Lg v30 đánh giá

And funk và punk. And rap and roông chồng. And jazz và blues. This is the best-sounding điện thoại thông minh that’s ever been made, and it also has LG’s finest industrial kiến thiết to lớn date. The V30 is distinctive, modern, và stacked with desirable features, a phone seemingly destined for inevitable stardom.

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But the V30 is also imperfect, compromised in significant ways that don’t show up on a spec sheet or a feature checkdanh sách. I lượt thích this phone, & a big part of me really wanted khổng lồ love sầu it. However, after a month with it, I am coming away with the same conclusion I usually have about LG phones.

The $800 V30 was better as a promise on paper than a phone in real use.


Let’s start with the good stuff, because there’s plenty of it. From amuốn the minimal-bezel phones that have sầu proliferated in 2017, the LG V30 has my favorite thiết kế. It is a refinement & a streamlining of LG’s G6 flagship from earlier this year, and it makes the 6-inch OLED screen on the V30 feel incredibly compact. I’ve reviewed 6-inch phones in the past, such as 2013’s Điện thoại HTC One Max, và until recently I was confident that that kích thước signaled an unwieldy two-handed behemoth. Instead, the V30 is a perfectly sculpted điện thoại thông minh that’s easy, even pleasurable, lớn operate with one hand.

I don’t love sầu the glass back, but there’s no arguing with the efficiency and ergonomics of the V30 design

Compared khổng lồ the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus from Samsung, LG’s V30 is shorter, wider, và a little thinner, and those differences add up khổng lồ make LG’s phone more pleasant to lớn handle. It also helps that LG has positioned its fingerprint reader on the baông chồng of the phone in a sanely central position, unlượt thích Samsung’s off-center calamity. The V30’s ergonomics are so good, in fact, that I expect most people will find it as comfortable to lớn use as smaller devices lượt thích the Google Pixel & Galaxy S8. It certainly makes bezel-laden phones like HTC’s U11 và Sony’s Xperia series feel desperately unoptimized in their kiến thiết. Even the freshly introduced Google Pixel 2 XL, which has the same 6-inch screen, is tangibly larger than the radically minimacác mục LG V30.




With glass on the front và baông xã, the V30 joins this year’s trkết thúc of flagship phones moving beyond plastic and metal to an all-glass finish. That makes for a striking look và allows for the V30’s wireless charging, however I’m not a huge tín đồ of the move. Previous experience with Sony’s glass-baông xã Xperia phones has shown me how easy it is khổng lồ shatter any glass surface on a phone, front or baông xã, và the everyday scratches accumulating on my regular phone are testament khổng lồ the softness of the material. LG has waterproofed the V30 khổng lồ an IP68 rating, & it put the device through a battery of drop tests, but glass is still glass. It will not age handsomely like, say, full-grain leather, and the scratches it picks up will make it structurally weaker rather than giving it the gritty, lived-in feel of a pair of well-worn jeans that you might get from an aluminum phone.

All things considered, I’m happy khổng lồ crown this as LG’s best industrial kiến thiết so far. The bezels are superbly minimal (unlượt thích Apple và Essential notch lovers, I appreciate the symmetry of LG’s device), the ergonomic compromises are nonexistent, & the sheer amount of goodness inside this extra-thin phone almost defies súc tích.

There’s no set menu of must-have sầu features for a 2017 flagship phone, but here are some of the most desired ones: waterproofing, wireless charging, high-resolution display (preferably OLED), dual-camera system, a long-lasting battery, the lakiểm tra processor, và a generous serving of storage. The V30 ticks all those boxes. LG ships it with 64GB of expandable storage, a 3,300mAh battery, the Snapdragon 835 processor that’s practically standard-issue at the high over of Android, and one of the most mature dual-camera systems on the market. The V30 is a spec sheet champion, just like practically every flagship phone from LG ever.


The thing that differentiates the V30 from its predecessor V10 & Vđôi mươi devices from LG is its design refinement. The V10 was subtly the best cameraphone of its time, và the V20 was the undisputed tai nghe audio champion, but both were giant, clumsy things. Up until this point, the V series was defined by beastly power in a beastly body, but the V30 marks a turning point where LG truly has made its best phone its most beautiful one as well. Everything good about the predecessors, minus the obviously technological kiến thiết.

The cherry atop the LG V30 spec cake is undeniably the phone’s Hi-Fi Quad-DAC audio system. It is insanely good. I’m talking “angels descended from heaven and plucked harps inside my ears” kind of good. It’s the sort of sound that makes me extover my walks & wish for my train lớn be delayed, just so I could listen for a little while longer. Listening with the 1More Quad Driver earphones, I find the V30’s bass so tight & pure that I just gorge on it. Everything sounds phenomenal coming out of this phone, whether it’s classical orchestra music, Ramin Djawadi movie soundtracks, 2Pac’s pathos-laden lyrics, or the latest electronic productions from the likes of Nightmares on Wax. The only thing I don’t lượt thích are the B&O Play buds that LG bundles with the V30 in most markets: they’re mediocre.

