You know the saying jack of all trades but master of none. That is the LG G8. It has pretty much everything in fact you probably wouldn’t regret getting one.
It doesn’t stand out in any major way for 820 bucks above the competition to actually give you a reason to go get one. Yeah, a little harsh but it’s true.
You can start with the design of this phone. It’s nothing special it’s familiar to a lot of people who have seen other LG or 2019 phones.
It’s a slab of glass with rounded corners there’s a power button in a good place. The volume rocker on the other side, google assistant below those. So there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it at all it’s just very plain.
The cameras on the back are totally flat so this is one of the few phones I can actually say they really have no camera bump which is nice. Other than that nothing really stands out to me in its design. This phone is ip 68 water-resistant and it still has wireless charging.
You get a 6.1-inch display upfront and it’s quite good it’s high resolution 1440p. Plenty bright not the brightest but it’s viewable outdoors and with a very average notch, up at the top.
The side bezels are a little bit more than slim as far as bezel size anyway and then the normal stuff at the bottom in which you’d seen any other LG phone you still have your USB see still.
This speaker is still at the bottom for some reason. “It sounds worse to me I know it’s worse than I remember like it’s pretty flat and hollow-sounding it’s easy to block by accident”
If you look up at the top of the phone where the earpiece normally is. This the phone doesn’t have one instead they have a speaker behind the glass called crystal sound OLED. Which to my ear sounded just like a normal phone, in terms of quality and volume.
It has snapdragon 855,6 gigs of ram, 128gb storage, 3500 mah battery. They’re fine, there’s no upgraded version with like eight gigs of ram or something and if you want more storage you have to go with MicroSD.
The battery size it’s fine it’s not pushing the limits or anything it’s bigger than the galaxy s10 battery. So the specs are fine.
The performance through LG software has been pretty smooth and predictable except for scrolling for some reason. So overall I think LG skin is fine. Again it hasn’t changed much since last year.
For some reason, the scrolling physics, especially in the app drawer, are super stuttery and it’s been a while now and really weird for a new phone like this to straight-up stutter so almost feel like this is a bug since the rest of the phone is fine.
Overall though performance just using the phone every day through LG’s software it’s fine.
There are two cameras, LG was one of the first to consistently have an ultra-wide lens over the years that we’re just now starting to see on the backs of phones everywhere.
The cameras here are pretty fun but they’re not incredibly unique or anything. The consistency of these cameras shooter, it’s fast the colour science is pretty good it doesn’t overexpose that often.
The similarity in color between the 12-megapixel standard camera and the 16 megapixels ultra-wide is actually better than Samsung’s phones.
In the camera UI, it has nice little things like the zoom with the shutter icon that are a nice touch. The camera is good at the g8.
Notch and Extra Sensor
So you would think there’s got to be something about this phone. That takes it to the next level that really makes it stand out above the rest. For LG flagship those things are hand id and air motion.
The notch on the phone is so big because LG has dropped a few extra sensors up there including a time-of-flight camera. An infrared blaster and a receiver to be able to read and identify and track your hand and its movements.
With hand ID, you’re supposed to be able to just hover over your phone to unlock it and with air motion. You’re supposed to be able to open apps and control media and things like that without touching your phone.
It is a cool idea, wish it works better but in practice, it’s far from ideal it’s usable at best but it’s not good.
Hand Id, it works but you have to hold your hand in a very specific distance and spot around in front of the phone. The feedback on the screen to help you correct yourself. It has a fingerprint reader on the back.
Air motion to be fair it seems to be a tiny bit more responsive than when I first tried it a little while ago specifically the volume knob actually seems to be more responsive now and easier to trigger correctly.
The twisting motion tracks really well which is awesomely put. The rest of it like the waving to the left or right to open apps or take your screenshot it’s not really better than just using the buttons on the phone or even better using the google assistant button that’s already there on the side of the phone to just ask it to open an app for you it’s probably faster also.
- Dimensions: 151.9 x 71.8 x 8.4 mm (5.98 x 2.83 x 0.33 in)
- Weight: 167 g (5.89 oz)
- Display Type: P-OLED capacitive touchscreen
- Size: 6.1 inches
- Resolution: 1440 x 3120 pixels
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); LG UX 8.0
- Chipset: Snapdragon 855,Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.79 GHz Kryo 485,Adreno 640
- Rear Camera: Primary – 12 MP, f/1.5, 27mm (standard), 1/2.6″, 1.4µm, Dual pixel PDAF, OIS
Secondary – 16 MP, f/1.9, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/3.1″, 1.0µm, no AF
- Front Camera: 8 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/3.6″, 1.22µm, AF
- Sensors: Face ID, Hand ID, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery
Should You Consider Buying It?
Overall the g8 does have good build quality, it has good software, and a good set of cameras all around. But that’s just a testament to how good phones have gotten around it over the past couple of years.
So let make it simple for you if you were thinking about buying an LG g8 just buy a galaxy s10e instead. Because there isn’t a single thing that this phone does better than the s10e.