When we compare the LG V30 and the Google Pixel 2 XL, it is noticeable that they share a number of hardware similarities, and while they don’t look the same, they are built on similar bones.
From the start, it is quite clear that LG has brought its Plastic OLED technology to the V30 first. But it looks like the Pixel 2 XL has the very same tech implemented in its own display. They’re both six inches at 2880×1440 pixel resolution, with the increasingly-common 18:9 / 2:1 aspect ratio. This compromise between width and height is good; unlike the Galaxy S8+ and Note 8, neither the V30 nor Pixel 2 XL feel top-heavy or onerous to use in one hand. However, they’re not exactly one-hand friendly in the way the smaller 5-inch 16:9 Pixel 2 is, but they’re easier to manoeuvre without risking a drop.
The panels are also quite excellent as they utilise the OLED displays with vivid colours, perfect blacks, and awesome calibration; both LG and Google boast of full DCI-P3 colour gamut support.
Both the device have the same underlying hardware too. There’s
- A Snapdragon 835 SoC
- 4GB of RAM
- Between 64GB and 128GB of storage (though it is only on the V30+, which is limited to Sprint and US Cellular)
- A massive battery — 3300mAh for the V30 and 3520mAh for the Pixel.
- Along with IP67 water resistance.
Mercifully, the rear fingerprint sensors are pretty much in the same (gratifying) place — though only the Pixel’s will let you swipe down to reveal the notification shade.
On a serious note though, that’s where the similarities end. And that’s what makes this comparison so interesting
With respect to the design, the V30 is a shiny slab of glass on the front and back, which supports wireless charging. The Pixel 2 XL is just not. It has a unibody metal chassis, but a portion of the back is completely 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.
In terms of optics the V30 has 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. However, the photos are not as crisp as you would want them to be.
Google has its focus 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 has a better computational portrait mode, while its HDR+ capabilities bring out colour and detail in situations that many other phones would fall flat. Pixel 2 beats any phone camera hands down.
And the obvious last two differences still need to be pointed out. The software on Google is way ahead of LG’s in many respects. This is because not only does the Pixel 2 XL ship with Android 8.0 Oreo, but its aesthetics also feels substantially more mature. LG, even though 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.
Which one do you prefer over the other? Regardless of your choice, if you’re planning on upgrading, now would be a good time to sell your current phone on Cashify!