LG G7 ThinQ Review
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The G7 ThinQ – LG’s best phone in years – touts a Super Bright LCD that’s viewable in direct sunlight, which is ironic because the rest of it has a hard time standing out.
It’s a reasonable, but not significant upgrade over last year’s LG G6, with a larger 6.1-inch all-screen display, AI-enhanced cameras, a loud ‘Boombox Speaker’, a faster chipset, and Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo software out of the box.
You may not immediately be wowed by any of this. The LG G7 doesn’t have a curved OLED screen like the Samsung Galaxy S9, the triple-lens rear camera of the Huawei P20 Pro, or the undeniable value of the OnePlus 6. And despite its controversial notch cutout at the top, it doesn’t have Apple’s fancy 3D TrueDepth camera, as seen on the iPhone X.
First, the G7 has an IPS screen rather than OLED, and is benefits from the newer, faster Snapdragon 845 processor. It also gains the ability to take portrait photos with blurry backgrounds (which the G6 lacked) and has a traditional headphone socket, yet is waterproof.
LG G7 Audio
LG has also beefed up the audio with a bigger, louder speaker and used some nifty screen technology to make the screen one of the brightest around.
LG is emphasizing that this is a smart, not flashy, phone. As the ‘ThinQ’ part of the name suggests, the company is determined to push AI onto all of its smart devices no matter how awkward the moniker sounds. The execution on this new ThinQ phone is, thankfully, a little more practical than the nomenclature.
Its dual-lens AI camera emphasizes ThinQ, too, with its ability to categorize subjects and automatically tune its settings to snap better photos via machine learning. It can also recognize low-light situations, and employ Super Bright Mode to make photos and video four times as bright as on the G6, albeit – at a reduced resolution.
Machine learning is just one way to aid in capturing superior photos, but like the megapixel count, what matters more are how the pictures look after everything is processed. We have a full gallery of photos later in the review.
The LG G7 wins on completeness, even if it doesn’t have many standout features. It doesn’t take big chances on design or battery life, but it looks stylish in most colors and lasts long enough with all-day longevity.