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Best LG Phone for 2019

April 1, 2019

10:51 am

When it comes to phones, LG isn’t the market-leading powerhouse it once was. However, the Korean company still has some pretty attractive and interesting phones for sale in 2019.

It’s G7 ThinQ, at $749, provides a strong cut-price alternative to the flagship Android phones from Google and Samsung. Meanwhile, the K8 is a surprisingly good phone for a sub-$200 handset.

So with seemingly all areas of the market covered, let’s take a closer look at the phones LG has on offer.

Which is the Best LG Phone?

As we mentioned above, LG offers phones across a wide range of prices. However, we think the best LG phone you can buy – at least for the moment – is the G7 ThinQ. Strange name and some strange features aside, it’s a powerful, flagship-level phone that undercuts much of its competition.

  • Best LG Phone overall – The V40 ThinQ, with its enormous spec sheet, is probably the best overall LG phone on the market at the moment
  • Best cheap LG phone – The K8 is a surprisingly decent phone for an impressively low price
  • Best value LG phone – The G7 ThinQ is a very impressive phone which, with its feature set, is pretty good value at $750

Scroll horizontally on mobile devices to see the whole table, below:

 

G7 ThinQV40 ThinQK8V35 ThinQStylo 4
lg g7 thinq smalllg v40 thinq smalllg k8 smallLG V35 thinq smalllg stylo 4 small
VerdictAn interesting alternative to the usual flagship suspectsWith big specs and a big screen, the V40 is a good option for power usersLook at the price – no, it’s not a typo. A crazy cheap phoneNow just $650, the V35 is a decent mid-range optionWeird stylus quirk aside, the Stylo 4 has a large screen and a little price tag
Price$750$979$119$650$299
Screen size (in)6.16.4566.2
Ram (GB)4 / 661.562
Storage (GB)64 / 12864 / 1288 / 1664 / 12832
Front cameras (Mp)88 + 5585
Rear cameras (Mp)16 + 1612 + 12 + 16813 + 1613
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Are LG Phones Good?

If we’re honest, LG isn’t a market leading phone company. While it produces a range of decent handsets at a variety of price points, none are really set to blow Apple, Samsung or Google’s offerings out of the water.

However, you can often save a bit of money when buying an LG compared to the offerings from the bigger manufacturers. However, the savings aren’t quite as great when compared to handsets from OnePlus, or many other Chinese phone companies.

LG phones aren’t quite as bad for bloatware as Samsung devices and, thanks to recent changes in the company’s mobile division, Android updates should also be arriving faster than ever.

All told, LG phones are pretty good, and you’re unlikely to feel massively shortchanged with a new version of one of our recommended handsets.

LG G7 ThinQ

The G7 ThinQ’s replacement, the G8 ThinQ, is coming soon. However, the G7 (and we’re just going to call it that from now on) is still a pretty impressive phone, and might see some discounts once the G8 hits the shelves.

Costing $749, the G7 packs a 6.1-inch, 3120×1440 LCD screen, which has a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It’s a pretty impressive display, especially with a high pixels-per-inch count of 564 ppi (the Samsung S10e and iPhone XR have 438 and 326 ppi, respectively).

The G7 was released back in May 2018, so it uses the Snapdragon 845 processor, rather than the newer 855 – but it’s unlikely you’ll notice any enormous speed differences. You get two 16Mp rear cameras, with wide and ultrawide lenses, so standard and landscape shots should look great – although you might struggle with high-zoom images. Round the front, you get a single 8Mp shooter. It’s a pretty well-featured phone for its price, and definitely worth considering alongside the S10e and iPhone XR.

lg g7 thinq medium

Pros

  • Attractive price
  • Detailed screen
  • Powerful processor

Cons

  • Hasn’t yet received Android 9 Pie outside South Korea
  • Screen is an LCD, rather than OLED

LG V40 ThinQ

The V-series is home to LG’s top-of-the-line phones, typically with big screens, lots of power, and hefty price tags.

The V40 follows in this tradition, weighing in with a 6.4-inch, 1440×3120 resolution P-OLED display, a Snapdragon 8445 processor with 6GB of Ram, and a chunky $949 price tag. These specs put it in direct competition with the iPhone XS Max, Pixel 3 XL and Samsung S10+.

