LG V40 ThinQ Review

Selling for between $900 and $980, depending on the carrier, the V40 ThinQ is again competing with the best in the smartphone market. So, can this triple-camera phone execute well enough to push LG over the hump and solidify the V40 ThinQ as one of the best smartphones money can buy? We used it for a week to find out.
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61 Comments

1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1091; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

LG it just needed a bigger battery :(

26. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And lower pricetag. It's just almost exact copy of V35 and G7, aside of taller screen and telephoto, they have exact same specs and features. Better get V35 or G70 for (up to) $200 cheaper, those 2 phones isn't even 6 months old anyway.

41. eli577

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Post in wrong place.

50. Doakie

Posts: 2444; Member since: May 06, 2009

Well I bought a mint condition LG G7 off of Swappa for $450. I kinda wanted a V35 because it had a marginally bigger screen but I didn't want to mess with their OLED panels. Then I thought about getting a V40 but at twice the price of the G7 I couldn't bring myself to do it. Now I'm the happy owner of a Moroccan Blue G7.

60. Jc1980

Posts: 27; Member since: May 16, 2018

Not really the main 12mp camera with 1.4um pixels is a far better lense than the 16mp 1.0 um pixel on the G7. It's not close.

2. redmd

Posts: 1871; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

7.7 is a bit low.

8. Venom

Posts: 2688; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Or a bit too high. LG has dropped the ball. Again.

18. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 631; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Agreed, I love my V35 - but the V40 in it's final form shouldn't exist at all. It would've made more sense to call it the V35S or + because it's far too similar (or rather identical) in spec when you disregard the minor updates to it's screen and cameras that set them apart.

36. ravs89

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

Except US, other parts of the world didnt get the v35, so the for those people a v40 would be a substantial upgrade.. Frankly speaking i would upgrade to a v40 as i am currently using lg g5..

43. eli577

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

May I ask then, how the Samsung S9 exists? And it's supposed to be a yearly update.... Or I can go further and compare the Iphone X and XS.

9. eli577

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

OMG, what is this review and what are those cons? The only con which is acceptable is the average battery life, but the others??? - Expensive......others phones dont get lower scores for this - Triple shot is not working properly? Really??? A software bonus (feature) which needs some fine tuning through an update is a con? - Camera is not as good as the Note 9 or the Ip XS Max....but the only one with the three camera option and nevertheless its still pretty solid. This is like the G7's review, when PA editors dont like LG phones and downgrade them with ridiculous explanations. Bravo Phonearena, just bravo.

13. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 901; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Can't even say the battery life is a con because phonearena have s**t battery life tests. Other phones which score bad on this site do better on others.

32. PryvateiDz

Posts: 439; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I agree. I didn't really see anything bad, except the battery life is average. The last is it should get an 8.0. I would give it a 8.5-8.7 honestly.

42. eli577

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

But at least they should be consistent with their own scoring system. The G7 got an 8 (which is still low for it, but ok, let's move on). The V40 brings improvements in many aspects of the phone and it gets lower scores? I mean how is that possible? So in conclusion the V40 is worse than the G7? Am I right Phonearena?

46. Kaostheory

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I wish all sites would do a value for money completely separate as price fluctuates with demand and country.

49. Mrmark

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

They didnt even put the headphone jacks superior quality over the competition as a pro

53. eli577

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Maybe its beacuse more and more phones dont utilize the headphone jack anymore…..who knows, maybe in 2019 it will be a con too. (sarcastic laugh)

57. AliBashir

Posts: 53; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

Just put an apple logo and boom, 9.3 points XD

3. OneLove123

Posts: 590; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Reviews already? Lol

4. limporgyuk

Posts: 345; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Phone arena reviews of android phones are to be taken with a pinch of salt.

5. threeline

Posts: 298; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

The V30 sucks and the V40 will too.

6. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

LG V40 only 7.7? Rly? f**k!!

7. KingSam

Posts: 1290; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Battery alone make this a no go. Mate 20pro let's show them how triple camera and battery life is done.

10. hazard1

Posts: 228; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

I often complain about PhoneArena's scoring. However, I have nothing to say this time. Overlooking the numerical score, their criticisms are valid. Yes, I ignore their battery testing. But these SD845 phones do worse than the SD835. I would go with the v30 over the v40. I wish that weren't the case.

11. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

This is no reviews but previews!!

12. TechGirl90 unregistered

"Triple Shot can’t utilize HDR" That isn't a con , this is more of a reviewer's overexpectation of a feature that is not available to a product. Example: PhoneArena's con of the iPhone XS and XS Max was the camera bump and notch, as nitpick as it seems, it is meritable to the assessment of that device. The other con was that it is very expensive. Although relative, it's a fact. My point is you're creating an issue that wasn't advertised as a feature to begin with, but simply a lack of a feature from your point of view. Origin of the word con is to swindle someone. LG didn't swindle (con) you into thinking that triple shot is HDR capable. Alot of Reviewers do this, and it's not only duplicitous to potential buyers, but it's slanderous towards OEMs. The LG V40 ThinQ was just annouced today, I don't care how long you guys had it prior to the event, you should've gave this device a few more running cycles, and THEN write your review, you guys been called out on this before, it's way past due for y'all to better your platform. For future reference, when doing a review, make sure that the cons are actually about it's downsides, and not about it lacking something you expected.

14. Knownhost

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

I bought the G4 just for its camera. Bought the V20 the next year, expecting an upgrade, and its camera was not as good as the G4. Not terrible, but also not great. I liked a lot about that phone, even the second screen, but I gave up the V20 because of poor battery life. Even with a spare battery, I had less screen time than my gf did on her older iPhone 5s. I'm a Samsung user now, but I'd love for LG to finally give me a reason to buy another one of their phones.

15. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 447; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

"A camera for every occasion and solid performance to match" "Camera performance lags behind top-tier competition" derp?

20. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Solid =/= top tier

16. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

God, I wish Apple would work on audio quality like LG has these past few years. I mean, they're average (Apple) but I REALLY want to see something like a Quad DAC in the iPhone. Decent phone overall.

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