LG V30 Plus Review of Pros And Cons

Picture of the LG V30 Plus, by LG

- Analysis by Christelle Nina


Compared to the earlier-released V30, the LG V30 Plus boasts improved memory, a significantly-longer talk time, and a new all-black glass finish. Still, being a flagship phone, it's bound to be compared to competing devices. How the V30 Plus fares is detailed below.

Unsurprisingly, this smartphone boasts a 6-inch FullVision display, making it almost bezel-free , just like most of 2017's flagships. The 2880 x 1440 resolution and 538DPI display sharpness may be relatively-lower than the specs found on a number of its rivals , but the difference is small enough to be probably insignificant to the naked eye.

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The V30 Plus also sports a promising camera setup on its rear. With two wide-angle sensors harboring resolutions of 16 and 13 megapixels , this device is likely bound to excite mobile photography fans. On the other hand, we feel like it could've done better than having a 5-megapixel camera on the front , as this spec makes it lag behind many comparable (or even lower-tier) models.

As for pros and cons related to performance indicators, this phone takes the fast lane with an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor whose maximum speed clocks in at 2.45GHz . RAM-wise, the 4GB it has been equipped with doesn't sound inadequate, but it pales compared to the 6GB RAM's we've seen on a few 2017 handhelds .

Physically, the V30 Plus' lightness and thinness steals some attention. Weighing 5.57 ounces and with sides that measure 0.29 inches-thick , this premiere model stands on the sleek side. The glass front and back and metal sides reinforce its streamlined appearance. Furthermore, its IP68 rating and MIL-STD-810G certification against water, dust, and shock are a definite plus.

A final con would have to be the V30 Plus' battery specs. In spite of having a markedly-better 26-hour talk time compared to the V30 , its 3300mAh power reserve still appears to lag behind many other smartphones' .

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At the end of the day, the LG's V30 Plus has pros and cons that are lopsided towards the promising side, owing to the fact that its is, after all, a flagship phone. It appears to be a nicely-packaged device, with the only major downsides being the watered-down selfie camera and the relatively-small battery.

On-paper Review rating:

Cons:

Doesn't seem to have a memory expansion slot:

Does it feature memory expansion? Unless LG forgoto to mention it, it doesn't seem to.

Unknown weight:

It's frustrating that we could not find its weight information.

Pros:

Reasonable SAR (radiation) rating:

We've seen phones with a lower SAR rating, but 0.71 watts per kilogram of body mass is honorable, on a scale that goes from 0 to 1.60...

Rugged:

It is described as more resistant to water, dust and shocks.

Faster processor:

Its 2.45GHz (quad 2.45GHz + quad 1.9GHz) processor speed combined with 8 cores is part of the fastest.

It is a miracast smartphone:

It is equipped with Miracast, a a wireless protocol that allows you to connect to TVs and share your screen

Very large screen:

We're dealing with a hefty display here, making it a phablet: 6.0 inches and a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels means about 14.39 square inches and an image quality of at least 538 dots per inch (DPI)!

Memory can be expanded up to 2000GB:

The V30 Plus doesn't come with an included memory card but it has a slot for up to 2000GB in memory expansion, which is convenient to store pictures and video clips shot with the included 16MP + 13MP (Wide-angle) camera.

Top-of-the-line camera:

The V30 Plus is stands above the crowd with its 16MP + 13MP (Wide-angle) camera. It also sports the following options: 360 Panorama, Cine Effect, Film Effect, Food Mode, Graphy, HDR, Manual Mode, Photo Signature, Pop-out Picture Mode, Square Camera.

Decent-resolution selfie cam:

The selfie cam resolution seems just about average.

** This phone is also known as: LG V30+

*** These cons and pros are identified automatically based on our proprietary algorithm and the specs we found for this item. Should you see an error, please let us know.


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