In the smartphone market, there has always been a race for third place. This is because Apple and Samsung have already established themselves as the top smartphone makers. That leaves the rest of the smartphone OEMs to battle it out to gain a top spot.

LG is one of those companies and some of their past smartphones have been sold on broken promises and gimmicks. But with the LG G6 last year, we saw a shift to LG make more solid phones with a very little emphasis on not-so-useful features.

With the G7 ThinQ, it’s more a refinement of the G6 rather than a wildly different device. I’ve been using the G7 ThinQ for a few weeks and it’s not the best phone out there but its still a great LG device.

Design & Hardware

Platnium Gray

The LG G7 ThinQ has a 6.1-inch QHD+ FullVision notched display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Some people hate the notched display but it kind of works on the G7 ThinQ. There is an option in the settings to make the status bar black to help hide the notch.

The G7 ThinQ has a metal and glass design that feels solid in the hands. The phone also comes with something called Boombox Sound speakers which are designed to give you the best sound possible. There is also 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC technology built-in, to help amp up music played through wired headphones.

The battery in the G7 ThinQ is 3,000 mAh, which is fine but a bit on the smaller side. The battery was able to last all day with no issues.

The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. Performance is good on the G7 ThinQ but it’s slightly hampered by LG’s skin on Android.

On the left side of the device is where you’ll find the volume button and AI button which will launch the Google Assistant. The right side is where the power button. The G7 ThinQ also has a headphone jack and USB-C port.

The back of the device is where you’ll find the fingerprint sensor and dual cameras. The G7 ThinQ is available now for $1,050 CAD off-contract, which puts it just $50 short of the off-contract price of the Galaxy S9+.

The phone comes in two colours, Platinum Gray and Aurora Black.

Software

The G7 ThinQ is running Android 8.0 Oreo with LG’s skin on top. The design of LG’s skin looks and feels similar to how it was on the LG G6.

However, LG’s custom UI is still plaguing Android, sometimes the UI can be a bit finicky. The phone also comes pre-installed with LG’s usual array of apps which aren’t that useful.

You’ll also find LG World, which is where you can find a limited number of themes and other items to help make your G7 ThinQ more personal and unique to fit your style.

The G7 ThinQ also gives you access to the Google Assistant which can be triggered via the AI button or holding down the home button.

Camera

The G7 ThinQ has dual 16-megapixel cameras with one being Super Wide Angle and the other has a 71-degree field of view. Photos taken on the G7 ThinQ are good but struggle in some areas such low-light and close-up shots.

The phone is capable of recording HDR10 video as well as up to 4K video and 1080p HD 60fps video. You can also record video in 18.5:9 aspect ratio at 1080p. The camera app also comes with a Portrait mode which allows you to take a photo with a Bokeh effect.

You can also access Google Lens from the camera app as well as a feature called AI Cam. AI Cam allows you to analyze objects in the real world. This mode seems kind of pointless to have alongside Google Lens, which can do the same thing. AI Cam will also help you choose the optimal settings when taking a photo.

The G7 ThinQ’s camera app also comes with manual photo and video modes, Cine Video, Panorama and Slow-Mo.

Video looks good on the G7 ThinQ but nothing to be blown away from.

Final Thoughts

Aurora Black

Overall, the G7 ThinQ is a solid device, it improves upon the LG G6 but also brings some new features (some of which aren’t that useful and some that are). The G7 ThinQ is a great alternative to the likes of the Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2 or iPhone.

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • Great camera (for the most part)
  • Nice display
  • AI button can be useful
  • Loud speakers

Cons

  • Back of device is a fingerprint magnet
  • AI Cam is cool but kind of pointless compared to Google Lens
  • LG’s Android skin needs work
  • Small battery

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