LG V20 Review

The LG V20 is a phone that tech enthusiasts, audiophiles, and media creators would be intrigued by, but does it live up to the high expectations that it sets? Well, that's what we're here to find out.
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91 Comments

73. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Snapdragon 820? Really? LOL. Pixel XL has 821. I want LG to make a competitive phone. But average battery life at best? Come on. Why does LG always fail? Is it because LG stands for "low grade"? And who needs that 2nd ticker display? I'd rather have an LG G5. Oh Long Johnson!!!

82. saunupe1911

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

821 is just a slightly overclocked 820. Battery life isn't average. It's actually great and the second screen can be turned of you don't like it. Its extremely useful because I can't control a ton of thing without even turning my phone's main screen on!

75. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

I have to say, good job all around on the v20, lg!

76. Drrntodd

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 26, 2016

I have an aging Note 4 that I planned to replace with a Note 7. Since that isn't happening, a brief search turned up the V20. Replaceable battery, SD card and a 5.7 inch screen? -It's like they read my mind. And a bit more ruggedness is more useful to me than waterproofin anyway.

77. lightforce1911

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

who the heck wrote this review? He obviously didn't even have a V20. 1. Battery life takes a dump on most phones. Getting over 6 hours of screen on time consistant. You must have just made up that number. Get apples nuts outta your mouth. 2. The finger print scanner works every single time, and is ultra fast. Again Stop knobbing on cooks nuts. 3. The phone isn't ugly at all. Maybe the article writers GF is pretty ugly. But this phone isn't. I am a Samsung fanboy who was forced to buy the v20. EVEN I admit its a sick ass phone. Give credit where credit is due. Stop sucking off apple and Samsung for free items. Give fair reviews. I will never read your garbage site again because of this.

78. Ncruze

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

Tipping my hat to lightforce for this post. I've always said I'm more interested in the inputs from Samsung fanboys since they're coming from the Note 7 and would more likely be biased against anything that isn't the note so If you can convert them then you know you've got something.

79. Weekender93

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 28, 2016

My humble experience: This is my first experience with LG in the mobile device department and I feel compelled to share my first impressions. Honestly after the first 3 hours of configuring the phone so the settings were just as I like them, I became a bit disappointed. The feel wasn't as solid as the Galaxy Note 7 that was pried from my fingers. I actually considered returning this V20 and go back to the Galaxy Note 5 that I own. Then... I listened to what LG did with the sound upgrade and these so called DAC features. It was SO GOOD, and such an improvement, my favorite songs brought tears to my eyes. Yup, it is that much of an improvement in sound quality in my humble opinion. Then I had to give the phone more time and low & behold I started finding the features that were so important to me in the Note 7. So, here I am a day and a half later becoming more and more impressed with your phone every hour. I'm sure it will feel perfect once the tempured glass screen protector is on and sits inside a snug case. For anyone out there who is a power user or simply looking for a smartphone that can compete and even surpass the Galaxy Note 7, I suggest you read and investigate what the LG V20 has under it's hood. I for one am extremely pleased and can't wait to find more of the almost unlimited features. If I could have 1 request from LG, it would be to get some people on developing more themes for this phone. An attractive theme keeps the owner of any phone able to change the appearance of the phone any time and I would guess that high end phone users LOVE change. This is one cosmetic feature that keeps me happy holding onto a phone and can probably address the issue of bordem when it arises in your customer. Thanks for building this device and I hope my experience stays at this level. Don't let me down LG and I will stay loyal.

80. Ncruze

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

Wow this was such a good post. Got me excited about the V20 now

81. saunupe1911

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

I can get a strong 10 to 14 hours of heavy usage before needing a plug in and that's with sync, brightness at 40%, and second screen turned on. Also the second screen turns off when the phone is faced down or end your pocket. A lot of reviewers such as the article don't even know that! The fingerprint scanner is flawless. This is the first review I've read that said it doesn't work. It can even read the corner of your finger!!! Second I agree this phone is entitled to the enthusiast crowed but isn't that what flagship phone is supposed to do!!! Go get a BLU phone if you just needs to something to work. This phone is for people that wants a customizable experience with some of the best hardware in existence. So inclusion this phone may or may not be the best phone ever, but it's certainly the best media/music player I've ever with the quad HD screen, DAC processors, and huge, expandable memory. Then tack on a $200 rebate and free B&O head phones to the deal!

87. rseifer

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

I suffered the boot loop difficulty with my LG G4,and LG ultimately agreed to fix it under warranty. They replaced the MB about a year ago, and it has worked very nicely since then. I got burned by that experience, but the subsequent reliability of the phone would prompt me to consider purchasing another LG rather than just out-of-hand rejecting a future LG buy.

