LG V10 Review
Quick to charge, quick to discharge.
LG V10 tends to be an average performer. It's equipped with a 3000 mAh battery, same as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, but doesn't impress much. It can easily handle a day an a half of medium usage, but don't expect wonders from it. Our battery test corroborates our battery life observations – the V10 was fully discharged after the unimpressive 5 hours and 51 minutes. The Snapdragon 808 chipset has proven to be efficient enough, but we feel screen-on time is drawing quite a bit of power from the battery. However, the V10 does have one big advantage in this department: the battery is removable. This gives you the option to purchase an additional battery unit and swap out the depleted one when need be.
Even if you don't go the spare battery route, the V10 won't be out of the game for too long. It is super-quick to charge its battery! Using the stock charger, the juice pack went from 0 to 100% in the astonishing 65 minutes, which is the second-fastest charging time we've measured, only slightly behind the Asus ZenFone 2 and its equally big, 3000 mAh battery, which was ready for action in just 58 minutes. The 65-minute charging time of the LG V10 is faster than the already fast 81 minutes of the Galaxy Note5 (3000 mAh), or the 89 minutes of the Nexus 6P (3450 mAh). In comparison, Apple's iPhone 6s Plus charges with the speed of an elderly sloth, requiring 165 minutes on the stock charger – 2.5 times slower than the V10.
It's loaded with features, it literally doubles the screen and the front-facing camera; it has it all, even an IR blaster, replaceable battery and microSD slot – features its rival, Samsung, recently left behind. Unlike Samsung, however, LG seems to be firmly confident that more is most certainly better. And for some people, it most certainly is.
There are undeniable benefits in having a specs sheet as lengthy as the household chores list your partner unexpectedly hands you on a Saturday morning, but the question we should always keep asking is this: are all of these features integrated wisely, or are they confusing, compromising the experience? Furthermore, do they work as advertised? To these questions, the answer is rarely a firm yes with the V10. There are certain areas where it excels, such as performance and still image quality, but it tends to falter in others, like display quality, video recording, and general user experience seamlessness: the unstable camera app, inaccurate auto-brightness function and inefficient app design are just some of the issues we encountered.
With the LG V10, it's more show than substance. It's suitable for techies, but not so much for consumers who want it to just work.
Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 5.1.1; F600S10i | Build number: LMY47V
Update: Read our LG V20 review!