LG V30 Review

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- Introduction -
- Physical features -
- Audio -
- Display -
- Performance -
- Bootloader unlocking -
- Repairability -
- Custom ROM & Kernel Availability -
- Other issues -
- Conclusion -

Introduction

Physical features

Thin & light will be the first thing that comes in mind when holding the V30. On the top section, there's the secondary mic & the headphone jack is on the right, which IMO is the best place. USB-C charging port, speaker, & primary mic on the bottom corner, left for volume button, right for the hybrid dual SIM tray, back holds rear cameras & power button / fingerprint scanner.

For materials, Gorilla Glass 5 on front & back, with aluminium frame.

JerryRigEverything durability test video

Audio Quality

The V30 has a bottom loudspeaker & a headphone jack. The earpiece can be enabled following this guide.

The speaker quality is mediocre. The earpiece doesn't add much difference, even if it's enabled.

The headphone jack quality is better than most, with audio quality being louder than most others. The Quad DAC also helps, but enabling this in AOSP ROMs enable an annoying screen off swipe controls that can't be turned off.

Display

The 6.0' 18:9 pOLED is decent, as far as I see. Though, truly black blacks are the thing that I truly like from OLED panels.

What I dislike about the panel though, is the fact that it's an OLED. Over time, it will develop burn-in. That, when combined with Fate/GO's blue bars (or any static element such as the top & bottom bars), is a burn-in incident waiting to eventually happen. This issue can be somewhat mitigated with Smart Pixels though.

Performance

Tested with ceres_II.base_1_4_5-gc5729257 kernel (yes, that's a mouthful). Stock Pie AOSP kernels aren't used as they're too stuttery for my preferences.

Performance is fine enough. PUBG runs at Smooth / Extreme (the PDA will be hot to the touch), & Fate/GO runs quite smoothly, with some minor stuttering here & there.

Bootloader unlocking

The bootloader unlocking process is quite easy, provided that you didn't get the H932 T-Mobile variant. For the non-H932, use the WTF method. H932 must use the lafsploit method, which is significantly harder.

Repairability

In terms of repairability, it's kinda easy - assuming you have a heat gun to deal with the sealed back.

Headphone jack & charging port replacement is quite straightforward, and neither are soldered to the board. The jack uses contact pads, while the charging port uses the so-called "Lego connector".

JerryRigEverything's teardown video.

Custom ROM & Kernel Availability

In terms of custom ROMs, there's life on V30.... in Telegram. The XDA forum seems deprecated, as it doesn't cover some of the latest & probably newfangled ROMs. All AOSP Pie ROMs but Lineage are discontinued, with latest update at August / September 2019.

For just the V30, the devs used Oreo blobs to build AOSP Pie ROMs, & Pie blobs to build AOSP 10 ROMs. In addition, reverting to LG Oreo from LG Pie isn't recommended as it causes permanent changes that forces the user to run permissive SELinux to regain functionality. However, this statement may be false, since a fix is available (link).

Kernel wise, the V30's not doing good. There are 2 custom kernels: Ceres (AOSP Pie / LG Oreo) / Haumea (AOSP 10 / LG Pie) & Tachyon (AOSP 10 / LG Pie). Currently, Haumea is the only kernel in active development.

Other issues

Let's start out with the bad ones:

Then move on to the questionably good one:

And, finally, the actually good ones that I don't really give a fuck:

Conclusion

As I'm writing this review, I could imagine a few complaints, such as : F1 & 6z are straight up better, how the fuck could you rank the LG V30 higher than those 2?! To that I answer: Yes, in most aspects, LG V30 sucks when compared to either of these 2. However, it doesn't have as much issues as those 2.

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