Brought to you by Norton Symantec
LG V30+ Review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Great camera app
- Featureset covers all the bases
- Kinda average camera
The V-series has always been LG’s playground for the more ambitious fare left out of their more-mainstream flagship G-series - and all the better for it. The V30 continues that trend in good form.
Price$ 1,199.00 (AUD)
Somewhere along the line, LG’s V30 became ‘the videographer’s smartphone’.
It’s not quite clear when this happened. Nor is it clear whether or not this was some kind deliberate marketing move on part of LG or whether it was an early observation by the tech press that found its momentum as an informal tag-line for the device. Regardless, label is nothing if not apt.
Considering the circumstances, shifting gears towards a play for the burgeoning content creator market actually makes a lot of sense for LG. The arms race for the perfect portrait mode was already a difficult one for LG to keep pace with, even before Google got involved the Pixel. In fact, there’s a pretty clear comparison to make between this approach and what Nokia have done with ‘The Bothie’ camera on their flagship Nokia 8.
If you can’t build a camera that does it better, build one that does something different.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, this angle was deemed too niche for Australian customers. Sort of. While the original V30 won’t be getting an Australian release, the beefier V30+ is - and there's a lot to like here.
The V-series has always been LG’s playground for the more ambitious fare left out of their more-mainstream flagship G-series - and all the better for it. The V30 continues that trend in good form and makes for a solid alternative unswayed by the Note 8’s S-Pen and Huawei’s AI-powered photography.
The LG V30+ is an Android-based smartphone (running 7.1.2 Nougat and LG’s UX skin) powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and a thrifty 4GB of RAM. It’s packing a bezelless 6-inch QHD (2880x1440 pixels) OLED display, 128GB of on-board storage and a 3300mAh battery.
There’s a fingerprint scanner on the back, headphone jack down the bottom edge and dual-sim slot on offer. The V30+ also comes IP68-rated against water damage and supports Qi wireless charging.
In terms of the cameras, the V30+ practices a very similar dual-lens setup to the G6. It’s got a dual shooter on the back, pairing up a 16-megapixel f/1.6 standard lens with a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens. Then, on the front, it comes equipped with a 5-megapixel Wide-Angle lens.
The major differences here between the V30+ and the regular V30 are largely technical. The former comes with double the internal storage (128GB vs 64GB) and bundled with a set of QuadPlay earbuds.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.
- 2 Samsung Q9F Series QLED: Peak performance from a home entertainment heavyweight
- 3 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Ring Video Doorbell review
Latest News Articles
- Vivo debut first 'zero-bezel' smartphone
- ZTE has to pay up before supply ban is scrapped
- Blackberry reveal KEY2 at NY launch event
- WWDC 2018: Apple Previews iOS 12
- Oppo tease Paris debut for new Find X smartphone
PCW Evaluation Team
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
- Computex 2018: Everything you missed at Asia's biggest tech tradeshow
- Computex 2018: Nvidia launches new AI-focused hardware and software platforms
- Huawei P20 Pro review: See it and believe the hype
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies