The Ugly Truth for LG smartphone is that LG smartphones are not beyond our imagination when you compared to other flagships in the smartphone industry.
But, LG is not giving up the smartphones since LG introduces many smart devices as LG signature product line mainly for the home appliances in our daily life, and I find them are quite competitive.
So, LG please work harder and let us see more innovations for your phone, or it will simply become a remote control for our smart home appliances.
Let’s follow Blablaphones for a better dive! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Product: LG G8 ThinQ
Display: 6.1″ OLED (1440 x 3120 pixels) 19.5:9 ratio (564 PPI density)
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6 GB
Storage: 128GB storage, microSD slot
Camera: 12.0 MP(standard + OIS) + 16.0 MP(ultrawide, 107º)
Front Camera: 8.0 MP(wide, 80º)
Battery: 3,500 mAh and Fast battery charging 21W
Colors: Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue, Carmine Red
Other Features: Corning Gorilla Glass 5(front) & 6(front) / fingerprint (rear-mounted) / IP68 dust & water proof
(LG G8 ThinQ has three colors to choose from, but it varies by the carriers.)
Product: LG G8s ThinQ
Display: 6.21″ OLED (1080 x 2248 pixels) (401 PPI density)
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6 GB
Storage: 64GB/128GB storage, microSD slot
Camera: 12.0 MP(standard + OIS) + 12.0 MP(telephoto + 2x optical zoom) + 13.0 MP(ultrawide, 136º)
Front Camera: 8.0 MP(wide, 80º) + TOF 3D camera
Battery: 3,550 mAh and Fast battery charging 18W
Colors: Mirror Black, Mirror Teal, Mirror White, Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue
Other Features: Corning Gorilla Glass 5 / fingerprint (rear-mounted) / IP68 dust & waterproof
(LG G8s has three cameras for the rear camera set which makes it stronger than LG G8!)
Design & Display
The screen on LG G8 ThinQ must be the brightest one that I’ve experienced recently. Let’s look at the pixel – 1440 x 3120 pixels which is something I see the best for any flagships.
When you touch it and swipe up and down, the screen delivers a premium contrast, striking clarity, and vivid & vibrant colors.
It’s hard to compete with LG since they also make OLED panels for Apple and themselves, and its Korean brother – Samsung might be ONLY one of the smartphone manufacturers could join the OLED contest so far.
I love the simple design of LG G8 & G8s since they look for a balance without too much surprise, and it’s low-key for some certain types of smartphone users.
LG calls it “minimalist” design which I can totally relate, although some people might find it tedious and lack of innovations.
The camera performance of LG G8 & G8s is good, but not reach the level of extraordinary!
We all know iPhone has the world-famous “Portrait Mode”, Google pixel has “Night Sight”, Huawei & Honor have “Macro Mode”, and Samsung has “Live Focus”. Let’s go deep in our memories again, what are the LG phones’ special features?
LG fans would say there is one default camera feature called “Cine shots” and it’s only available on any LG phones with a triple camera set. But, it doesn’t make a scene like iPhone’s “Portrait Mode”, right?
Basically, everything you could think of a smartphone camera, LG does include all features in their camera too.
- Wide-Angle(107º or 136º): Take photos with the wide-angle lens for a photo which is rich in details
- Portrait Mode: Using the TOF 3D camera on G8s to creating a background blurring
- Studio Lighting: 7 lightings makes you stand out from a normal portrait photo like a PRO
- AI CAM: Detect your scene automatically with the default 19 categories and 4 filter options
(The AI CAM of LG G8 camera has 19 categories which help you for the best shot, and you could also adjust the filter result from 4 options by default.)
LG does a good job for the photoshoot, but the video recording needs to develop more based on the Dxomark website.
Shortcut to Dxomark on LG G8:
- Pros: good details indoor zoom image
- Cons: some color casts, noise, and ringing when zooming
- Pros: effective stabilization of low-frequency motion
- Cons: coarse spatial noise in the shadows in low light
(LG G8 got overall 99 scorings on Dxomark smartphone list which is currently top#25, and I think it’s not bad.)
