG's OS is still boring and garbage. The Pixel XL 2 will beat this out along with the iPhone 8.

12. Raoufdj10011

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

Don't forget that the pixel xl 2 is made by LG

19. mdolphins9998

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Thank you for pointing that out because some people swear that they know everything bro!!!

20. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1061; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

So you won't get a Samsung because of Lag, but don't mind LG with it's history of Bootlooping?

15. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

After looking at this phone for a while, I start feeling like my iPhone 7+ is too ugly.

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Those bezels are a sore. For both, the eyes and the hands.

2. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

It reminds me of LG KM900 Arena(except of course the bezels) which was a good looking device :3

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

That's how you do back fps, Samsung while still having 3,300mah of battery.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4216; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nice to finally see some competition. Nothing incredibly exciting but a nice phone with several things going for it. Not for me though. LG will have to put in at least three years of prominent sales and earnings for me to feel comfortable they will be around in 5 making mobile.

31. thunder18

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Are you kidding me? LG has been making cell phones since 90's. This isn't HTC who only makes phones. This is one of the largest companies in South Korea? Do you think they are somehow going to stop making phones and go out of business?

6. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Oh men, I think I have to upgrade already from my G6... What a nice phone (except for the 3300 mAh battery).

10. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

Me too. A shame, I just got the G6 and I love that phone. But I will be getting the V30 and selling the G6.

7. fyah_king unregistered

If the speaker is not as good as my G6 then I'll pass on this one.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I think LG really got it with this one. Nice job LG

14. Rocket

Posts: 661; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The front looks exactly like a gs8+.

16. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

If anything stock android is boring. Lacking functions, that you have to replace with apps. But I loved HTX sensation XL, LG G2, hate my job iphone 6, that I will ditch for this LG V30. OLED Android Wide angle camera thin watterproof big screen small bezels and on and on...

17. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

I do like the design. It does look a bit S8-ish but without the curve. The curve on the S8 does look pretty but makes screen replacement expensive and for most people it does nothing for usability. In fact its distracting and makes edge selection more difficult. I've always liked the V-series from LG but they're not available in the UK

21. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1061; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Isn't the V30 finally going global?

18. Cat97

Posts: 1897; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I really like the V30. It's probably LG's best phone since the G2. But I would have liked the G6 flatness because it's very easy to attach a full-screen glass screen protector. I mean, these phones are seriously expensive, they must be well-protected, and protecting a 2.5D screen is not very easy and also ruins the aestethics. I think the battery life, despite having the same size with the G6, will surpass the G6 by quite a margin, because of the OLED display and Snapdragon 835 insead of the power-hungry 821.

22. P.M.Dastagir

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 01, 2017

Seems great phone indeed but front facing camrea 5mp thats not acceptable .its dishearted LG fans. they shud go with at least 13mp if they really want to dominate contender....

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Megapixel wars are over. They don't even guarantee you better reproduction.

28. razeev

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 03, 2017

trend flow about infinity screen, you cant compete with Samsung and APPLE

29. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Yes because it's cheaper.

30. hulk_14

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

As an owner of Lg V10 I have mixed feelings about V30. One of the main advantages of V10 in comparison to other (almost)flagships smartphones was that it had durable case and was relatively resistant to falls, while this seems to be like other hi-end smartphones, so one fall and you looses few hundrends of bucks :/

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