Is LG's G7 One The Best Mid-Tier Phone You Can Buy This Holiday Season? | G7 One Review
LG recently launched the LG G7 One phone in Canada. Being marketed as the premier mid-tier phone in 2018, the G7 One is also the very first phone in Canada to launch with Android One.
I had the chance to go hands on with the device and try it out for myself over the course of a two week period.
Upon handling the phone for the first time, I was impressed by the design of the G7 One. As suggested, the G7 One is being price accordingly with many mid-tier phones out there. As a result, the body of the phone reflects this. Unlike the G7 ThinQ, which launched earlier in the year, the G7 One does not have the glass backing.
However, the front features a near bezel-less screen. The 6.10in screen is powered by a QHD+ LCD display. Because of the dimensions, some videos will either need to be stretched or require a border around it.
Regardless if you are scrolling through pictures, or watching a video on Netflix, the G7 One packs a punch in its display. The display is beautiful. The colours are crisp and bright, even outside on the most sunny of days. With a 3120 x 1440 HRD10 display, videos and games look great running on the phone.
The phone itself is incredibly sleek. The G7 One shares the exact same dimensions the ThinQ has. Sitting at 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm, the G7 One is both lightweight and not over cumbersome to hold and navigate. Coming from a plus sized iPhone, I forgot how simple it is to navigate a phone top to bottom with one hand.
Located on the side of the phone lays a Google Assistant button. A simple click will launch Google Assistant, while holding the button will allow voice assistance when the user speaks into the microphone. Tapping the button twice will launch Google Lens –– Google’s image recognition app which allows users to search the platform by using the phone’s camera. Google Lens will also translate text in real time through the camera and app as well.
Playing with the app on other devices was never all that interesting to me. Having to launch and navigate Google Assistant through separate apps made the whole experience feel like a slog. Having a dedicated button on the phone made the experience feel more like a fleshed out feature.
Most phones have transitioned to having the dual-lense on the rear of the phone. Not the G7 One. Unfortunately, the phone only has a single 16MP camera to work with. At first, this was a huge turn off as I have been accustomed to have a dual-camera and the improvements that come with having one.
That being said, the G7 One uses what it has to the best of its ability. The camera does struggle slightly in low light environments. Without the ability to draw light through an second camera, the results are lacking slightly. However, outdoors or in well-lit environments, the camera is crisp and clean. Note that the front-facing camera sports 8MP.
Below the camera is a fingerprint sensor. As a result of accidentally smudging the camera on phones with the sensor beside the camera, I do appreciate the distance between the two.
Now let’s talk about what the G7 One has on the inside. As of the time of writing, the G7 One will be powered by Oreo. Later this year, Pie will available for users to update to. The camera will also receive an update as the AI-cam will become available to users.
As expected, the phone is charged via USB-C and houses a 3000 mAh battery. In the two weeks I had spent with the phone, I was averaging a day and half between full charges.
Out of the box, the G7 One comes with 32GB of internal storage with a microSD slot available for up to 2TB of additional storage. Upon the initial set up sequence, I was quick to notice next to no bloatware tacked onto the phone. Other than the essential apps, the G7 One was relatively free for customization.
As mentioned previously, the G7 One is the first Android One device in Canada. Behind it, is 4GB of RAM and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The overall UX was quick and efficient even though the phone is running off last year’s chip.
One of my personal favourite features is the Boombox Speaker. When initially pitched to me by the LG representative, I thought it was a gimmicky title for having top and bottom speakers on the phone. This was not the case.
Built into the G7 One is a amplifying chamber. When placed on any flat surface, the audio flowing through the chamber will vibrate the device, enhancing the audio. This feature is not some tacked on gimmick, this is the real deal. You can place the phone on your desk, a table, or a concrete slab. As long as it is a hard surface, the audio will be enhanced immediately. One of the best speaker systems I have come across on a smartphone.
Overall, the G7 One is the best bang for your buck in the mid-tier smartphone space. For consumers not looking to sell their kidney to get the latest high-end device, the G7 One offers specs and reliability that most phones can’t.
If you are in Canada, the G7 One is in the range of $799. The device is also available to purchase through all major providers in the country. As we head towards Black Friday and the holiday season, the G7 One may be one of the more cost efficient smartphones to keep an eye on.
LG Canada provided a G7 One unit for review purposes.