Call quality


We have no major complaints about call quality on either phone: both sound sufficiently clear and loud to be able to carry out conversations with ease.

If we had to pick the nits, we’d say that voices sound a bit clearer on the iPhone 7 Plus, but the difference is not that big, and we’d call it a draw between the two.

Battery life

The V20 has a removable battery and fast charging, but the iPhone has the much superior battery life, and this is what most users care about.


Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is able to squeeze some seriously impressive battery life out of the smallish for Android standards size of its battery: it has a 2,900 mAh battery, smaller than the 3,200 mAh one in the LG V20.

Both in real life and in our custom battery test, we saw the iPhone 7 Plus outlast the V20 by a big margin. We tested both phones with their screens set at the same brightness (200 nits, a level comfortable for indoor use) and found that the iPhone lasted an excellent 9 hours and 5 minutes, at the top of our charts, while the V20 lasted an average 6 hours and 23 minutes.

Your mileage may vary, but the V20 is likely to die before the end of the day with more intense use (it will make it through a full day and a bit more if you use it scarcely). The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, will last you a full day with even more intense use. If left all night on the night stand, the V20 loses around 5-6% of battery, while the iPhone 7 Plus loses 3-4%.

While it’s not a complete remedy for its average battery life, the V20 does recharge extremely fast. You can plug it for 15 minutes or half an hour, and you will get a substantial battery boost. The whole charge takes just an hour and 16 minutes, while the iPhone 7 Plus takes an excruciatingly long 3 hours and 17 minutes to charge from 0 to 100%.

The LG V20 is also the only mainstream flagship in 2016 to feature an easily removable battery. Power users could pick up a second battery for around $40 and swap batteries on the go for those emergency situations or travels.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 9h 5 min (Good)
LG V20 6h 23 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 197
LG V20 86

Conclusion


At the end of the day, it’s clear that we’re dealing with two great phones that don’t feature any glaring shortcomings or critical flaws.

Prices for the V20 vary quite weirdly: Verizon charges $672 for the V20, T-Mobile lists a $770 price, while AT&T sells it for $830, but at an average of $770 the V20 starts at the same price as the iPhone 7 Plus.

On its side, it has double the native storage: 64GB vs 32 gigs on the iPhone, and the option to use a microSD card. It has a high-quality audio that will appeal to professionals, it has a removable battery, and it has a fast interface and very good camera. And it runs the latest Android 7.0 Nougat.

The iPhone, however, has the simpler interface with less of the confusion that comes with an overkill of options. It has the slightly better camera: pictures turn out a bit better, videos turn out much better, and Portrait mode is not perfect, but it’s one of the coolest new phone camera features. It’s not a gimmick. With a more solid and reliable battery life, a more refined ecosystem of apps and games, and a few neat tricks like waterproofing, the iPhone 7 Plus just seems like the better large phone for the majority of people. If you’re not among this majority, though, that’s okay: the LG V20 is a good phone for those few people that like its special feats.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Pros

  • Great looking display
  • Secondary camera with Portratit mode is a lot of fun
  • Water resistance is a nice extra
  • Faster performance than any other phone currently on the market
  • Improved main camera with great stabilization, good low light capture
  • Rich app and game ecosystem
  • Very good battery life

LG V20

Pros

  • Excellent audio quality
  • Secondary wide-angle camera captures stunning landscapes
  • Secondary display is a nice extra
  • Excellent main camera
  • Easily swappable battery
  • Expandable storage




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16 Comments

16. Jessie24

Posts: 1; Member since: May 17, 2017

I think whoever wrote this had their own opinion that the iPhone 7 is better. I used to own a lg v20 then switched to the iPhone 7. I personally think that the lg v20 was better.

14. DwysWysd

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

No difference in call Quality what in the world are you guys talking about? I live in a frenzy area my girlfriend iPhone 7 plus gets about 10 to 20% better Fringe Zone antenna gain in addition to the same topic the speakerphone on the LG is horrendous just as bad as the earpiece at any volumes above 50% you will know it is crackling in the audio which is so hypocritical as the LG boasts fancy high definition recording and Playback for audiophiles, of course using headphones. The iPhone 7S Nuttall Lane has increased their speaker output by 50% but they also use the earpiece in conjunction to provide a phenomenal speaker phone and audio playback for both phone calls and all other audio. You guys really need to get with it go online and read about all the horrendous reviews regarding the built-in speakers of the LG v20 which I'm on the cusp of returning.

11. shnibz

Posts: 524; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Love the V20! Best phone LG has made since the amazing G2.

9. aljololzz

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

both phones are great

3. Takeharu

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

A plus for the iPhone is: "Rich app and game ecosystem". Please tell how this doesn't apply to the V20?!

5. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

You know this is true why even denying it. For a start, does android have the state of the art infinity blade? Which platform recieves game titles or updates first? Which platform are games more optimized for? Let's be honest here. But of course the android fans will come out in droves to give you a thumbs up because they're always against anything against android whether good or bad.

6. Takeharu

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I prefer the app store over the Play Store for the reasons you listed (as they are true). However the Android ecosystem is just as rich as iOS, hell Android has more apps in their store than Apple so I think it's a bulls**t pro.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"But of course the android fans will come out in droves to give you a thumbs up because they're always against anything against android whether good or bad" You mean like apple fans do for Apple. Also who was just listed as the worst phone for app crashes.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7692; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They don't need to come and comment on how vast and robust Android's ecosystem is. A number of iPhone users would always talk about iOS having more apps in general. Now Android beats iOS and it's done this for a while now. They would always say that apps would arrive first and Android users would have to wait a long time before they arrive if ever. However the same is also true for Android apps. Especially in the utilities and tools area. Many of those types of apps NEVER came to iOS. Now when it comes to games, there was no mention of VR type games or apps in general. Oh, wait that's right VR apps suck on iPhones, because Apples retina display means jack when it comes to VR. Not to mention you can get emulators and other types of games that iPhone users can only obtain if they jailbreak their iPhones.

7. xchatter

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Like the statement about voice quality - "we did not find any problems, but the iphone seemed a bit clearer". But get used to reviews like this. Unprepared people doing subjective reviews. Smart guys can do the research and comparison to get a realistic picture. Don't mind this stuff.

15. DwysWysd

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Absolutely horrendous audio reproduction for speakerphone or audio use and any volumes about 50% it's all crackling both in the earpiece and speakerphone.

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

On the number of apps, they are fairly similar. Quality however unfortunately App Store is the winner.

2. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Im currently a v20 user that came from the note 7. Its an amazing phone and i was surprised by how good of a job they did on the lcd panel this time. I changed the theme to high contrast and boom it looms amazing.

12. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its quite rare to see praises from ex Samsung users.

1. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

You mean... the iPhone won the battle?!? *GASP* However, all iPhoneareana jokes aside... LG has been second rate as of late and I really wish they would step it up to force more competition from all the major players.

4. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Don't know if its just me but LG has actually been retrogressing since the G2. Yet, somehow PA decided that this was a battle we were looking for. They also did well with the V10 tho, let me admit.

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