Many believe that Samsung began the era of smartphones with new extended screens with an aspect ratio of 18: 9. But this is not so. A month before the announcement of the Galaxy S8, LG introduced its flagship G6. It did not look as spectacular as the S8 and something this smartphone lacked. Therefore, six months later, in Berlin, LG introduced the V30 – a smartphone, much more spectacular and beautiful. So, review the LG V30.
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Perhaps this is the best LG in the last few years in terms of design. The smartphone looks and feels like something high-quality and expensive. Especially in the blue V30 looks very rich. The back of the glass Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone has an army standard MIL-STD-810G, promising a certain strength when falling. There is also protection from water and dust IP68. In general, all modern “buns” on the ground. Brings weight only. You expect that it will be nice to weigh your arm, but it’s too light. In terms of size, the V30 is larger than the iPhone X, but 20 grams lighter. But if you do not bother with the weight, then the V30 or V30 + (as a smartphone is called in the CIS) looks good.
The screen of the smartphone occupies 81.2% of the entire front surface. Sensations of “framelessness” of the smartphone may not be, but if you compare it with Pixel 2 XL, for which the V30 was a prototype, then in Pixel it’s just awful frames, which immediately catch your eye. And in general Pixel 2 XL is much larger. In general, for a 6-inch V30 + smartphone is quite compact. It is noticeably smaller than the OnePlus 5T or HTC U11 Plus, which also have 6-inch screens. And also at V30 + corners of the display are rounded and visually repeat the case that looks very beautifully and logically. Compare with OnePlus 5T and HTC U11 +, whose body is also rounded, but the screen itself is normal, with straight angles. This option looks a bit rustic.
In general, you already realized that the design of the V30 + we liked. I did not like just the button with the fingerprint on the back side. Yes, LG has long been promoting this chip, but after other smartphones to such ergonomics will have to get used long enough.
But this smartphone has a beautiful P-OLED display. 6-inches with a resolution of 1440 by 2880 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18: 9. Bright, rich and contrasting. The screen is good in any light – in bright sun or in total darkness. By the way, the smartphone supports the technology of Dolby Vision and HDR10. Not every dear TV knows how. But watching HDR movies on a small screen is still a dubious pleasure. In the settings you will find a lot of opportunities to adjust the screen to suit yourself and in general, to the display there is only one censure – at an angle, it starts to fall a little in blue. But this is the problem of those who are spying on you. You will look at it directly and confidently. Do not forget LG and always on the display. This is a very convenient function for viewing time and notifications, besides, you can set up notifications here.
To the delight of everyone who prefers the wires in the LG V30 + there is a 3.5 mm jack. Hurray, you can not throw away old wired headphones. Moreover, bundled with V30 + comes a very good headset B & O Play. Bang & Olufsen helped LG and with the sound settings, and in general there is a four-channel DAC. In the smartphone settings, you can tweak the equalizer and digital filters, which generally provides a decent sound V30 +. Listening to music in good quality is possible and necessary. But the external speaker is alone. If the volume is quite good, then the quality is far from the best. No volume, but only the upper frequencies. But you will not miss a call and see our reviews on YouTube. And it’s better to listen to music on headphones. By the way, there is also FM radio. Rarely today there is a similar.
Absolutely every manufacturer claims that in its devices the best camera. But we know something about you that not all flagships are removed as well as they promise. But everyone wants to press a button and get a masterpiece. In this component, there are no equal Google Pixel. But LG also has its own aces in the sleeve.
The V30 has a dual camera, but unlike its competitors, LG has been using the second module for wide-angle photos for quite some time. And it’s wonderful. Portraits, bokeh, all this, of course, cool, but in street photography, the wide-angle is irreplaceable. The main camera of the V30 is usual – 16 megapixel with a very bright lens, the aperture of which is f / 1.6. Pictures during the day and even in the dark are excellent. And the second lens of the V30 is wide-angle with a 120-degree viewing angle. This camera is easier, 13 megapixel with f / 1.9 aperture. It does not have autofocus and in the dark, the pictures from it quite noticeably rustle. But in the daytime or in good light it is a beautiful camera that allows you to take unique pictures. Complaints to the main camera only to a thoughtful autofocus. However, for video it’s even good, but for a photo so-so pleasure.
There are a lot of settings in the camera application. It is unlikely that you will enjoy all this, but the fact that there are so many instruments in the camera will please the amateur photographers. Even the Koreans thoroughly confused with the video shooting. There is even a Cine Log mode, like in professional cameras, where the picture should be as flat as possible, that is, faded, but with an extended dynamic range. It’s over, it’s silly to compare a smartphone with a professional camera, but a video on the V30 turns out to be very good. Especially on the main 16-megapixel camera. Here you and 4K, and optical stabilization, and Full HD 60 fps, and a bunch of movie filters, and even a smooth manual zoom with the choice of the object of guidance. In terms of photos and videos, the V30 is in complete order.
LG V30 specifications
- Eight-core processor Snapdragon 835.
- Graphics chip Adreno 540.
- 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory.
Of course, this is not OnePlus with its insane 8 GB RAM, but also that there is enough in the V30 + with the head. The smartphone is very fast, smooth and responsive. Play at the maximum settings can be in any game, while the V30 is not particularly heated. It’s quite a gaming smartphone. On the right side, there is a hybrid slot for two SIM cards, or for a SIM card and a memory card. You can unlock your smartphone in several ways. First, a fingerprint scanner that works fast and well. Secondly, the face scanner. By the speed of the trigger, it is at the level of the iPhone X, but it can not always work. Although LG offers several times to register a face for better recognition. Third, there is the opportunity to unlock the smartphone voice. Simply set up a specific codeword and the smartphone is unlocked, if you say it. This is probably not the safest way, but it works. The most interesting is that you can simultaneously configure all three unlock methods.
In terms of autonomy V30 + is also not a blunder. Day of active use it will provide easily, while it does not have the most champion battery for 3300 mAh. The same was in G6. In general, from morning to night you can watch YouTube, write to Telegram and flip through Instagram – the smartphone will last till the evening. 5-6 hours screen for all active connections LG V30 gives out easily. The indicator may not be the best, but certainly worthy. Live at the outlet does not have to. There is here and wireless charging and fast charging
V30 + runs on Android 7.1.2 and LG promise to upgrade to Android 8. The launcher cannot be called the most elegant and modern, but there are a lot of settings here, everyone can adjust the smartphone. On the other hand, the settings menu is so complicated that it is not easy to find the required function there. For example, unlocking the face is in the “Display” section, and unlocking by a fingerprint in the “General” tab. It’s time to do something about it. Settings on pure Android are several times easier and more convenient. As for the appearance of the shell, it is an amateur. But Android is so good that you can always put an outside launcher and make a smartphone nicer.
So, LG V30 liked us with design, its camera, good autonomy, and performance. A bit surprised by the design and upset the jungle settings. But this is the best flagship LG in the last few years. He has his chips and it is nice to hold in his hands. Well, now to the most important thing – the official price of LG V30 + in the CIS is about $ 1000, and somewhere more expensive. Comparable with competitors in the face of the iPhone X or Galaxy Note 8. But in the US, for example, the V30 + version costs $ 775, but simply the V30, which has 64 GB of internal memory at $ 675. In general, again a huge difference in value between the markets. But if you look for a smartphone from unofficial sellers, you can find for $ 770, this is another matter. Choose, as always, only you.