LG V20 Lots Of New Features, less refinement; Review
So this is the LG V20 be Tony this is LG’s big flagship for the second half of 2016 and it’s the successor to last year’s be 10 but it’s been completely redesigned with a new look that’s a lot more similar to the g5 than it is the v10 instead of those stainless steel rails and during skin material the v20 swaps all that out for a mostlymetal design with polycarbonate on the top and bottom chin it doesn’t look quite as unique as the be tended and I’ve actually had a few people confuse it for an HTC phone but it is a pretty good-looking phone regardless and feels really good in the hand despite the change in design and materials the b20 still carries a military 810g rating that makes it extremely durable against shocks and drops and it’s nice and LG was able to keep this feature on the b20 without making it look so obvious now.
if you didn’t know any better you think that the LG V20 is a completely unibody metal smartphone but it’s not there’s actually a button on the lower right side that releases the catch mechanism for the metal back plate giving access to the removable battery your sim and the microsd card slot when the back plate is on its it’s completely flush and doesn’t slide or move around and it feels just like any other smartphone out there that’s made of metal the build quality is absolutely top-notch and you really have to commend LG because no matter how much their design changes or what materials they use they always figure out a way to keep that removable battery they’ve realized that there’s still a lot of people out there that still want a removable battery and out of all the major ballplayers like Samsung HTC or motorola.
LG is the only company that has held onto this feature and it kind of makes LG smartphones a little bit more unique and there’s almost no excuse anymore to having a metal smartphone without a removable battery and I would really like to see this happen in a lot of other smartphones another feature that the v tony has that a lot of OEM seem to have done away with for whatever reason is an IR blaster.
So if you like controlling your TV and other peripherals with your smartphone you certainly can do that with the v 20 on the back of the phone you have LGsignature rear-facing power button but just like the g5 the volume keys are no longer on the back instead you’ll find them sitting any more traditional spot on the left side,
Which i personally prefer and there’s no real issues with the power and volume buttons at all they’re both very cliquey tactile and easy to press the power button of course also doubles as a fingerprint sensor and it works extremely well it’s fast accurate takes very little time to setupand unlike some other phones that use a physical button for a fingerprint sensor you don’t have to press the v-22 power button down in order for to read your fingerprint which makes it feel that much faster along the bottom is the headphone jack USB type-c port and thesingle firing speaker,
Which isn’t going to compare two phones with dual speakers or front-facing speakers before a single firing speaker it’s one of the better ones that I’ve heard in a long while the real audio experience with me 20 is on the inside its got a quad DAC built-inand without getting into any specifics this basically means that you’re going to get much higher quality audio with less distortion and noise and much better dynamic range as long as you have a decent pair of headphones are going to hear a huge difference in how your audio sounds and because of the built-in quad DAC its able to power much higherimpedance headphones in with streaming audio and makes a pretty significant impact but you also have support for lossless audio files like black and you have a 75 stage volume control along with left and right balance controls to really fine-tune the audio to your earssomething to be aware of is that the v20 in asian markets will have audio tuning done by bang & olufsen whereas the v20 here in the states will have audio tuning done by LG as to what the differences are or if there are any differences that all we don’t really know as I haven’t heard the bang & olufsen version but what I can say though is that I’ve had zero complaints with the audio tuning done by LG not only is the b20 able to playback muchhigher quality audio it’s also capable of recording higher quality audio the built-in HD audio recorder lets you record audio and 24 bit flac files and can handle really high inputs which means you can record really loud and noisy environments like sporting events or concerts without the audio clipping or sounding distorted these audio recording capabilities alsoextend over to video we’ll talk more about that when we get into the camera just like a vegan last year the LGBT 20 comes with two displays the main display is a 5.7 inch IPS LCD with quad HD resolution and it’s bright enough that it’s visible outdoors has good viewing angles and with such a high pixel density is super sharp and easy-to-read my only complaint would be the colors aren’t quite as vibrant as i would like but otherwise it’s a pretty good-looking screen just as you would expect from a high-end flagship the secondary display is still at the top and LG’s made a few improvements to it on the b20 it’s slightly larger and brighter making a little bit easier to see outdoors but functionally it does all the same things as it did last year and can show a variety of different things like apps shortcuts recently open apps media controls upcoming calendar events your favorite contacts and quick toggles to basic settings