LG V30 vs Google Pixel 2 XL : Which One You Should Buy?

LG V30, Google Pixel 2 XL

If you passed on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and are looking for a new phone, here’s what you need to know about both. This is a comparison of the LG V30 vs the Pixel 2 XL.

That’s worth noting since the Pixel 2 XL is a phone we believe to be similar in specs and design to LG’s latest. And we believe that because we know LG made the Pixel 2 XL and is thought to have used the same 6-inch POLED display.

So we thought since the V30 is ultimately the closest thing to a Pixel 2 XL brother, you might wonder how it compares to the rest of the big Android flagships of the moment.

Given the choice what would you get?  LG’s V30 or Google’s Pixel 2 XL?

Both the LG V30 and the Google Pixel 2 XL share a number of hardware similarities, and while they don’t look the same, they are built on similar bones.


Both of these OLED screens are outstanding, but the V30 fits it into a more compact frame. LG brought its Plastic OLED technology to the V30 first, but it appears that the Pixel 2 XL has either the same panel, or one very similar — they’re both six inches at 2880×1440 pixel resolution, with the increasingly-common 18:9 / 2:1 aspect ratio.

I like this compromise between width and height; unlike the Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8, neither the V30 nor Pixel 2 XL feels top-heavy or onerous to use in one hand.

Those screens, curved at each corner, fit into chassis only slightly larger, making them practically bezel-less. But LG does a better job on the V30, mainly because it eschews front-facing stereo speakers for a single bottom firing port. T

However, the Google Pixel 2 XL uses the exact same screen. It’s an LG display, and LG actually made the phone, too, if you didn’t know. Google did the design elements, but LG is who manufactured Google’s latest phone. So, in terms of the screen, there’s no clear winner.

Verizon Google Pixel 2 SellingThat said, the LG V30 is slightly smaller, as are the black bezels and bars around the screen, which some might prefer. You can’t go wrong with either phone.

Design, Battery Life, Performance & Camera

This next subject is a hard one –Design, Battery life, Performance & Camera. We’re pretty sure the Pixel 2 XL wins here again, but we can’t say for sure until we review both devices.

Both phones are powered by the same underlying hardware, too: Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM, between 64GB and 128GB of storage (though only on the V30+, which is limited to Sprint and US Cellular), and a sizable battery — 3300mAh for the V30 and 3520mAh for the Pixel — along with IP67 water resistance.

Thankfully, the rear fingerprint sensors are in the same place — though only the Pixel’s lets you swipe down to reveal the notification shade.

What’s different?

The LG V30 focuses on so many different things than the LG-made Pixel 2 XL. The V30 is a shiny slab of glass on the front and back, which supports wireless charging.

The Pixel 2 XL has a unibody metal chassis, but a portion of the back is covered in glass, which is both a design and signal benefit, since Google doesn’t have to break up the look with plastic antenna lines.

The metal back is rendered slightly more tactile, and less slippery, thanks to a finish that can only be described as plasticky. When I first picked it up I had to be reassured the phone was indeed aluminum — it feels more like the Nexus 5X than the original Pixel XL.

A hugely important factor for any buyer is the camera experience. This one is really a toss-up, and something you’ll need to decide for yourself. We’ll only help you understand what’s different.

LG V30 has two cameras, one 16MP sensor with a wide-angle lens, and a 13MP sensor with an extra wide-angle lens. The two form the basis of one of the more interesting and fun camera experiences on the market, and as we’ve said before, no one does landscape photography better than LG.

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At the same time, many of LG’s new video modes are substantially more robust than anything you’ll find on a Samsung or even Sony device, and far surpasses that of Google’s simple camera app, which even lacks a dedicated manual mode.

At the same time, Google’s focus (pun intended) on a single camera, which is lower-resolution with larger individual pixels than the V30’s main sensor, allows for some incredible low-light shots. Google also boasts of a computational portrait mode, while its HDR+ capabilities bring out color and detail in situations that many other phones would fall flat.

The Pixel also has Google Lens, which further reinforces the company’s lead in using the camera for contextual gain; point it at a sign and get information about the words, or its location.