Apple và Google may be pushing the entire Smartphone industry toward wireless audio, but LG is proving that the headphone jaông chồng can still be a source of great delight on a smartphone. I rate the purity, faithfulness, và power of LG’s V30 output right up there with dedicated music players such as the Fiio X5 & X7. Given how my favorite music player is the $1,000 Astell và Kern Kann, it’s not entirely crazy to think of the V30 as a cheaper high-fidelity media player with a much more modern Android interface và a lot of other good things thrown in. It just depends on how important audio is lớn you & your daily life.

The V30’s headphone audio competes with the best dedicated music players, but it’s still a nibít benefit

Over the past month, I’ve sầu found that, as much as I adore the V30’s sound, it just isn’t that critical to my everyday activities. Bringing the V30 và a Google Pixel on my recent trip to Bulgaria, I spent a lot more time using the Pixel’s superior camera than I did the V30’s vastly superior audio. LG is the absolute best in one category of di động performance, but that nibít is narrow. It pains me to say it, but the V30’s greademo strength is a non-essential feature — just a (very) nice to lớn have sầu one.

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As khổng lồ that all-important camera on the V30, I find it good, sometimes great, but never exceptional. LG billed the V30 as a major leap forward in imaging, what with its f/1.6 aperture & real glass lens for enhanced image clarity (on the main camera), however the actual results don’t distinguish this phone from a class of very high performers near the V30’s lofty price point. A head-to-head comparison I did between the LG V30 và Điện thoại HTC U11 ended up evenly split. Both phones had a tendency lớn slightly overexpose images, and LG had the sharper shot more often than HTC, but that was due to the former company’s continued over-reliance on artificial sharpening. This is much more restrained than it was on the LG G6, but it still leaves pictures looking less photographic. LG’s camera designers told me last month that the V30 has lớn vì chưng less post-processing work khổng lồ improve sầu an image simply because the new camera has better optics.

Judging by the similarities in image output from LG và Samsung phones, I’d argue there’s an identifiable Korean style of mobile photography, which is defined by crisp edges & contours of objects và aggressive noise suppression in areas of consistent color. That leads to a precise, pristine, và clinical look. It might be awesome if you’re filing expenses or engaging in visual note-taking, but it kills intricate detail in photos & kind of sucks for capturing memories you’ll treasure for a long time. I’ve been put off by the digital, inorganic appearance of many of the photos I’ve captured with the LG V30, và I much prefer the Điện thoại HTC U11, which turns out richer, more nuanced colors. The V30’s images often feel muted & conservative in their saturation & contrast.

(All photos of the Jaguar E-type Zero were shot with the LG V30)

I give sầu credit to lớn LG for building out a comprehensive sầu suite of options in its camera software. The big additions this year are cinematic đoạn phim filters that were developed with the help of pro videographers. They are not bad! I especially lượt thích the Summer Blockbuster filter, which makes everything look blue-orange, just like all the action flicks clogging up your local cinema. It’s one of a number of well-executed Clip filters that really contribute a different vibe khổng lồ the stuff I film. And LG backs this up with good Clip performance from the V30, which has impressively steady stabilization, records crystal-clear audio, & retains a nice amount of detail. LG’s gone the extra step of adding a point-zoom function: every other phone can only zoom toward the center of the screen, but with the V30 you can select any point in the frame và have the camera smoothly zoom in on it. It’s the sort of cool extra feature that leaves an impression.

My laông chồng of enthusiasm for LG’s wide-angle second camera on the bachồng can be intuited from the fact I’m mentioning it last. Even with the newest optimizations và improvements — which include reducing the fisheye distortion effect by a third relative sầu khổng lồ the Vđôi mươi — LG’s dual camera just doesn’t excite me. The highest-unique shots still come from the main f/1.6 camera, & I rarely find myself needing the all-encompassing field of view of the wide-angle lens. I guess you can count me in the group of people that prefer the second lens lớn be either monochrome, as with Huawei & the Essential Phone, or a zoomed-in telephoto as with the iPhone, OnePlus 5, Galaxy Note 8, & a bunch of others.

Almost all the core elements of the LG V30 user experience are svào. Performance is consistently fast và fluid, và battery life is at the upper kết thúc of the spectrum for the V30’s class. I can comfortably get through an intensive sầu day’s use, even while deploying the power-hungry quad-DAC audio system. Like the Smartphone HTC U11, which has also impressed me in recent times, the V30 provides great peace of mind that no matter what I’m doing, I won’t suddenly be left with a powerless phone. Having Qi wireless charging also helps in that regard, & I’ve been gleefully charging the V30 using Samsung’s wireless charging pad for the Galaxy S8 (albeit at slower speeds than Samsung phones can wirelessly charge at). Interoperable standards are a beautiful thing!

