You can change the volume, capture screenshots and quick-launch apps, all by performing different hand movements. Considering the nature of the technology, I was expecting awful audio. If your phone is your primary media player, especially if you mainly use it for music playback, the LG G8 would make an excellent choice for your next device. Here, LG is hoping the G8 will stand out for the reason it lacks a camera bump.
The G8 is a great-looking and feeling handset, with impressive build quality to boot.
One caveat to such a featureless form is that the phone does like to move around of its own accord. If placed on a perfectly flat surface — a glass or laminate table, for example — the G8 will sometimes start to drift across it as if possessed. As for the software experience at play, LG has made strides in stripping back some of the heavier-handed traits that LG UX previously brought to the table. Running atop Android 9. The Settings menu feels overloaded, with four tabs full of options.
Plus, there are a number of LG apps that I doubt the average user will likely touch. The Shortcuts and Context Awareness features are also appreciated inclusions, with the first highlighting quick access routes to reach choice features — swiping down on the fingerprint sensor to summon the notifications shade or double-tapping the volume keys to jump into the camera, for example.
Meanwhile, the latter adds some integrated automation to the G8 experience. Rather than relying on third-party services such as IFTTT, the G8 can natively be set to switch features such as Bluetooth and mobile data on or off, based on factors like location and time of day. This is reflected in the general user experience and when partaking in more intensive tasks such as gaming or split-screen multitasking.
It just remains to be seen whether LG will stay on top of security updates and major Android release updates to ensure the G8 feels fresh later into its life — something over which the company proved a touch lax with the release of Android 9. Plus, with Bluetooth 5.
Both work fairly well but struggle with fine detail when it comes to edge detection. The ability to record video with real-time adjustable background blur is rather impressive, as are the talents of the front-facing Z camera when used in conjunction with the 8-megapixel selfie snapper. It offers better edge detection for cleaner background blur and shots retain an impressive level of detail and dynamic range for a selfie camera.
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In a vacuum, the LG G8 ThinQ is a well-rounded flagship phone with reliable top-tier performance, capable cameras, a great screen and decent battery life. The LG G8 is very much a jack of all trades and master of none.
Even outliers such as Motorola boast a mix of ease-of-use and, among its high-end handsets, modular versatility. Related: Best phone Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare features properly. For better or worse, LG seems inclined to reserve triple sensors for its V series.
But the autofocus is wicked fast, and unlike the V40, which has a nasty oversharpening habit, the G8 strikes the right sharpness balance. When it comes to video, the G8 can record up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second or up to 1,p at frames per second stabilized with electronic image stabilization.
One is Cine Shot, or still images with segments of looped motion. Another is Graphy 2. Gesture commands are ripe for a comeback — if you ask LG, that is. In the G8, LG leverages it for Air Motion, a suite of gestures you can use to answer and end calls, snap screenshots, and switch between apps.
When audio is playing, sticking your palm in front of the Z Camera while making a pinching motion with your fingers brings up an on-screen volume adjustment knob. Rotating your wrist to the right increases the volume, and rotating it to the left decreases it. Only about five out of every 10 attempts brought up the status bar indicating the ToF sensor had locked onto my fingers, and my success rate in summoning the aforementioned controls was even lower. Might software be to blame? User error?
Maybe — to be fair, I had worse luck in dim lighting. The ToF sensor handles more than gesture recognition.
The G8 ThinQ is definitely your jam. We compared the results to the Pixel 3's standout Night Sight mode to see which smartphone reigns supreme. If there is not a suitable product that can be exchanged for your returned item you will be offered a credit on your account or gift card based on the value paid at the time of purchase. But to do one better, the G8 can also read the veins on your palm also unique for every individual. That's less of an issue with the G8; the black bar hiding the notch is almost the same shade as the notch itself, even with the brightness bumped all the way up. It even enables a touch-free phone interface, and adds extraordinary depth and resolution to selfies.
During the hand-scanning process, the ToF sensor records the shape, thickness, and other characteristics of a hand for biometric authentication. Simply holding your hand relatively close to the sensor — but not too close — kick-starts authentication, which LG says takes less than a second on average.