LG V30 vs Apple iPhone 7

Alex Kidman 31 August 2017 NEWS


How does LG's latest smartphone compare to Apple's premium-priced Apple iPhone 7?

LG has just announced the LG V30 as expected at the IFA show in Berlin. The V30 has to contend with a wide array of Android handsets in the market, but if you're after a premium handset, you should also consider Apple's highly successful iPhone line. While the announcement of what's expected to be the iPhone 8 is only a matter of weeks away, right now the iPhone line is represented by the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. So how do they compare against LG's new flagship phone?

LG V30 vs Apple iPhone 7: Specifications

Handset LG V30 Apple iPhone 7 Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Display Size 6.0in 4.7in 5.5in
Resolution 2880x1440 pixels 1334x750 1920x1080
PPI 537ppi 326ppi 401ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Apple A10 Fusion Apple A10 Fusion
Storage 64GB 32/128/256GB 32/128/256GB
Operating System Android 7.1.1 iOS 10 iOS 10
Front Camera 5MP 7MP 7MP
Rear Camera Dual 16 MP f/1.6 standard + 13 MP f/1.9 wide angle 12MP 12MP
Battery 3300mAh 1960mAh 2900mAh
Dimensions 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
Weight 158g 168g 168g
Price Expected around $1000 $1079/$1229/$1379 $1269/$1419/$1569


LG V30 vs Apple iPhone 7: Processing power

On a straight numbers basis, the V30 might seem to carry this thanks to a larger quantity of RAM and a newer processor than the Apple A10 Fusion, which is nearly 12 months old at this point. There's little doubt that the V30 will be a powerful phone, but that does ignore Apple's not-so-secret weapon that typically gives its phones better performance than their specifications might suggest.

Apple controls every aspect of iOS, which gives it the ability to finely tweak performance for just a small array of compatible iPhone models.

Conversely, Google's Android has to cover all the bases, and as such isn't as strongly optimised for performance. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may have a few miles on them, but they're well-tuned machines that stand to pick up a little pep when iOS 11 lands in a month or so.


LG V30 vs Apple iPhone 7: Displays

The LG V30 marks something of a departure for LG. While it has had an OLED screen phone in the market before (the LG G Flex 2), it has never shifted its premium lines in that way. Prior to OLED, LCD was the order of the day, and that's the technology that Apple used for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

In straight technology terms, it's a bit of a clean sweep for LG here, with better resolution and less bezel in the way of the smartphone experience, although quite how long it will hold the high ground given some of the rumours surrounding the iPhone 8 remains to be seen.

LG V30 vs Apple iPhone 7: Cameras

Apple's iPhones remain some of the most popular and frequently used cameras for all kinds of online photography, but there's a stark gap between its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, thanks to the inclusion of a secondary 2x optical zoom lens on the iPhone 7 Plus that also enables that model's portrait mode.

That's a feature that plenty of other handsets have since adopted, and the LG V30's wide aperture rear lenses should give it plenty of photographic flexibility when it comes to both portrait and low-light photography. LG is also pitching the LG V30 as an ideal camera for video work thanks to its glass lenses on the rear.


LG V30 vs Apple iPhone 7: Battery

iPhones are, to put it politely, not known for their impressive battery life, although Apple has made some strides in recent years with their Plus models sporting larger power packs.

Still, the V30's combination of larger battery capacity and the power-sipping (but still powerful) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 should give it a distinct edge when it comes to overall battery life.

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