like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and when the main display is turned off it will show you basic information like the time date and battery life you can also set a custom signature but because the screen is wider now you can set signatures that are much longer with more characters and if you want to take a step further you can even set a custom signature wallpaper to match the second screen isn’t entirely necessary and it’s one of those features that you may not use all the time but it’s nice to know that it’s there in the off chance that you do want to use it and if you give it a legitimate chance you might find it to be really useful i actually liked it a lot for the features that it provides especially the app shortcuts you can customize it with up to five of your favorite or most commonly used apps and the app shortcuts will also show you a notification badges anytime you receive a notification which I thought was a really nice touch I do however wish that the screen wasAMOLED instead of LCD because it’s really easy to notice light bleed coming from the second screen when the main display is turned off it’s not a huge deal but it is something you will see when you’re using the phone in the dark the rest of the specs are pretty typical of what you would find on any 2016 flagship there’s a Snapdragon 820 chip inside with the Adreno 530 and four gigabytes of ram and even with LG somewhat heavy skin performance on the b20 has been very buttery smooth it does all the day-to-day things with very little issues and open apps quickly touch responsiveness is great and multitasking back and forth between applications has been a very fluid experience the v Tony also handles gaming like a champ and because it’s running Android new get your getting much better graphics and gaming performance with Vulcan supported games speaking of Andrew get the LGBT 20 isthe very first phone to ship with Android 7.2 out-of-the-box which was surprisingly unexpected considering this historically has always been a nexus phone but I guess google chose to switch things up quite a bit this year it’s a selling point for this phone right nowsince there aren’t that many phones running Newgate at the moment but that’s obviously going to be very short-lived since we’re running new get your getting all the features that we’ve seen from this update like built-in multi-window support the revamp notifications direct reply customizable quick toggles and doze on-the-go just to name a few the only feature that i noticed i was missing is the system UI tuner i’m not entirely sure why LG chose to leave that out but it would’ve been nice to have considering how useful it is on other devices currently running Newgate like the Nexus 6p and Google’s brand new pixel foam on top of Android some point 0 is LG’s custom skin and it looks and feels a lot like what we saw on the g5 it’s still really bright colorful and somewhat cartoonish and by default there is an app drawer but this isn’t that big of a deal anymore since you can easily revert back to an after in the settings there’s also built-in themes made specifically for the b20 which is greatif you don’t like the default color scheme unfortunately there’s only a few to pick from right now but hopefully we’ll see more options pop up in the next couple of months it is cleaner than previous versions of LG skin and a lot less intrusive but it would’ve been nice if LG did a lot more with it to make it flow better with android Newgate because outside of the fact that it’s running new get the overall experience still feels the same as what we saw on the g5 for phone that has two screens a quad DAC and is capable of doing so many things with photos and video you would think that would have a much larger battery and while 3200 milliamp hours isn’t necessarily small for a phone that is significantly bigger than the s7 edge it’s a little surprising it didn’t have a bigger battery like i mentioned earlier the upside here of course is that you can swap batteries and now as you see fit and despite the battery not being as big as you would expect it is enough to last me a full day with my usage of texting email social media streaming music and a few hours of gaming and YouTube per day but I typically never had a whole lot of battery life left over i would say that the battery lifewill be good enough for most people but don’t expect it’s going to last all day if you plan on using its video and audio capabilities extremely heavily of course with this being the b20 the camera experience on this phone is a pretty big deal it’s got two cameras on the back just like the LG g5 with a 16 megapixel main sensor at f 1.8 and optical image stabilization and an 8-megapixel wide angle sensor @f 2.4 just like the wide-angle lens that was on a g5 iabsolutely love the wide angle lens on the b20 even the quality is not as good as the main sensor the wide-angle lens is just a ton of fun to use and works perfectly for a variety of different situations like group photos and landscapes it makes a huge difference over the standard angle of the main sensor and not only can you fit more into the frame but the wide-angle effect just makes your shots look that much more dynamic LG’s camera app is veryfeature-rich especially when it comes to manual controls for photos and video and it’s pretty incredible how much they’ve been able to pack into this camera you can control everything from white balance is 0 exposure shutter speed and focus just like you would on a real camera one of the most useful changes to LG’s camera is that it now has built-in focus peaking which makes