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.
LG recently rolled out two new entries in its G7 range. The G7 Fit and G7 One have the same basic appearance as the flagship G7, but aren't quite the same when it comes to the in-hand experience.
LG's update to its flagship phone keeps the design mostly the same while making strides where it really counts: under the hood. This year's phone is slim, powerful, and loud thanks to its metal-and-glass design, Snapdragon 845 processor and AI Camera, and massively loud speaker.
May 21, 2018
T-Mobile today revealed launch plans for the LG G7 ThinQ. Pre-sales for the phone begin Friday, May 25, with general retail availability starting June 1.
Aug 28, 2018
LG today announced the G7 One and G7 Fit, phones that share the basic design of the G7 ThinQ but dial back the specs in order to make them less expensive. Shared features between the two include 6.1-inch quad HD+ LCD displays (3,120 by 1,440 pixels), 3,000mAh batteries with QuickCharge 3.0, LTE 4G, WiFi, NFC, and USB-C connectors.
Jun 5, 2018
Google today updated its Project Fi service in order to make it a better option for families. The service now allows parents to add children under the age of 13 to Project Fi group plans using the Family Link tool.