We won’t dwell too long on the fact LG has lost considerable ground to its fellow Korean company Samsung in the great smartphone race. Even if Sammy sells more units, LG still makes some very good phones.
After the failed modular G5, the G6 was a sparkling return to form and was one of the first phones on the market with an 18:9 tall display, a trend now in full force in the industry.
LG’s latest phones are the G8 and V50 - they have good screens, versatile wide-angle cameras and – hooray – headphone jacks. However, both offer incremental upgrades on last year's G7 and V40, so unless you're desperate for the V50's 5G support we'd recommend going for the older (and now cheaper) models.
LG can often be given short shrift in comparison to other Android manufacturers these days but it’s quite unfair – although it can sometimes be hard to track down stockists as the company’s influence dwindles. But if you go for one of these phones we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
We haven’t reviewed any of the Q and K series phones, so the below recommendations are phones we have actually used extensively.
1. LG V40 ThinQ
- Reviewed on: 14 November 2018
This is the best LG phone you can buy. It's got sleek design, versatile cameras, an outstanding headphone jack DAC and full waterproofing.
The display is the best on an LG phone to date too and it has wireless charging. Performance is slick and LG's Android skin is at its most reserved even if it's not our favourite.
But you can only buy it in the US and Korea and it's very expensive, which might put some people off.
Read our LG V40 ThinQ review.
2. LG G7 ThinQ
- Reviewed on: 31 May 2018
If you want wide angle cameras in a flagship phone, the G7 is an excellent option - particularly as LG has now added portrait mode for the first time.
The screen is still LCD but goes extremely bright. Add to that water resistance, wireless charging and a headphone jack with a Quad DAC, this is one of the most fully featured handsets of 2018.
You might dislike the notch and LG's Android skin, but if you want to spend less and get a whole lot of phone, the G7 could be for you.
Read our LG G7 ThinQ review.
- Reviewed on: 13 September 2019
Taken on its own, the V50 ThinQ is basically just a 5G V40 with a processor upgrade. That means both good and bad: faster internet speeds and processor, balanced out by a thicker body and slightly reduced battery life, with the exact same triple lens camera setup.
We loved the V40, but almost a year on the V50 doesn't feel as competitive - the rest of the market has moved on faster than the V-series, so while this is competitive on internal specs it already feels slightly dated in design and other small features, which makes the steep price tricky to justify.
Then there’s the Dual Screen attachment. This is, to be blunt, a gimmick for most people, and a fairly silly one at that - which might explain why it isn't even available in the US. But it’s also a surprisingly novel way to bring the foldable experience to a much lower price point, and if you're a devoted multi-tasker then it actually works better than you might expect, if you can forgive a few niggling design flaws.
Read our LG V50 ThinQ 5G review.
4. LG G8 ThinQ
- Reviewed on: 12 April 2019
The G8 ThinQ has plenty going for it, but unfortunately not in the areas that count for most consumers.
The OLED display and 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC audio are both among the best in the industry, while the Snapdragon 855 and 6GB of RAM will keep up with just about anything you can throw at them.
Bland design and a so-so camera let it all down though, and for most people these are likely to be two of the biggest factors when picking a phone - especially when they're being asked to throw down $800 for a premium product.
LG seems to hope that gimmicks like Hand ID and gesture controls will set the G8 apart from its rivals, but if they do, it won't be in the way the company wants. Neither will change the way you use your phone, and before long you're likely to forget they're even there.
What you're left with is a phone that'll appeal to audiovisual nerds (myself included) but doesn't offer much for anyone else. At a couple of hundred dollars less it'd be an easier sell, but at full price this isn't the phone for you unless you already knew what 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC meant before you started reading this.
Read our LG G8 ThinQ review.
5. LG V30
- Reviewed on: 8 October 2018
There's a lot to like about the V30 becuase it's like LG has taken the G6 and upgraded it in key areas and even refined the already sleek design. Now the price is a more reasonable £599 we can highly recommend this phone which offers excellent design, screen, cameras and audio.
Read our LG V30 review.
6. LG G6
- Reviewed on: 11 December 2017
The G6 is still a solid choice even if the Snapdragon 821 is beginning to show its age a little. This was the first major phone to have an 18:9 display and it still looks great.
The wide angle camera allows for versatile shooting while the headphone jack and waterproofing keep features that most people will find useful. There are newer, shinier LG phones but the G6 is still worth a look.
Read our LG G6 review.