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LG V10 Review : Smartphone with 2nd Screen and best Video camera

LG V10 Retail Box

LG V10

Expected Rs. 49,999
LG V10
8.0625

Design

9/10

    Display

    9/10

      Hardware

      9/10

        Software

        8/10

          Camera

          9/10

            Sound

            9/10

              Battery

              8/10

                Price

                7/10

                  Pros

                  • - Shock Resistant
                  • - QHD Display
                  • - Video Controls
                  • - Dual front camera
                  • - Removable Battery
                  • - Fast Fingerprint Scanner
                  • - Fast Charge
                  • - Hi-fi DAC
                  • - 2TB Memory Expansion
                  • - Infrared

                  Cons

                  • - 2nd Display Position
                  • - Missing Android M
                  • - Price
                  • - Low Sound
                  • - Bloatware

                  The LG V10 sports a 5.7″ IPS LCD QHD display with a screen resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, which means ~ 515 ppi. The screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass v4  which is scratch resistant and protects phone from deadly drops.

                  The smartphone is powered by a hexa-core processor Qualcomm 808 clocked at 1.8GHz and is sports a massive 4GB RAM. Coupled with Adreno 418 GPU, comes with 64GB which is further expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card.

                  The Smartphone is equipped with 16 MP Rear camera and 5MP Dual from camera. The device runs on Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop) operating system and is featured with Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Fingerprint ID, Gyroscope, Light sensor and Proximity sensor.

                  LG V10 Price at AT&T : 599.99 $ ( Unlocked )

                  LG V10 Open market Price : 649.99 $ ( Unlocked )

                  Key specs of LG V10

                  • 5.7 inches (~70.8% screen-to-body ratio) , QHD Display ~ 515 ppi
                  • Secondary display, 160 x 1040 pixels, 2.1 inches
                  • Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808, Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57
                  • 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM expandable up to 2TB via microSD card
                  • 16 MP Rear camera –  f/1.8, laser autofocus, OIS, 4k UHD Video, 3 Mics
                  • 5 MP Dual selfie, f/2.2, Wide Angle
                  • NFC, FM Radio, Finger Print Sensor

                  Retail Box Contents

                  • LG V10
                  • Travel Charger
                  • Data cable
                  • Headphones
                  • Start Guide
                  • Warranty & Safety Information

                  Display and Design

                  The LG V10 comes in amore rugged, rubberized backplate along with stainless steel grips, as far as Display is concerned Smartphone sports a 5.7″ QHD Display which is very impressive. The beauty of V10 lies in the 2nd Display which is placed on the top of the Screen. The 2nd screen is always on ( 24 * 7 ).

                  The V10 has stainless steel rails running down its left and right edges and metallic accents around the camera and front-facing audio grille, making it one of the most premium-looking handsets LG has designed to date.

                  The phone feels pretty heavy, but in actual looks much heavier than it really feels. But when it comes to Display, the display is beautiful, sharp, bright and easy to see outdoors.

                  On its top edges are infrared blasters that work with the QRemote app to turn your device into a remote control. Down at the bottom are a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Micro-USB port for charging and exchanging data and an audio speaker grille. The back houses a camera that is flanked by its flash and laser autofocus sensor. Below that are are the control buttons, which include the sleep/power button (which doubles as a fingerprint scanner) and the volume rocker.

                  Hardware and Performance

                  LG V10 is a feature packed Smartphone, No two doubts on this. Starting from 2TB Memory storage to NFC, Fingerprint Scanner, IR, you will not find this Smartphone lacking any feature. On other side, you find 4GB RAM coupled with 64GB internal Memory. ( Now its not a big deal, as Market is already full of Smartphones with 6GB RAM, like Oneplus 3 at a much cheaper price.)

                  Only concern is Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 clocked at 1.8GHz. The Smartphone heats up while playing movies or on Video Loop.

                  Apart from above, Everything was very fast, smooth, and responsive when it comes to day to day operations, whether it’s Multi-tasking or animations and scrolling. The Smartphone handles everything smoothly – from simple tasks such as opening applications and browsing the web, to more processor-intensive tasks like gaming and multi-tasking. Even with LG’s somewhat bloated software experience, the processing package keeps everything moving along just fine, and there were no instances of any noticeable slow down.

                  When it comes to Fingerprint scanning, it’s fast but not that accurate. The accuracy could be any where between 70~80 %. Which means most of the time you have to go for 2nd try, which could be very frustrating. Another option is the face recognition which is very accurate and fast, if lighting is proper.

