V is for value in latest offer from LG
IF YOU’RE not keen on forking out $1500 for a smartphone, but want something that delivers a beautiful display, superb sound and solid photo and video shooting, the LG V30+ is a strong contender.
The well-priced phone is packed with good features that are aimed at travellers, photography and video enthusiasts and audiophiles.
The super light six-inch phone looks and feels very much like its more expensive rivals from Samsung and Apple, with an 18:9 display in a slim 7.3mm thick body.
It also features a dual camera set-up with a 16 megapixel standard angle camera and 13 megapixel wide angle camera, which is particularly handy when you are in tight spaces.
We put it to the test in the fading light walking the beach and on several walks through the hinterland.
It captured beautiful video of the sunsets, and has some nice cinematic video options including slow, steady zoom into your subjects.
The Point Zoom function allows you to zoom in on any point in the frame you select, using a zoom slider, which is a cool addition.
It also shot some pretty impressive looking 360-degree panoramas.
The F1.6 Crystal Clear glass lens lets in light well but it is probably not as good as the latest from Samsung’s line-up, which particularly excel in low light photography.
The front facing camera, at 5MP, is below that of the Samsung Galaxy Note8, at 8MP, or the Apple iPhoneX, at 7MP.
RAM is also lighter on at 4GB versus 6GB for the Samsung. However, memory built into the phone starts at 128GB and is also expandable.
The display is OLED FullVision, which LG says is the same screen technology seen on some of the most advanced televisions.
We put it to the test watching some Netflix content and the experience was just as good as the high-end phones on the market.
One of the stand-out features of the V30+ is the sound.
It has a Quad Digital/Analogue Converter (DAC) with tuning from Bang and Olufsen (B&O).
The wired headphones, which plug into a 3.5mm jack, produced some of the best sounds around – something you could appreciate while walking on a wind-blown beach.
The braided cable looks classy and feels nice while the LG logo embossed on the end of each bud rounds out the quality feel.
The phone’s 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC feature allows for audio streaming at its best, especially if you have your own higher quality headphones.
The battery is not the biggest on the market at 3300mAh but it was more than adequate for normal everyday use, while wireless charging is also on offer for the LG.
For security, there’s no shortage of options, with face recognition, voice recognition, a fingerprint sensor and knock code. The interface includes always on display, second screen and floating bar options.
With a RRP of $1199, the LGV30+ will appeal to those not ready to go to the top price point in the market, but who want better camera and sound features than are available in the mid-range.
WELL-PRICED: LG’s V30+ phone is jam-packed with some great features for photo, video and sound enthusiasts.