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LG G7 ThinQ review: Wide angle, narrow appeal

Our Verdict

Price: $750Bottom line: This isn't the most exciting Android around, but LG is still the only place to get a good wide-angle camera and the best in smartphone audio.

For

  • Great all-round performer
  • Dependable all-day battery life
  • A lot of screen in not a lot of space
  • Wide-angle camera continues to impress

Against

  • Hefty SIM-free price
  • 6/128GB model unavailable in the U.S.
  • AI features largely forgettable

The G7 may be a tough sell at its $750 launch price, but there's not much to complain about here. The new LG flagship gets most of the fundamentals right, and offers stand-out features in the form of a Quad DAC-powered headphone jack, and the best wide-angle camera.

LG G7 ThinQ Prelude

Back in January I didn't expect to be reviewing an LG G7 this year. The phone was supposed to be dead, killed off by a change in top-level management at the Korean firm. In the following months, it became clear that LG was instead giving the G7 a final spit-polish before unveiling it to the world.

Who knows what the G7 would've looked like had LG stuck to its original timeline and launched around Mobile World Congress in February. But as for the product we have today, I'm glad LG took its time, and I'm glad it didn't just abandon the G7, as was originally rumored.

This is a decent, competitive phone that deserves to exist. In typical LG style, it's way overpriced at launch.

About this review

We're publishing this review after just over a week with a final, retail-ready LG G7 ThinQ. I (Alex Dobie) have been using an SKT-branded Korean G7 (LG-G710N) with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage on the Chunghwa Telecom network in Taipei, Taiwan. The device was running software version 10N.

In the run up to the G7's retail release, I had also been using a pre-production U.S. model G7 running uncertified firmware. This review is based on the final G7, not the pre-production unit. The biggest difference I've noticed going from the early G7 to the production model is a significant bump in battery life.

LG G7 ThinQ Full Review

Externally, the G7 is not a phone that rocks the boat. Design-wise, LG's new handset plays it relatively safe, with an aesthetic combining the characteristics of the V30 and G6 (OK, and maybe a certain other phone as well). It's a far cry from the old, crazy LG, which would flail from leather-backed plastic one year to modular nonsense the next.

LG's newfound design sobriety has been mostly a positive step. The G6 and V30 were both good, solid phones without any serious flaws, and the same applies to the G7. The new problem for LG is how to stand out when it's producing this kind of phone, because absolutely everyone is producing this kind of phone.

LG's design sobriety continues, as the company pushes audio and AI in the G7.

LG's answer is to ship an impressive wide-angle camera, a headphone jack powered by a beastly Quad DAC, and a roaring Boombox speaker system. And because this is a ThinQ phone (pronounce it "thin cue," not "think"), there's an Artificial Intelligence angle as well. But you can probably forget about the AI gimmickry, which expands the AI shooting modes first seen in the V30 S and builds out a few tepid predictive features elsewhere in the software.

You'll see the cringey ThinQ brand every time you turn the G7 over, but I've largely ignored it related features in my use of the phone. Instead of getting high on AI, I've been enjoying the G7 because it gives me a small-ish phone with great audio and a wide-angle camera experience I can't get anywhere else.

The size is perfect for one-handed use, and the sharp chamfers and thicker sides make for an easier grip than a similarly-sized Samsung phone. LG's color options are a little dull, but at least there's some variety to be seen in the G7 palette. There are boring black and grey versions, but I've spent most time with the moroccan blue and raspberry rose hues, which add a splash of color while still looking reserved compared to a flame red HTC U12+ or twilight Huawei P20.

The back has a subtle lustrous effect that gives the red G7 an amber-like accent, and introduces hints of green to the blue G7 when it catches the light. The rear of the phone lacks any kind of oleophobic coating, however, which makes it easier to grip at the cost of being a fingerprint magnet. The aluminum side walls have a similar gloss to them, but aren't anywhere near as greasy.

LG G7

The G7's super-bright display is a bigger deal than its use of a screen notch.

Before we go any further, let's at least acknowledge the presence of a screen notch. Yep, it's there. Nope, as we've established before, the notch isn't a huge deal if it's done right. LG's implementation refers to the display cutout as a "new second screen," which is bizarre, because unlike the V-series namesake you can't actually do anything useful with it. It is possible, however, to black out the background color in LG apps if the irregular shape bothers you. (Unlike Huawei and OnePlus's models, you can't eliminate the notch in all apps.)

Either way, I've come across no major compatibility issues around the notch, and I appreciate the extra vertical space provided by LG's super-tall 19.5:9 panel. This screen is a major improvement upon the G6's LCD in just about every way. It's an RGBW panel, with an extra white subpixel for extra brightness, in addition to the red, green and blue subpixels that all normal LCDs have, for extra brightness. The backlight can go all the way up to 1000 nits in its boosted brightness mode, but weirdly you need to enable this manually, it won't trigger by itself in very bright daylight like it does on Samsung phones.

The rest of the spec sheet is standard 2018 flagship stuff, with a Snapdragon 845 processor plus 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage in most markets, plus microSD. And it's water resistant too, rated IP68.

CategorySpec
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Display6.1-inch LCD
3120x1440
Gorilla Glass 5
Dolby Vision, HDR10
1,000 nits brightness
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Storage64GB / 128GB (Plus model)
ExpandablemicroSD up to 2TB
RAM4GB / 6GB (Plus model)
Camera (Main)16MP (IMX351), 1.0µm pixels, ƒ/1.6, OIS
71° lens, Super Bright Mode
Camera (Wide)16MP (IMX351), 1.0µm pixels, ƒ/1.9
107° lens, fixed focus
Front Camera8MP, ƒ/1.9
80° lens, fixed focus
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC
USB-C 3.1
Audio32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC
Boombox speaker
Headphone jack
Battery3000mAh
Non-removable
ChargingUSB-C
Quick Charge 3.0
Qi wireless
Water resistanceIP68
MIL-STD 810G certified
SecurityRear fingerprint sensor
Face unlock
Dimensions153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
Weight162 grams
ColorsNew Moroccan Blue, New Aurora Black
Raspberry Rose, New Platinum Gray

The one thing that might jump out at you is the 3,000mAh battery, which numerically is on the low side compared to the competition. Quick side note: Before getting a final, retail G7, LG gave us a pre-production device to play with, running pre-release software. This preview device had pretty bad battery life, and I didn't expect a huge difference in the retail version. But I was wrong. The production G7 manages fantastic longevity from a relatively small battery. I'd regularly get around 17-18 hours per charge, with 4.5-5 hours of screen-on time. That's more than I reliably get from the Galaxy S9+, and not far off the Pixel 2 XL.

Plus you get Quick Charge 4 support -- though the bundled plug only does Quick Charge 3. For easier opportunistic top-ups, LG, finally, includes Qi wireless charging in all G7 models. Bottom line between the pretty strong battery life and plentiful refill options, is that've never had to worry about battery life on this phone. This is with normal use involving music streaming and photography, not babying the phone.

Many high-end phones boast powerful speakers, but the G7 far exceeds the baseline, bringing features that'll please audiophiles -- as well as the rest of us, who just want our their music to sound great, and our podcasts loud and clear. In short, the G7 is the most audio-centric Android flagship I've used. The fact that there's still a headphone jack at all is noteworthy, but LG also includes its Quad DAC, which we've seen in a few generations of LG phones now, to put more power behind the headphone port.

This is the best speaker setup in any smartphone.

What's new this time around is that same engineering attention has been given to the G7's built-in speaker system. The new boombox setup is the loudest and best-sounding smartphone speaker I've used, with sound that's full and bassy and not just loud and scratchy like most phones. The magic behind the G7 speaker's legendary audio is that it uses the entire body of the phone has a speaker chamber. At higher volume levels you can really feel the glass back vibrating, which in turn lets you amplify the audio even further if it's sat on any other acoustic structure, like a guitar or a wooden box.

I sometimes take a small Bluetooth speaker with me when I travel for podcasts and the like, but with the G7, I really don't need to. The audio from the main speaker is loud, bassy and clear enough for my needs, and comfortably superior to any competing phone speaker.

