LG V20 review: 10 key takeaways

The LG V20 is one of the most important new phones in the second half of 2016: the big-screen, 5.7" phablet by LG is something different than what's offered by Samsung and Apple.

It is also quite the unique phone: with a couple of signature features that are nowhere to be found on other devices, it definitely shows that there is space for maneuvers in the densely packed with devices smartphone world.

We took a deep dive at the LG V20, spending more than a week living with it as our daily driver to decide whether it is a worthy replacement for iPhones and Galaxies, but also to better understand the V20 on its own. You can check-out our detailed impression in our full-on LG V20 review, but if you want the short and sweet version, take a look in the slideshow right below to know everything important about the V20.

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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(14.17h talk time)



1. NoAllegiance unregistered

If only LG put in as much effort with their Flagships into their mid range series.

2. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

A lot of durability tests were performed on the V20 yet there are reports of the camera lens cracking

3. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Even though it got only 8 in rating

4. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Conclusion iPhone for avg user Android for power user

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1850; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Will be returning mine for the S7 Edge... I still have my note 7 just in case I was not going like the V20... Glad I did that, I'll just turn it in for the S7 Edge.. I tried to like LG but I just couldn't do it... I really tried...

6. jaredlance

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 25, 2016

Because you didn't like the software or because it was a bad phone?

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1850; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I don't think it's a bad phone...It's just not the phone for me. I'm never going to use the audio recording features, or the video features though they do offer a lot to the one the go audio and video guru's... The second screen is just to high to be functional. It's cool and all but I find myself using my other hand to reach and interact with it... I am used to the edge screen where I can swipe with my thumb and keep it moving. Also LG doesn't allow to fully customize the second screen to your liking, they still put up there what they think is fit for you. Battery life is okay, and the LCD screen is mediocre at best... The UI is a bit of a mess and the theme store is terrible, but that's something I probably only care about.

9. Ncruze

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

But at least you made some really good points instead of just saying something like "it's not as nice as a Samsung" those are things that matter to you so I can understand and respect that. I'm the exact opposite lol. I tried to like Samsung.. I really did but the edge on the S7 drove me nuts. It's beautiful but usability sucks! From accidental palm inputs, to difficulty texting and selecting anything that wraps across the screen edge it was a disaster. In addition I hated TouchWiz, lacked flexibility, Samsung phones get very hot and laggy after heavy use, speaker phone and battery were average at best and it was a fragile phone because of the screen. I did like a few things though which would explain why i downgraded and now using the Note 5 until I order the V20.

10. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1850; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I had that issue with the S6 Edge but I wasn't used to the edge screens yet. As I used them more I got used to them so naturally by the time the note 7 rolled around I was a expert lol... I also used cases so I didn't really have the errand touch issue. The only time my phone got warm was during initial setup, after that I never felt it get hot... Not even my note 7 lol. The battery in the note 7 and s7 edge were some of the best lasting phones I've used since the original g flex! That thing lasted two days easy. Touch Wiz is definitely an acquired taste... A taste I happen to like lol

11. shnibz

Posts: 517; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

LGs theme store is quite terrible lol. I used to have a G4

7. ramdroid

Posts: 138; Member since: May 21, 2016

My experience Software. Amoled is better But the most important thing is battery life ..

12. shnibz

Posts: 517; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Man I have a S7 right now and it's just too small for my liking. I really like my Wife's new V20. I just worry about the battery life or if definitely get one.

13. rowlin

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Most of your complaints are easily remedied. The home screen buttons are customizable, you can add one that drops down the notification screen when touched, no more reaching. The hue of the screen is adjustable. I really like LG's software, a lot of nice features and many things are customizable. I've never even looked at a theme store, home screens are easily customized with wallpapers, widgets, whatever, as well as adding the app drawer in the settings.

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