The 10 Best LG Phones of 2021

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The Rundown
Best Stylus:
LG Stylo 6 at Amazon
"Its built-in stylus is highly responsive with excellent palm rejection."
Best Ultra-Budget:
LG K51 at Amazon
"The big and beautiful 6.5-inch display of the LG K51 belies its remarkably low price tag."
Best Unique:
LG Wing 5G at Verizon
"This crazy contraption snaps from a normal looking phone to a T shaped device revealing a second screen hidden beneath."
Best Dual Screen:
LG G8X ThinQ at Amazon
" This device features two big and beautiful 6.4-inch OLED screens that combine together to form a single, versatile unit."
"This phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 2.0GHz Octa-Core processor and 6 GB of RAM powering a crisp 6.7-inch FHD+ display."
Best Carrier:
LG Velvet at Att.com
"The LG Velvet is easily one of the best looking phones in LG’s lineup."
Best High End:
LG V35 ThinQ at Amazon
"The LG V35 ThinQ is a high end smartphone with an attractive price tag."
Best Value:
LG Q6 at Amazon
"The LG Q6 is a compelling, value-oriented phone that offers a well-rounded experience at an attractive price point."
Best Budget:
LG K30 at Amazon
"If keeping a tight budget is your number one concern, this low cost smartphone won’t break the bank."
Best Display:
LG G8 ThinQ at EBay
"Even among the many excellent smartphone displays on this list the LG G8 ThinQ stands out for its top-notch screen."

You also get a top-notch triple camera system featuring a 64 MP standard camera, 13MP Ultra-Wide camera, and a “Z camera” that measures Time-of-Flight for augmented reality purposes.  All this is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery, 128 GB of memory (expandable with a microSD card), 8 GB of RAM, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Octa-core processor.  The LG V60 ThinQ is not only perhaps the best phone LG makes, but also one of the best smartphones on the market.

Best Stylus: LG Stylo 6

LG Stylo 6
What We Like
  • Excellent built in stylus

  • Good looking display with thin bezels

  • Long lasting battery life

What We Don't Like
  • Performance is mediocre

  • Cameras are sub-par

  • Camera cutout is ugly

A stylus can be an incredibly useful tool to expand the capabilities of your smartphone. If you want to jot down quick notes or do a bit of  digital sketching, but don’t want to shell out for the pricey Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, then the LG Stylo 6 might be perfect for you. Its built-in stylus is highly responsive with excellent palm rejection.

It features a 1080x2460 6.8-inch IPS display powered by 4 GB of RAM and a MediaTek Helio P35 processor. The screen looks great with its thin bezels and decently high resolution, but tester Jeremy Laukkonen found its underpowered hardware to be a definite downside to this phone. Additionally, while its cameras are functional, they won’t blow you away with their image quality, and the teardrop shaped camera cutout is frankly rather ugly to look at. However, it does come with a long lasting 4,000 mAh battery and features a 3.5mm headphone jack.

“The stylus feels responsive, and palm rejection is excellent.”Jeremy Laukkonen, Product Tester

Best Ultra-Budget: LG K51

LG K51
What We Like
  • Good design

  • Large display

  • Great battery life

  • Highly affordable price

  • Excellent sound quality

What We Don't Like
  • Low resolution

  • Out of date software

  • Low storage capacity

  • Slow processor

The big and beautiful 6.5-inch display of the LG K51 belies its remarkably low price tag. Tester Jeremy Laukkonen found its overall design to have a surprisingly premium feel in spite of its affordability. Its 5,000 mAh battery is also longer lasting than a budget phone has any right to be. 

The downsides are the compromises you have to expect with such an affordable phone. Though nice looking and large, the display only offers a resolution of 1560 x 720. Also, some carriers only offer the phone with the outdated Android 9 operating system, and the phone only has 32GB of onboard storage. Furthermore, with just 3 GB of RAM and a rather weak MediaTek Helio P22 processor, this won’t compete with flagship phones. Still, the sound quality is remarkably good, and  if you’re on a really tight budget the LG k51 is a great pick.

“The K51 doesn’t exactly have premium speakers, but this phone sounds better than most budget handsets I’ve tested.”Jeremy Laukkonen, Product Tester

Best Unique: LG Wing 5G

LG Wing 5G
What We Like
  • Unique swiveling screen design

  • Gimbal stabilized camera

  • Great for watching videos

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky and heavy

  • Older processor

If you want a phone that’s completely different than anything else on the market, then you might want to consider the bizarre masterpiece of engineering that is the LG Wing. This crazy contraption snaps from a normal looking phone to a T shaped device revealing a second screen hidden beneath. This opens up some interesting possibilities.

An obvious case for this design is that it gives you the ability to watch a youtube video in the optimal horizontal mode while at the same time browsing the comments section or an entirely different app like Twitter. Alternatively, you could use one screen to show a navigation app and answer a phone call on the other without ever having to switch apps. The possibilities for this novel tech are diverse and intriguing.

