LG V30 Review: The Android Smartphone that rivals the Galaxy series

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LG has a track record of experimenting with unique features. When the company first launched the V10 in 2015, it aimed to create an alternative for the Galaxy Note series. Like Samsung used the S-Pen stylus features to push the Note series as a completely different category, LG added features like dual screens, an extremely powerful speaker along with various other camera and video recording features which were exclusively available in the V series phones. Despite the company’s best attempts the V 10 and V 20 never quite managed to appeal to the masses. However, with the V30, LG has gone back to basics and made an Android smartphone which can hold its own against the likes of Galaxy Note 8 and here is a look at some of the reasons why.

The design and build quality:

LG V30I have been using the LG V30 for the past one week. As soon as I first held the device, I was completely surprised by how comfortable it felt in the hand. During my time with the device, I never felt that it supported a 6-inch display. Like the Galaxy S8 and S8 plus, the device feels smaller than it actually is due to the 18:9 aspect ratio. In terms of the design, the LG V30 looks like any other high-end phone of 2017. The device features a near edge to edge display with rounded corners making it easier to hold and use when compared to the Galaxy S devices. At the same time, a point going in favor of the LG device is the placement of the fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner also doubles as the power button and the fact that you can unlock your phone without having to switch on the screen is genius.

When it comes to the build quality, the front and back side is completely made out of glass with a metal frame running around the side. The glass back is a fingerprint magnet yet, a combination of beautiful design and high-quality build make the V30 one of the best-designed phones of the year.

Display:  

LG’s shift to an OLED display is a welcome change. The 6-inch display features a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels with 537 pixels per inch. The punchy colors and high contrast of the display make it perfect for content consumption. Whether you are watching videos, browsing the web or playing games, everything looks perfect on this screen. The only problem I encountered with the display was the aspect ratio. Not all applications are optimized for the new format, therefore; you will see black bars on top and bottom. Other than that the display excels in all areas; from outdoor visibility to reading in the dark.

Software and performance: 

The V30 runs on a Snapdragon 835 Octa-core processor with 4 GB of Ram. In terms of daily use, there are no lags to be found on the phone. Everything from opening up apps and swiping through the interface happens instantly. The phone also handles graphic intensive games like a champ. On the software side though, there is a lot to be desired. The LG UI is fluid and modern; however, there aren’t any value-added features that you can find in the Samsung user interface. Similarly, some of the software elements like the settings application are complicated and feel outdated. LG certainly needs to work on improving the user interface of the phone.

Camera and speaker performance:

It is safe to say that the camera is the strongest suite of LG V30. As a user, you won’t find as many camera features on any other smartphone. Like its predecessor, the LG V30 supports dual camera sensors. The main camera has a resolution of 16 Megapixels with f/1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization. On the other hand, the wide-angle camera supports a 13 Megapixel resolution and an aperture of f/1.9. For all the non-technical folks out there; the wide angle lens helps you capture more detail in one frame. Similarly, a lower aperture size allows the camera sensor to capture more light. All these features make the LG V30 camera a must have for photography buffs. Manual controls are also available for the hacking and tweaking users. Overall, the photos captured from the phone are sharp and detailed especially in brightly lit situations. While the photos captured by the wide-angle lens are not as detailed, it is a lot of fun to use the secondary camera. Selfie lovers will be disappointed with the results produced by the 5 MP front-facing camera. It is worth mentioning that the V30 is an equally capable video recording machine. Likewise, the phone’s speaker is plenty loud and one of the highlights of the device. There is also a headphone jack present, a feature which is becoming increasingly rear in high-end smartphones these days.

Overall, a combination of beautiful design, gorgeous display and an unmatched photography, videography and audio experience make the LG V30 quite an attractive package. At PKR 86400, it can be argued that the V30 is expensive however, the phone does plenty of things right and is totally worth it if you out there looking for a new flagship device and don’t necessarily want to buy an iPhone or a Galaxy smartphone.

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