Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs LG V20
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Excellent audio quality
- Secondary wide-angle camera captures stunning landscapes
- Secondary display is a nice extra
- Excellent main camera
- Easily swappable battery
- Expandable storage