The camera design is also intriguing. With a 64 MP standard focal length camera, an Ultra-wide 13 MP camera, and a 12 MP Ultra-wide camera with motion sensors, it’s capable of taking great photos. What’s really cool are the gimbal-like video stabilization and 32 MP pop-up selfie camera. 

As cool as all this is, the LG Wing is rather large and bulky, and it’s a bit slow in the processor department. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G is disappointing, though fortunately it’s backed up by 8GB of RAM. Overall, this is a unique and exciting phone that might very well change the way you use a smartphone.

Best Dual Screen: LG G8X ThinQ with Dual Screen

LG G8X ThinQ
What We Like
  • Excellent detachable dual screen implementation

  • Great performance

  • Good value for money

What We Don't Like
  • Mediocre cameras

If you think a dual screen phone might be handy, but also want the option of traveling light with only a single screen, then the LG G8X is the phone for you. This device features two big and beautiful 6.4-inch OLED screens that combine together to form a single, versatile unit. Back that up with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 128GB of storage (expandable via microSD), and you have an eminently capable smartphone at a remarkably low price.

However, photographers should keep in mind that the G8X only features a single 32MP front facing camera. Selfies and video conferencing are clearly more of a focus as it includes two rear facing cameras, a 12MP standard camera, and a 13MP wide-angle.

What We Like
  • Long lasting battery life

  • Top-notch build quality

  • 5G capability

  • Beautiful high resolution screen

What We Don't Like
  • Vulnerable to water and dust

5G capability allows you to access the blazing fast future of wireless communication, and the LG K92 is a capable phone to deliver an experience to match. This phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 2.0GHz Octa-Core processor and 6 GB of RAM powering a crisp 6.7-inch FHD+ display. These may not quite be the specs of a flagship, but it’s close enough to provide a snappy and satisfying experience. 

LG went for a hole-punch selfie camera design which is competent enough with its 16MP. On the front you get a 64MP standard camera, a 5MP Ultra Wide camera, a 2MP depth-sensing camera, and a 2MP Macro camera. The LG K92 also features 128GB of built-in storage, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The one big downside to the K92 is that it’s not water and dust sealed, so you’ll need to be a bit careful with it.

What We Like
  • Headphone jack

  • Fantastic design

  • Dual screen case

  • IP68 certified

What We Don't Like
  • Mediocre cameras

The LG Velvet is easily one of the best looking phones in LG’s lineup, and it’s also one of the best phones to get through your carrier. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, includes 128 GB of storage (expandable via microSD), and features a 6.8-inch FHD+ OLED display that delivers great colors and contrast. It also comes with a detachable dual screen case and even has a headphone jack - a convenient port that is quickly becoming hard to find in many phones. The Velvet is also highly water and dust proofed with an IP68 certification.

On the downside, the Velvet’s cameras are kind of mediocre, though capable enough. You get a standard focal length 48MP camera and an 8MP wide angle camera with a time of flight camera to back them up in the front, and a 16MP selfie camera in the back.

Best High End: LG V35 ThinQ

What We Like
  • Premium build quality

  • High end specs

  • Reasonably priced

  • High resolution OLED screen

What We Don't Like
  • Snapdragon 845 processor is starting to show its age

  • Only two cameras

The LG V35 ThinQ is a high end smartphone with an attractive price tag. It gets you the premium build quality and features of more expensive phones at under a thousand dollars. It lives up to its name with thin bezels and a slim profile, yet still manages to include a headphone jack, IP68 water resistance, and wireless charging. 

Its Snapdragon 845 processor is starting to show its age in terms of raw performance, but with 6GB of RAM it still holds its own and delivers snappy performance. The V35 ThinQ also features a big, bright six-inch OLED display with sharp 2880 x 1440 resolution that renders rich colors and sharp details. The wide and standard angle cameras on its back provide decent quality images, but don’t offer the flexibility of phones that feature three or more cameras. The fast USB-C and wireless charging means that you can juice this phone up quickly, and its 3300mAh battery will last you all day.

Best Value: LG Q6

What We Like
  • Good value for money

  • Attractive design

  • Good fingerprint sensor

What We Don't Like
  • Relatively poor performance

  • Unimpressive camera

The LG Q6 is a compelling, value-oriented phone that offers a well-rounded experience at an attractive price point. With only a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and 3GB of RAM it’s hardly the most powerful phone on the market, particularly when it comes to dealing with graphically intensive applications, but it gets the job done. It also only features 32GB of storage, and its single front and rear cameras are about as basic as it gets, but you do get a 3.5mm audio port. 

A bright spot with this phone is its excellent 5.5-inch display and its stylish design. At this low cost you’ve got to expect some compromises, and considered as a whole the LG Q6 is a well-rounded, if unexciting, phone that represents surprisingly good value for money.

