The Best Smartphone You’ve Never Heard Of


– Hey guys, this is Austin. If you’re really into smartphones, you’ve probably heard of
the LG V Series of phones. However this year they’re doing something a little different. This is a pre-production model of the LG V30. Pre-production is a key word here, as LG sent out an early version of the V30 to take a look at. So some things will definitely change, most notably a lot of the software stuff. But it should give us a good look at what the phone will be like once it actually hits shelves. Put the V30 side by side with
the G6 as well as the S8, and it’s actually a
pretty big jump in design. So not only does it have
smaller bezels than the G6, but it also is a little bit more curved both on the edges as well as
on the sides of the display. Very much similar to what
Samsung is doing with the S8. The V30 is rocking a 6 inch
2880 by 1440 P OLED display. Now Samsung has kind of been on top of the smart phone screen
game for a couple of years, but the V30 is right there, which makes sense. LG has been making OLED
TVs for a few years, so it’s only natural for that tech to trickle down to the V30. Hey guys, this is Austin. Today I’m here in New York City for the launch of the new
Samsung Galaxy Note 8. While the speaker isn’t exactly amazing, it’s just a single one on
the bottom of the device, the screen really does look nice. So the only issue here is that because this is a smartphone in 2017 with essentially no bezels, it’s actually a slightly awkward looking 18 by 9 aspect ratio. For most content this is no problem. But when it comes to video, that means you actually have some small black bars on
either side of the video. The design looks really nice and also very similar
to the Galaxy Note 8. That is certainly not a bad thing. So this guy’s rocking an
all glass and metal build, with Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back. But what it doesn’t have is a stupidly-placed fingerprint sensor. It’s right here in the middle, and it doubles as the power button. Good job LG. It also has IP 68 water resistance, which means that it
should be able to survive in a meter and a half of water for up to 30 minutes. Just like the Galaxy S8, the iPhone 7. It’s a fairly standard spec
on smartphones these days, but it’s something that
you really should expect when you’re paying this much for a phone. Not only does it have a USB-C port as well as the speaker on the bottom, but importantly it also has
a headphone jack on top. Spec-wise, it’s exactly
what you would expect out of a 2017 flagship. So it’s rocking a
Snapdragon 835 processor, four gigabytes of RAM, either 64 or 128 gigs of storage, and that is backed up
with a micro-SD card slot. The only thing that’s a
little bit of an unknown right now is the battery life. So to be fair, it has
a pretty decently-sized 3300 milliamp powered battery. Right in there with stuff
like the Galaxy Note 8 as well as the S8 Plus. However, because this is pre-production, it’s hard to say too
much about that just yet. Now for someone who has a lot more perspective on the V30 is Wes, our resident cinematographer and colorist, which sounds super cool. – That’s a fancy title. – So you’ve been playing with V30, but you actually have experience with the earlier V Series phones. – Yeah, I’ve actually been on that gravy train since the V10. (Austin laughs) What initially kind of
drew me to the V Series is it’s definitely a
little more utilitarian. – [Austin] Yeah. – And for me as someone that, when I’m out on the field, on a set I like the idea of, I just carry a second battery. I swapped it and I go.
– Yeah. Have you listened to
the headphone jack yet? Dude, that is legitimately
really impressive. So come down, you actually had to turn on the DAC? We were testing yesterday,
we did not do that. – [Wes] Yeah, so there’s
actually a Hi-Fi Quad DAC option that enables the higher processing. – [Austin] What if you
disable it, what happens? – It just becomes a little
quieter, a little flatter. I don’t know, that’s why I can’t go away from having a headphone jack. – Yeah. – For me, I just really love music and having that sort of
quality just in my pocket. – Yeah. – Even if I’m in an airport or something, just putting in my earbuds and pumping something like that, it’s just cool. – As far as the cameras go, LG was one of the first
to embrace dual cameras, and the V30 is no exception. So in addition to a 16
megapixel standard shooter, it also has a 13 megapixel
wide angle camera. So for example, this is what
a standard shot looks like. And then when we switch over
to the wide angle camera, you can see that there
is a massive difference. Now specifically with the wide angle, on earlier phones like the G5 and the V20 it was not quite as high
quality as the main, and you could actually see a pretty big difference in quality. But here, this actually looks pretty good. And honestly, while a
lot of dual camera setups are going to be more focused on having like a second telephoto lens, having something that’s this wide actually is kind of nice. It does give you a very
different perspective. So this is what the standard video looks like on the main camera. But if I jump out to the wide angle, you can see that we are getting
a lot more in this shot. In fact I can get uncomfortably
close to Ken here. And (laughs) it still
actually doesn’t look crazy. But we get back into the normal shot that looks really goofy. Something else interesting
about the V30 camera is that the main shooter has
a pretty large 1.6 aperture. And for comparison, a
lot of other smart phones have 1.7 or 1.8 or even 1.9. What this means is, is that it actually is going to be able to collect more light which is especially useful
in low light situations. So one of the things with the V20 that is a pretty major upgrade are the cameras. – Yeah. – So I played around
with them a little bit, but coming from the
V20, what do you think? – [Wes] Just from my initial impressions, they’re both better in a
bunch of different ways. So with this one, unlike the iPhone which has a telephoto.
– Right. – In the standard, this one has basically standard view and a wide angle, which I found to be incredibly useful. Just because you find yourself in so many neat situations where you’re like, “I’m in the middle of some cool woods. “I just want to take a picture of this.” So the raw capture is 10 bit, which actually the V20 was 10 bit as well. – [Austin] Okay. – [Wes] But going– – [Austin] That’s still a lot better than most smartphones though, if they even have raw in the first place. – Just from my initial tests, I think the V30 rivals the S8. When you’re shooting raw here, it’s gonna take a little
more monkeying with, but the range that you get versus what I’m seeing you get on the S8, I would say if you are
confident going to Photoshop, going to Lightroom, going
into DaVinci Resolve. – Yeah.
– If you’re that dedicated. (Austin laughs) Then I think the V30
outshines it a little bit. – One of the big features of the V30 is the improved video performance. They actually added a lot of really cool sort of more high-end features to it. – Yeah, which kind of
the most interesting one to me is it shoots log, – Okay, so
– which is– – Log for you guys who are
not giant camera nerds, essentially a more flat picture profile that is sort of meant
to be able to allow you in post-production to get
the most out of the image. – This is really just refining and making the cameras
as good as possible. Now that they kind of have the form factor and the idea down. They know who they want to be for, and they know the idea to have, people like the wide angle, and then they like the
more standard width. So this is really just an
improvement on everything. – While this is pre-production, so some things could change
between now and release, it is pretty clear to me that the V30 is absolutely up there
with other big flagships. So what do you guys
think about the LG V30? Let me know in the comments below, and I will catch you in the next one.

