LG V30 review
Designed to blow your senses away
The LG V30 has a super-large 6” QHD+ OLED FullVision Display. The screen has a 2:1 aspect ratio with 2880 x 1440 pixels. Although the screen is bigger than its predecessors (LG V20 / 5.7”), the phone itself is smaller, thanks to the new bezel-less design.
The whole LG V30 experience is powered by a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.45GHz quad-core processor with 4GB RAM. In a nutshell, it’s probably the most responsive phone on the market.
The LG V30 not only has IP68 certification against dust and water ingress, but it also has MIL STD-810G certification. This US Military certification goes well beyond IP68 and means that the phone has been tested against shock, high and low temperatures, humidity and whole bunch of other tough conditions.
This LG mobile phone has a metal frame and toughened Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front. There is a textured finish, designed to protect the body from smudges and stains.
The colour options are Moroccan Blue and Cloud Silver, both of which look good. In the hand, the phone feels thin at 7.3mm thick and weighs very little at 158g.
Phone Set Up
Facial recognition, voice recognition or fingerprint security
Our LG V30 review gives tops marks for the choice of unlocking methods. There is a fingerprint sensor mounted on the rear, but are there two other biometrics that can be used for security:
- Facial recognition - The improved facial recognition technology now unlocks the phone quicker and easier. There is no need to press a button to wake up the screen, simply look at the phone and authorised faces are recognised.
- Voice recognition - Voice recognition is always on and only drains a tiny amount of battery, thanks to Qualcomm Aqstic voice UI technology. For security, the tech gets tuned to your voice only, during the set up. The V30 will listen for your chosen three to five syllable keyword before unlocking. The voice tuning also gives a better Google Assistant experience.
The LG V30 has a large 64GB memory but there is also a microSD card slot. By inserting a memory card with a value of up to 2TB, you can greatly increase the storage capacity.
The V20 had a small secondary display, but that has been dropped on the LG V30, in favour of a Floating Bar. The Floating Bar does the same thing, giving you quick access to the things that you want to do.
The Floating Bar lets you quickly switch between App Access, where you can pin your favourite apps to the Floating Bar, and Music Player controls, Qmemo+ features and your saved contacts.
Hi-Fi Quad DAC audio
The V20 sounded great but the LG V30 takes things to whole new level. The Hi-Fi Quad DAC playback generates rich and layered live performance sounds. The phone can play loss-less file formats, with 50% clearer sound compared to single DAC.
The LG V30 allows you to download or stream master MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) files. These have the sound of the original file, but are still small enough to not eat away at huge chunks of your data allowance.
Digital Filters and Sound Presets lets you enjoy fuller music, adjusted and tweaked to your own personal tastes. Sound Presets includes Detailed, Enhanced, Bass and Live. Digital Filters create multi dimensional sound with three options;
- Slow - Creates a clearer sound
- Sharp - Creates a natural sound
- Short - Creates a spatial sound that is brought forward
Google’s Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system is pre-loaded. This OS most notably brings multi-window multitasking and support for Google Daydream. Google Daydream is used for experiencing VR gaming, videos and movies. You just need to purchase the VR headset to take advantage of this.
Camera & Video
Crystal Clear Lens
The LG V30 has a glass F1.6 Crystal Clear Lens, instead of a plastic lens. This improves low light performance by allowing in more light, while dramatically increasing the dynamic range.
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The wide angle cameras reduce annoying round-edge distortion. The dual camera set up includes a 16MP camera with a 71o standard angle lens and a 13MP camera with a 120o wide angle lens, effectively giving you a 2x optical zoom.
Point Zoom is really cool and so far, the LG V30 is the only phone to offer this Hollywood style video zooming feature. Point Zoom zooms in on any selected object or subject in the frame. It then zooms in at a preset speed, to the object or subject, no matter where they are in the frame.
So, Point Zoom is essentially zoom and move in one action. Standard video zooms do not do this and can only zoom in on what is in the centre of the frame.
Cine Video Mode
Cine Video Mode increases the dynamic range and creates more vivid colours. It allows the photographer to improve the story telling though dramatic film styles, offered through the LG-Cine LOG profile.
There are 15 Cine effects, with each of the professional colour sets, designed in collaboration with expert film colourists. Examples includes Summer Blockbuster, Flashback, Documentary and Pop Art.
Hi-Fi Video Recording
The Hi-Fi Video Recording feature captures distortion free and unmuffled sound, through a quality directional mic.
5MP selfie camera
The LG V30 has a 5MP wide angle selfie camera with a 90o lens.
Qnovo Adaptive Charging
The 3,300mAh battery has a good capacity and the phone supports wireless charging (wireless charger not included) and Quick Charge 3.0, through the USB Type-C charging port.
The LG V30 also has Qnovo Adaptive Charging, which has been used on Sony mobile phones for some time. The technology controls the rate of charging, which protects the battery and extends its lifespan. Essentially, this means that in a year from the now, the battery will still perform nearly as good as new.
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Written by: Michael Brown