To make a long story short, wall-huggers won
Had I not been inclined to keep my phones around for a couple of years at worst, I would have to get used to this from now on, as with newly-arriving V30 LG officially declares the end of the removable batteries era in hi-end segment. Thus, single key market differentiator of LG devices ceases to exist. People who chose LG phones for longest battery life due to possibility to change battery on-the-fly are destined to flock out to other manufacturers, probably Chinese, still able to round out the spec sheet for less money. Interestingly, ticker screen, the hallmark of V series, goes down the drain too, so V30 looks like a spawn of the one-night stand between Galaxy S8+ and LG G6. Hard to imagine LG could put such effort in scrapping V series from its definitive features, and yet they did. No doubt though, reviewers are gonna praise it for glass-and-metal sandwich design copycat, OLED display, waterproofing and clean UI experience (now that the lion’s share of LG-added features has found and will find a way to stock Android, worshipped by tech bloggers and Google evangelists).
Blah blah blah. I, for one, have yet to kill any phone by dropping it into a toilet flush or puddle, while none of my previous batteries aged well. One time wall-hugger, everytime wall-hugger.