LG V10 review
It’s time to double up!
The LG V10 may have you thinking that you have double vision, but do not be alarmed, the LG V10 really does have two selfie cameras and two displays. Read our LG V10 review to discover more.
The LG V10 carries on where the LG G4 left off and delivers higher specifications and new tricks to entertain and make life easier. The IPS display grows to 5.7” and there is a fantastic resolution of 1440x2560 pixels.
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It is however the secondary 2.1” screen that transforms the experience. This display sits as a strip above the main display and has a resolution of 160x1040 pixels. This is plenty enough definition to make the space really useful and it can be used to display favorite apps, notifications, the weather, time or to control music playback.
The secondary display is always on and offers quick navigation and notifications that don’t interrupt what is happening on the main display.
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Design wise, the LG V10 is a star performer. The front of the phone is almost all screen and the build includes stainless steel frame components, silicone bumpers and a textured back that is divided into panels and has a grip-able rubbery feel.
The LG V10 also ticks the box for durability. Tested to military standard MIL-STD-810G, the LG V10 is shock resistant, passing the standard transit drop test where every face, edge and corner is tested.
LG didn’t stop there though, the V10 also passed a higher-standard test where after 26 drops, from a height of four foot, onto concrete, there was no evidence of surface cracks or malfunctions.
The remaining build statistics include a weight of 192 grams, a body that is 8.6mm thick and a colour range that includes black, white, ocean blue and opal blue. A 1.8GHz hexa-core processor with 4GB RAM gives a lag free experience and the already generous 64GB memory can boosted, if need, with a 2TB microSD card.
Phone Set Up
The set up process gives the index finger a workout as it locates the fingerprint sensor on the back. To set this up, a series of repeated taps with the selected index finger are needed, to give good reliability, and this sensor doubles as the power on/off button.
The Android Lollipop OS is pre-installed, so a familiar Google-based experience is offered with favourite apps such as Gmail, Voice Search, Maps and the Play Store.
The LG V10 was designed with a great deal of focus on video and video recording. There is plenty of features included that really do make the most out of video recording, which can be done at a quality of 4K UHD, which has four times the resolution of standard high-definition.
The first element of the recording package sees the inclusion of three mics for recording audio. These capture sound in multiple directions and use Audio Zoom 2.0 to focus in on the audio you want, while removing interference such as that caused by the wind.
While recording, Steady Record video stabilisation works to remove judder caused by shaky hands or when shooting takes place on the move. Pro-shooters can switch to Manual Video Mode and adjust the white balance, ISO, focus, frame rate and audio, even while recording is taking place.
Two key features then make the most out of captured footage:
- Snap Video - This feature can be used to create a highlight reel of the days action, where three-second clips from saved videos are stitched together for one-touch video sharing straight from the recording screen.
- Quick Video Editor - With this feature it is possible to adjust the playback speed, background music, filters and add titles. A 15 Sec. Audio Edit tool can be used to cut down clips into a smaller file size, where inactivity is automatically removed, for easy sharing.
Camera & Video
The LG V10 has a main 16MP camera with a large F/1.8 lens, to ensure that large amounts of light hit the camera’s sensor for low-light photography. A Manual Camera Mode has been included and this really does give the features of a DSLR camera.
It is the selfie camera that steals the show though, with dual 5MP cameras, that have been designed to make selfie sticks redundant. Owners can shoot the action up close with a standard 80 degrees camera or switch to the secondary selfie camera and shoot at 120 degrees, which is perfect for group selfies or capturing the action behind the shooter.
The 3,000mAh battery has a high capacity and is removable, should you wish to swap it out with a second battery. That scenario seems unlikely though as Quick Charge 2.0 can be employed to gain 50% charge in just 40 minutes.
The secondary screen also works to save battery power. By always being on, the screen drains 5% of the battery each day but this saves overall, as the main screen doesn’t need to be activated for checking notifications and the time etc.
LG V10 verdict: The LG V10 is a little on the pricey side but this simply reflects the quality and features of the phone on offer. If your budget isn’t restricted then the LG V10 is certainly a contender that offers an alternative to the Apple iPhone 6s or the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Written by: Michael Brown