The LG V20 is a power user’s first phablet choice, being the device that seems to have it all. Besides all its awesome hardware and software features, thanks to the exploding Samsung Note 7, the LG V20 is one of the best larger phones currently on the market.

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Display 5.6-inches (5.9-inches if you add on the second screen)
Battery 3,200mAh (Removable)
Storage 64GB with MicroSD slot (up to 2TB)
Drop Proof Can withstand casual drops (up to 4 feet)
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Dual Sim No
OS iOS 10
Camera 16MP Rear (8MP Wide), 5MP Front
Network 4G, LTE
Colours Titan (very dark), Pink  and Silver
Price Starting at R10 999

Design

The LG V20 was built to withstand even the most careless smartphone user. The LG V20’s tough design has been refined and looks more premium than its rugged predecessor, the LG v10.

Thanks to its larger design, the LG V20 can be classified as a phablet and doesn’t look too flashy. However, upon closer inspection, you will notice some useful design features on the LG V20 like its 5.6″ Gorilla Glass 4 screen. The LG V20’s screen stretches from edge to edge and features a 160×1040 2.1″ second screen. The screen looks very impressive and makes the design of the LG v20 look and feel premium.

Because the LG V20 feels so premium, it’s hard to imagine that its 174g body could withstand so much. Made from a protective shock-absorbing Si-PC material, the LG v20 can endure more hectic abuse than other smartphones currently on the market. With the LG V20 obtaining US Military Standard certification (MIL STD-810G), the device can be dropped without it shattering and needing expensive repairs.

If you have small hands then the large LG V20 might seem a bit bulky and awkward to navigate. But you soon get the hang of it, with the home button being conveniently located on the back of the device and the volume buttons on the left-hand side, which are easily pressed using your thumb.

The rest of the design of the LG V20 is simple, but in a good way. The device feels sturdy, and, even though it’s a phablet, the LG V20 fits easily even into smaller hands.

The back of the LG V20 easily pops off to reveal the removable battery.

Performance

The LG V20 is packed with a ton of features. If you’ve ever wanted something in a smartphone, the LG V20 has it. It has a Snapdragon 820 processor and runs on Android’s Nougat 7.0 OS.

LG V20

 

It’s hard to fault its performance, as the LG v20 handled everything we threw at it without any issues. Playing mobile games like Pokémon GO caused no lag. Performing multiple tasks also had no visible effects on the performance of the LG V20, with it sailing consistently smoothly during our time of using it.

The second screen might at first seem like a gimmick, but it becomes quite addictive as the information it displays is actually useful. The second screen is always on and displays handy information like the time, notifications, battery level, and customisable quick access to your favourite apps. It isn’t essential information, but once you’ve gotten used to a quick glance at you LG V20 for useful information, you will miss it when you don’t have it anymore.

The LG V20’s display is absolutely beautiful and it has impeccable speakers, making it a great choice for media lovers.

LG V20

Camera

LG has made amazing advancements in mobile photography ever since the release of its LG G4.

LG V20

The LG V20 doesn’t feature particularly impressive camera specs on paper. But the camera capabilities start to make sense when you play around with the many different options. The 16MP front-facing camera performs well enough, but it’s most fun to use the 8MP wide angle camera on the LG V20 which can capture more than you would expect. The different setting options are sure to impress avid mobile photographers, but much of its fancy features might go missed and unused by casual mobile users.

LG V20

The most impressive feature here remains the dual-camera setup, which was already featured in the LG G5 and continues to work well.

Battery-Life

It’s impressive to see the LG V20’s 3,200mAh handle all the power that is contained under the smartphone’s hood. You can get away with using it moderately heavily and only having to charge it at night.

The great thing here is that the LG V20 has a removable battery, which means that if you purchase a backup battery, you never have to worry about being low on power.

The LG V20 also features Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 tech. This means that if you ever do find yourself running low on power, you won’t have to wait around long as the device charges very quickly.

Verdict

If you’re a power smartphone user then the LG V20 will look very appealing to you. The LG V20 has it all in terms of features, sturdy design, camera capabilities, etc. Some of the extra features like the second screen, the dual-camera setup, and removable battery makes the LG v20 stand out from other larger smartphones currently on the market. However, casual users might glance over the LG V20, missing out on many of its hidden specs and performance qualities.

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