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LG V30 Review

LG V30
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Call Quality


LG V30 Review
After our recent spate of bad luck making this-should-be-so-simple-to-get-right voice calls on both the iPhone 8 and Pixel 2, it's refreshing to see the V30 not drop the ball in this simple but sometimes-critical area. We can't say we're huge fans of making lengthy calls on the V30, as the handset's just slightly too wide for really comfortable use when held to your ear, but at least audio quality's not a sore spot here.

Battery Life

Not the undisputed power-endurance king, but a very solid showing nonetheless

Any time you take away the ability to remove a phone's battery, you're going to face some resistance. But with the V30, there's just so much good going on with the smartphone's power management that we're finding it difficult to get too upset about losing the feature.

Yes, this year the phone's battery is sealed on up inside, permanently tied to the rest of the handset's hardware. But in doing so, LG's managed to increase battery capacity from 3,200 to 3,300 mAh, while also making the V30 thinner than the V20 – that in and of itself is a noteworthy accomplishment.

LG V30 Review

Raw capacity is one thing, but just how long does the V30's battery last? In our custom endurance test, we ran the V30 with its screen on for over nine-and-a-half hours before depleting the phone's power reserves. That's totally decent, beating the Samsung Galaxy S8+, Note 8, and doing much, much better than the G6, although a bit worse than the iPhone 8 Plus.

Recharge times are also really attractive, and filling that 3,300mAh back up takes under two hours with the included quick charger. Another bonus of the phone's new glass back is that you're able to skip wired charging altogether and recharge the V30 wirelessly, just like on the G6, with support built right in.

Conclusion


LG V30 Review

This year, LG's V-phone feels like it occupies a different spot in the company's lineup than it has in the past. It's not quite the phablet version of a mainstream flagship, nor a chance for the manufacturer to experiment with unusual new hardware.

Rounded edges notwithstanding, the V30 feels more like an LG G6.5 than anything else – or maybe the marriage of the G6 and V20 – but really, is any of that so bad? As we said a lot earlier, the V30 seems like it's built on the idea of refinement; there's not a lot here we're seeing from LG for the first time, and instead the V30 comes across as the company building off recent handsets in a conservative, deliberate manner, rather than doing anything gimmicky or overly attention-seeking.

And you know what? For the very large part, that approach pays off. The V30 probably won't evoke quite the same strong reactions from fans as past V-models, but what it lacks in showmanship it more than makes up for with handsome styling, capable performance, and a nice assortment of features that once again really inspire us to become better content creators.

To be fair, it does have its problems: the display uniformity glitches, the disappointing speaker, and even the cameras – which are very good – still aren't quite as effortless as some users might prefer. All of these hurt the V30, but none can quite talk us out of liking the phone.

If you liked the idea of the G6, but weren't quite ready to buy a new phone earlier this year, the V30 is an easy recommendation. Or if you thought the Galaxy S8+ was a little underwhelming (or the Note 8 too expensive), the V30 comes through with a similar package, but the very useful upgrade of dual cameras. It's arguably LG's strongest smartphone effort all year, and while we can't say if that will ultimately spell broad success for the V30, this is one phone that deserves a win.



Pros

  • V-series tech in a more mainstream, comfortable design
  • Powerful camera paired with some successful software
  • Fastest LG phone all year
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Unexpected quality issues with display
  • Some V-fans will miss the secondary screen
  • Speaker is underwhelming
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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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