If you like big phones, then you might have your eye on big-name handsets like Apple’s latest iPhone Plus and new X or perhaps the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. But: Should you actually care more about the lesser-known LG V30?
LG’s larger counterpart Android phone to the G6 is more along the lines of an iPhone, design-wise. And that's something most people will probably care about. And, though it doesn’t have a notch at the top of its display a la the iPhone X (yay!), it is missing the nice side waterfall curves found on the Galaxy Note 8 (not so much yay).
Rest assured, with its nearly non-existent bezels, the V30 does wind up with the same kind of all-screen face as both of those phones – the kind of look everybody cares about these days. The actual screen here is a manageable six-inch display – a third of an inch smaller than the Note 8’s but a half of an inch larger and nearly quarter of an inch larger than the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, respectively.
Oh, and the V30 is also thinner and lighter than all of those phones, so if you care most about having a phone that’s big but doesn’t feel it, the V30 might be your sweet spot.
Don't Care: Performance
Though the V30, in practice, is definitely a fast enough phone, it’s hard to care about that when you know that the new Note 8 is available and can multitasking with fewer hiccups. And comparing the performance of the V30 to the smoothness of Apple’s latest phones – all of which, from smallest to biggest, include the brand new A11 Bionic chip – can make it look even slower, especially when taking pictures.
And, ah yes, the camera. Even though LG tried to differentiate the V30's camera setup by adding an industry best f1.6 low-light sensor and new “Cine” features for recording film-looking video, you’re not going to wind up caring about those. I mainly appreciated this camera’s shooter for the return of LG’s unique kind of second lens: It’s a wide-angle – or nearly fisheye – lens that lets you really capture a full scene with ease.
The picture quality of the camera in general is good – probably just a tad below the Galaxy or iPhone cameras launched this year – but trust me, it’s all about having that wide-angle option, something no other phone today does.
Care: The LG V30
So, all said, here’s who should care about the V30: Anyone who wants to spend no more than $800 on a big phone. And hey, who wants to pay more for a phone if you don’t have to?
It kind of goes without saying that, besides the wide-angle camera lens (which I will continue to tell you is pretty killer), you’re not going to find any feature on the V30 that’s a leg-up over its higher-priced competitors. So if you care to spend a little extra on the $930 Note 8 or $999 iPhone X, you will get you a slightly better phone. And laying out the same $800 on the bulky-but-smaller-screened iPhone 8 Plus or even less on the single-camera-lens Galaxy S8+ will land you a phone that’s not as great.
What LG has with the V30 doesn’t feel quite like a luxury device, but it just might be the sweet spot between that and a smaller or clunkier phone. (And yay wide-angle lens!)
What do you think? Do you care about the V30? Leave us a comment and let us know.