LG phones 2019: finding the best LG phone for you

null
Image Credit: Techradar

LG's phones may not seem like the most exciting devices on the market, as Samsung and Apple continue dominating the premium smartphone space. Even the best LG phones have a bit of trouble keeping up, but they often have unique features that make them a bit more interesting than the competition.

Whether we're talking about the hand gesture control or vein scanning technology in the not-yet-released LG G8 ThinQ, or the 5G capability and dual-screen option in the upcoming LG V50 ThinQ, LG seems to always find a way to give its top phones something to spike our curiosity. Neither of this phones are quite available for consumers yet, so our guide will stick to the best LG phone you can get right now.

Here, we're going to take a look at LG's best phones, what makes them stand out from the crowd, and which are worth picking up. We'll include phones on both the premium and budget sides of the spectrum to give you options at multiple price points. 

Image credit: TechRadar

Image credit: TechRadar

1. LG G7 ThinQ

LG flagship quality with a bit of value

Release date: Q2 2018 | Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm | OS: Android 8.0 Oreo | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: Dual 16MP | Front camera: 8MP

Big, bright display
Loud speaker
Wide-angle camera
Small battery
Not exciting

The LG G7 ThinQ is the latest in one of LG's two flagship phone lines (the other being the V series). Although it has effectively been succeeded by the LG V40, the G7's lower price and high-end specs help it win out.

The phone packs a powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset, giving it about as much horsepower as you could need. With 6.1 inches of high-resolution OLED display, it's definitely pretty where it counts and gets extra bright, helping visibility in direct sunlight. It's all rounded out by an glass front and back with a notched display; Overall, the design is uninspired, but serviceable.

While LG's AI features are neat in theory, it's really the flexibility offered by the wide-angle camera on the back that helps the device stand out. On the media side, the LG G7 has surprisingly  powerful speakers if you like to listen to music or podcasts directly from your smartphone.

Read our hands-on review: LG G7 ThinQ review

Image credit: TechRadar

Image credit: TechRadar

2. LG V40 ThinQ

As premium as LG currently goes

Release date: Q3 2018 | Weight: 169g | Dimensions: 158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 8MP + 5MP

Five cameras
Light yet solid build
Beautiful display
Small battery
Too expensive

The LG V40 ThinQ is to the G7 what the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is to the Galaxy S9: a  similar yet bigger and slightly higher-spec sibling. The V40 has a 6.4-inch OLED display that's both sharp and ready to display HDR10 content. On top of that, the phone features a versatile five-camera system with three on the rear and two on the front, even adding in HDR10 video recording.

Unsurprisingly, the LG V40 also runs on a Snapdragon 845 chipset, but comes with 6BG of RAM by default. The notched display is another feature it shares with the LG G7. 

Audiophiles can enjoy the 32-Bit Quad DAC built in and the support for DTS:X surround sound. If you're adventurous, the phone's IP68 rating against water and dust along with its MIL-STD-810G shock resistance are reassuring, so you don't have to worry as much about damaging your investment while out and about.

Read our hands-on review: LG V40 ThinQ review

Image credit: TechRadar

Image credit: TechRadar

3. LG V35 ThinQ

Just a small step down from the V40

Release date: Q2 2018 | Weight: 157g | Dimensions: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm | OS: Android 8.0 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 13MP | Front camera: 8MP

Snapdragon 845 and 6GB of RAM
Crisp OLED display
Boring design
A bit dated but still pricey

LG's V35 ThinQ may seem like it's on its way out (and it is), but it's not all that old yet. The phone still has 2018's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM, which has the potential the keep up with the demands of most smartphone users for the next couple years. And, that's perhaps why the LG V35 still costs a bit more than we'd like to see.

Its design is bland, with no all-screen display, notch, or anything like that. But it does have a large, 6-inch OLED display. The phone's rear camera system includes a wide-angle lens on one sensor, and it has 4K HDR video recording capabilities.

While it may not be the most exciting phone in 2019, it still has life in its internals, so if you can find a good discount going on, it may be worth your while.

Read our hands-on review: LG V35 ThinQ review

Image Credit: LG

Image Credit: LG

(Image: © Image Credit: LG)

4. LG Stylo 4

Big screen at a fair budget

Release date: Q3 2018 | Dimensions: 160 x 77.7 x 8.1 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 450 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Less than half the price of a flagship
Large, sharp screen
Stylus included
Limited internal storage
TFT display

A mid-tier phone doesn't have to be a bad phone, and that's clear with the LG Stylo 4. While we haven't had a chance to review it, it has a lot going for it at its price. The phone packs a large 6.2-inch display with a FHD+ resolution, though it's not an OLED display. Still, the screen works with LG's active stylus, making it something of a budget Galaxy Note.

It comes running Android 8.1 on a Snapdragon 450 chipset with 3GB of RAM, so it should offer decent performance for everything outside of gaming and heavy multi-tasking.

Aside from the stylus and large screen, there's not all the much to truly get excited about. But it beats going with a three-year-old flagship running a three-year-old operating system just to save some money.

Image Credit: LG

Image Credit: LG

(Image: © Image Credit: LG)

5. LG Q7+

Style and substance at a good price

Release date: Q3 2018 | Weight: 145g | Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.3 x 8.4 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 8MP

IP68 rating
Good mid-range specs
Quick charging
Limited carrier choice

The LG Q7+ is an upgraded version of the LG Q7 (itself a minor upgrade from the Q6), and is a decent phone at a good value. The immediate catch is that it's not the best phone for every carrier (though there is a special edition that comes unlocked). That said, if you're on T-Mobile or Metro, it's a great mid-budget option.

The Q7+ offers a 5.5-inch display with a FHD+ resolution. It may not be OLED, but it also doesn't have the thickest bezels you'll find on a cheap phone. But the Q7+ makes up for its so-so looks with its internals.

The phone's Snapdragon 450 chipset inside is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It runs Android 8.1 out of the box, so it won't feel overly dated anytime soon (LG hasn't announced when the Q7+ will get the latest, Android 9 Pie). It even gets an aluminum frame and an IP68 rating, so you don't have to worry about a bit of rain killing this phone. If you don't want to spend a lot, this is definitely one to look at.

Image credit: TechRadar

Image credit: TechRadar

6. LG K8 (2018)

Affordability first

Release date: Q1 2018 | Weight: 152g | Dimensions: 146.3 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm | OS: Android 7.1.2 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 2,500mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

Simple, nice design
Surprisingly good screen
Occasional lag
Limited storage

If you're not a serious smartphone user and just want something that's good enough on a budget, the 2018 model of the LG K8 is decent pick. The Snapdragon 425 chipset and 2GB of RAM should do the job for light use, like texting, emailing, and web browsing. The 5-inch screen is even HD, with decent contrast provided by LG's in-cell technology.

The plastic back and thick bezels don't make this a sexy phone, but it's substantially cheaper than any of the other handsets on this list (discounts notwithstanding). Just plan on getting a microSD card if you anticipate taking a lot of photos or recording a ton of video, as the small 16GB of storage is partially taken up by the OS and pre-installed software. 

Read our hands-on review: LG K8 (2018)