I'm in the market for a new smartphone. My Motorola Droid Turbo that has served me for over 4.5 years soft-bricked itself and I can't figure out so far how to resurrect it from its comatose state. I did like Motorola devices a lot, but their more recent ones seem a bit disappointing, as my partner has a comparatively newer Droid Maxx 2 and it's been quite a bit glitchier than expected with hanging, unresponsiveness, etc. Current Motorolas don't seem to be at the top of their class according to reviews either.
That said, it seems that there isn't much out there in the midrange ($400 to $700). It's either flagship devices above $700 or low-end stuff that doesn't perform well and/or doesn't meet my requirements in the under-$400 range.
Android (mostly because I'm already invested in the Google ecosystem and joining an Apple ecosystem is a commitment I don't need)
Good battery life
Good speakerphone and call volume (my Droid Turbo fell down terribly here)
Decent sound/music but I'm not a full audiophile either
32GB and expandable storage or 64GB non-expandable *minimum* (I had 32GB non-expandable on my Droid Turbo and it is not enough)
Generally, the larger the size, the better (I'm late 40s and little phones are just too hard on my eyes now)
I prefer to purchase an unlocked phone but it must work on Verizon (not changing my plan)
The LG G7 ThinQ compares well to the Pixel 3/3 XL and size-wise is much closer to the 3 XL than the 3 yet costs ~$50 less than the regular 3:
On paper I honestly don't see any major deficiency with the LG G7 ThinQ even though it's about 6 months old now and the new Pixels don't seem all that "wow" to me by comparison to be worth the extra money.
Google claims the camera is the best out there and even the Pixel 2 XL's camera got great reviews.
But the LG G7 seems to tick a lot of the boxes as well:
64GB *and* expandable storage (Pixels have no expandability other than paying another $100 for the 128GB version)
Claimed AI logic for photos (how good compared to Google's Pixel 3 IDK though)
Reviews say great speakerphone and great sound due to speaker and hardware design
Headphone jack (nice-to-have, although I usually have bluetooth headphones)
Possible (I think) Mirrorlink support for the car in addition to Android Auto (Mirrorlink I have read isn't that great but I kinda like choices nonetheless)
If the camera is 85% as good as the Pixel 3, I'll be ok with that
My concerns about the LG G7 are battery life (some say it's OK some say it's worse than average and has been a longstanding LG weak point in general), upgradeability to Android Pie (allegedly coming before the end of the year but I'll believe it when I see it), and what about the LG UI and bloatware (it probably isn't plain stock Android).
Anyone have an LG G7 ThinQ that can comment on the device? Do you feel like you should have waited for a Pixel 3/3XL?
EDIT: Dang, meant to put this in Electronics/Gadgets. Mods feel free to move if necessary.