Here is our rundown of some of the finest LG smartphones available on the market right now, to help you to tease out which one you should make your next purchase.
LG V60 ThinQ 5G
The latest flagship phone from LG is the LG V60 ThinQ 5G. This phone comes with 6.8-inch OLED screen, a 10MP front camera and a triple rear camera that has a 64MP primary camera, a 13MP ultrawide camera, and the LG time-of-flight Z Camera.
The V60 also sells with the option to add a case that adds a second screen. This is the same setup as in the LG G8X ThinQ. It is a different take on the smartphone adding the second screen but for those that liked the feature on the G8X it is still available on the V60.
In terms of battery life the V60 has much improved performance as compared to previous versions V series phones. The V60 comes with a 5000 mAh battery that lasts just under 13 hours at around 12 hours and 45 minutes. A test of the battery done by Tom's Guide had it lasting almost an hour longer than both the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
One other interesting feature of the LG V60 is that LG has stuck with including a headphone jack on the device. This is the only flagship phone that still includes this hardware feature.
So in summary this phone's primary features are its large screen, with a long battery life and inclusion of the headphone jack. Wrapping this all in phone available for under $900 you have a quality phone at a price point several hundred less than industry leaders in the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
LG V50 ThinQ
LG launched its LG V50 ThinQ on May 31, 2019. This phone is LG's entrance into the 5G space and offers users the ability to be among the first to experience the possibilities of 5G. This device comes with a 6.4" OLED FullVision Display to give the user a superior viewing experience. LG's OLED TV technology is an award winning technology that gives the user vibrant color, beautiful contrast, and incredible clarity. The LG V50 also comes with 5 Cameras, three rear cameras and two on the front. The camera hardware combined with with AI Technology to recommend photo enhancing filters to improve your pictures allows the user to take some truly stunning photos even in low light environments.
As a 5G device though this phone is only available through Verizon and Sprint.
There aren't too many enhancements over the LG V40 ThinQ if you are looking for a 4G device so to save some money it may be worth to hold off on the LV V50 and go for the LG V40 while the wireless carriers continue to build out and expand their 5G networks. There is sure to be a newer 5G ready device to purchase by the time the 5G networks are built out enough to make 5G connectivity a reality in many locations across the US.
LG G8 ThinQ
LG's most recent G series smartphone is the LG G8 ThinQ. This phone has an absolutely stunning display with a 6.1" OLED Screen that produces the best picture quality ever from an LG phone. It also comes with crystal sound OLED which means the screen is the speaker directing sound out of phone towards the user producing high quality acoustics. This is combined with a low-end Boombox speaker give you incredible sound at a range of frequencies that makes watching movies and listening to music without a headset truly enjoyable.
On the security front the G8 phone has three methods that the user can pick to unlock their phone: Fingerprint ID, 3D Face Unlock, or Hand ID. The Hand ID is a new one that uses Hand Vein Recognition using the users unique circulatory pattern to unlock the phone. Having the three choices is a smart move by LG as Apple has had issues with some users unhappy with the face recognition only option.
The G8's camera comes with advanced 3D depth sensors which allows the camera to separate the photos subject from the background which gives the user control to take incredible selfies, apply custom backgrounds, and adjust lighting effects.
LG’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS Max is a convincing one, but also has a certain unique character of its own. The exterior certainly exudes quality, incorporating a very subtle texture to the back that helps to provide a pleasantly tactile experience – not mega grippy, but not super slippery either.
Highlights under the bonnet, meanwhile, include processor power to rival the aforementioned industry-leading smartphones, as well as a Hi-Fi Quad DAC and DTS:X 3D Surround sound for excellent audio quality.
This is another LG flagship that punches above its weight, with its strengths including a pleasant feel in the hand, a high standard of audio through the headphone jack and a surprisingly useful Google Assistant button.
The G7’s display also goes some way to showing OLED is not automatically superior to LCD, with one reviewer having described it as “the best LCD I’ve used on a phone and it’s significantly better than the OLEDs made by LG and used in the [LG] V30 and Google Pixel 2 XL.”
The V35 is an easy-to-overlook option given the existence of the V40 and G7, but it really shouldn’t be. This successor to the V30 from 2017 shares quite a few components with the G7, and one other way it takes after those devices is in its clean and simple appearance.
There’s definitely a classy design aesthetic that helps to define LG these days. We are especially great admirers of the V35’s six-inch edge-to-edge OLED display, however, which produces a bright and sharp 2,880 x 1,440 resolution amounting to 538 pixels per inch.
The G6 still feels like a fairly high-end handset compared to alternatives like the Samsung Galaxy S8, even if the latter does have a more colorful AMOLED screen, a more powerful processor and double the amount of internal storage.
You won’t pay as much for a G6, though, and the LG phone’s shape is certainly eye-catching, its 18:9 aspect ratio being taller and narrower than the 16:9 widescreen format that has become common among rivals. The metal frame and glass back are also pretty stylish, Gorilla Glass having been used to provide a decent amount of shatter proofing and scratch resistance.
LG Fiesta 2 LTE
The LG Fiesta 2 LTE has won many a fan since its late 2016 release, thanks to such qualities as its bright 5.5-inch display, potent 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB runtime memory and astounding storage options. Then, there’s the battery, which weighs in at a formidable 4500mAh, making it one of the largest in this price bracket.
Typically of LG, the outward design is also as nice to look at as it is to feel in the hand, courtesy of the silver finish on the frame and a rubberized back cover.
LG Stylo 4
It may be a far cry from the premium market-leading ‘phablet’, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – being priced at just $249.99 on Amazon when we last checked – but the LG Stylo 4 offers an impressive complement of features for such a modest price tag.
The Stylo is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor that is perfectly respectable given all of the buyers who are likely to be upgrading from a Snapdragon 429 or 210. Its battery life, meanwhile, is an amazing 3,300mAh – which means you’ll probably rarely need to plug it in at the end of each day – and the plastic casing fits perfectly comfortably in the hand, while exuding good build quality.
The South Korean manufacturer remains as capable when it comes to the production of mid-range phones as it is at the lowest and highest ends of the market. This is demonstrated by the Q7, which incorporates such perks as a Snapdragon 450 processor, 3,000mAh battery, dual 16-megapixel cameras and a metallic body and metal frame that can stand up to pretty much anything.
As for the latest deals, we looked around and discovered that Best Buy was presenting the opportunity to pick up a 64GB Q7 upgrade for $31.25 per month for 24 months with Verizon Device Payments.
LG offers more choice than might be expected from one of the more unsung brands in the smartphone market today – so we would urge you not to overlook this respected firm’s offerings when you are next on the lookout for a sophisticated and well-priced handset.