As someone who is primarily an iPhone user, I was excited to see a review invitation in my inbox from LG regarding the upcoming V20 — the successor to the V10, which featured a unique secondary display that could be used for app shortcuts and quickly toggling device settings like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Like past LG phones I've reviewed, the V10 featured some truly remarkable cameras. Pair them with a beautiful display that produces some of the richest blacks I have ever seen, and I was hooked right away.
Needless to say, I enjoyed my time with the V10. It was a fresh take on what a smartphone can be. Check out my video review below for some extended thoughts.
Fast-forwarding to today, as I type this review with the LG V20 by my side, I have a lot to say about the device. Sure, it's more of the same from what we've already seen with the V10, but LG continues to push the smartphone market forward with a few innovations that are worth noticing.
Overall performance of the V20 feels snappy and responsive. For example, launching the default camera app and taking a photo takes just a second, and multitasking works well. And of course, customizing Android to your liking is very satisfying.
Performance and freedom are two things that come to mind when expressing my thoughts on the V20. It's an incredibly powerful phone that lets you do just about anything your inner geek desires.
Speaking of performance, can we talk about the cameras for a bit? There is something about Android phones and their rear cameras... They simply never cease to amaze me, and the V20 is no different.
The rear 16-megapixel camera produces some truly breathtaking results, as does the 8-megapixel wide-angle camera — provided you're a fan of that GoPro-esque look. Below is a handful of photos that I shot and eventually edited using Google's Snapseed app.
Another huge benefit of going the Android route when taking photos is the extensive amount of controls that are available in the default camera app. From setting a custom white balance to adjusting manual focus, the V20 is the device to use if you're serious about smartphone photography.
The secondary display on the V20 hasn't changed all that much coming from the V10, but I will say that it's noticeably brighter and easier to read. This is helpful when you want to quickly glance at the time without having to unlock your phone. It can also be used for a variety of shortcuts, including the ability to instantly turn on the flashlight.
Oh, and the build quality of the V20? It's exceptional. I'm actually surprised at how light the device feels, even with the battery installed. Weighing in at just 6.14 ounces, the V20 feels well built and carefully thought out.
Now of course, there is so much more to talk about with the V20 (like the fingerprint sensor), but because this is such a feature packed phone, I decided to focus what means the most to me. However, that doesn't mean I am finished talking about it. Feel free to watch my video review below for additional thoughts.
If you're interested in buying the LG V20, pre-orders go live shortly. Unfortunately, pricing has yet to be determined, but I'm expecting it to cost at least $600 — which is the norm for most premium smartphones. Sign up here to receive alerts.