55 thoughts on “The Best Smartphone You’ve Never Heard Of

  1. I'm tired of people saying the Galaxy Fingerprint Scanner is placed wrong. There's no wrong placement that's just your personal preference. If you hold it right your finger naturally points towards it it's easy and quick even people with small hands have said so. In fact I've held the pixel which has the same placement as this and it being dead in the center means I have to bend my finger rather than point which makes me adjust my whole hand for that and I prefer the S8 but I'm not going to over exaggerate like you guys and say others are wrong. Same with the bixby button it's not actually in the way and sure they should've made an official way to remap it I agree but it's easy to get bixby to talk and you can also turn of the single press for the bixby page now so it's only for voice. And if you really want to you can remap it for flashlight and stuff like other apps. And having a dedicated flashlight button or camera button or YouTube launcher whatever is pretty cool and I think the buttons fine just for that alone. After a few weeks it should've been easy to know what's volume and what's bixby and the screen and thin bezels almost non existent and the power all sell this phone. Plus there's huge deals on it in many places. What's to be mad about? Are you so spoiled by tech that the most cutting edge thing has to trigger you to nitpick?

  2. the 430 looks like a crappy version on the Samsung galaxy s8 like cmon LG try not to copy other phones like apple did

  3. always a bit amused when reviewers talk about water resistance in such high regard though when sony started that a couple years back it 'unnecessary'. Did your lives just get wetter or something?

  4. I do really like the phone even coming from an iPhone but what really kills me from the lg is that the headphone jack is at the top. I just feel likes it’s really weird

  5. I love how everyone mentions how LG copied s8 design for the v30 but no one mentions mentions how the s8 copied the design of the g6 ;D

  6. The LG v30 is garbage. Crashes constantly, bugs out, drops calls, wifi turns on and off, can't even get the time right. Oh and it's loaded up with apps YOU CANT REMOVE, including Facebook which involuntary mines your data, since FB claims that having the app downloaded entitles them to my information even if you don't have a Facebook.

    Worst phone ever, total garbage, I've had other LGs I've liked but this phone was so bad, I'll never buy LG again.

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