LG’s Android build on the V30 is stable & pretty cthảm bại khổng lồ the default Android user experience, but that’s about as much good as I can say about it. The settings menu is still unnecessarily convoluted & fragmented into tabs, I can’t access the apps danh mục with a swipe up from the bottom of the trang chính screen (a surprisingly big annoyance compared to lớn the Google Pixel & many other Android alternatives), and LG seriously weighs its phones down with carrier bloatware. The Korean version of the V30 that I tested came with no fewer than 54 preloaded carrier apps, và the US alternatives are no better. $800 và a ton of crap I have to disable và remove? What is this, a Windows máy vi tính from 2007?

A cautionary note on the LG software front: the company has indicated that its Android 8.0 Oreo update for the V30 (which ships with the older Android 7.1 Nougat on board) isn’t due until the over of this year. When you think about the long-term investment for an expensive sầu phone, it’s essential to lớn consider the likelihood of facing similar delays with future Android updates down the line. Unfortunately, LG doesn’t provide the same timely update reassurance that Google’s Pixel phones or more adroit rivals like Samsung vì chưng.

Looking on the bright side, I vị enjoy the always-on display that LG has implemented with the V30. It lets me glance at the time and basic notifications as well as control my music without activating the phone. And it doesn’t seem lớn consume a meaningful amount of extra power, so I have no worries about it draining my battery.

You may be wondering why I have sầu left discussion of the LG V30’s display for last. Well, that’s because I wanted you lớn underst& the essential strengths và weaknesses of this phone before I told you the ultimate deal-breaker for me. The OLED screen of the V30 is just bad. There’s no dodging this issue, và there’s no making excuses for it. This isn’t a good display, và if your phone doesn’t have sầu a good display it might as well be a Nokia 5110.

LG’s OLED display should have sầu been the beautiful highlight of the V30, but instead it’s an ugly disappointment

Areas of the same color on the V30 appear blotchy: when I open up a Google Keep note, I don’t get a flat White canvas as I should, but instead I see streaks of gray, looking as if there’s an inconsistent backlight. This being an OLED display, there’s no backlight to lớn speak of, so it’s just poor brightness uniformity across those light-emitting diodes. The same unhappy effect is even more pronounced with darker grays và colors lượt thích navy xanh, và it’s amplified by the V30’s apparent inability lớn render color gradations smoothly. Gradients appear grainy & I see unpleasant color banding, exactly the same issues that Ars Technica encountered with a preproduction V30 device last month.

Every time I switched between the V30 và HTC’s U11 in my testing, the U11’s screen felt lượt thích a luxurious escape. It’s painfully apparent that LG’s so-called plastic OLED screens are multiple generations behind Samsung’s alternative — which graces the Galaxy S8, Galaxy lưu ý 8, & the upcoming iPhone X — as well as significantly behind the best LCDs, as exhibited by the U11. If you’d asked me, before getting ahold of the V30, what most excited me about this phone, the bezel-deprived OLED screen would have sầu been one of my top two or three features. I really bởi vì think LG nailed the dimensions of this phone, & I’m confident the screen technology contributes to the V30’s thinness (as well as making it compatible with Google’s budding Daydream VR ecosystem). But the V30’s desaturated, lifeless screen, addled with all of the foregoing issues, makes this a phone I find impossible to love, or even get along with on a daily basis.

Like its predecessors, the LG V30 is a phone designed khổng lồ appeal khổng lồ spec lovers first, though with its pretty aesthetic & great ergonomics it could have sầu stood a chance of attracting a more mainstream audience as well. But the story of LG smartphones has always been a matter of “could have” và “should have.” It’s not that LG phones aren’t improving every year — they are, and they continue khổng lồ offer cutting-edge spec sheets with each new iteration — but the improvements the company is making seem lớn always be accompanied by self-inflicted wounds. The LG G5 was a nice step up in thiết kế over the G4, but LG hamstrung it with a poorly conceived và quickly aborted modular accessory system. The G6 got better again, but it too lacked the final polishing touch to outshine Samsung’s more accomplished designs.

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The V30 arrives half a year after the G6 and, at first blush, appears to rectify everything that ailed LG’s devices of the past. But LG rushed khổng lồ put an imperfect OLED screen in its flagship phone, preferring lớn have sầu the highlight spec over the superior user experience, và I can’t condone either the choice or the eventual hàng hóa. This is a phone that has given me goosebumps with the astonishing unique of its tai nghe audio, và if I was reviewing it on the strength of music playbaông xã alone, I would say it’s one of the best media players on the market. But this is supposed to be a smartphone. And as a smartphone, the LG V30 fails to validate its high price và flagship status.

Good Stuff

Best tai nghe audio from a phoneErgonomically excellentUncompromising spec sheet includes wireless charging & water resistanceImpressive sầu tốc độ và battery life

Bad Stuff

The display is distractingly badBloatware, bloatware as far as the eye can seeCamera doesn’t produce the most lifelượt thích images

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