From what we’re hearing, the Pixel 2 XL will have an unbeatable camera, at least until sometime in 2018. The only real benefit for the V30 is wide-angle photos, which is a niche feature.

However, Google’s new Pixel 2 XL scored off the charts in camera tests. It received the highest DxOMark score in history.

LG also puts a tremendous amount of effort into shoring up its audio game; not only does the V30 have a headphone jack, but its Quad DAC and powerful amplifier ensures that all headphones, even high-impedance ones, sound excellent.

The Google Pixel 2 XL lacks a headphone jack. Sure, there’s a dongle in the box, but it’s one sure to be quickly lost or discarded. At the same time, Google is patterning with companies like Libratone to deliver “Made for Google” Bluetooth accessories, which consist of easy pairing and consistently good performance.

The last two differences are obvious, but worth pointing out. Google’s software is worlds ahead of LG’s in many respects; not only does the Pixel 2 XL ship with Android 8.0 Oreo, but its interface and general aesthetic feels substantially more mature; LG, which has made strides in recent years, ships the V30 with Android 7.1.2, and though many of the more hard edges have been softened, it’s still easy to find nits to pick.

But updates are going to come to the Pixel must more quickly, and for longer, than the V30 can hope to see. For starters, Google updates the Pixels directly, and is promising three years of both security updates and, for the first time, platform updates.

The V30 is being sold primarily through carrier channels, so it will have to go through approval processes that often take longer. We can hope that the V30 receives Oreo sooner than later, but it’s the next update, Android P, where that lead will lengthen on Google’s behalf.

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What really makes this choice difficult is the price. Both phones are roughly the same price. The LG V30 is $800 at T-Mobile, $850 at Verizon, and somewhere in the middle from everyone else.

Google’s new Pixel 2 XL is $849, and the 128GB model is $949. If you need more storage, the V30 with a microSD slot is the cheaper route. Basically, the Pixel 2 XL costs a few dollars more, but there are plenty of deals floating around. Take a Pixel 2 XL to T-Mobile and you’ll save 50%, making it under $450.

Here’s how the two compare by the numbers.

LG V30 Specs

  • 6-inch 2880 x 1440 Quad-HD OLED Display
  • Snapdragon 835 Processor with 4GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of storage and microSD expansion
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • 16 Megapixel f/1.6 rear camera, 13MP secondary wide-angle camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Single bottom-firing speaker
  • 3,300 mAh battery with Quick Charging
  • IP68 Dust & Water-Resistance
  • Google Assistant, Quad-DAC, 3.5mm headphone jack and more
  • USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner on back
  • Wireless Charging capable

Google Pixel 2 XL Specs

  • 6-inch 2880 x 1440 Quad-HD OLED Display
  • Snapdragon 835 Processor with 4GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB storage options, no micro-SD slot
  • Android Oreo
  • 12.2 Megapixel Rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and OIS
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Dual Front-Facing Stereo Speakers
  • 3,520 mAh battery with Quick Charging
  • IP67 Dust & Water-Resistance
  • Google Assistant, Google Lens, more
  • USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner on back
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack, no wireless charging

Sounds pretty good, right? It comes with a big battery, plenty of power, the latest version of Android and water-resistance. The V30 has most of that too.

Here what we can say……

LG V30 has a more robust collection of experiences for the advanced user, especially when it comes to audio and photography. Not only does the Quad DAC provide better sound, but there’s a headphone jack with a powerful amplifier and plenty of adjustability.

The dual camera setup is tons of fun, and the manual mode is just wonderful. The V30 has wireless charging, too, and the all-glass design keeps it lighter than the Pixel 2. The overall body is smaller, too, though you forgo front-facing speakers.

Google Pixel 2 XL is a simple phone. It’s meant to be easy to understand and use, and accessible to any and all who buy it. It hides much of the complexity that Android is famous for.

They’re both great phones. Within the next month or two expect price drops on the LG V30, making it a better deal and a great alternative to the Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy Note 8. For now, though, they’re about the same price. Choose what’s right for you.

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