The LG V20 is a return to a formula that works for the South Korean electronics giant.
From the industrial design and secondary screen through to its advertising campaign, LG has kept what worked with the LG V10 last year and improved on it.
It has a bigger battery, which is removable, better cameras, and comes in thinner and lighter with the same 5.7-inch display.
Where it really shines, though, is its software.
Even for those who are not interested in the LG V20’s 4K video and high-quality audio recording capabilities, there are a few noteworthy upgrades.
Chief among them is Android 7.0 Nougat.
As with the rest of the device, the upgrade to the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system isn’t a jarring change, but an improvement on what was already working well.
Nougat’s bundled notifications and direct-reply features – helping refine the notification tray – were standout improvements.
Previously, you would be presented with a truncated list of the last few notifications you received in an app. You could then tap the list and be taken to the app.
Now you can expand the list into individual notifications which you may tap on. If it is a notification from a supported messaging app, you can also choose to respond right from the notification tray.
It sounds like a simple change, but going back to a pre-Nougat device after the LG V20 was a painful adjustment.
|Dimensions||159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm|
|Operating system||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Display||5.7″ QHD (1,440 x 2,560)|
|Rear camera||16MP 75-degree + 8MP 135-degree wide-angle|
|Front camera||5MP wide|
|Processor||2.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820|
|SIM type||Single nano-SIM|
LG V20: Top-class
The LG V20 oozes class. Its relatively plain physical design and monochromatic menus and system icons give it a minimalistic elegance.
It doesn’t have an an Ingress Protection rating for dust resistance and waterproofing, with LG going for a US Military Standard certification (MIL STD-810G) instead.
Other than that, the LG V20 has all the features you’d expect from a flagship, from a high-resolution screen and cameras to a fingerprint reader.
This, combined with an exterior design and user interface that looks, feels, and works great, makes the LG V20 a worthy contender for your upgrade.
Battery. Good life. Removable.
Display. Excellent. Good visibility in sunlight.
Storage. ±50GB usable of 64GB.
Network. LTE. 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Wi-Fi support.
|The Verdict: LG V20|
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