I recently had the privilege of reviewing the new the flagship smartphone from LG; the LG V30+.
Firstly, I must admit that I am and have always been an Apple enthusiast. I own an iPhone X, but I I was really keen to test out the LG V30+. Just as a side note, the + simply denotes higher storage capacity, 128GB compared to 64GB on the V30.
The V30+ is an absolutely beautifully designed smartphone, and which is accentuated by a bezelless design with an all-glass finish curving into the polished metal edges. It unquestionably has a premium look and feel to it. It looks like a handset that will make those in a boardroom look twice at…wondering what handset you have. It’s really very stunning, I was quite impressed.
You will find the standard interfaces that we have become accustomed to;Volume controls
- SIM and microSD trays
- USB-C charging port and speakers and
- 3.5mm headphone jack
The power button/fingerprint sensor can be found on the rear, but unlike Samsung, this one is placed directly in the middle, where it should be. A dual camera system highlights the rear.
The V30+ includes wireless charging and water and dust resistance according to IP68…not to mention compliance against MIL-STD-810G, which is a military standard.
Boasting Qualcomms latest Snapdragon 835 and 4GB RAM, the V30+ is now on par, in terms of performance, with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus, Google Pixel 2/2XL, Sony Experia XZ Premium and the HTC U11/U11+.
The high-resolution 6” OLED display is gorgeous. With an aspect ratio of 18:9, the V30+ boasts a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels, and delivers vibrant colors and high contrast images.
LG has decided not to follow the route of wireless audio, and the headphone jacks have been retained to complement the 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC), which has become a trademark of LG smartphones and hugely popular with audiophiles.
In this day and age, the camera is probably one of the defining factors when choosing a smartphone.
The V30+ sports a dual lens camera system, consisting of a 16MP / f1.6 main camera and 13MP / f1.9 wide angle camera. The main camera also has optical image stabilisation. There is also a 5MP / f2.2 front facing camera, for those selfie-lovers.
I must admit I was a bit disappointed with the front facing camera, especially when compared to the Samsung S8. By the way, I am not a huge fan of the iPhone 6S Plus camera either – which was the handset I had prior to my iPhone X.
These are selfies I took with the LG V30+. I did not adjust the standard settings on the phone, by default it uses some filter – as I can assure you my skin isn’t this flawless. So I guess if you want picture perfect selfies, then you will love this handset. The iPhone X on the other hand, and unlike the Samsung, gives you a photo that is more natural looking.
The ability to zoom into specific areas, as opposed to only being able to zoom into the centre of the scene, is a nice touch. And the V30+ is loaded with many features and tools for photo and video enthusiasts.
I attended the Crowning Event of the New Miss South Africa, I happened to have had the LG V30+ handset with me and recorded her acceptance speech with it, you may watch it by clicking here. I did not edit the video nor adjust any settings, it was the default settings used.
LG has always prided itself on 3 main areas in its smartphones, photo, video and audio. And the V30+ has ticked all the boxes, and provide the best overall experience.
“Nothing is certain in life, except for death and taxes”
With that said, Samsung’s (and of course Apple’s) market dominance in the smartphone industry is by no means secure. With the V30+, LG has proven that it has both the knowledge and capability to produce a high-end smartphone to rival both Samsung and Apple. And that in itself is a huge accomplishment! In the end, consumers are far better off and spoilt for choice…..and that is all that really matters.
For more details on the LG V30+, click here.