LG has had its share of ups and downs in the smartphone game, and the company hasn’t made as much of an impact in the market as they would have liked. From being one of the first companies to feature a flagship with a Quad HD display, to the unique rear button layout, along with the experiment in modularity that was the LG G5, LG phones have not shied away from taking chances, even if not all of them have clicked.

Apart from solid flagship offerings, LG also boasts a robust mid-range and entry-level portfolio that range the price spectrum, so there is an option available for everybody. Here is a roundup of some of the best LG phones you can buy!

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.

Best high-end LG phone: LG V30

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The V30 is the latest flagship phone from LG, which has been struggling to compete, at least in sales, with its biggest Android rival Samsung. It is also the successor to 2016’s LG V20, which included a secondary 2.1-inch screen on top for showing  app shortcuts, media controls, and more. The V30 does away with that secondary display, and instead has one nearly bezel-free 6-inch screen, using LG’s new Plastic-OLED (POLED) panel. LG offers a slide-out menu on the phone’s display (called the Floating Bar) that floats around the screen as a substitute (sort for) for folks who might miss the secondary display.

In terms of hardware specs, the LG V30 has everything you would expect from a flagship phone in 2017. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4 GB RAM, along with 64 GB of onboard storage, a 3,300 mAh battery, and a IP68 dust and water resistance rating.  LG is heavily promoting the advanced camera and photography features on the V30m too. It has a dual rear camera that includes a 16 MP sensor with a f/1.6 aperture, along with a 13 MP sensor with a f/1.9 aperture. The rear camera has a Crystal Clear Lens instead of plastic, which should mean you should get more realistic looking photos with the V30. Video creators should have fun with software features like Cine Video, which allows users to quickly put in video effects, along with Point Zoom, which will let owners zoom into any point in a video.

Specs

  • 6.0-inch P-OLED FullVision display 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, 538 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 (V30) / 128 (V30 Plus) GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2 TB
  • Dual 16 and 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm, 158 g

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Honorable mentions:

LG V20

The LG V20 is still a solid choice from LG, offering a more traditional phablet display. Released in late 2016, the handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM. Other specs include a 5.7-inch display with a unique secondary display, a 3,200 mAh battery, and dual 16/8MP rear camera setup.

Get the LG V20 for $370

LG G6

The G6 is currently one of the king’s of the LG phones lineup. You get a beautiful metal and glass construction, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, wireless charging (in the US version only) and fast charging capabilities, an excellent dual camera setup, and gorgeous display with an unique 18:9 aspect ratio, rounded corners, and incredibly thin bezels along its sides. There is certainly some tough competition out there, but the LG G6 certainly holds its own in most departments, and is priced a touch more reasonably as well. It’s still one of the best LG phones you can buy.

Get the LG G6 for just $400

 

Best mid-range phone – LG Q6

 

The LG Q6 is basically a smaller and cheaper version of one of the higher end LG phones, the LG G6.  Like that phone, the LG Q6 also has a FullVision display, with a screen ratio of 18:9, which should make it great for watching videos. The display itself is 5.5 inches and has a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 with a pixel density of 442 ppi. The phone also has rounded corners on both the screen and the body, which is made of tough 7000 series aluminum. The display also has a minimal amount of bezels.

Inside, the LG Q6 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, and comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. It has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of onboard storage, along with a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP wide angle front-facing camera. That camera also supports facial recognition, in case you want an alternative method to unlock the phone. It also comes with a 3,000 mAh battery. Owners can expect to see LG’s own LG’s UX 6.0 on top of the standard Android UI. The phone will be available in several colors, including Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Mystic White, and Terra Gold.

In addition to the standard LG Q6, the company is also offering two variants, both of which share its dimensions and nearly all of its hardware and software specs. The only differences are in RAM and storage numbers. The LG Q6a cuts those specs down to 2 GB of RAM and just 16 GB of storage, while the LG Q6 Plus (Q6+) boosts those numbers to 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. The LG Q6 recently launched in India for the price of INR 14,990 ($235). The LG Q6 is now available on Amazon in the US, as part of its Prime members program, for $230.

Specs

LG Q6a

  • Display: 5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+ FullVision Display (2,160 x 1,080) | 442ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 16 GB
  • Rear Camera: 13 MP
  • Front Camera: 5 MP | 100-degree wide-angle
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Dimensions: 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 149 g

LG Q6

  • Display: 5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+ FullVision Display (2,160 x 1,080) | 442ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Rear Camera: 13 MP
  • Front Camera: 5 MP | 100-degree wide-angle
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Dimensions: 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 149 g

LG Q6 Plus

  • Display: 5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+ FullVision Display (2,160 x 1,080) | 442ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Rear Camera: 13 MP
  • Front Camera: 5 MP | 100-degree wide-angle
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Dimensions: 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 149 g

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LG X Mach

There isn;t much in the way of real mid-ranger LG phones, except for the LG X Mach. This is a solid phone on paper, but is essentially a re-dressed LG G4. A lot of the specifications are the same, with the X Mach also featuring a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a Quad HD resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor backed by 3 GB of RAM, and a 3,000 mAh battery. There are some borrowed design elements as well, like the rear button layout.The X Mach is only available officially in a handful of European markets, making the LG G4 much easier to get.


