It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there in the land of smartphones, and there are only a few top names that manage to both stay afloat and innovate every year. LG is among them — despite reporting the tenth consecutive quarter of mobile losses, the manufacturer has at least managed to produce two top-tier devices this year that seem to have won back the favor of smartphone fans and critics around the world.
But LG doesn’t just have two flagships. It makes phones to fit most pockets and needs. So, let’s check out what LG phones are most deserving of your money in 2017!
Without a doubt, the V30 is LG’s true heavy-hitter for 2017. It has a 6-inch display with the new 18:9 aspect ratio, minimal bezels, a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, and 4 GB of RAM. What sets the V30 apart is its 16 MP camera with a super-wide F1.6 aperture — a first on smartphones —, its advanced photo and video features, and its quad-DAC aimed at audiophiles.
All that while the handset is thin, light (lighter than the smaller G6, even), water-resistant, and has an excellent battery life, which is a category LG phones don’t usually excel in.
The V30 may be the best LG phone to come out this year, but it’s meant as a poweruser’s niche device. The intended flagship was, in fact, the LG G6, which launched in March. LG went to a lot of effort to make it extremely ergonomic and strived to build a durable handset that can withstand rough bumps of daily life.
The G6 is the first LG phone to have the new 18:9 aspect ratio on its 5.7-inch screen. So, the device is quite narrow — like you are holding the good old G5. A small caveat there is that the LG G6 also has last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. The company claimed it preferred to design around an SoC that it was familiar with and get the most out of it that it can, but it’s none the less old tech, so it wasn’t met with grand cheers.
The good news is that it’s currently down to $450 new and, for that price, it’s a pretty solid, contemporary smartphone. The bad news is that it’s not really a battery champ.
The LG V20 is not necessarily pretty to look at, though it does have its rugged charm with its Tumbler Batmobile-like aesthetic. It’s a phablet with a 5.7-inch screen that has the “old” 16:9 aspect ratio. In other words, it’s proper big.
The phone was released in September of 2016, so it’s still a fairly fresh smartphone. The Snapdragon 820 and 4 GB of RAM inside it provide plenty of power and, same as the V30, it also comes with a Quad DAC to make the audio geeks happy. Its dual camera module is identical in specs to the one in the LG G6 and its photography chops are also still up to par with this year’s offerings.
Unfortunately, the V20 falls in the category of LG phones that don’t really offer a stellar battery life.
LG’s Q6 is the first mid-tier phone to have the 18:9 aspect ratio and thin bezel build. It kind of looks like a G6 Mini and has very modest hardware — even the fingerprint scanner is absent.
So, what do we get? A lower-mid grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC, 3 GB of RAM, which is OK for midrange phones nowadays, a 5.5-inch display with a 1080 x 2160 resolution, and 13 MP / 5 MP cameras on the back and front, respectively. The battery on board has a 3,000 mAh capacity and it did quite well in our endurance tests — rest assured, it can get you through the day.
LG X venture
Putting the “venture” in “Adventure”, this is a rugged phone for harsher conditions. It’s water-, dust-, shock-, and vibration-resistant. To top that package off, the phone has a design, marketed as “non-slip”, making sure you have less chance of dropping it.
On the hardware side, it’s not a phone for heavy users — a Snapdragon 435 and 2 GB of RAM hum under the hood, and the cameras have a 16 MP and 5 MP sensor. You’ve got a 5.2-inch display for a more compact form factor and the battery on board is an impressive 4,100 mAh cell, making sure you can spend more time away from power outlets.
LG Stylo 3 Plus
The Stylo 3 Plus comes equipped with its own stylus, but don’t jump for joy thinking it’s Samsung S Pen-level sophisticated — it’s just a regular, run-of-the-mill capacitive stylus. That said, the Stylo 3 Plus rocks a spacious 5.7-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 435 and has 2 GB of RAM while a 3,080 mAh battery keeps the lights on.
In other words, it’s a midranger through and through. Tied to T-Mobile, you can have it for $10 per month, which is an easily justifiable price tag.
LG K20 V (K20 Plus)
Not to be confused with the regular K20, this one is sold as locked to Verizon and T-Mobile only. It comes with a 5.3-inch, 720 x 1080 display, a Snapdraon 425 quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 13 MP / 5 MP camera combo. Hey, it also still has a fingerprint scanner! Pretty cool for a cheap phone, no?
To make things a bit more confusing, the K20 V has 16 GB of storage, while the K20 Plus, which is on T-Mobile, can have a 32 GB variant.
Now, the reason we warned you about the “regular” K20 available through other carriers is that it comes with 1.5 GB of RAM and an 8 MP main camera. In other words, it’s really, really entry level. That’s not a bad thing per se, it’s just not cool to get confused over which phone you are buying.
LG K10 (2017)
Pretty much a K20 with a MediaTek processor instead of a Qualcomm and sans the fingerprint scanner. The K10 also has a 13 MP main camera, a 5 MP selfie snapper, the same size IPS display, and same low-ish resolution.