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Review: LG G7 ThinQ

Hardware Software Wrap-Up Comments  

LG did a great job with the G7, but I'm not sure it did enough to stave off the Galaxies and iPhones that compete with it.

The hardware is simple and straightforward in a modernist way that I appreciate. It ticks off all today's checkboxes: metal-and-glass materials, waterproof, USB-C, headphone jack, memory card support, slim design, wireless charging, and more. The screen is gorgeous, voice and data performance are very good, battery life does well enough, and extras like Bluetooth and NFC do their jobs well.

LG's software is almost as overbearing as that of Samsung. I'm glad the phone ships with Android 8 Oreo, and there's no doubt LG gives you plenty of opportunities to make the G7 your own.

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The camera software is a bit simpler to use at the expense of features. LG dropped a lot of shooting modes in order to focus on it AI Cam, which feels a little undercooked. The G7 takes excellent images that are nearly as good as LG's main competitors.

Who should buy this phone? Well, critically, we don't know yet how much it costs. LG and its carrier partners haven't announced pricing details ahead of the phone's June 1 launch. Without that information, we can only say it competes well on a feature and performance level with the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X, even if it falls a little short.

Our Ratings

4
Overall
4
Reception
4
Battery Life
4
Hardware Usability
4.5
Hardware Quality
4.5
Display
4
Interface Speed
5
Audio Volume
4
Camera
 
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