88. FAQMD1

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Have a Samsung Note 4 & HTC M8HK edition. Would have bought an HTC 10 if it they made a version with a 5.7" screen or larger size. This is my first LG phone and I could not be happier. I may not be a power user but I like the following. 1.) Large clear screen 5.7" that is flat and not an Edge Screen like Samsung 2.) Design is nice and have gotten used to the power button on the rear 3.) Double tap screen to wake - must have with power button on rear. 4.) Incredible sound with headphones and very good speaker sound 5.) Software customization - I can get 7 program icons across the bottom and 5 x 5 above. 6.) Android App Tray option available - It is what I prefer 7.) removable battery option like the Note 4. 8.) Sprint offered $200 credit and the high-end headphones thereby making this a very good deal in my opinion when compared to competition. 9.) Standard 64GB memory + SD card Storage 10.) Camera works really good for me but I am not an expert camera guy. My wish list of improvements for the V30: 1.) Make battery at least 3500mAh or higher 2.) If possible when the 2nd screen is turned off, allow the main screen to increases which would make it a 6" screen for video watching or gaming or if you just don't want to use the 2nd screen at all. I personally never use the 2nd screen and keep it turned off at all times. But I understand there are folk who like this feature. 3.) Work with Google or some other Browser company to create a browser that re-flows the text inside the page frame when zooming in or out. HTC's browser has this feature but they stopped making the Browser when they released the HTC 10 and went with the Google Chrome Browser by default which does not support his feature. That is the main reason I did not buy the HTC 10. I hate having to to constantly swipe pages left and right when reading an article and or having to put glasses on to read. 4.) Move the vol rocker switch to the right side so that when you use a Folio case you can access it when the case it closed. 5.) Need to do a better job with 3rd party vendors getting out the accessories at launch and having your own accessories available at launch like USB-C cable and battery's, leather cases, etc. I found a Folio case from VINVE that I like for only $10. 6.) Design the charger to hold a battery as well as the USB-C cable for charging at the same time. This phone begs to be used for entertainment and as long as the battery is under 4000mAh then why not make a dual charger for an extra battery and phone?

90. NJSteve

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

I owned an LG G2 - I hated it for one reason: It got HOT!!! HOT, all the time... Often I would stick it in the freezer to cool it down.... It finally crashed... I don't remember and traded it in for a Droid Razr M... I think... Then the Razr M served its usefulness until it ran out of memory --- I have a Droid Turbo now.... good but... looking for a larger screen.... rumor says the Galaxy S7 batteries are exploding too..

92. luckyadventurers unregistered

Forcefully switching from the Note 7 had left me with a bitter taste in my mouth to begin with, but I spoke with my Sprint reps with an open mind, and purchased the LG V20. BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER. The LG V20 has an awkward user interface (certainly not as friendly or useful as the Android platform). The Videography tools are only SLIGHTLY more helpful than those on my Note 7 (or previous versions of the Galaxy). The lenses used for Photography are HORRIBLE- in ANY setting - especially auto (which is where most people capture those great unrehearsed candid shots). Maybe it's just me, but I for one have no time EACH time I want to capture something accurately to adjust and re-adjust the endless settings in manual mode - many of which DO NOT produce a better quality picture. The fingerprint scanner, while helpful when it works properly, seems to be very hesitant the longer I own this device. Not to mention you are unable to download any type of different picture modes (think of the Surround Shot and the DOZENS of others offered on Android's platform.) The battery life is outrageously short compared to the Note 7 and other Galaxies as well. After approximately 5 days of use and charge, the average battery life (no videos or excessive data usage) is about a day - compared to about 3 days with Galaxy. I'd hate to see what the battery life looked like with full utilization of all of these 'neat' options...The Messenger app is not as nice either - hiding times that texts were sent, and using odd contact methods for contacts, etc. There are only a few moderately redeeming qualities to this phone in my opinion - the Second Screen and Quick Memo...Second screen allows you to keep some handy features at the tip of your fingers without having to log into your device, and Quick Memo is similar to the note feature on the Galaxy Notes, but not quite as polished. I have never been so thoroughly disappointed in a device so quickly. Had there not been a passing in the family just after the time of purchase, I would have returned this phone IMMEDIATELY. I miss my Note 7. The lesson here: DO NOT PURCHASE THE LG V20 - you will be MISERABLY disappointed.

93. hugebezelsplease

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 13, 2017

Removable Battery = 6600 mAh expanded battery case, and easy replacement to combat performace decay. Removable MicroSD = Phone can record HD video for days (literally, days) adequate Ram & processor+ IR Remote + Second screen + Great audio & video (recording as well as playback) This is the best all-around pocket computer, ahem, phone released in years (and maybe for years to come)

94. hugebezelsplease

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 13, 2017

Love the huge disconnect between the reviewer's rating and the actual user average... Clueless reviews like this are exactly why smartphones are getting worse year-after-year.

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