Best Budget: LG K30

What We Like
  • Fingerprint sensor

  • Low price

  • Functional design

  • 3.5mm headphone jack

What We Don't Like
  • Mediocre camera

  • Poor performance

The LG K30 isn’t exciting, but it’s certainly cheap, and if keeping a tight budget is your number one concern, this low cost smartphone won’t break the bank. Keep in mind that it is really only functional, with its standout features being the fingerprint sensor and 3.5mm headphone jack.

The screen is only 1280 x 720 pixels, but since the screen is only 5.3 inches in size that low resolution isn’t really a problem. Under the hood, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 and mere 2GB of RAM definitely drags for gaming, but in less power-intensive applications it’s pretty snappy. The single front and back cameras are certainly nothing to write home about, but at this price point the LG k30 is a great option if you need to save some cash.

“Day-to-day use is quite responsive. When browsing in Google Chrome or Facebook, checking Twitter, even doing some light photo editing—the K30 won’t give you any trouble.” Andy Zahn, Product Tester

Best Display: LG G8 ThinQ

LG G8 ThinQ
What We Like
  • Spectacular OLED display

  • Excellent battery life

  • Great audio features

  • Good performance

What We Don't Like
  • Slippery design

  • Unresponsive to hand gestures

Even among the many excellent smartphone displays on this list the LG G8 ThinQ stands out for its top-notch screen. With a 3120 x 1440 6.1-inch OLED panel the G8 delivers stunningly colorful, crisp images with deep blacks and a curved edge that lends an almost bezel less aesthetic to the phone. Despite this bright and beautiful display, the G8 manages to boast a respectable battery life. It also excels in the audio department with excellent speakers, a 3.5mm audio port, and a built in 32 bit DAC.

There’s also plenty of power behind the good looks of the G8, as the phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM. With its 128GB of storage you’ve got plenty of room for photos captured with its moderate but useful range of cameras (8MP selfie, 12 MP standard, and 16 MP wide angle). The main downsides with this device are that it's rather slippery, so you’ll want a good protective case to go with it, and it tends to be somewhat unresponsive to hand gestures. However, it’s a great phone overall, and it's hard to beat for the quality of its display.

“It's crisp and clear, large enough to provide a great view for watching videos and playing games, and plenty bright with strong viewing angles.”Andrew Hayward, Product Tester

Final Verdict

With its 5G connectivity, robust camera array, and detachable second screen, the LG V60 easily wins its top spot among LG’s long and varied lineup of smartphones. However, if you’re feeling adventurous the truly outlandishly unique design of the LG Wing offers intriguing possibilities. 

About Our Trusted Experts

Andy Zahn has been writing for Lifewire for two years, and has a lifelong passion for testing the limits of the latest and greatest technology. When he’s not testing and reviewing VR headsets, gaming laptops, or noise cancelling headphones, Andy can be found either scanning the web for breaking tech news or hiking in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

FAQ

Which LG phone has the best battery life?


The LG phone with the best battery life is the LG Stylo 6. It features a 4,000mAh battery and clocked an impressive 12 hours of continuous video streaming over Wi-Fi with the brightness cranked up to maximum. This is despite the large 6.8-inch display. Our reviewer was able to go up to two days between charges when using the phone for normal usage.


What LG phone has the best camera?


The LG phone with the best camera is undoubtedly the LG V60 ThinQ. This dual-screen phone is the current flagship LG device. It features a triple rear camera array consisting of a 64MP primary sensor with dual pixel PDAF and optical image stabilization. It has a 13MP ultrawide sensor for wide-angle shots and a 0.3Mp depth sensor for bokeh and portrait shots. It can record 8K at 30fps and 4K at both 30fps and 60fps. There's also a 10MP selfie camera that can handle 4K recording at 30fps for crisp video chats.


Does Best Buy carry LG phones?


Best Buy does carry LG phones, including the LG G8X ThinQ deal-screen phone, the budget LG K51 and LG K30, and devices like the latest LG V60 and older LG V40. This gives you a good range of budget options, midrange, and flagships to pick from.

What to Look for in an LG Phone

Display - The bulk of LG phones on offer today range in size from 5 inches (measured diagonally) to 6.4 inches. For people with small hands, a large display can feel unwieldy, so pick something that feels comfortable to hold and navigate. Resolution also plays a big part in selecting a display, but the better the picture, the more expensive the phone tends to be. Premium phones feature 3120 x 1440 resolution, while budget options offer around 1280 x 720.

Camera - Smartphone cameras keep getting better and better, and today some LG phone cameras even rival dedicated point-and-shoots. Some of the best LG phone cameras have five sensors, featuring wide-angle lenses, telephoto lenses, and more. On top of that, they can pack up to 16 megapixels to capture tremendous detail.

Processing power - You’ll find Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors in most LG phones, but their processing power can vary. A faster processor will deliver better speed and better multitasking capabilities. The latest version, Snapdragon 845, is one of the best processors out there.

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