LG G7

For wired audio, the Quad DAC hasn't changed since we last saw it in the V30, but it's worth revisiting briefly. In short, the DAC provides a stronger signal to any headphone or speaker system that's plugged into the phone. Combined with a good set of studio headphones, or even the pretty great set of earbuds LG includes in the box, it's the sort of thing that can ruin you for music on most other phones.

What's more, LG's software provides a wealth of fine-tuning possibilities to get things sounding just right.

The rest of LG's software hasn't been radically changed in this iteration. It looks a little different to the company's 2017 loadout, but if you were hoping for the LG UI to be overhauled, then you'll be disappointed. Mainly we're looking at visual tweaks to make the icons more uniform, as well as some new widgets that look a bit like what you'll find on a Samsung phone.

It's customized, with its own distinctive look, but not too overbearing. Staple LG features return, including KnockOn to quickly wake the device with a double-tap, as well as the reliable face unlock features from the V30. I have no real issues with the aesthetics of LG's software, and while it would've been nice to see Android 8.1 on here as opposed to the older 8.0, it's not the end of the world.

LG G7

Performance has been fine overall. 4GB of RAM mostly gets the job done, though I would've preferred the extra breathing room that 6GB provides for multitasking. While it wasn't enormously bothersome, it definitely is possible to see apps being bumped out of memory more quickly on a 4GB device like the G6, compared to Samsung and HTC phones with the extra two gigs.

I'm more concerned about a few smaller usability issues I've run into. With a phone this tall, reaching the top to pull down the notification shade can be tricky. Yet the very common swipe-down gesture on the fingerprint scanner, used by many other Android phones, isn't supported. At the same time, LG's mini view one-handed mode is unreliable and clunky, with the swipe gesture sometimes failing to register.

Aside from AI CAM, the G7's artificial intelligence tricks are dull and forgettable.

Because this is a ThinQ phone, LG has gone to great lengths to build out AI features in the software. Plus you've got the Smart ThinQ app preloaded for any other LG ThinQ appliances you might own. But outside of the camera, most of the AI stuff is half-baked and uninteresting. The "Smart Bulletin" area to the left of the main home panel is mostly useless, and simple re-frames automation features many of which have been been around the LG G3 in 2014. The things it suggests are rarely useful, and fail to justify its occupation of this premium piece of smartphone real estate.

We do at least have a Google Assistant key, though, which is more useful and less annoying than Samsung's Bixby key -- because it's located further away from the volume rocker, and of course because it launches Google Assistant and not Bixby.

A single tap launches Assistant, or you can hold it down for a walkie-talkie mode. And double-tap launches you into Google Lens. Unfortunately, though, Lens is often slower to launch and more buggy on the G7 than it is on the Pixel 2 XL, despite the faster processor. I've had several instances of Lens either getting bogged down while loading, or loading and failing to activate the camera properly.

The Assistant key isn't a huge deal either way. It's moderately useful, but I don't miss it when I use other phones. While you can disable it, it's annoying that you can't remap it to serve another function, like a dedicated camera key.

The camera setup of the LG G7 is an odd half-step upgrade from last year's V30 cameras. The front camera and wide-angle cameras have both gotten much-needed upgrades, and that's great. The main camera has not, and that's a big competitive disadvantage for this phone.

Around the back the G7 sticks with the same main camera as the V30, a 16-megapixel sensor with 1-micron pixels, behind an f/1.6 lens, with optical stabilization. The wide camera this time is that same 16-megapixel sensor, Sony's IMX 351, behind an f/1.9 lens, but with no OIS. The wide-angle camera has been reduced to 107 degrees though, down from the V30's 120. In my view, though, that's a fair trade-off considering the improvement in image quality from the new wide camera.

LG G7

The upgraded wide-angle camera impresses, but the main sensor needs an upgrade.

Wide camera remains one of the most enjoyable things about using an LG phone, letting you capture dramatic looking scenes that aren't quite like any other smartphone photo. At the same time, I appreciate the much-improved selfie camera of the G7, now an 8-megapixel unit. (Though let's be honest, it wouldn't be hard to raise the bar from the dismal 5MP shooter of the V30.)