                  Coming to Sound, Very loud, thanks to the three speakers. But the bottom-mounted external speaker isn’t in the most optimal position. The highlight of the audio experience comes when using the device with headphones, with the device packing a 32-bit Hi-Fi digital to analog converter, which is a huge deal for anyone that uses their smartphone as the primary music player.

                  Camera

                  This is the part I always love to speak about. Whether it is a DSLR or a Smartphone, I love clicking thousand of pictures like an Amateur, rather I will say, like we use Smartphone in day to day life in all lighting conditions.

                  LG V10 comes with a 16 MP Rear camera with f/1.8 and 5 MP Dual camera with f/2.2, with one featuring an 80-degree lens for a more standard field of view, while the other comes with a 120-degree wide angle lens.

                  Camera setup is similar to LG G4. You can toggle back and forth between the two within the camera software, and the 120-degree wide angles lens comes in handy when trying to take group shots.

                  LG has more or less fascinated me in Camera Section. LG V10 is camera is full of features, specially when it comes to Video capture.

                  Photo quality for the rear camera is simply great. In Auto Mode, Images are sharp with true-to-life colors and even lighting. Touch focus is fast  and I was particularly impressed with night time shooting. Even in low light conditions, the camera was able to capture images clearly, though there was some expected amount of grain and digital noise.

                  LG V10 also brings the manual controls over to video recording as well, which is a pretty big deal for a smartphone camera. Most of the features are like DSLR :

                  • White balance
                  • ISO
                  • Shutter speed
                  • manually control the focus
                  • Record Videos in 4K, 1080p, and slow motion
                  • Record in a cinematic mode that bumps the frame rate down to 24 fps for a truly cinematic look

                  Battery

                  LG V10 is powered by a 3000 mAh Li-Ion replaceable battery . After doing a HD video playback test and achieved 9 hours and 21 minutes, which is just OK. It’s above the HTC 10 and OnePlus 2, but below the Note 3. In PCMark scored an underwhelming 5 hours and 25 minutes, above the LG G4, but below the LG AKA and Xperia E4, both entry level smartphones.

                  Charging requires 1 hour and 41 minutes, which is quite fast and we also have Quick Charge, which can charge the phone to 50% in 40 minutes. Settings for the battery include Battery Saver, that restricts background apps and blocks the second screen. There’s also a Game Optimizer feature, that adjusts video quality in.

                  Connectivity

                  The web browser offered here is Chrome, with a modest speed and mid level benchmark results. The keyboard is comfy and we also get a numeric row. On the connectivity front, all the fields are covered, including Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, microUSB 2.0, GPS, Glonass and NFC.

                  you also get  LTE Category 6 in the mix, with up to 300 Mbps download speed, DLNA, infrared and Miracast. Calls are OK on volume, offer good clarity and the mic is also pretty good. Speedtest in 4G scored a download speed of 47 Mbps and upload of 7 Mbps. It’s weak, but maybe it’s the carrier fault. WiFi speeds are 166 Mbps (download) or 24 Mbps (upload).

                  Other features include HD voice, Speed Dial and One Hand Use, plus noise suppress and voice clarity. As far as the OS, UI and apps go, Unfortunately LG V10 runs on  Android 5.1.1 out of the box, with LG UX on top. It’s a minimal and flat UI, that includes Smart Bulletin as the leftmost homescreen. That one aggregates data from Calendar, LG Heath, Tips, TV Remote, Smart Settings and Evernote.

                  Widgets are flat, minimal and abstract, while the multitasking is offered as a carousel, with app pinning included and dual window setup offered. The dropdown section is busy as usual, with a brightness slider, volume slider, notifications, Quick Settings, Q Slide, Capture+ for editing screenshots and capturing them.

                  Settings offer Mini View, Shortcut Keys associated to volume buttons and fingerprint scanner options (good looking setup animation, multiple phases, screen lock, content lock). It’s also a pretty accurate scanner. Back to the Settings, you can arrange a scenario for using the phone Home or Away, with automatic disconnection or connection of networks.

                  The preinstalled app list includes 45 names, which means we’re dealing with bloatware here. Names include LG Health, Quick Memo+ and Quick Remote. Now let’s see the verdict.

                  Conclusion

                  Overall, LG V10 is a tough Smartphone / Phablet, with lots of Camera options coupled with good camera quality. The Smartphone offers solid performance, but it lacks on Android Version, Still on outdated Lollipop. Do not expect high on battery, some problem with overheating, but in the end it’s a good phone for bloggers, only if you can fix the microphone. What’s sure is that it can take a beating and it can take a pic and video for sure.

                  For Pricing, As always LG Smartphones are on higher side. If LG can manage a better Price, The Smartphone for sure is worth giving a try.

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