The 8 Best LG Phones to Buy in 2018

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LG might not be as synonymous with the smartphone market as Samsung or Apple, but that doesn’t mean the company doesn’t have its own share of bragging rights. LG was one of the first smartphone manufacturers to add a Quad HD display and the first to utilize the rear-button layout, LG has punched well above its weight to make its own mark in the smartphone world.

Whether you're on the market for a phone with great camera quality, the perfect first device for your child or an extremely durable smartphone option, LG has an option for you. Read on to learn about the best LG phones you can buy now.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: LG V30

There’s little doubt the LG V30 is the electronic giant's heavy hitter in the smartphone category. Featuring a beautiful 2880 x 1440 six-inch display, minimal bezels and plenty of power for daily tasks with a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM, theV30 is best device LG currently offers. Helping set the LG apart from the rest of the company's device offerings is a 16-megapixel camera and its wide f/1.6 aperture, the first that's ever been available on a smartphone. The incorporation of the wide aperture helps to capture wider landscape photos with a 120-degree field of view while a five-megapixel front-facing camera adds a 90-degree field of view for the perfect landscape selfie. Throw in a 3,300 mAh battery for all-day performance and an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and it's easy to see why this is the best LG has to offer in 2018.

Best Value: LG Q6

LG smartphone buyers looking for a great combination of display, battery life and hardware should take a hard look at the LG Q6 and its feature-to-price ratio. With a 5.5 Full HD+ IPS Fullvision 2160 x 1080 display and pixel density of 442ppi the Q6 is a great choice for catching up on shows or movies while on the go. Manufactured out of 7,000 series aluminum, the Q6 is tough enough to handle bumps and drops with military spec hardware for impressive durability. Powered by Android 7.1 software, a Snapdragon 435 processor and 3GB of RAM, the 32GB of internal memory is expandable to 2TB via microSD. Set up for use on both AT&T and T-Mobile LTE networks, the Q6 is an Amazon Prime Exclusive device which adds a pre-installed selection of Amazon apps and quick access to downloading Prime movies, TV shows or Prime music thanks to a single sign-on experience.

Runner Up, Best Overall: LG G6+

A former LG flagship device, age has done little to take away from the excellence of the LG G6+ which lays claim to being one of the first smartphones to offer a 5.7-inch QHD plus display. Adding an IP68 rating makes the G6+ dust- and water-resistant while inside the ultra-durable hardware is a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card expansion slot. A 3,300mAh battery provides all day long battery life and one of the latest Android software releases with Android 7.0 preinstalled. Accessing the device is extra secure thanks to the LG's addition of facial recognition or fingerprint sensor for limiting unauthorized access. Great selfies are just a click away with the front-facing 5-megapixel camera or rear photography with a 13-megapixel shooter. Listening to music on the device is an added bonus with Hi-Fi Quad DAC technology and QuadPlay headphones are included with your purchase.

Best Budget: LG K10

Competitively priced in the budget category, the LG K10 features a pebble-like design that adds a button-free frame making for volume controls and the power button to sit comfortably on the rear of the device. Integrated beneath the 5.3-inch display is a Snapdragon 210 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, Android 6.0 software and a 2,300mAh battery. Overall, the hardware is more than capable for everyday tasks since apps can be opened and closed fast and stay open in the background without slowing down the phone. The 1280 x 720 display resolution lives up to budget pricing expectations and helps keep costs down while well-regarded extras like Gorilla Glass 3 provide for additional durability against drops. Suited for GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, the K10 is available unlocked and will run on LTE networks for both carriers.

Best New Release/Camera: LG G7 ThinQ

Since the LG G3 turned heads a few years back, LG’s flagship phones have established themselves as competitors among top-of-the-line smartphones. The specs on this line are perfectly acceptable for the price point — and the G7 ThinQ has plenty in the way of high-level features. The screen is plenty big at 6.1 inches, and with a QHD+ FullVision resolution of 3120 x 1440, it’s a super-sharp display. They haven't made the switch to OLED yet, but LG’s LCD screens are tried and true, so it isn't too noticeable. That enormous screen is powered by an octa-core 2.8 GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon processor alongside a perfectly ample 4GB of RAM (that's enough processing power to rival many mid-level PCs), and the 3,000-mAh battery holds up well according to reviewers. The dual-lens camera system on the back ladders into a 16 MP sensor (the same as many entry-level DSLRs), and gives you the pro qualities of a wide-angle lens. Round that out with an 8 MP selfie cam and you have a serious photo machine. Finally, at only 0.31 inches thick, and weighing only 5.71 oz, this powerhouse won’t weigh down your pocket either.

 

Best Text: LG Xpression C395

QWERTY keyboards are alive and well thanks to LG devices like the Xpression C395 which adds a slide-out full keyboard. Compatible with AT&T’s 2G and 3G networks, the 3.0 TFT touchscreen isn’t anything to write home about in today’s smartphone age, but the LG Xpression gets the job done without any complaints. Beyond the QWERTY keyboard are three customizable home screens for contacts, widgets, and shortcuts for quickly navigating the WVGA touchscreen. A 2-megapixel camera helps quickly capture moments that count in both photographic and video formats. Internal memory comes in at a nominal 50MB with the C395 though there is microSD expansion for easily adding storage for photos, video or music. The included battery manages over three hours of talk time or 10 days of standby time which is on par with devices in this category.

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Best Battery: LG X Power

Living up to its name, the LG X Power was an instant hit thanks to its giant 4,100mAh battery and Qualcomm quick charging. Averaging two days of use, the inclusion of this extra-large battery didn’t involve any style sacrifices as the X Power offers a rounded body and 5.3-inch 1280 x 720 display that conforms naturally to the curve of your hand for a comfortable grip. The rear-shooting 8-megapixel camera offers both amateur and professional photographers alike the opportunity to choose the best filter ahead of pressing snap for a just-take-it-once photo experience. The front-facing five-megapixel camera adds auto shot as LG’s facial recognition decides the ideal moment to capture and turn out great selfie shots. Available with Android 6.0.1 software, the X Power is enabled for both AT&T and T-Mobile LTE networks.

Best for Seniors: LG B470

Smartphones have taken over the majority on the cell phone world, but flip phones are not yet dead and the the LG B470 basic phone proves this. This easy-to-navigate LG phone quickly and simply handles all of the basics. If all that’s needed on a phone is calling and light texting, the B470 is an ideal solution for anyone on AT&T’s 3G network. Seniors will find the B470 extra friendly to use thanks to Enhanced audio (Senior) mode which boosts high frequencies up to 2,500Hz allowing both the ringer and voice calls to sound louder and clearer than competitive devices. A 1.3-megapixel photo and video camera let owners capture important moments while the internal 2.2-inch display adds extra-large numbers for quick dialing from any one of 10-speed dial contacts. The 950 mAh battery provides a lengthy two weeks of standby minimizing the need for charging every night.

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