It’s not sufficient for LG that the G8 ThinQ has one of the best processor, a fantastic display screen, a formidable battery, and a strong digicam. Like practically each G telephone that got here earlier than, the G8 additionally needs to be totally different, and that’s the place it will get tripped up.

Had LG targeted on the issues that matter whereas undercutting its Samsung and Google rivals, it might need had a success on its fingers. Instead, the LG G8 is full of gimmicks that is likely to be enjoyable initially, however their persnicketiness and common uselessness in the end frustrate and cheapen the expertise.

That’s a disgrace, as a result of beneath the entire gimmicks is basically good telephone. Maybe even a fantastic one.

Mind you, the G8 remains to be saddled with LG’s overly staid design language and UI deficiencies. But with top-of-the-line specs and gesture navigation, LG’s newest flagship ought to have the ability to stand as much as the Galaxy S10 or Pixel 3 XL. And it most likely would, if not for all of these gimmicks.

This overview is a part of our ongoing roundup of the best Android phones. Go there for opinions of competing merchandise and the way we examined them, plus shopping for recommendation. 

The design stays the identical

If you’ve ever seen the LG G7, you already know what the G8 seems to be like. It has the identical 6.1-inch show, ports, and general form, and is available in the identical two colours: black and silver. The devoted Google Assistant button stays. While the G8 is a contact heavier at 167 grams (versus 162 for the G7), the 2 telephones have an especially related aesthetic and body, proper right down to their unbalanced bezels:

  • G8: 151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4mm
  • G7: 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm

Things are a bit totally different on the again. LG has mounted the digicam array horizontally fairly than vertically, bringing it extra in step with the V40 than with earlier ‘G’ telephones. It’s additionally totally encased beneath the glass, which provides it a sleeker, smoother look in comparison with different all-glass telephones. If not for the fingerprint sensor within the center, in truth, the again of the G8 could be simply as easy because the entrance. It’s a great look, and makes the digicam bumps on iPhone XS all of the extra ugly.

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The LG G8, left, has a OLED show versus the LCD on final yr’s G7.

One downside to all that uninterrupted glass, nevertheless, is slipperiness. On a number of events, my G8 slipped off a desk that both had an in any other case imperceptible decline or was rattled sufficient to maneuver the G8. For the primary time since I’ve been writing telephone opinions, I truly needed to ship it again as a result of my first overview unit fell and cracked. So you’ll most likely wish to put it in a case, which negates the smoothness of the design.

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