---- Pros ----
- As of this writing, LG is offering a 2 year warranty if you register within 90 days of purchase
- Dust immune and highly water resistant (IP68 rating)
- 1440p high resolution screen
- Its great looking IPS display won't suffer from the aging issues of OLED displays (such as the Pixel, OnePlus, Galaxy, and probably the new iPhone 8). These issues are: permanent dimming (due to even screen wear), color shift (due to blue pixels deteriorating faster than red and green), and burn in (due to uneven screen wear).
- dual rear camera (regular with OIS & wide angle)
- small bezels, so the phone is small for its screen size
- no curved glass on the screen, so tempered glass screen protectors fit it nicely without large gaps or the fragility of rounded glass screen protectors
- micro sd card slot
- mostly a stock Android experience
- wireless charging (regular speed, not fast)
---- Cons ----
- no bootloader unlock as of 2017.08.25
- no root as of 2017.08.25
- mono bottom firing speaker sounds poor (at least the volume is decent though)
- the camera sensors use small 1.12 micron pixels which can result in noise in low light shots (for comparison the Pixel uses 1.55 micron pixels which are 38% bigger)
- carrier and LG bloatware can't easily be uninstalled
- wide angle lens does not have OIS
- only 32gb of internal storage (the sd card slot is a saving grace)
- still running Android 7.0.0 as of 2017.08.25 (Android 7.1.2 and 8.0.0 are out)
- LG has a history of ending OS updates in 2 years or less (fingers crossed for Android O soon, and that it will get Android P before updates are halted)
- some of the changes LG made to Android are arbitrary and undesirable (although its closer to stock than many competitors)
---- Other ----
It has a wide angle lens (better for capturing scenes) in favor of a telephoto lens (better for high quality, accurate, flattering portraits and optical zoom).
The power button is integrated into the rear fingerprint sensor. If the phone is lying on a table, the power button can't be pressed without picking the phone up. However, the phone supports screen tap to wake, and double pressing the volume buttons will also turn on the screen.
The screen ratio is 18:9, which is extra tall. This has several points of impact:
- The 5.7 inch screen is the same width as a 5.2 inch 16:9 "normal" aspect ratio screen, only taller.
- Although this screen format is gaining popularity (Galaxy S8 uses it too), it is still very new, so many apps do not utilize the extra space well or at all. LG has an option to force apps to run in more common aspect ratios, and to zoom into apps to utilize the extra space. But this solution doesn't always work perfectly. It can cause cropping that sometimes interferes with the normal operation of a program. Most video is 16:9, so you'll have black bars (effectively making the screen 5.2 inches), or you can zoom in and crop.
---- Conclusion ----
Right now this phone can be found at discounts that make it the best phone for the price by a wide margin. And the 2 year warranty is fantastic.
But if price doesn't matter, I'd be inclined to consider the Pixel for reliable software updates, root, stock android without bloat, and massive camera sensor pixels for low light photography.