On the other hand, the main camera clearly hasn't kept pace with the competition. It's not a bad camera, just a decidedly mediocre one, considering this is a $750 phone. Even with the faster Snapdragon 845 processor, the main shooter can't compete with the likes of the Galaxy S9, Huawei P20 or Pixel 2. Dynamic range isn't as good as these phones, nor is low-light photography, even with LG's new Super Bright Mode.

Super Bright Mode, first seen in the V30 S, uses pixel binning to get a brighter 4-megapixel image out of the 16-megapixel sensor. It's the same technique used to awesome effect in the Huawei P20 Pro, but the difference is Huawei uses a 40MP sensor LG's 16MP doesn't have the resolution to make this work well. The result, often, is a lower-res image that looks OK on a phone screen, but gross and blotchy once you zoom in.

The G7 inherits the V30 S's AI shooting modes, which I've enjoyed more through playing with the neat little word cloud that pops up in use than through the photos it takes. I assume LG's AI is doing something to tune photos according to where I am and what I'm shooting. But more often than not, pics taken in AI CAM mode just look different, and not necessarily better. Plus, scrolling through the many AI-inspired filters that are offered in AI CAM can be confusing and time-consuming.

To top it off, LG's app is also slow switching between the wide camera and the main camera, and the app itself isn't as intuitively designed as rivals, with core features like Pro mode and HDR hidden behind unnecessary layers of menus.

LG has a lot of great camera features here, but I think they need beefier camera hardware to come into their own. I'd like to see what Super Bright Mode could do with a bigger sensor. And I'd love to be able to use the wide-angle camera without being disappointed when I take a low-light shot with the main shooter.

Hopefully upgrades like this will be coming in the V40 later this year, which is rumored to pack a new triple-rear-camera setup

3.5 out of 5

And that leaves us with the question of who should buy a G7 today. This is not really a phone for enthusiasts. At $750 US, this is not a phone that you should pay full retail price for. Instead, the G7 makes most sense as an on-contract buy for someone who just wants a decent, small-ish phone with an emphasis on audio, and some neat camera features to play around with.

I've enjoyed using the G7 and I'm glad LG didn't just cancel it, as was rumored back in January. But personally, I'm willing to wait and see what LG's cooking up for the fall. Maybe the V40 will excite me in ways that the G7 just doesn't quite manage.

But if you value great audio and a fun wide-angle camera, you could do a lot worse than the LG G7.

