V is for value in lat­est of­fer from LG

The Western Star - - FIND A - MARK FURLER

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.

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