LG's latest flagship phone is a solid alternative to Samsung's Galaxy S10e, but only if you can get it at a discount
Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider
- The LG G8 will be available to buy on April 11, and its most obvious competitors in 2019 are Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones.
- With that said, the only Samsung phone the LG G8 should really be compared with is the cheaper Galaxy S10e.
- If you can find it for the discounted $700 from certain carriers and stores, the LG G8 makes a decent proposition. Any higher than $700, however, and you should gravitate towards the Galaxy S10e.
At this stage in 2019, the most obvious smartphone to compare with the new LG G8 is Samsung's Galaxy S10 lineup.Right off the bat, the first thing you should know about the LG G8 is that it competes with Samsung's cheaper, $750 Galaxy S10e rather than the higher-end $900 Galaxy S10 or $1,000 S10 Plus.
But that's not a bad thing! When we reviewed Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones, we actually recommended that you take a good, long, hard look at the cheaper Galaxy S10e before opting for the more expensive and not-that-much-better Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.The LG G8 is another great choice in the sub-$800 range. That may come across as inaccurate, as the LG G8's price tag was initially announced at $820. But carriers and certain stores like Best Buy and B&H Photo are selling it for $700, and that's absolutely the price tag you should be looking for if you're considering the LG G8.
So, check out how the LG G8 compares to the Samsung Galaxy S10e:
Spec-for-spec, the LG G8 is closer to the $750 Galaxy S10e than Samsung's higher-end S10 and S10 Plus smartphones.
When it comes to design, the LG G8 lags behind, even against the Galaxy S10e.
The LG G8's "Hand ID" can — and should be — fully and thoroughly ignored.
LG's Air Motion gestures could actually be useful.
I've taken several photos with the LG G8, and it does one thing better than the Galaxy S10e. Here's one taken with the LG G8.
Here's the same photo taken with the Galaxy S10e, which is flatter and more evenly lit than the LG G8's photo.
Both phones have ultra-wide cameras. Here's the LG G8's ultra-wide camera in action.
And here's the Galaxy S10e's ultra-wide camera in action, which has a wider field of view than the LG G8.
As for selfies, the LG G8 does a better job for my face, but it doesn't want to focus on my concrete friend here.
The Galaxy S10e overly processes my face, but at least the statue is in focus and can feel like it's part of the selfie.
Overall, the phones are very similar, save for a few minor things. Here's what I preferred about the Galaxy S10e.
And here's what's better about the LG G8.
But those are minor issues. There are three big reasons to buy the LG G8 instead of the Samsung Galaxy S10e.
- Airtel's India business is back in the black after a very long time
- Sequoia and PayPal-backed Pine Labs completes a first close of $285 million funding round from new investors
- BJP spent significantly less on advertising during Kerala elections this year, its ad insertions on TV, Radio and Print decreased from 21% in 2016 to 1% in 2021
- Google I/O 2021: Here's what to expect from Google's biggest annual conference
- ISRO announces its decision to share technology to make portable medical oxygen concentrators developed by VSSC