LG V30 64GB Smartphone Evaluation - General Usage

Article Index
LG V30 64GB Smartphone Evaluation
Features and Specifications
General Usage
Camera and Video Testing
Battery Life, Calling and More
Final Thoughts

Using the LG V30:

I've used Android phones pretty much since the original Nexus One made by HTC. Things have come a long way in terms of performance, fit and finish, quality and overall usability. I've owned all of the Nexus devices but dropped the Google line since the Pixel came out. My personal device is currently a Galaxy S8 and while it is a great device, Samsung's software has proven to be a bit of an adjustment. I really enjoyed the plain software on the KeyONE as well as ZTE devices. I'm glad that the V30 follows along with the bloat-free idea that companies are starting to adopt more and more. While different launchers, screen effects and more and nice, the fact is that many people would rather have better battery life than eye-candy on their screen. 

The V30 has pretty lean software and even though the hardware is top-end, it sips power and manages to get two days of usage without much effort. 

Rear Profile

 

I installed a nice 64GB memory card as well as my SIM card into the V30 and went through a quick setup process, initialed the transfer wizard - which worked like a charm once I installed the LG push app on my Galaxy S8. In a very short time I had a fully functioning, familiar device that had all my applications, accounts and data restored to it and it was ready to go. I enrolled a few fingerprints into it to help protect my data and was good to go.

The volume keys are conveniently located where a slight reach with your thumb controls the volume (if you're right-handed) and as previously mentioned, the power button is located on the back of the phone, below the camera and has the fingerprint sensor integrated.

The screen is bright enough for usage in direct sunlight and is vibrant, has amazing contrast and is very usable. The screen is a bright P-OLED display and as such, it only powers pixels when required. This makes the always-on feature sip power where the Galaxy S8 draws more power. The 8-core processor has plenty of horsepower to record in 4K, slow motion and do most every task you need to get done. The device never appeared to lag, stall or slow down no matter how many applications I installed and ran on it. It seemed more than adequate in every daily task I put it through. 

 

Front Profile

 

On the next page we'll jump into camera and video testing as we continue through our evaluation.