LG has had its share of ups and downs in the smartphone business, and the company hasn’t made much of an impact in the market lately. The company’s phones have never shied away from taking chances, even if not all of them clicked. It was one of the first companies to feature a flagship with a Quad HD display, introduced a unique rear-button layout, and experimented in modularity with the LG G5.
Apart from solid flagship offerings, LG has robust mid-range and entry-level portfolios, with options along on the price spectrum. It has something for everybody. Here is a roundup of some of the best LG phones you can buy!
Best high-end LG phone: LG G8 ThinQ
The LG G8 ThinQ is the latest flagship phone from the folks at LG. On the surface, it looks much like its predecessor, the LG G7. Inside, however, it’s another story. While the LG G8 has the same display size as the G7 (6.1-inch screen with a 3,120 x 1,440 resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio screen), the LG G8 ditches the old IPS LCD display tech for an OLED screen.
Inside the LG G8 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, along with 6GB of memory and 128GB of upgradable storage. The battery is also larger than the LG G7, at 3,500mAh. The LG G8 has an IP68 dust and water resistance rating and comes with Android 9 Pie.
The LG G8 has two rear cameras. The standard lens is now 12MP with a 1.5 aperture and a 78 field-of-view. The second sensor is also a wide angle lens that’s 16MP, with a 1.9 aperture and a 107-degree field-of-view. There’s also an 8MP front-facing camera, but the LG G8 has thrown in what the company calls a ”Z camera” on the front of the phone. It’s a time-of-flight (ToF) camera that can be used with the phone’s machine learning software to create a true 3D model of your face for true facial recognition.
In addition, the LG G8 has another security method called Vein ID. It can create an image of the owner’s hand and see the owner’s blood veins to unlock the phone. LG claims this Vein ID image should be almost impossible to hack. There’s also Air Motion, which can let you unlock the phone with just with the wave of a hand but can be used for other things, like answering calls, taking screenshots and more, without touching the screen itself.
The LG G8 ThinQ is on sale now in the US. Pricing is normally at $819.99 from LG, but you can get the phone at a major discount already if you purchase it from Best Buy, or from one of the major phone carriers. If you have the money, it’s the best of the LG phones lineup.
While the LG G8 is the best high-end phone from LG you can get right now, there are some other phones you might want to consider:
- If you want to be at the absolute cutting edge of mobile technology, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G is the phone for you. Apart from the latest and greatest is specs, you also get to take advantage of blazing fast 5G speeds. This is wholly dependent on network coverage though and it’s far from good at the moment, so do check whether it’ll work for you. Currently available on Sprint, the V50 ThinQ 5G will also make its way to Verizon Wireless soon.
- A great alternative to the LG V50 ThinQ is its predecessor, the LG V40 ThinQ. It has last year’s flagship processing power behind it, but everything else remains similar. If 5G isn’t quite ready for you just yet, the LG V40 gives you almost all the same things.
Best mid-range LG phone: LG Q7 Plus
There are three phones in LG’s Q7 series: the Q7, Q7a, and Q7 Plus. They all look the same, but there are minor differences between their RAM, storage, and cameras. The LG Q7 Plus is the best of the three and the only one released in the U.S. There have been two different phones released with the LG Q8 name, one in 2017 and one in 2018, but neither has arrived in the U.S.
The LG Q7 Plus has a Quad DAC on board, just like the V40.
The Q7 Plus sports a 5.5-inch Full HD+ display and comes with the Snapdragon 450 and 4GB of RAM under the hood. There’s 64GB of storage available, which can be expanded with a microSD card. The phone also features a 16MP rear camera, has a fingerprint scanner on the back, and is IP68 water/dust resistant. It even has a Quad DAC for an improved audio experience, just like LG’s high-end phones.
The handset can’t compare with the LG V40 in terms of specs, but it still has enough power under the hood for the average user. It’s also way cheaper with a full retail price of $380 at Amazon.
While the LG Q7 Plus is the best mid-range LG phone you can get right now, you might want to check out another model as an alternative:
- Want a relatively cheap phone with a stylus? The LG Stylo 4 has an embedded pen for its 6.2-inch Full HD+ display and you can get this phone for as low as $250 on Amazon.
Best cheap LG phone: LG K30
There are loads of cheap LG phones out there, but not a lot of them are available in the U.S. One of the best LG phones on a budget you can get stateside is the K30, which sports a 5.3-inch HD display, powered by the Snapdragon 425 chipset and 2GB of RAM
These specs won’t blow your socks off, but they’re fine for average users who just want to check email and social media, browse the web, and watch an occasional video. The great thing about the K30 is that it’s available unlocked in the U.S. — most other cheap LG phones are only available through carriers.
The LG K30 comes with 16GB of expandable storage, an 8MP primary camera, and a 3,00mAh battery. It also has a headphone jack and a fingerprint scanner. It normally retails for $180, but it’s currently on sale over at B&H for $130.
If you want to get a good budget-themed LG phone that’s even cheaper than the LG K30 then there is an alternative:
- The LG Zone 4 from Verizon Wireless has a 5-inch screen, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, and you can snap it up now for just $115.
There you have it — these are the best LG phones in our opinion, though there are plenty of other great options to choose from.
Which models would you add to our best LG phones list? Let us know in the comments!