it a lot easier to tell if your subject is in focus and if you’re a content creator you know exactly how useful focus peaking can be on the video side of things there’s a plethora of settings that you can change you can pick from a wide variety of video recording resolutions including 4k adjust the frame rate and bitrate ad film great effects and record hifi audio during your videos for improved sound quality not only do you have a lot of controls for video but you also have a lot of controls for audio all of what you can adjust as your recording video these include built-in controls for gaining a low cut filter a limiter a wind noise filter the ability to change the direction of the microphone sensitivity you can even monitor the audio levels directly through the viewfinder all the camera does have optical image stabilization it doesn’t do a whole lot for video even just casually walking will cause a lot of jerkiness if you want smoother looking footage you can turn on lg’s steady record software stabilization and it does make a significant difference but you’ll notice some slight warping or jello effect especially in the corners and it’s even more noticeable on the wide angle lens so it works but it’s far from perfect having all of LG’s manual controls at your fingertips is really awesome but if you’re purely shooting an auto picture quality is good but it isn’t great there’s plain color saturation and sharpness and most of the time you’ll probably be pretty satisfied with the shots that you take but it doesn’t have the greatest dynamic range it always has the tendency to overexpose and blow out highlights and it doesn’t handle bright colors like reds oranges and yellows all that well low-light shots will show some noise which is just to be expected but the camera isn’t over aggressive with noise reduction which helps preserve some sharpness and detail but the cameras white balance is very heavily influenced from surrounding light sources especially on the wideangle lens though either turned out way too cold or way to warm and just like in most shots it doesn’t do well with properly exposing highlights it’s pretty obvious the cameras realstrength lies in its manual controls and just like any camera whether it be a smartphone or a DSLR you’ll always get a much better shot if you’re willing to take the time and dial in the settings yourself now the front facing camera is still a 5 megapixel sensor just like it was on last year’s be 10 but instead of two front facing cameras you only have one this time you still have the option to pick between a standard angle and a wide angle but because it’s only working off of one sensor it’s actually cropping the image so what you’re looking at right now is the wide angle and this is what it looks like with the standard angle and as you can see the quality deteriorates quite a bit because again it’s cropping the image so for bestresults i would recommend sticking with the wide angle you can always choose to crop it after the fact if you want although the b20 may share some similarities with the g5 it’s a complete 180 from the g5 and is exactly the smartphone LG needed to turn 2016 into a success what makes the veto so great is that it isn’t trying to do anything different or crazy and instead just focuses on being a good smartphone it’s got a new and improved metal design a big beautiful display a very feature-rich camera and an awesome audio experience with this built-in quad DAC the best part is LG managed to pack in all this while still keeping features that matter the most like the removable battery and expandable storage and that’s something you can always count on an LG phone to have with the note 7 out of the picture the v20 can have the entire spotlight to itself as that big-screen productivity powerhouse and if that’s what you’re looking for the LGBT 20 is the perfect smartphone to fill that void as always thank you guys so much for reading.
My main problem with the V20’s design is the device’s sheer size. I’ve found myself doing hand gymnastics and adjusting my grip with this phone more than any other in recent memory — and I’ve got enormous hands.
It’s slightly taller (6.28 inches) and equally as wide (3.07 inches) as the iPhone 7 Plus, which is already oversized compared to the competition. It’s lighter than the iPhone, though, probably thanks to the plastic materials used at the top and bottom of the phone. The removable rear battery door is aluminum, with cutouts for a fingerprint sensor and dual-camera setup at the top. LG chose this mixed design to preserve the impressive drop endurance of the V10 and its MIL-STD-810G rating. But the result is a phone that doesn’t feel quite as sleek as other flagships or even something like the OnePlus 3. It’s also not water resistant — likely because of that swappable battery. You can feel the seams that separate the various pieces of the V20, and again, it’s a chore to use one-handed — even with software features that can shrink down whatever you’ve got on-screen.
The fingerprint sensor is actually a button since it also doubles as the V20’s power button. Instead of pushing down, you can just rest your finger on it to unlock the phone, which I prefer since the button’s clickiness is pretty unsatisfying and a bit cheap. There’s no raise-to-wake for activating the display, but double-tapping it is a quick way to turn it on and off again. At the bottom is a headphone jack, speaker, and USB-C port, with volume toggles on the phone’s left side and a button on the right that releases the back shell if you want to swap batteries or add a microSD card (up to 2TB).