By the front camera, it’s smart to remember your palm and recognize your one of a kind circulatory pattern to unlock your phone. You could either use it for the Face ID to unlock the phone too.
(LG G8s has a special Z camera on the front set which allows you to do face unlock and air motions to control your phone without touching the beautiful screen.)
Wanna learn more about this feature, let’s watch a video:
It’s the most hyped feature from LG G8 series, and it also got many criticisms for only being gimmicks which is not really shaping the world with “Air Motion”.
It reminds me of Google Pixel 4’s soli project, but I worry it would end up like LG G8 & G8s. Finger crossed for Google!
LG G8’s front camera could read your palm and remember it, then next time you could turn your palm to unlock your phone from 6-8 inches away. Or you could set some hand gestures for launching your most-used apps, accepting calls, or taking a selfie.
Let’s find out more about this feature more:
01. Wake your phone up, then you could turn your hand to the front camera to swipe right or left to launch your favorite apps.
02. You could also use air motion to accept or decline incoming calls, snooze your alarm, or stop the timers.
03. It’s time to use air motion to tell your front camera for a selfie. Simply make a fist then the camera will understand and give you time for the best selfie shot!
04. How to do the screenshot with touchless air motion? Don’t worry, turn your hands toward the front camera, when you see the capture icon, just pinch then all done!
05. For some hardcore music lovers, LG also gets something for you. Turn your hand to the front camera, swipe left to pause music, and swipe right to resume play. Or you could pose your hand like you are grasping something round then turn it left to volume down or turn it right to make it louder!
Performance & Battery
Since LG G8 & G8s both come with Snapdragon 855, they are very ok to run your normal chores no matter for texting, surfing the internet with Google apps, or shopping throught various e-commerce apps.
The battery part is a bit lower than expectation. 3,550mAh for LG G8s and 3,500mAh for LG G8, comparing the current mid-rager phone could get a 6,000mAh battery, LG G8 & G8s look like something less competitive!
- Speaker screen: the entire screen will be your speaker when you listen to your playlist
- Headphone jack: it’s one of the few phones now still has a headphone jack
- LG Pay by NFC: it’s the same as Apple pay or Samsung pay
- Two-year warranty: one-year warranty is basic, but LG offers the 2nd year warranty for free
- Video depth control on G8s: allows you to blur out the background for any video
- Triple camera set on LG G8s: It comes with three types of lense – standard, super-wide angle, and telephoto
Top#01 No Accurate Air Motion
Air motion is the most hyped feature on both LG G8 & G8s, but the execution is really poor. I cannot wait 5-10 seconds just for it recognizes my palm then go for the next step, and most of the time, I touch the screen directly to run some errands quickly.
So, it is better that LG puts more time and effort to develop this feature close to 100% correct and less time for processing, then it will definitely a big plus for me. Otherwise, I’d rather turn the entire air motion off and touch the beautiful screen instead!
Top#02 The Camera
Overall speaking, LG G8 & G8s are both good phones. But, I think the camera doesn’t deserve the price although it’s getting lower and lower now when LG introduces more advanced models.
It’s lack of something that will convince people the camera is extraordinary, and you are always expecting more from LG G8 & G8s’ cameras.
Top#03 No Regular Software Update
The software update is highly questionable based on LG’s history, and it will get so many problems when your phone doesn’t get updates which debug many issues from users’ feedback.
Samsung used to be like this, but they changed a lot and make the regular software update on the schedule. So, LG needs to learn/copy/steal from them too!
The Ugly Truth about LG’s G8 & G8s is you try hard to find it compete with the price. It’s good for its hardware design, call quality, the beautiful screen, and the headphone jack.
if you don’t care there is no something make these two phones stand out from the crowd, it would be nice you have it for normal daily use. But, if you do, I would suggest you try its Korean brother – Samsung first to avoid being heartbroken in later phases.
Buying a smartphone is like picking your lover, once you get to know more about it, you would want to split! So, must be careful and thorough before making the purchase. 🙂 🙂 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions about LG G8 Series or want to leave your own personal review, leave a comment below.
(All Photos: LG)
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