LG G7, For­get About The Brand Buy The Tech­nol­ogy

SmartHouse - - REVIEW // LG - Writ­ten by DAVID RICHARDS

The new $1,099 LG G7 ThinQ is strug­gling to find air in Aus­tralia with only JB Hi Fi rang­ing what is a se­ri­ously okay smart­phone.

While the price is steep and needs to drop at least $100 the de­vice it­self is pure qual­ity and above all highly func­tional and this is a rea­son to in­vest in this de­vice.

One of the first if not the first to put the con­trol but­ton on the back of the de­vice where your fin­ger ac­tu­ally rests when hold­ing a smart­phone this de­vice is a step up from the G6 with im­proved ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and a faster pro­ces­sor.

When it comes to aes­thet­ics LG stayed to the ba­sics the same way Sam­sung did with their Galaxy S9. Among these sta­ple LG fea­tures is the re­turn, of their KnockOn ca­pa­bil­ity that al­lows one to quickly wake the de­vice with a dou­ble-tap, as the re­li­able face un­lock fea­tures from the V30. What is out­stand­ing is the im­pres­sive wide-an­gle cam­era, and a new AI ca­pa­bil­ity ex­pands the shoot­ing modes. This is very sim­i­lar to the AI tech­nol­ogy first seen in the LG V30.

The rear cam­era has a 16-megapixel sen­sor with 1-mi­cron pix­els, be­hind an f/1.6 lens, with op­ti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion. The wide cam­era uses the same 16-megapixel sen­sor; how­ever, the wide-an­gle cam­era has been re­duced to 107 de­grees from the V30’s 120.

An­other big plus that is new with the G7 in the in­clu­sion of a Google as­sist key. A bit like the Bixby but­ton on the S9.

All you have to do is press the AI hot key once on the side of the G7 and if you dou­ble tap Google Lens is opened. This al­lows you to scan images to find in­for­ma­tion. A sin­gle tap launches As­sis­tant, or you can hold it down for a walkie-talkie mode. In ad­di­tion, it has a 24bit au­dio sys­tem and a head­phone jack which when head­phones are plugged in re­spond to the built in Quad DAC, there is also a boom­box speaker sys­tem which is very ef­fec­tive when watch­ing a movie or ac­cess­ing YouTube along with wire­less charg­ing.

This is the best speaker setup in any smart­phone and the new boom­box setup is the loud­est and best­sound­ing smart­phone speaker I have ever come across. This has been achieved be­cause the en­tire body of the phone has been turned into speaker cham­ber. You even feel the vi­bra­tions sim­i­lar to what hap­pens when you crank up a big boom­box.

New SFV tech­nol­ogy al­lows your voice to be heard from up to 5 me­tres away, The Su­per Far Voice Recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy works well in a car or other noisy en­vi­ron­ment.

What I re­ally like about the de­vice is the way it fits per­fectly in the hand due to the curved edges and the thick­ness of the de­vice. It’s ac­tu­ally slim but frac­tion­ally smaller than the iPhone or S8.

LG’s su­per-tall 19.5:9 dis­play panel is a ma­jor im­prove­ment upon the G6’s LCD, it also comes with an ex­tra white sub­pixel for ex­tra bright­ness, it also ap­pears that this does not im­pact on the 3,000mAh bat­tery life.

De­spite t be­ing a rel­a­tively small bat­tery, I was able to get be­tween 16 and 18 hours per charge even on a heavy use day.

This was bet­ter than the HTC U11 or the Nokia 8 Sirocco or the Galaxy S9+ and the Pixel 2 XL.

The back­light can go all the way up to 1000 units in its boosted bright­ness mode, but you will have to op­er­ate this fea­ture man­u­ally.

This de­vice has a screen notch that is sub­tly built into the top end of the de­vice. The 16mp front fac­ing cam­era built into the notch is the same pixel as the rear cam­era.

The rest of the spec sheet is stan­dard 2018 flag­ship stuff, with a Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor plus 4GB of RAM and 64GB of stor­age in most mar­kets, plus mi­croSD. And it’s wa­ter re­sis­tant too, rated IP68.

CON­CLU­SION

LG has in­tro­duced a lot of great new cam­era fea­tures which makes this an ideal smart­phone to travel with. The wide an­gle cam­era is the best there is in a smart­phone and the qual­ity of the cap­tured images is also up there with top end smart­phones.

As for sound there is no bet­ter smart­phone though I do sus­pect that the Galaxy Note 9 will see some new Har­man or AKG 24bit au­dio tech­nol­ogy built into the de­vice.

There are two ways to con­sider this de­vice. Firstly, ig­nore the brand be­cause in the phone mar­ket LG lacks clout, you are buy­ing a smart­phone not a brand.

Think tech­nol­ogy and fea­tures, as the tech­nol­ogy un­der the bon­net is up there with the lat­est iPhone, the cam­era the pro­ces­sor the sound out­put so what you are ac­tu­ally pay­ing for is what I think is im­por­tant in a de­vice.

An easy ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion is to sim­ply fi­nance this de­vice as this is an ideal in­vest­ment that will de­liver you, all you need in a top end smart­phone.

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