The 8 Best LG Phones to Buy in 2018

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The Rundown

  • Best Overall: LG V40 ThinQ at Best Buy, “LG has been fighting for the title of best smartphone camera for years, and with the V40 ThinQ, it may finally win the throne.”
  • Runner-up, Best Overall: LG V35 ThinQ at Amazon, “A premium smartphone that’s still moderately priced.”
  • Best Value: LG Q6 at Amazon, “Buyers looking for a great combination of display, battery life and hardware should look at its feature-to-price ratio.”
  • Best Budget: LG K30 at Amazon, “For anyone who wants a reliable smartphone without the bells and whistles, this is just about the best budget phone you can find.”
  • Best Durability: LG X Venture Unlocked at Amazon, “LG has packed this phone full of durable hardware that can withstand a drop or two.”
  • Best Battery: LG X Charge at Amazon, “Blowing past what many other phones can do, the 4500mAh battery is outstanding.”
  • Best Display: LG G7 ThinQ at Amazon, “The enormous screen is powered by an octa-core 2.8 GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.”
  • Best Big Display: LG Stylo 4 at Amazon, “The focal point of this device is the 6.2-inch FHD+ FullVision display with its 2160 x 1080 resolution.”

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ

Courtesy of Best Buy 

LG has been fighting for the title of best smartphone camera for years. With the V40 ThinQ, it may finally win the throne. The camera is easily the most significant aspect of this device because it doesn't just have one sensor: it has five.  

On the rear of the V40 ThinQ is a 12-megapixel camera for standard shots typical of what we see on today’s smartphones. It also has a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera to capture a wide field of view and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera for close-up shots. The front on the V40 ThinQ adds an eight-megapixel standard camera and a five-megapixel wide-angle lens perfect for selfies with multiple friends. Altogether, these cameras add a whole new level of smartphone camera versatility.

Photos and video are best viewed on the beautiful 6.4-inch, 3120 x 1440 display. The Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB of RAM keeps everything moving, plus there’s 64GB of storage for photos, videos, and apps. The 3300mAh battery is enough to keep you going all day, but you will probably need to recharge every night.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: LG V35 ThinQ

If you’re on the hunt for a premium smartphone that’s still moderately priced, there’s good reason to look at the LG V35 ThinQ. The beautiful design immediately catches your eye. With slim bezels and rounded edges, it’s clear that LG took design into heavy consideration. There’s IP68 water resistance along with wireless charging on board. They even managed to keep the still-popular headphone jack.

The six-inch QHD+ OLED FullVision display might be a mouthful, but the 2880 x 1440 resolution is gorgeous. Colors pop and look incredibly lifelike. LG has also included 6GB of RAM to ensure multitasking never slows you down. The Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor has every app opening lightning fast with almost no perceptible lag. If you’re not already sold, the 16-megapixel camera on the back is outstanding. LG takes smartphone photography very seriously and it shows. Throw in a 3300mAh battery for all-day use and a USB-C for fast charging and this is a clear winner.

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.

Best Budget: LG K30

For anyone who wants a reliable smartphone without the bells and whistles, the LG K30 is just about the best budget phone you can find. The 5.3-inch HD display offers accurate and appealing colors in apps, photos, and videos. The Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM make day-to-day functions fast and seamless.

At this price, it’s surprising to see a fingerprint sensor. And that’s a big bonus, offering an extra layer of security and a super-fast way to unlock your phone. The sensor rests just below the eight-megapixel rear camera, which takes decent-quality photos that are more than suitable for sharing and social media. The five-megapixel front-facing camera adds an extra LED light for clear selfie shots.

As an unlocked device, the phone provides LTE connectivity on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. It does lack support for 5GHz Wi-Fi networks which is not surprising for phones in this range.

Best Durability: LG X Venture Unlocked

Everyone knows the panic that ensues when your phone slips out of your hand and hits the ground. LG X Venture owners never have to worry. LG has packed this phone full of durable hardware that can withstand a drop or two. The metal frame has reinforced corners to prevent the display from shattering upon impact, and the design has an IP68 rating for dust- and water-resistance, meaning it can survive being submerged under five feet of water for up to 30 minutes. It’s also passed 14 different military-grade tests for durability.

But it isn’t just tough — it also performs very well. The Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor keeps everything moving along at a rapid pace. And with 2GB of RAM, apps never slow down and the device welcomes multitasking with aplomb. The 5.2-inch display adds 1080p resolution with bright colors and sharp visuals. You’ll have a long time to enjoy the display thanks to the massive 4100mAh battery for a full day’s use.

Best Battery: LG X Charge

LG X Charge

 Courtesy of Walmart

It’s not often you hear the words “amazing” and “battery life” in the same sentence regarding a smartphone. You would hear it if you were talking about the LG X Charge. Blowing past what many other phones can do, the 4500mAh battery is outstanding. With moderate use, you can get a full day's charge. If you’re unlucky and leave a charger at home, you still might be able to squeeze two days before recharging.

Strong battery life is only useful if the rest of the phone backs it up. Fortunately, that is the case with the LG X Charge. The 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 TFT LCD looks good (and the 720p resolution helps keep the cost down).

Everyday performance is another winning part of the X Charge. The MediaTek octa-core processor helps apps open quickly. Multiple apps can run in the background without any noticeable hiccups. At 13 megapixels, the rear camera takes good photos. Nighttime photos require a little more work but it’s a small price to pay for unrivaled battery life.

Best Display: 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 Big Display: LG Stylo 4

Striking the right balance between affordable and functional, the LG Stylo 4 is a smartphone with a big screen done right. The focal point of this device is the 6.2-inch FHD+ FullVision display. Its 2160 x 1080 resolution helps it achieve vibrant colors and good viewing angles. Making the most of the screen size, LG includes a Stylus pen. When the stylus is pulled out, an animated menu appears helping you make the most of the unique feature.

 Overall performance matches the price with a Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor. Matched with 3GB of RAM, the Stylo opens and closes apps with zero stuttering. It’s clear right from the start that this device vastly outperforms its budget-friendly price tag. The same can be said for its 13-megapixel rear camera. Colors are realistic and nighttime photos turn out shockingly well, definitely good enough for social media and sharing with friends. With a 3300mAh battery, you’ll have plenty of time to capture hours of photos and video. USB-C fast charging ensures that you can recharge quickly. 

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