This is actually the best-sounding smartphone that has ever been made, and in addition it offers LG's finest industrial design up to now. The V30 is unique, modern, and piled with desirable attributes, a phone apparently destined for inescapable stardom. However, the V30 can be imperfect, compromised in significant ways that don't appear on a spec sheet or even a feature checklist. I enjoy this phone, and a huge part of me really wanted to enjoy it. But after a month with it, I am coming out with the same conclusion I usually have about LG mobiles. The 800 V30 was better as a guarantee on paper compared to a telephone in real use.
Let us begin with the fantastic stuff, because there's a lot of it. From one of the minimal-bezel phones which have proliferated in 2017, the LG V30 has my favorite style. It is a refinement and a streamlining of LG's G6 flagship from before this season, and it makes the 6-inch OLED screen around the V30 feel unbelievably streamlined. I've reviewed 6-inch phones in the past, such as 2013's HTC One Max, and until recently I was convinced that that dimensions signaled a unwieldy two-handed behemoth. Rather, the V30 is really a perfectly sculpted smartphone that's simple, even gratifying, to operate with a single hand.
In comparison with this 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus from Samsung, LG's V30 is somewhat shorter, wider, and a little thinner, and these differences add up to make LG's phone more pleasant to manage. It also helps that LG has set its fingerprint reader around the rear of the telephone in a sanely central position, including Samsung's off-center calamity. The V30's ergonomics are really great, in actuality, that I expect most people will find it as comfortable to use since smaller devices such as the Google Pixel and Galaxy S8. It certainly makes bezel-laden phones such as HTC's U11 and also Sony's Xperia series texture desperately unoptimized in their design. Even the freshly introduced Google Pixel two XL, which has the same 6-inch screen, is tangibly larger compared to radically minimalist LG V30.
There is no established list of must-have attributes for a 2017 flagship mobile, however, here are some of the most desired attributes: waterproofing, wireless charging, high-performance display (preferably OLED), dual-camera system, also a long-lasting battery, the latest processor, plus a generous serving of storage. LG ships it with 64GB of mobile storage, a 3,300mAh battery, the most Snapdragon 835 chip that's practically standard-issue at the top end of Android, also among the most mature dual-camera systems available on the industry. The V30 is really a spec sheet champion, just like almost every flagship phone from LG ever.
LG's Android construct in the V30 is stable and fairly near the default Android consumer experience, but that's nearly as much good as I can say about it. The preferences menu is still unnecessarily convoluted and fragmented into tabs, I can't access the programs list using a swipe upwards from the base of the home display (a surprisingly major annoyance in comparison to the Google Pixel and a lot of other Android alternatives), along with LG seriously weighs down its phones along with carrier bloatware. The Korean version of the V30 which I tested came with no less than 54 preloaded carrier apps, as well as the US options are no better. $800 and a whole lot of crap I have to disable and remove? What is that, a Windows laptop from 2007?