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Reviews for the LG K30
Source: PC Mag
The unlocked LG K30 is a reasonably capable Android phone, but it's priced too high for what it offers.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/25/2018
Model: The LG K30 is a reasonably capable budget Android smartphone. Hardware-wise, the LG K30 is far from being impressive, but that's not the point considering it is a low-end device. The phone comes running Android 7.1 Nougat with some pre-installed apps. The K30 is made of a sturdy mix of plastic and metal. While there are still bezels at the ends and the sides of the K30 screen, the presentation renders them to be quite understated, letting the screen stand at the center of the stage. In fact, having a little bezel on the sides lessens accidental presses while typing or playing a game. The phone is equipped with a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and 32 GB expandable storage. Those who need more storage will be able to expand up to 2 TB, thanks to the microSD card slot on board. This choice of processor easily gets bulldozed by the engines powering many contemporary eight-core smartphones. Octa-core engines are no longer that rarely-seen in the entry-level smartphone market. Hence, this is a slight let down. The LG K30's screen is a fairly clear 5.3-inch, 1,280-by-720 HD panel with 277 pixels per inch. It uses the TFT display architecture, which is one of the cheapest screen types around. However, it comes with a 2.5D-curved glass finish, although this facet is not that uncommon, even in the lowest Android tier.
Furthermore, the K30 sports a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The 13-megapixel rear-facing camera comes with typical LG imaging functions, such as Cheese Shutter and Live Shot. The selfie camera has a Selfie Light function, which aims to brighten up selfies. For input and output, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a micro USB charging port are on the bottom. Besides that, a SIM/microSD card slot on the right worked fine with a 256 GB card. It is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor to easily unlock the phone. The K30 is powered by a 3000 mAh battery pack. This sounds reasonable, even though it far from resembling those of the top big-battery phones with its 12-hour talk time (720 minutes). In essence, the LG K30 is a mediocre smartphone in terms of processing components and display, but it has its strengths, particularly on the multimedia storage and battery capacity fronts. It is ideal for casual users on a budget or users who prefer only the essentials.
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This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
LG Electronics Inc. is a subsidiary of the LG Group. LG is the world's second-biggest maker of televisions and third-biggest maker of mobile phones. With its headquarters in South Korea, the company has 75 subsidiaries worldwide that design and manufacture televisions, home appliances, and telecommunications devices. LG is an international laptop manufacturer of medium size with few reviews.
After a few years, LG largely withdrew from the laptop sector. In the smartphone segment, LG is a medium-sized manufacturer (not among the Top 5 in 2015 and 2016).
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