So, how does it fare against these phones? If we’re honest, it does ok. Its three rear and two front cameras should be plenty good enough for most smartphone photographers, although we’re not certain it quite matches the Pixel or latest Samsung models. Its chipset should be more than powerful enough to keep up with the most demanding tasks, and its micro-SD card slot and headphone jack show that Samsung isn’t the only company resolutely holding onto these customer favorites.

However, it’s still stuck on Android 8, with an update to 9 nowhere to be seen. What’s more, the V40 also has a smaller battery than either the Pixel 3 XL or the Samsung S10+. As a phone, it’s not perfect, but it’s not bad.

lg v40 thinq medium

Pros

  • Big, sharp screen
  • Powerful processor
  • Can turn the notch off

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not as compelling as rivals

LG K8 (2018)

While the V40 shows off LG’s ability to make a wallet-busting flagship phone, the K8 shows it also has a pretty good track record of making cheap phones. The K8 costs just $139, but is a good option for those looking for a little bit of tech in their lives – or just a really cheap phone.

It has a decent-sized 5-inch TFT display, with a 720×1280 resolution – nothing that’ll blow your socks off, but enough for basic tasks. Its 2500 mAh battery is, again, nothing remarkable, but will be enough to deal with the low-end screen and processor and give you a day’s worth of talk time.

It supports up to 32GB micro-SD cards, so there should be plenty of room for any photos and games you want to store as well. Again, it’s nothing that will blow you away – but for $140, you’d be hard-pressed to find a much better phone.

lg k8 medium

Pros

  • Remarkably cheap
  • Nicely-sized display
  • Expandable storage

Cons

  • Low-end materials
  • Low resolution screen
  • Slow processor
  • Stuck on Android 7

LG V35 ThinQ

The V35 was released back in May 2018 as an updated version of the V30, which was itself only launched a few months beforehand in February 2018.

As such, it is now a fair bit cheaper than the V40 which replaced it, and you can pick up the V35 for as little as $650. And, at that price, it’s pretty tempting. You get a 6.0-inch OLED display with a 2880×1440 resolution, dual rear cameras, and a notch-free display.

A Snapdragon 845 and 6GB of Ram mean that it should be plenty powerful enough for gaming, and its 3,300 mAh battery means you should get a day’s worth of battery life.

Again, it’s still using Android 8, so it’s worth taking a look at some newer mid-range phones – such as the OnePlus 6T – before picking the V35.

lg v35 thinq medium

Pros

  • Price cuts make it an attractive option
  • Notch-free display makes a welcome change
  • Big, bright screen
  • Powerful processor

Cons

  • Old operating system
  • Might be worth taking a look at newer mid-range phones

LG Stylo 4

Say you’ve got your eye on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with its nifty stylus, but you don’t want to fork out almost a grand for it? Then the Stylo 4 might be a viable cut-price alternative. It costs just $300, but like the high-end Samsung, it comes packing a stylus and a large 6.2-inch screen.

Ok, it doesn’t have all the same high-end specs as the Note 9, but for the price, it’s a pretty well-specced phone. The large display has a 1080×2160 resolution, and it has a decently-sized 3,300 mAh battery. You get a single 13Mp rear camera, but the improving Android software should help improve the quality of the shots – although the front camera is a slightly less impressive 5Mp unit. The Stylo 4 can also support up to 2TB worth of external storage.

If you enjoy streaming videos on your phone, and don’t want to spend a fortune on a handset, the Stylo 4 – with its large screen – might be a perfect choice.

Pros

  • Large screen
  • Cheap price
  • Decent-sized battery

Cons

  • TFT display means it might not be the sharpest
  • Not the most powerful

Should You Buy an LG Phone?

If you’re after a phone that’s a little bit different, and a bit cheaper than the competition, an LG phone might be just the ticket.

However, there are plenty of viable alternatives out there. Most people might be better off with a Samsung, Google, or OnePlus phone – although the new G8 ThinQ is coming soon, and might just change this perception. Still, down at the cheaper end of the market, an LG phone – such as the K8 – can be a very viable option.

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Tom Fogden is a writer for Tech.co with a range of experience in the world of tech publishing. Tom covers everything from cybersecurity, to social media and website builders when he's not reviewing the latest phones, gadgets, or occasionally even technology books.