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LG V30 Review

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Interface and Functionality

Some new software tricks aim to make up for the loss of unique hardware

LG V30 Review

The core of the V30's interface hasn't drastically changed from what we've seen on the G6, or other recent LG handsets.

As far as V30-specific software goes, the big one there is the Floating Bar we already mentioned. Users can configure the bar to scroll between up to four “pages”: app/system shortcuts, screen-capture options (including cropping, adding notation, and GIF-creation), music-playback controls, and access to your most important contacts. You can set up the app shortcuts and configure contacts with any combination of options you choose, while the screen-capture and music-control pages simply allow you to toggle them on or off.

It's possible to get a lot of use out of the Floating Bar, but customization is key to optimizing its value – and beyond setting up those shortcuts, you also need to find an on-screen location for the bar that's convenient for you to reach, while not threatening to block anything important; such is the eternal struggle of such “floating” pop-ups.

Processor and Memory

Getting a nice upgrade form the G6, LG rises to the level of other 2017 heavyweights

When the G6 launched back at MWC 2017, the latest high-end mobile processors weren't quite ready for prime time: Sony had just announced a phone based around the Snapdragon 835 chip, but it wouldn't be available commercially for some time, and Samsung's 835-based GS8 was still a few weeks off. So rather than delay its own phone, LG introduced the G6 running some slightly aging silicon.

Thankfully, history's not repeating itself with the V30, and the manufacturer has been able to outfit the phone with some no-compromise processing power in the form of its own 835. The 4GB of RAM that's paired with isn't boundary-pushing, but the combination gives the V30 the performance it needs to go head-to-head with any of this year's flagship phones.

It's not quite the fastest-such model we've seen, but benchmarks do have it right up there with the rest of the pack. And subjectively, it really does feel incredibly responsive to use, delivering a notable improvement even when compared to the G6.

LG sets the V30 up with 64GB internal storage, which is nice considering the phone's content-creator focus: plenty of room for all those 4K videos. And even if remaining space starts to dwindle, there's also the option for microSD expansion.

Connectivity


LG V30 Review

The V30 doesn't offer any real surprises when it comes to connectivity: USB Type-C handles data and charging on the wired front, the analog headphone jack is still present, and wirelessly the V30 is ready to handle all the major US networks – and for the most part is available from the carriers directly. The one exception there is Sprint, which only carries the V30+. That's essentially the same as the regular V30, except with 128GB local storage. Why LG gives that option separate branding, we can't say, but the important thing is that you've got some options.

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LG V30

LG V30

OS: Android 7.1
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PhoneArena rating:
8.8Excellent
Display6.0 inches, 1440 x 2880 pixels (537 ppi) P-OLED
Camera16 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz, Kryo 280 processor
4 GB RAM
Size5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29 inches
(151.7 x 75.4 x 7.39 mm)
5.57 oz  (158 g)

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