- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
A curiosity for people who want a high-end LG handset with all the bells and whistles.
- Lanh Nguyen , Android Authority
The LG V10 is a really solid offering - especially if you wanted more out of the LG G4.
- Vivid and sharp main display
- Shock resistant
- Additional screen for quick access to time, apps and contacts
- Smooth performance
- Rear camera takes detailed and color accurate pictures
- Heavy and awkward to use one-handed
- Wide angle front lens distorts around the edges
- Added features not necessary for casual smartphone user
The V10 is the first in LG's new line of "V" handsets. What sets the V lineup from LG's other products is its focus on premium materials and specs. The question is does it succeed? For the most part, experts think it does especially on the design side. The V10 features a stainless steel frame instead of the standard aluminum, which makes gives it more heft weighing in at 192grams. LG goes a step further to include additional corner reinforcements for a MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant shock resistance.
At 6.3 x 3.12 inches, the V10 is not a small phone and experts had issues not only using it one-handed but fitting it in their pockets. With that said, they add it is still relatively comfortable to hold thanks to the curved sides and silicone back.
The reason behind the V10's large size is its two displays. The main display is 5.7 inches with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels for a pixel density of 513ppi. Not surprisingly, reviewers describe it as crisp and clear. They mention colors were especially vivid and deep and the screen was easy to read even in direct sunlight.
The second screen is unique to the V10. It sits directly above the main screen and measures 2.1 inches with a resolution of 160 x 1040. This strip is customizable and displays six shortcut menus to swipe through: general greeting with the date and time, five recent apps, five favorite apps, music controller, five favorite contacts and calendar. The second display acts independently from the main and will always be on to show the time, date, battery status and weather. While experts did fine it somewhat useful, they note they could just as easily access all of the menus elsewhere. As well, they found it to be less novel than the curved displays on the S6 Edge+.
Although it doesn't make use of the newest processor, the 1.8GHz six-core processor performed admirably. Critics were able to perform necessary tasks without a hitch and there was barely a pause when launching apps or unlocking the screen with a fingerprint. Even when multi-tasking they did not experience any stutters or lags. Playing graphics-intensive game was also a smooth experience for them. There were no crashes and they were able to play the most recent games without any frame rate drops. In order to keep the whole thing running, LG has popped in a 3,000mAh removable battery. It lasted critics around a full day, which they considered adequate. Other features include 64GB of internal storage which can be expandable to 2TB via microSD.
What really blew critics away though was its 16MP camera. They were able to capture sharp and accurate colors even in Auto mode. They were especially impressed with its low light pictures as the camera was still able to capture clear pictures with a very low amount of digital noise. Besides the standard Auto, the camera comes with numerous features and controls to adjust white balance, depth of field, ISO levels and shutter speed.
For the selfie taker, the V10 comes with TWO front-facing cameras: one with an 80-degree angle lens and the other with a 120-degree wide angle. Experts preferred the wider lens when taking group shots and the narrower one for regular selfies. They did notice some distortion around the edges when using the wide angles lens, though they add that it's not an uncommon occurrence. Both cameras offer a 5MP resolution, which critics consider quite good and sharp.
While reviewers did like the V10, they consider it more a niche product for a certain market. CNET states, "If the V10's goodies aren't essential…it's best to go with something cheaper."
Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)
A Different Kind of Flagship
A big Android phone with twice as many screens and front cameras
Definitely the one to beat right now
V is for victory
Feels like a solid phone
The V10 is a step in the right direction in many ways, but, in the end, the biggest seller of the V10 is the camera, and not the second screen. The tiny screen offers some advantages, but they’re largely forgotten in the grander scheme of things. The V10 is a stylish camera phone and sells itself as one. The fact that the second screen exists is only to show technical prowess rather than meaningful use. It’s also very expensive — so is the camera on that phone really worth owning the phone for? For the avid phone-photographer, perhaps the creativity and excellent image qua... Full review
Upping the ante
The story of the V10 is a basic LG smartphone — with a removable back cover and battery, microSD expansion and a ton of screen acreage, it’s a great canvas to expand upon — and instead of adding on curves and leather, it’s replaced with armor, a toolbelt and more control. Style’s been put away for silicon. UI software tweaks have been passed up for camera software tweaks. And there’s obviously one extra camera on the V10 that isn’t on the G4.
This phone has been underrated and downplayed since when we first heard of it, mostly because we&... Full review
What the LG G4 should’ve been
Should you buy LG’s V10? If you have a G4 (or even a G3, for that matter) then probably not. There isn’t much difference aside from the premium materials and that extra screen. Buying a new back for your G4 takes care of the first problem, and the extra screen at the top of the device doesn’t add too much to the experience as a whole to make it worth dropping the cash on this meager upgrade.
Even if you’re not coming from a newer LG device, it’s hard to recommend the V10 over some of LG’s other available devices, like the G4, simply because a G... Full review
Beautiful main display, smooth performance
In the past, Android manufacturers would include strange gimmicks to set their phones apart. We look back at those times with rose-colored glasses, but it’s never as good as we remember. All of those weird gimmicks were there to hide flaws and make phones seem more exciting. The V10 is good enough that it doesn’t need any gimmicks.
There are a lot of reasons why someone should buy this phone, and the Second Screen is not one of them. Buy this phone for the great camera. Buy it for the big display. Buy it for the battery life. Buy it because you like textured things th... Full review
A flagship-class device
The LG V10 is a curious handset. LG attempted to do something unique with the Second Screen, but truly the more impressive features are found in the camera app.
The V10 is a large, heavy smartphone. The stronger polycarbonates and metal components make it a tougher phone, and help change up the family DNA somewhat. The main screen is excellent, the V10 is a powerful voice phone, and data performance on AT&T's network was quite good. LG's apps are quirky, but also useful at times. It's nice to have a fingerprint sensor, and the Android platform is very fast thanks to the huge... Full review
LG got me falling in love
At the beginning of this review, I said that the V10 is the first skinned phone that I can genuinely say I've loved using. After spending a lot more time with it, using it as my daily driver, and generally trying to get it to do something that makes me go "oh, nope — there it is. There's the thing I hate.", I can honestly say that I pretty much still love it. It's just generally a great phone.
I know that a lot of people are going to shout that the second screen is a novelty, and I'm not going to argue with that, but it's a useful novelty. Now that I'm used to it being ther... Full review
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