LG G7 ThinQ Review – Bright Display Screen And Loud Speakers

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LG G7 ThinQ AI CAM:

 

If we talk about innovation, the LG G7 comes with a new AI CAM mode which promises improved pictures. However, the results are not as impressive as one would expect.

 

In short, when the feature is activated, the camera will automatically select the best settings for what it sees in the camera’s frame. For instance, if you are taking a photo of flowers, the colors would be slightly boosted with this feature.

 

However, the feature is not always useful. While it can improve the quality when you are taking pictures of flowers, scenery, or foods, most of the other scenes look uninspiring and unnatural.

 

Moreover, when the feature is activated, you cannot go back to having a normal photo. On top of that, the feature further slows down the functionality of the camera app.

 

Software:

 

The G7 ThinQ comes equipped with the latest Android Oreo operating system. It’s not surprising to see that LG has heavily customized the operating system (OS) as it has been doing it for quite some time now.

 

If you compare the software on the G7 ThinQ with a phone such as the Google Pixel 2 you will notice just how much LG has tweaked the software.

 

A major drawback in the OS customized by LG is the fact that it lacks the app drawer. All apps are housed on home screen itself.

 

There is a Floating Bar feature that offers instant access to your favorite apps, features, and contacts. You can arrange the on-screen buttons and adjust the height of the on-screen keyboard.

 

You can double tap the screen to wake up the device and you can lock all private notes and content from your gallery to keep them secure.

 

The phone has lots of features, the software and the user interface is nice. Whether you’re an avid smartphone user or a new smartphone user you will be impressed with the features of the G7 ThinQ.

 

Nevertheless, there are a few things that could have been done differently. For instance, you cannot access the notifications by simply swiping down.

 

Instead, you must use a search bar which finds information strings from your apps. While this might sound cool to LG, many people would prefer to access their notifications by swiping down from the top of the display screen.

 

Because that’s the way it’s done on most of the other smartphones that are currently on the market.

 

Hardware:

 

The G7 ThinQ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor this is the latest and fastest chipset from Qualcomm. This boosts the benchmark scores of the phone and it makes the phone fast and more responsive when performing tasks.

 

However, a few hiccups are bound to occur, sometimes apps can sometimes take some time to load. There is no denying the fact that the overall performance of the phone is amazing.

 

However, the responsiveness and smoothness are not as great as it is with some of the other smartphones that are currently on the market.

 

The phone has 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. You can expand the storage via a microSD card. There is also a G7+ with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage.

 

The G7 ThinQ works well for playing video games. If you’re playing a video game and it’s not running smoothly you have the option to adjust the graphics settings and the resolution which will improve the frame rate.

 

Battery Life:

 

The phone has a 3,000mAh battery if used moderately, the phone can easily last an entire day on a full charge. However, if you are a heavy user, it would be better if you carry a power bank.

 

For example, if you play 3D game for about an hour on the G7 ThinQ, it can easily consume 25% of the battery. The same is true for video calling for up to an hour.

 

The battery will also consume more energy if you use the phone to take lots of photos. Fortunately, the phone supports QuickCharge 3.0 for fast charging.

 

It takes roughly  82 minutes for the phone to go from 0 to 100% with the help of the included fast charger.

 

Moreover, as it supports wireless charging, you can also use any Qi-compatible charging pad to charge the G7 ThinQ. You can also sustain the battery by not keeping the Always On Display activated all the time.

 

Boombox Speaker:

 

The G6 was the first LG phone to come with Quad DAC and the G7 ThinQ features the same for high-quality reproduction of audio when using wired headphones.

 

Yup, this phone features a 3.5mm audio jack this is something that many smartphone manufacturers have been slowly phasing out. However, this is something that many smartphone users still appreciate having on a phone.

 

Unlike most of the high-end flagships in the market, there is no stereo speaker setup on the G7 ThinQ. It just uses a single Boombox speaker which is placed at the bottom of the phone.

 

Something extremely unique about the speaker is when you place the phone on flat surfaces, the sound is amplified.

 

This also makes the G7 ThinQ one of the loudest smartphones currently available on the market.

 

The phone also sounds great when it comes to phone calls. If you hold the phone to your right or left ear, the loudspeaker does not pose any problems and the sound is crystal clear.

 

My Final Thought:

 

Here is the most important thing about the G7 ThinQ- while people have ridiculed the phone solely on the basis of its name (it is pronounced ‘Thin Cue’). There’s no denying that it’s an amazing, power-packed flagship from LG.

 

The Snapdragon 845 processor, the loud Boombox speaker, the wide-angle camera, and the bright display screen makes the G7 ThinQ a worthy competitor. However, this phone comes with a hefty price tag.

 

There could have been some improvements in its design and low light camera performance may not be the best.

 

However, the LG G7 ThinQ has quite a few things to offer you can take a look at it on eBay.

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Marvin,

    The LG G7 ThinQ Review is well done and gave me a lot to consider should I decide I am interested in this phone.

    The cons you listed did concern me
    – Overall design could have been better
    – Low light performance of the camera is not great
    – AI cam is not very impressive
    – Expensive

    Do you feel the benefits more than outweigh the cons?

    You rated the phone about 8 out of 10, pretty good rating.

    If my desire is amazing pictures, it sounds like I should consider either the Google Pixel 2 or Samsung Galaxy S9.

    Again, thanks for the information!

    • Thanks for the feedback, I actually gave the phone a rating of 7.8 out of 10 if your desire is amazing pictures I would recommend the Google Pixel 2 or the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.

  2. Hey Marvin! Great Review! I almost went with this phone when I bought mine but I ended up going with the Galaxy Note 8. what is your opinion on these two phones and do you think I made a better choice? I know that’s a broad question, I guess I liked the camera quality better and the curved edges of the screen (stylus pen was cool too).

    • Thanks Christian, the LG G7 ThinQ is not a bad phone, however, the Galaxy Note 8 is much better, the design, the camera, the software, and the overall performance is better.

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