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

63 Comments
  • Nice phone but worth nothing without constantly updates. Does it get even monthly security updates?
  • Someone answer this.
  • Folks on Reddit say the T-Mobile June update should be out by the end of July for the G7. I'm pretty consistently a month behind on my S8, though I just spent the better part of June on the June update. It ebbs and flows.
  • It's an LG phone! You'll get one android update and may get a security patch once a year. Maybe.
  • Lol, this thing won't even get a major update before June of next year.
  • Oh? Is that why my V30 got updated to Oreo as did the G6? Troll harder.
  • After how many months the G6 got its first major update? You talk about what you don't know. Got no time for you buddy.
  • Since I got my V30 last October it received 3 security updates and Oreo.
  • The V30 got Oreo pretty late and the security updates a free my quick. Don't expect to get Android P in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Don't expect it ever. I'd say the V30 is done at Oreo.
  • Just say no to the notch. Does not disappear on all apps. More than the s9, yikes!
  • No 128GB in USA lol WTF
  • Dumb.just dumb especially dumb considering you can buy a V30 plus for $400 bucks with 128gb on Oreo with better battery life.FAIL
  • It seems ac writers do LG phones a disservice. They come right out and say It's a great phone even the best when it comes to audio, great when it comes to photography and top notch when it comes to the spec sheet. Then they kill it by saying its unexciting. What does that even mean? Are smartphones supposed to be exciting? And come on $750 isn't that bad for a flagship in 2018. One couldn't even accuse this phone of being underwhelming. That's another word used by reviewers to torpedo a good phone.
  • It's not just AC man. It's everybody. I have seen some really positive reviews on YouTube, but they're few and far between. Funny how no one else catches flack/gets called boring for making a really really good device. I know they don't sell in the numbers as other manufacturers, but a good phone is a good phone. A spade is a spade.
  • It's par for the course when it comes to reviews of LG phones. They are the Rodney Dangerfield of the cell phone industry no matter how good their products are. Of course notoriously subpar marketing and poorly timed releases don't help their case much. Go back to your roots LG. Market a nice mid-ranger with swappable batteries and some of the other features that made you stand out from the herd and build from there.
  • So, what's the problem with the LG phones? Maybe LG do not have a good PR department? Maybe they do not do what they're supposed to do to promote properly their devices? Maybe other manufacturers do better job concerning PR? Maybe reviewers just follow the current?
    The exact same thing goes with Sony. The big difference between LG and Sony is that LG's design is not outdated (=big bezels) like Sony's. Sony makes great phones and the only obvious disadvantage they have is their bezels. But what LG does wrong? Apart from the mediocre battery capacity-at lest on paper- and the notch, I cannot find any other flaw on G7.
  • The flaw with most LG phones isn't usually the phone, it's LG. They consistently make great phones, but they're just not a great company. It's clear they don't have much direction or even sense when it comes to many matters and they're terrible at supporting their products — software and hardware — once they have your money. I once submitted a repair request for my LG Tone headset on their website and it went completely ignored. Even reaching out to them on social media went ignored (whereas any other company would actually offer great customer service via social media). I like LG products, but I like them less and less as a company and I find myself wanting to support them less with each purchase.
  • So glad to hear that others are seeing this as well. It's pretty clear that Android sites have an obvious bias against LG. When I saw the title I knew it would be trashed even if it listed a thousand positives. I'm at the point of that if LG will always be crapped on, why waste anyone's time. The G6 was crapped on as well and to date it's the best phone I've owned. No complaints at all and does everything I ask it to. If the G7 comes with more memory, better cameras and audio and even longer battery life, I can ignore this review. LG could be release a phone that cures cancer and these sites will still pan it as not groundbreaking.
  • My favorite is when the software on LG phones get constantly bagged on. It has come a long way from older LG phones and the current software is nowhere near as bad as it's always made out to be.
  • G6 is one of the better phones I've ever had because of its screen/body ratio, its wide angle camera and its quad DAC. G7 seems that improves my only major complaint I have from the G6, its terrible speaker sound volume.
    G7 builds up on G6 and V35's strengths and improves them. If V40 won't offer something dramatically better, G7 will be my next phone. My problem is that I've got addicted to the quad DAC and now I cannot accept anything less in that aspect.
  • Well if you're addicted to the quad DAC, I guess your options are limited to sticking with LG or upgrading to HTC.
  • Wide appeal, narrow angle
