LG V30+ Review – A Stylish All-rounder Flagship Phone
For the most part you will love the LG V30+ for its design. Its metallic packaging makes the device feel quite sturdy and the glass back somehow refuses to slip out of your hands. At 158gms the device feels incredibly light. It has a 6’inch screen which is also user friendly for not so large hands users, though not perfectly single handedly usable but close enough.
The pOLED qHD+ display with 1440 x 2880 resolution looks fantastic, colors are vibrant, and brightness is high but never misses the touch. But with a long using into the phone we noticed a thin line running across the display which made the screen look grainy, also the blue shift from off-angles like just the Pixel 2XL’s display, was also visible here. The screen’s brightness is bit high on the bottom of the screen compared to the top end, and these things end up being blemishes on the display. The V30+’s display is a mixed bag, but nothing will disappoint.
From the front view, the phone is more modern than the LG G6 with a small forehead and chin which does house the front-facing camera along with earpiece on the top with sensors. To the bottom there’s a type-C connector with the speakerphone and the microphone with some antenna lines.
To the right there is a hybrid sim-tray, so two sim card or one sim card and one micro-SD card for expandable storage and the volume buttons are on the left Over the top of the device is the 3.5mm audio jack which also has quad-DAC inside so this headphone jack is quite useful. The power button is at the back which also doubles up as a fingerprint scanner and a camera shutter button. Now this is really efficient while taking selfies, we hope other companies does this too.
Coming to the back, it is where all the magic is. A dual camera setup which consist of a 16-mp main camera f/1.6 aperture and the other is 13-mp f/1.9 aperture lens which is a wide angle camera, so instead of a telephoto lens LG sticks with a standard and lens and an extra-wide angle lens which gives you a whopping 120 degrees of field view. It captures some of the best pictures and the videos compared to its competitors. It’s a full-fledged camera app with auto-mode, full control manual modes and there is dedicated pro-mode for the video to give them a distinct look, LG calls it cine-video and also captures 4K video at 30fps. The 5-mp front camera has f/2.2 lens with 90 degree field of view.
With Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 clocked at 2.3 GHz, this phone is fast as ever with ADRENO 540 GPU for graphics. The phones comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. The battery inside is a 3300mAH battery which is non-removable and non-replaceable battery.
V30+ runs on the Android Nougat out-of-the-box which is simply unacceptable from a flagship phone launched in the second half of the 2017. The company’s UI looks childish, the large blocky icons don’t fallow Google’s material design and that becomes a contrast to app downloaded on the phone. There’s also segregated settings menu here which is difficult navigate, on thing to like about a UI is that you get an option for app drawer or putting all your apps on the screen.
The device has scored highest score on Benchmarks but the LG’s software is slow and prone to lags, the animation are slow by default and slight lags on opening apps, scrolling through menu and so on. The phone performs better once you make the animation scale to zero yet people will come this with Galaxy Note 8 and 5T. Stock Android lovers has nothing to like here and those who want custom UIs will make a better choice with this phone.
The positive things about the LG’s UI is that you get a host of useful features too. An HD audio recorder using the HD microphone built-in, LG health along with Quick-Memo+ and LG shortcuts too. The V30+ seems like solid package from 2017, it tick all the boxes from tall display to the ip68 rating and with the military standard 810G rating this is one tough smartphone.
LG V30+ Specifications:
- Android 7.1.2 Nougat with LG UX 6.0+, Upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
- Hybrid Dual SIM Support
- Fingerprint sensor
- 6 inch QHD+ OLED display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, 538 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
- 2880 x 1440 pixels resolution
- Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with Adreno 540 GPU
- 4GB LPDDR4x RAM
- 128GB (UFS 2.0) internal storage memory, Expandable up to 2TB using microSD card
- 16 Megapixel rear camera with f/1.6-aperture, 71-degree wide-angle lens, dual-tone LED flash, Laser auto focus, OIS, EIS and PDAF
- 13 Megapixel secondary camera with f/1.9 aperture, 120-degree wide-angle lens
- 5 Megapixel front camera with 90-degree wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture
- Water, dust resistant (IP68), MIL-STD 810G certified
- 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC
- 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
- 3,300mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Wireless charging support
Now this is priced at 45k in India that’s lower than the price in US, this also means 7000/- more than OnePlus 5T. So for people who wants a phone under 50k from a Tier-1 brand LG has hit the right spot this time with V30+.