On the surface, the iPhone X and the LG V30 look similar in many ways. Both are made of glbad and metal, both are designed around "extra large" screens and are water resistant. But the closer we examine the two, the more differences we find. The iPhone X, for example, uses a stainless steel frame, and although the steel is heavier than the aluminum used in the V30, it is also more resistant. The V30, on the other hand, has a higher water resistance rating and retains the 3.5mm headphone jack that the iPhone does not have. Both phones have a certain visual appeal, not only thanks to their elegant glbad and metal construction, but also due to the fact that their screens occupy almost all their frontal areas. However, LG's execution looks better. The notch of the iPhone X consumes space on the screen and simply takes away the experience. But we must admit that the iPhone X feels better in the hand. It can be heavier than the V30, but it is also narrower, allowing a firmer grip and a more comfortable navigation with just one thumb.
The dedicated mute switch is a good advantage you get only with the iPhone X. What you do not get is a fingerprint scanner. In its place is Face ID, which is the facial recognition system of Apple, a facial recognition system that is difficult to cheat and works reliably most of the time. Still, a fingerprint scanner is a quick and convenient alternative, and that's exactly what we have in the V30, where a fingerprint scanner is embedded in the power button on the back.
5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches
143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
6.14 oz (174 g)
5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29 inches
151.7 x 75.4 x 7.39 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)
The first thing is what First, we must point out that the two screens we are comparing here are based on the same OLED technology, which is known for its higher contrast compared to traditional LCD panels. The screens are also full of pixels: 1125 x 2436 pixels (459 ppi) for the iPhone X and 1440 x 2880 pixels (537 ppi) for the LG V30 is more than enough resolution to produce crisp, clear images.
Still, the iPhone X is superior when it comes to color reproduction. The colors are precise and vivid, but without any of those artificial saturation aids for which OLED screens are known. In contrast, the V30 produces colder targets and pumped colors. This is a look that some might find attractive, but it is not natural. Fortunately, color reproduction can be configured from the configuration menu.
Despite its shortcomings, the screen of the LG V30 has one or two things in its favor. For example, the always active display function is somewhat ordered, and the largest area has the potential to adapt to more content. But most importantly, it does not have a notch that gets in the way of the user.
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Software and interface
Android vs iOS: it is a constant rivalry of mobile platforms, and while one is labeled as better than the other would be complicated, we can easily list a number of factors that distinguish them. To put it briefly, the subject of the LG V30 is that it is a phone made for advanced users. The software experience of LG, which runs on Android 7.1, is highly customizable and full of features, most of which will be appreciated mainly by enthusiasts: the floating bar and the multitasking in parallel, for example, or the option of Adjust the resolution screen to save battery.
The iPhone X, on the other hand, running iOS 11.1, has a much shorter list of bells and whistles. But Animoji is definitely involved, and for now we're pretty sure you know what they are. Sure, they are fun, and the facial tracking technology behind them is remarkable, but we believe that most people (read: people who can really afford an iPhone X) would tire of them quickly. Leaving aside Animoji, iOS 11 continues to be a fast and rich operating system, acclaimed for its visual consistency and for being the gateway to a universe of quality applications and games.
You may have noticed that the iPhone X lacks a start button. There are no buttons on the screen either. To return to the home screen, simply slide from the bottom of the screen. New gestures are also implemented for accessibility and to switch between applications. Do not fear, since these are mostly easy to learn. Meanwhile, the LG V30 is based on familiar buttons on the screen. These consume a small fraction of the screen's space, but can be configured to disappear when they are not needed. In addition, it is clear that your layout can be modified, and a practical shortcut can be added to pull down the notifications panel.
Processor and memory
Here we could have listed the technical specifications of these two phones next to each other: processor cores, clock frequency, amount of RAM, etc. However, we decided not to do so, since that would not give the slightest clue as to how these two phones really work. In short, neither the iPhone X nor the LG V30 feel slow in any way. Both are fast and responsive in real life and offer performance at roughly the same level, although the benchmarks indicate that the iPhone X has a greater potential in regards to the crunching of raw numbers.
On-board storage starts at 64 GB for both phones. Unsurprisingly, there is no storage expansion slot on the iPhone X, so if you need more gigs, you'll have to spend the extra money on a 256GB model. The LG V30 offers a slot for microSD cards, which is nice, but keep in mind that microSD cards are not as fast or as reliable as on-board storage.
Both phones are playing the double camera game, but with a totally different strategy. In the iPhone X we found a normal camera paired with a secondary telephoto lens that provides a 2X optical zoom, which significantly brings the subject closer to the frame. In addition, the layout enables Portrait Mode, which adds an artistic background blur to the images, and Apple's software algorithms allow us to apply lighting effects to the image, even after it has been taken.
In the LG V30 we also have a standard camera, but it is combined with a wide-angle trigger, which is much more suited to the frame than any other standard camera. Although the quality of the image and the details suffer, the secondary camera allows you to adapt epic scenes, monuments or parties without having to go back. In difficult places, this camera is a valuable badet.