  • Just picked this phone up, it's awesome! I don't care about the notch as you forget it's there after about 5 mins. Everything else is great, and you get a propper glass screen protector. No one ever mentions that in reviews, all galaxy phones have curved edges which means a scratched screen or crappy rubber screen protector. And the people crying about security updates...don't kid yourself, no one cares about your phone.
  • I couldn't care less about having frequent security updates, but slow security updates also means the updates I do care about are also going to be slow. Android O took forever to come to the V30 and I know that I'll be ready to move on to a new phone by the time Android P gets pushed.
  • Yuck! A notch! Not a fan.. "With a phone this tall, reaching the top to pull down the notification shade can be tricky. Yet the very common swipe-down gesture on the fingerprint scanner, used by many other Android phones, isn't supported."
    Did you forget about Lg's extra button you can add next to your home button to pull the notification shade down? Did they leave that out of the G7? You can download app for fingerprint sensor gestures. They work okay just not my style. Not sure how I feel about the better speaker. Yes, I agree the G6 speaker is a little wimpy. I'm worried about how the inside of your phone will hold up over time. Good article, good read. Great phone! Specs are unbeatable at price!
  • You can't reprogram the extra button. Nova launcher let's youn open notification panel by swiping down anywhere
  • The comment you're replying to is referring to LG letting you customize the navigation bar. You can have a button that pulls down the notification shade.
  • I used G7 around 3 weeks, enjoyed the phone minus few dislikes. Auto brightness is too low on this device and you can't adjust the brightness level when Auto brightness is turned on. Had light bleed between home and multitasking button which has affected small number of units. And only 64 GB internal storage (I dislike using micro SD card). Had got it for $550 locally and sold it for $540 locally so all good. I have multiple phones and just got the S9+ again since they now got the 256 GB version out (unlocked model). After all offers I paid $750 for the 256 GB model S9+ which is a great deal compared to other phones. I'll see what LG has in store for the V40.
  • If I didn't already have a V30, this phone would be a great choice for me. That said, this phone doesn't offer enough over the V30 to even consider an upgrade. Slightly better wide-angle camera, a better speaker (both useful), a better front facing camera (not useful to me), and a faster processor (the 835 is still plenty fast) don't make this phone an instant buy for me. It is beautiful though, I'll give it that. And I think I could live with the notch, even if this phone is a little asymmetrical with its bezels. I'll wait to see what the V40 has to offer before making any kind of choice. If there's not a serious upgrade to the cameras and a better quality OLED display, I may be waiting a bit longer. I'd consider a Pixel 3 but I doubt Google will change any of its trends (no headphone jack, no microSD card support) and the possible addition of wireless charging doesn't change the fact that I need a 3.5 jack and an SD card slot right now. Besides, I'm not sure I could ever give up the DAC in my V30 now (my MSR7's sound incredible).
  • This phone isn't meant to be an upgrade to the V30. It's an upgrade to the G6.
  • I couldn't agree with you guys more. LG makes some weird design and marketing decisions, and there are things that could be better, but reviewers are too caught up in sounding like each other and keeping up with trends. Everyone loves the 1+ because it's "cheap" ($600?) and equipped, and they let it slide on all the things it's missing, for example. I think there are legit G7 issues regarding UI tweaks, small battery, light bleed, and starting price, but these are no different from the minor issues off every other flagship ever released. The G7 is an excellent phone for sure. My main issue with phone reviews today is that every phone is reviewed against the merits of every other phone out there instead of being valued on its own merits. The camera is good, but... The audio is good, but... The build is good, but... This review is good, but...
  • Couldn't agree more... Every HTC review destroys the phone yet everybody that gets the phone loves it
  • They are probably excellent phones but if the reviewer honestly believes there are better phones in the same price range what are they meant to say?
    I've never read a review on here that doesn't criticize some part of a phone.
    And that's the way it should be.
  • A notch and a tiny battery plus no updates. They can shove it.
  • A notch, disgusting software experience, no chance of updates and a crappy battery. I own the only good LG made phone which is free of LG's bloat.
  • What ever the case probaly the best all around carrier available smartphone you can get. Better than S9 and more practical than s9 +. And has more user friendly features, wideangle lens, superbright screen, boombox speakers, high quality dac, quick charge 4.0 capacity. But s9 has curved screen and what?
  • Better display, no notch, better camera, better design, better software
  • Better display?. Not so much accept for maybe deeper blacks. Big deal. Better Camara? Wide angle negates some of that but the point and shoot is better on the S9. Better design? Subjective. To me, the curved Glass I'd horrible. Better Software?? Are you high? They both suck on that. That's why they make third part launchers. Bixby vs google assistance? Lg win
