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Which phone's got two cameras, a shiny glass back and resists water? (Hint: It's not Samsung.) This is the LG V30, a phone that gives Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus a run for their money.  

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It's LG's new flagship phone, and the first in a long time with a vibrant OLED screen. (It's P-OLED, for "Plastic OLED", to be exact.) 

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And like other LG phones, it's got the company's trademark fingerprint reader / power button around back. 

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But unlike LG's previous G6 phone, the new V30 is slim and stylish, with a curved glass back and a shiny silver band.  

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Combined with the nearly all-front display, it's no surprise we keep getting asked if we're using the new iPhone X.

(Unlike last year's V20, the V30 doesn't have a secondary screen.)

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The V30's dual cameras take some pretty great shots, rich and detailed -- and one of them has a wide-angle lens for landscapes and spacious interior shots you can't easily get with any other phone.    

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And you won't have to give up your wired headphones: Not only does the LG V30 have a 3.5mm headphone jack, it sounds fantastic thanks to a dedicated quad digital-to-analog converter inside.

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The 6-inch screen makes the V30 a pretty large phone, and not terribly easy to use with one hand, unless that hand's pretty big. Still, the V30 can probably fit into your jeans pocket.

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The polished metal band isn't easy to grip, and the rough edges around the USB-C port dug into my finger a bit.

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The metal volume buttons have a satisfying click.

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The phone's glass back catches the light beautifully, exposing the texture of the material underneath. Just a shame about that AT&T logo. LG sells an unlocked version for roughly the same price that works on every network.

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No worry about accidentally smudging the camera lens when you reach for the fingerprint sensor! (*cough Samsung cough*)

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We're seeing great battery life too -- it always lasts the day with some left in the tank. In our apples-to-apples battery drain test, we see roughly 17.5 hours, right between the excellent Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

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One last shot of the water-resistant LG V30.

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