Both dual camera configurations have their pros and cons and we can not say that one approach is better than the other. It's all about what kind of photographer you are and what kind of situations you are in. But no matter which side you are on, regardless of the phone you choose, you will definitely use your main camera more often. Its secondary chambers are simply not as sensitive to light as normal ones.
One thing worth mentioning is that the LG V30 comes with full manual camera settings ready to use. In other words, you can take full control of how the images and videos look, which is great news for camera enthusiasts. In the iPhone X you need the help of a third-party application if you require manual adjustments of any kind.
We recently introduced the iPhone X and the LG V30 in a camera comparison in a number of situations. . Both phones worked well, especially in daytime and well-lit situations, where both work at the same level. But the result was in favor of the iPhone, mainly thanks to its constant low performance and better handling of the scenes where the HDR mode is required. The low-light images of the iPhone are more animated, with better colors and details, while the V30 tends to leave those images a little less exposed.
All in all, both phones have good looking selfies, but they are different features that make their selfie cameras special. On the iPhone X you can use portrait mode and studio lighting when you take selfies to achieve a more dramatic or more professional look, but the results are almost unpredictable. Still, regular selfies are great, with faithful colors and more than enough details.
The LG V30 has a skin softening effect to soften the imperfection and a slider lighting to make the faces brighter, but we kept these settings at a minimum level to avoid an unnatural look in our selfies. The main feature of the selfie camera, however, is its extra wide lens mode. While it adds some distortion near the edges, it has a very wide field of view that allows it to adapt to the entire party in one shot. It is true that the overall quality of the image is even better with the iPhone, but the V30's wide-angle selfie camera could be useful when taking group shots.
The LG V30 is advertised as a phone that excels at capturing video. It comes with full manual video controls and advanced modes that professional videographers might find useful. And, in fact, the videos look very good, but when it comes to video recording every day, the iPhone produces better results with less effort on the part of the user. The videos are more detailed, they are better stabilized and the 4K mode at 60 fps produces images of epic clarity.
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Sample videos of Apple iPhone X vs LG V30
A detail that we have not mentioned yet is that both phones support HDR video, which provides richer colors and contrast. Such content is still scarce, but it can be found on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, even on YouTube. But when it comes to general video playback, the V30 is the most suitable device. It may not have the excellent color calibration of the iPhone X, but it has a larger screen where there is not a notch in the way. As we mentioned at the beginning, the LG V30 has a headphone jack for those who still prefer conventional wired headphones. In addition, your Quad DAC has an output high enough to control even large high impedance headphones. But you do not have a pair of headphones in the box, at least not with the V30 sold in the United States. Since the iPhone X does not have a headphone jack, you can use the dongle in the box to connect a pair, or you can use the Apple Lightning Earphones included. Or you can always go wireless, of course.
However, when it comes to speaker quality, the iPhone X has the advantage. While the V30 sounds good with its single bottom discharge speaker, the iPhone's stereo speakers are lighter and with more substantial bbad to accentuate whatever music you're listening to.
How long a phone lasts between charges depends a lot on how it is used and configured. That's why we level the playing field by submitting the phones to our custom battery test, which runs at a constant screen brightness level and simulates real-life use. All in all, both the iPhone X and the LG V30 scored very well, meeting our expectations for a phone of this clbad. The load, however, is significantly faster on the LG V30. The phone comes with a ready-to-use quick charger, which allows it to charge almost twice as fast as the iPhone X. To charge faster on the iPhone X, you need a more powerful charger and a special cable, both sold separately.
Wireless charging is available on both phones, baduming you have a Qi wireless charging accessory. At this time, however, only the LG V30 supports fast wireless charging, while the iPhone X charges at a slower pace.
At $ 1000, the iPhone X is one of the most expensive phones. While the LG V30 is not cheap either, it costs $ 200 less, which represents a considerable price gap, enough to get 2 years of Spotify Premium or a budget economic phone like the Nokia 6 or the fifth generation Moto G.
However, despite the four-digit figure, the iPhone X has sold very well, and it's easy to say why: it's a phone surrounded by exaggeration and emotion, and owning one is like having a piece of the future – today . For many people, choosing the iPhone X over any other phone would be an emotional decision especially. But the good news is that the iPhone X, although expensive, is also a great phone, fast and attractive, with excellent cameras, clear speakers and, ahem, a first-clbad screen. If money is not a problem, that is the phone that should be used.
On the other hand, the LG V30 still has a lot to offer. Like the iPhone X, it is an enthusiastic grade device, but while the iPhone X is aimed at early adopters, the V30 is more suited for users of advanced tools and users. It may not have the exact color screen of the iPhone, but it does not have a notch to distract you. Your cameras may not have vertical mode, but your wide-angle lens may be useful in difficult situations. And although you will not find Animoji in it, you will find a quick charger in the box. In other words, if you value practicality about spectacularity, maybe the V30 is the phone to consider.
- Bright and accurate display (19659046) Better fit on the hand
- Higher cameras take excellent photos and videos
- Strong and clear stereo speakers
- Larger screen without notches
- Wide-angle cameras can be useful
- Quick charge out of the box
- Cheaper, easier, faster to get