    Quad dac? Lg win
    Speaker system. I've heard both. Lg win
    Knock features? Lg win
    These are a few.
    *Both phones are equal if you ask me
  • yet Another craptastic camera.... give up LG, you are too dumb to make phones.
  • Poor LG. Phones are as good as anyone else's, but can't catch a break from reviewers. I'm curious as to how this review would read if it were a Samsung or Apple phone. Guarantee it wouldn't be saying it's boring. Although an Apple phone is about as boring as a PBS quilt documentary.
  • Great review, Alex
  • I already got my coral blue S9 and am very happy with it but I honestly would've pulled the trigger on a G7 if Best Buy was selling them unlocked last week. Also helps that they were bundling S9s ans S9+s with the Gear 360 for free but you didn't just read that.
  • Coming from an S7 Edge, I've had the LG G7 for 2 weeks but decided to return it for the S9+. Pros:
    - wide-angle camera (far more useful than telephoto, for me at least)
    - standard camera pro mode controls
    - portrait mode is very good
    - Quad DAC
    - good bass and very clear boombox speaker
    - flat screen
    - narrow size, light weight
    - haptic feedback in amazing
    - battery life (especially standby)
    - Google assistant is far better than Bixby
    - knock on/off Neutral:
    - notch (I thought I'd hate it but I actually didn't care about it after the first 10min of use)
    - 1000 nits is great but having to manually turn it on isn't
    - software Cons:
    - PDAF & laser AF (quite a bit slower compared to Dual Pixel AF, and more missed-focus shots)
    - camera software programming (prefers slower shutter speeds - not good for pets/babies)
    - photo processing (HDR isn't as good as other phones, too much noise reduction in low-light shots sacrificing detail)
    - photo quality & low-light photography
    - raw photo colour (shooting raw is great but useless if it's very difficult to get the colours back to normal)
    - 4GB RAM (I find games force close - reloading a game sucks) As good as the phone is overall, the standard camera fell too short for me. If LG nailed the standard camera, I would recommend it over the S9 and S9+ any day. It's such a great phone (minus the cameras...)!
  • "Cons: 6/128GB model unavailable in the U.S." Absolutely irrelevant to 99% of the World. Yet, I can think of some real cons: - Notch
    - LCD screen in 2018 (pathetic)
    - Way too big.
  • Too big? Compared to what??
  • Compared to wanting to be able to use a phone comfortably one handed without having to constantly adjust your grip. Every flagship is too big.
  • If this SAME exact phone had a Samsung logo on it, it would be considered the GOAT.
  • No, it wouldn't. Samsung would rightfully crucified for realising such a bad phone.
  • Why is it a bad phone? Surely it's a very good phone.
  • Lmao.. "bad phone" you people are ****** crazy
  • How is it a bad phone when it has nearly the same specs as a Samsung but with much better sound
  • Great review.
    Hopefully, the V40 will replace the old IMX351 rear cams with current IMX519 sensors which will provide 122% of the old pixel-pitch. The superwide cam needs 5-axis EIS, too.
    If that 3rd cam at the back turns out to be a "luminance data" sensor as used in the Xperia XZ2 Premium, the V40 could really kick up a Storm rather than blow another boring breeze.
    To upload all those great 16MB pics to GP, the V40 should ideally have 802.11ax WiFi.
  • 16MP pics, excuse me.
  • I never liked the notch. A few days ago I got the OnePlus 6 and honestly I don't even notice it anymore.
  • Please tell everyone
  • Even if we can somehow unsee it, that still doesn't make it okay. It should have never been there in the first place. It doesn't add anything positive to the user experience, but it does cut off information from the status bar.
  • I'm hoping the status bar can be put back under the (fake) bezel.
    I really couldn't see the fake bezel was a fake so that's the only difference between a notched phone and one with a real bezel.
  • Switched from Samsung to an LGV30 as soon as the V30 came out. I don't know what people are talking about. This LG is hands down better than the Galaxy I had. As far as software updates are you people joking? My LG has got twice as many updates as any Samsung I have ever owned. Maybe it's a new trend but as for me it's made me a believer.
  • I had one LG device several years ago. The first year and a half it was awesome. Then, it hit a brick wall and became the slowest, most cumbersome device I ever had. System reboots and dumping most apps did not help. I've been weary of getting another LG device because of my prior experience. Maybe the device I had was a lemon...Hard to say, but why take a chance?
  • Can you name one phone that has not had issues?
    I can't.
  • I have have quite a storied history with LG and I can definitely tell you that currently they are DOA in the high end. They didn't even really try anything new. What about a new bluetooth solution rivals air pods? Included or a translucent color options? No new screen tech....come on LG. I mean after two years of your incompetence you barrel out in a yawn of a device expecting growth?
  • My biggest complaint about the V30 was camera quality, mainly no OIS for wide angle, pictures with any movement, low light and horrible lighting with slow-mo. Doesn't look like LG fixed those issues. Still doesn't make sense they wouldn't put OIS on wide angle camera.