6 things that could have made the LG V20 better

6 things that could have made the LG V20 better

The LG V20 is shaping up as a device with a point to prove. Its predecessor, the LG V10, was a daring and innovative phone, featuring two front-facing cameras, an always-on secondary display, and a high-end DAC that produced some excellent sound quality. Unfortunately, for all the good it did, the V10 was ultimately marred by a less than stellar battery, somewhat modest specs, and an overall unsatisfactory user experience.

For the V20, however, LG is coming out with the big guns. Although the phone still carries the experimental and innovative DNA of its predecessor, it’s not just the weird kid on the block. Instead, the LG V20 packs quite a hefty punch with a Snapdragon 820 processor, paired with 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of expandable storage under the hood. But the good doesn’t end there. The phone sports an all-around more eye-pleasing design than the V10, complete with a removable back cover and interchangeable battery, and will likely retain the status of its precursor as the mobile staple for audiophiles. However, for all the improvements that the LG V20 introduces, it could still have been better. So, here are 5 things that could have made the LG V20 a better phone:

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28 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6627; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I would say bigger battery and an OLED screen that LG are famous fot.

19. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

"The LG V20 ditches the dual selfie camera combo": Yes but the one and only front camera now takes normal AND wide angled photos!

20. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

It shouldn't surprise you that PA looked over this fact. They made a single cam do both jobs. The screen could act as a flash as well. The loss of a second cam (and the exclusion of a flash) was likely due to space constraints on the front area.

2. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

How can LG say they have the best audio experience and they not have stereo speakers

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

well internal plugged in experience

10. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Phone speakers suck anyway. So why care about them. If you even want to have a half decent experience, get an external speaker of headphone. I'm with LG on this one, and glad to see stereo speakers on smartphones die. They take up too much space and ruin the minimalistic look.

12. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

If phone speakers suck why not make good ones? When I want to share content with other people, I have to use the phone's speakers. Carrying around external speakers is tedious. Some phone even hide the stereo speakers like the HTC desire eye. But you are entitled to your opinion.

13. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

"If phone speakers suck why not make good ones?" Because it's impossible from the laws of physics. Optics and sound is not like silicon chips which can be improved year after year and made smaller. "I have to use the phone's speakers. Carrying around external speakers is tedious. " Take a look at portable bluetooth speakers like JBL Go. They are only slightly bigger than your phone and pack a punch. You should not play music on a public place anyway. And if it's not a quiet place, quality won't matter and a loud single speaker will suffice. "Some phone even hide the stereo speakers like the HTC desire eye." Desire eye still has huge bezel on top and bottom of the phone hiding the drivers. It still affects the minimalistic look. I have thought long and hard and couldn't think of even one possible reason on why should a phone have stereo speakers. Guess what, there is not unless you want to be that asshole who blasts music on public place.

21. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Well, the ones on the Axon 7 don't take up unnecessary space. They look quite good as well...

22. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

They don't look good to me and they do take space. Also they make the capacitive area very small which makes the phone hard to use. Even if someone makes a phone in which they don't take that much space on the outside, those speaker drivers definitely take space on the inside, which makes the phone thick and heavy. Just compare the overall volume of oneplus 3 and axon 7 and you will realize how bulky the Axon 7 is. It has a slightly bigger battery, but that won't justify that huge increase in size by any means.

4. dazzmichael

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

People are never satisfied, 3200mah is not that bad, there are lots of smartphones with lower lower battery capacity.

5. maherk

Posts: 6627; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not on a 5.7" phablet, not to mention the secondary ticker screen.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

They'll be satisfied with the iphone even though it'll lack everything they demand here...

18. mahima

Posts: 707; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

rightly said...with itd hd screen, it will have the best screen...

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

PhoneArena - 11 articles GSMArena - 2 articles

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

wait for tommorow... iPhone article will flood this site..

23. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Let me guess: iPhone 7 feature iPhone 7 Plus feature iPhone 7 vs (blah blah blah) iPhone 7 camera test iPhone 7 Plus Camera test iPhone 7 price iPhone 7 Plus price and more to go....

8. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

1. Battery should have been bigger. LG's UI and snapdragon 820 make for a bad combo. Also they are claiming it's only 20% better than v10 in battery, which seems bad. 2. It has a front facing flash. Software based though. 3. No. It's fine with single speaker. Dual speakers take up space. A solution like HTC 10 would be good though. 4. Maybe. I'm not much sure about that, but it would have made the phone a bit thicker. 5. Modules suck, especially LG ones. 6. Stylus requires integration with Wacom which is not happening. Also stylus in body would take up space and drive the anaemic battery capacity further down. I love this phone, it's just the battery which is bothering me.

9. tyger11

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Everyone has their own preferences. Mine: 1) Wireless charging 2) Amoled display 3) no secondary screen (makes room for my #7) 4) UFS card instead of regular microSD 5) higher capacity battery. We all got worked up over that 4000 mAh rumor. *sigh* 6) Snapdragon 821 7) front-facing stereo speakers 8) front dual camera 9) Bluetooth 5.0 10) USB 3.1 (current rumor says that USB Type-C is 2.0 spec) 11) Same rubberized/ruggedized rear surface as the V10. I guess I'll be putting a case on my V20, though. It's not like none of this technology doesn't exist. There was a dual-SIM international version of the V10; I'm hoping the same is true of the V20.

11. Boybawang

Posts: 204; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Only an ignorant hope for the useless Stylus.

14. ninawka

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

It still mil std 810 G rated just like the V10! So It's still semi rugged!

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

ultra wide camera need bigger MP... it capture more angle but lost tons of detail with that 8MP sensor :-(

17. mahima

Posts: 707; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

which are all present in iphone !!!

24. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Why is it so big ;_; everything is perfect about it except for size

25. dimas

Posts: 3233; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

3200mah battery for a phone with QHD lcd display, always on feature, dual rear camera. Yomust be kidding right lg? And you're marketing words are optimized? I don't believe you.

26. ecologer

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 25, 2014

I agree about stereo speakers and stylus.

27. rsiders

Posts: 1803; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

PhoneArena is funny. You guys ripped the G5 for its modular efforts and basically called it a fail and yet you list this as one of the features that could've made the V20 better? Lol I'm glad they left that fiasco alone for the V20. Save it for the G6 and have modules that are actually available.

28. Moldyeye

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 05, 2016

I find the v20s battery life to be very good compared to my g3 , not sure if its the newer op system or bigger battery but the g3 sucked battery and ran very hot ,v20 hasnt been even warm to me and battery life awesome after 1 month,,,loving v20 just theway it is

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