Best phone in the US for 2018: the top 15 smartphones we've tested

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13. LG V40 ThinQ

Five cameras for fun

Release date: October 2018 | Weight: 169g | Dimensions: 158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6mm | OS: Android Oreo | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: 16MP+12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP+5MP

Three cameras for photography fun
Light, yet reassuringly solid design
Camera quality can be weak
More expensive than it should be

The LG V40 is all about its cameras, and that's obvious with one look at it – the five cameras are its standout feature. It doesn't rival Google, Apple, or Samsung on photo quality, but it does have more angles and that's fun for creative types. We ranked it just below the LG G7 only because its price is unnecessarily higher.

Screen: This smartphone has a great big OLED display that stretches 6.5 inches with support for HDR10. It's almost as bezel-free as an iPhone XS, and it includes a smaller notch, with just enough room for a small speaker and two selfie cameras.

Battery life: The LG V40 battery is smaller than we had hoped, which is a key reason why this phone didn't rank a lot higher. You'll get all-day battery life, thanks to the lower peak brightness of the display, but you may want to take the charger with you to work and on overnight trips.

Camera: There are a total of five cameras on this phone, and that's been the most fascinating part of testing it. It offers both super-wide and telephoto lenses on back as well as a regular lens. On the front, you get a wide lens and normal lens. The HDR isn't always as good as you'll find on a Samsung, Apple or Google phone, but there are some creative perspectives you can capture and neat tools like Cine Shot (cinemagraphs) and Cine Video (tap-to-zoom-anywhere).

Mini verdict: The LG V40 is for creatives, even if its execution puts it behind Apple, Samsung, and Google. If it's on sale below $900, it's something you should consider. The dedicated Quad DAC gives it good audio, and you'll have fun with all five cameras.

Read more: LG V40 review