We won’t dwell too long on the fact LG has lost considerable ground to its fellow Korean company Samsung in the great smartphone race. Even if Sammy sells more units, LG still makes some very good phones.
After the failed modular G5, the G6 was a sparkling return to form and was one of the first phones on the market with an 18:9 tall display, a trend now in full force in the industry.
LG’s best phones are the latest in the G and V series, the latter often a jazzed-up version of the former. They have good screens, versatile wide-angle cameras and – hooray – headphone jacks.
LG can often be given short shrift in comparison to other Android manufacturers these days but it’s quite unfair – although it can sometimes be hard to track down stockists as the company’s influence dwindles. But if you go for one of these phones we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
We haven’t reviewed any of the Q and K series phones, so the below recommendations are phones we have actually used extensively.
1. LG V40 ThinQ
This is the best LG phone you can buy. It’s got sleek design, versatile cameras, an outstanding headphone jack DAC and full waterproofing.
The display is the best on an LG phone to date too and it has wireless charging. Performance is slick and LG’s Android skin is at its most reserved even if it’s not our favourite.
But you can only buy it in the US and Korea and it’s very expensive, which might put some people off.
Read our LG V40 ThinQ review.
2. LG G7 ThinQ
If you want wide angle cameras in a flagship phone, the G7 is an excellent option – particularly as LG has now added portrait mode for the first time.
The screen is still LCD but goes extremely bright. Add to that water resistance, wireless charging and a headphone jack with a Quad DAC, this is one of the most fully featured handsets of 2018.
You might dislike the notch and LG’s Android skin, but if you want to spend less and get a whole lot of phone, the G7 could be for you.
Read our LG G7 ThinQ review.
3. LG V30
There’s a lot to like about the V30 becuase it’s like LG has taken the G6 and upgraded it in key areas and even refined the already sleek design. Now the price is a more reasonable £599 we can highly recommend this phone which offers excellent design, screen, cameras and audio.
Read our LG V30 review.
4. LG G6
The LG G6 is no doubt a striking smartphone. Metal and glass shimmer while the huge 18:9 screen is impressively brought to life with the improved software and its rounded corner design. It is a more refined smartphone than both the G4 and G5, and should appeal to a broader audience – even if its features aren’t the same globally.
There’s a lot to cover with the G6, and it’s a complicated phone to assess. The differences in hardware and the tweaks in software mean that is a phone that reveals itself to you slowly than the immediacy of, say, a Samsung Galaxy S. The design looks uniform at first until you realise how well it all comes together.
LG has quietly managed to build a mature phone with next to no bezels and some genuinely unique tweaks to software, leaving it feeling fresher and more creative than any Android phone we’ve seen for a while.
The age-old question for LG though – will people buy it?
Read our LG G6 review.
- Reviewed on: 19 March 2018
The V30S ThinQ is basically the V30 save for bumps in RAM and storage and a tiny software change to the camera. Unless you must have 256GB storage, there’s actually no reason to buy it over the original V30.
Unfortunately, the display problem of the original is also here and means that even though the V30S has hands-down the best audio of any smartphone on the market and excellent video capabilities, it’s hard to recommend. If you want a better display, go for the Galaxy S9 and if you want a better camera go for the Pixel 2.
Go and try the V30S in store to look at the screen if it’s actually available in your region. LG makes it hard to buy its phones with patchy global release plans, and this time the added negative of a blotchy display means the V30S ThinQ is a massive missed opportunity. It’s the best LG phone ever, but it has a major flaw.
Read our LG V30S ThinQ review.