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LG V30S ThinQ review: A solid but pointless phone

LG V30S ThinQ review: A solid but pointless phone
From Engadget - April 14, 2018

Then there's QLens, which ultimately is not much more than a pared-down version of Bixby Vision. Once it's enabled, you are given the option to snap a photo of an object and search for related results on Amazon and Pinterest. I have been dreaming for years now of an app that would help me identify shoes, accessories and articles of clothing I see around New York that I'd want to add to my collection and this ... definitely is not it. Having Amazon as a search partner for retail results is awfully handy, but the V30S ThinQ was never very accurate. Unless the item is very clearly labeled or exceptionally unique in its design, you are probably not going to get the right result. It's also worth noting that if/when the V30S ThinQ arrives in the US, it might not have Amazon as a search partner: Samsung had a similar partnership with Amazon last year, but that seems to have fallen apart.

QLens' Pinterest integration worked a little better, but there's little value here unless you are a die-hard Pinhead. Sure, taking photos of clothing often returned results that looked pretty similar. I just do not find adding those images to a pinboard particularly helpful. Your mileage may vary, naturally.

Oh, and while it's not actually connected to LG's AI endeavors, the new Night mode generally works like a treat too. Long story short, it treats four pixels on the main camera as one, resulting in brighter, lower-resolution shots (you might know this better as pixel binning). The quality-brightness trade-off can be worth it if you do not require high-res results, say, for printing, but it would have been nice if this feature worked on both of the V30S' cameras.

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