Best cheap LG phones – LG Stylo 3 series

When it comes to LG phones, the Stylo 3 certainly sticks out. The LG Stylo 3 is the way to go if you the like the availability of a stylus with your smartphone, but don’t want to pay the premium that the Galaxy Note series demands. The Stylo 3 is a great alternative that is very affordable, and while the stylus may not be as feature packed as the S-Pen, it still proves to be very handy. Depending on your market, or the network carrier, there are a few different versions of the LG Stylo 3 available.

All versions of these LG phones in the US are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, and feature a MediaTek processor in some other markets, and all of them come with 5.7-inch displays. The Stylo 3 that is available from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile features an HD display, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage that is further expandable, and a 3,200 mAh battery.

The T-Mobile version, called the Stylo 3 Plus, also comes with 2 GB of RAM, but has 32 GB of built-in storage and a Full HD display, but a smaller 3,080 mAh battery. Finally, the international version, also called the Stylus 3, retains the same specs as the regular version, but comes with 3 GB of RAM instead.

Despite the differences in specs, what stays the same is the affordability of the device. It is available from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile for just $150, while the Stylo 3 Plus from T-Mobile will set you back $225. It’s a unique part of the LG phones family

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution (Regular) or 1920 x 1080 resolution (Plus)
  • 1.4 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM (all US models)), 3 GB RAM (International)
  • 16 GB built-in storage (Regular), 32 GB storage (Plus), further expandable via microSD card up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing shooter (all models)
  • 3,200 mAh battery (Regular), 3,080 mAh unit (Plus)
  • Android 7.0 Nougat (all models)
  • 155.6 x 79.8 x 7.4 mm, 149 grams (Regular)
  • 155.7 x 79.8 x 7.4 mm, 150 grams (Plus)

Honorable mentions:

As mentioned, there are a lot of very robust entry-level LG smartphones that fall in the affordable category with different specifications and features so that there a good option for everyone. If you don’t want a stylus or aren’t looking for the big screen smartphone experience that is available with the LG Stylo 3 series, some good alternatives include:

LG K20 V / Harmony

The K20 V is an affordable LG phone that is exclusive to Verizon Wireless. Key specifications include 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with HD resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, a 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing shooter, a 2,800 mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat on-board. There is also a version of the device available from Cricket Wireless that features mostly the same specs,but the RAM down to 1.5 GB.

Get the K20 V for $168 / Get LG Harmony for $100

LG X Venture

The LG X Venture is a great affordable rugged option for those interested in LG smartphones. It is available on AT&T, that comes with a MIL STD-810G certification for impact protection and IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. Key specs include a 5.2-inch Full HD display that features Glove Mode, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of built-in storage, a 16 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing shooter, a large 4,100 mAh battery, and Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

Get the LG X Venture for $329.99

 

 


Best ultra low-cost LG phones

There are also a few options for LG phones available in the ultra low-cost category with price points below $60. Given in the price point, it’s no surprise that these devices are quite underpowered For the K3 and Fortune you get specs that include a display with a resolution of 854 x 480, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage, and a 2,500 mAh battery. If you want something a bit better while still paying as little as possible, you’ll want to spring the few extra bucks for the LG K8 or LG Aristo.

  • LG K3 2017 – The LG K3 2017 is available from US Cellular for just $19.99. The LG phone comes with a 4.5-inch display, a 5 MP rear camera and 2 MP front-facing shooter, and the rest of specs are the same as what is mentioned above.
  • LG Fortune – The LG Fortune is available from Cricket Wireless, priced at $49.99. The LG phone comes with a 5-inch display, a 5 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing shooter, and the rest of the specs are the same as what is mentioned above. The LG Fortune is also available from AT&T with the moniker Phoenix 3, but that is a surprisingly expensive $79.99 which isn’t worth it.
  • LG K8 2017 / Aristo – The K8 2017 (available from US Cellular), also known as the Aristo (available from MetroPCS and T-Mobile), features a 5-inch display with a 1280 x 720 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, a 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing shooter, a 2,500 mAh battery, and runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. You’ll find the handset for around $50 from both carriers.

So there you have it for this roundup of some of the best LG smartphones you can buy right now! Any we missed? Let us know down in the comments.

Ankit Banerjee
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