Here are my honest reviews after using my V20 for 16 months (previously Note 7 users).
1. Screen retention or Ghosting is very noticeable, after using it for long hours i can see the images ghost from other apps like (FB, IG, messenger others). you will see multiple ghost images which is very annoying for me.
2. Overheating issue after playing games
3. Battery drains so FAST...... (good thing there is fast charger on it).
4. No more OS updates. LG support is very bad in terms of Software updates.
5. Screen display. (comparing to new models out there (G7, P20 pro, S9+) V20 is no match by FAR.
1. Wide camera is amazing
2. Expandable memory card/ dual sim
3. Expandable battery
Verdict: If you are hardcore user i think you better skip V20 and go for other models. I'm planning now to change my phone and still thinking which is the best bang for the buck phone for 2018.
Anonymous, 29 May 2018I'm not going back to debating sealed VS user removable batteries but I hope you're enjoying y... moreI love extended batteries. I have had them for several of my Galaxy Notes and I have one for my LG V20. It does add some heft to the phone(which I actually like), so a woman or a small man with small feminine hands, might not like the extra weight. I also don't like, nor do I wear skinny jeans. Someone who does wear skinny jeans, might have a problem carrying it in their pants pockets.
Anonymous, 28 May 2018Nailed it. This device has tons of features as someone here babbles on and on about ir blaste... moreI am a heavy user, and I have NEVER had an OEM battery that lasted long enough for me. Long ago, I stopped expecting any phone to do so, and end up buying extended batteries for them soon after purchasing a new phone. My 10,000 Mah battery I have installed in my LG V20 does the job.
I look at the phone batteries the same way I look at car stereos. I don't expect the OEM installed stereos to be up to my standards, and swap them out soon after purchase.
MLAVRA, 24 May 2018You are either trolling or had a bad luck and purchased faulty unit. None of these are through... moreScreen retention is real. If you have only had your phone for 9 months, it probably hasn't been long enough to manifest. I bought my phone in February 2017, I just started experiencing screen retention about 2 weeks ago. So it took over a year before I experienced it. It isn't a big deal to me though. It is concentrated around the upper left corner of the screen, and disappears when I turn off the phone for around 5 minutes, or when I switch from the home screen to another app.
Anonymous, 14 May 2018Disable bloatwares, unnecessary apps like Google apps, Google Play Services, ... Check your ba... moreIf you think 12% drain after one hour, while only having your phone at 50% brightness is "good", then you have a different definition of "good" than I do. I am a very heavy user, and initially just bought an extra battery and external battery charger. Previously, I had just bought extended batteries, but decided to try carrying around an extra battery instead. I ended up going through the first battery and draining the second battery before I was ready to go to bed. I ended up getting a 10,000 Mah extended battery like I had always done before. I keep data and wifi turned on, brightness at 100%, GPS on, Bluetooth enabled, etc. I prefer not to cripple my phone to extend how long my battery will last between charges.
If the LG V20 had no removable battery, I would be very dissatisfied with the phone. However, I can say the exact same thing about the Galaxy Note 4 I had before I bought the LG V20.
Anonymous, 11 May 2018I never said people couldn't afford more but yes most people who bought did so because of the ... moreAlthough I am American, I am an expat, and live in a country with high customs/duties on imported items. So I paid around $600 for my LGV20. Like I said before, I would have paid more for it, because it is dual sim and has a removable battery. If it cost the same as an Iphone, then I would have paid that much for it. Definitely wouldn't have bought an Iphone.
Anonymous, 10 May 2018Given that an imminent death is likely for the LG brand with the absence of removable battery,... moreYep, the same reason I dumped Samsung flagship phones(of which I have owned 5 of them), and switched to LG, will be the reason why LG V20 will be my last LG. If I have to switch to a phone with a sealed battery, it will have at least 4000Mah capacity.
Anonymous, 10 May 2018LG see's the V20 as a failure, I don't know why you think LG would want to look back and refle... moreYes, I would have bought if it was $700. Why? Because most of the other flagship phones have stopped making the battery removable. A removable battery is the most important factor for me. I usually buy an extended battery at the same time I buy a new phone. The fact that it wasn't $700 was just another huge plus that made the decision a no-brainer.
Anonymous, 07 Apr 2018Android flagship phone manufacturers do not like to make phones with dual SIM slots with dedic... moreActually, most Android flagship phones do make dual sim versions. They generally aren't available in the US market though, because prepaid sim cards are not as common in the USA. Most people in the USA sign contracts with one provider, with a postpaid sim card, and minimum montly fees. I have been an expat for over ten years now, living in several countries. In every country I have lived in, prepaid sims were what the majority of people have. I have two sim cards from the two major providers in my LG V20. Had the same in the Samsung I had before, and the Huawei I had before that.
I have nothing against sealed batteries because before the V20, all my phones have/had sealed batteries except for my very first smartphone (the 2012 Lenovo P770 which is still alive thanks to its removable 3500mAh battery which had already been replaced by a non OEM battery). What I hate is small sealed batteries in ultra expensive flagships in the name of 'style' and in exchange for rapid obsolescence. It is a fact that the more frequent a lithium ion /lithium polymer battery gets to deep discharge levels (15% and below), the faster and the more accelerated the battery wear/deterioration. Smaller capacity batteries just barely above 3000mAh frequently end an average day of use at these deep discharge levels (unless one keeps inconveniently recharging the phone throughout the day). A phone that always ends up with deep discharge low battery levels will have its battery, always wear faster than one that gets recharged before getting to deep discharge levels. That's why large battery capacity (at least 4000mAh) is important if you want your phone to last more than two years without the inconvenience of frequent charging. You'll have to protect it from drops still, as drops can cause battery damage even if they don't damage the screen.
Anonymous, 29 May 2018Again why do you keep saying phones with sealed batteries only last two years and then need to... moreBecause that's the truth for sealed batteries that are less than 4000mAh in which majority of the flagships now (except for Huawei) are barely just above 3000mAh. Have you ever heard of phone battery warranties above 1 year or 2 years? Nope. That's because battery life is dependent on usage. And with heavy usage nowadays for most users, comes shorter battery life. Sure you can still use the 2 year old phone with worn-out battery by carrying a huge powerbank, (so much for the thin, slim & sexy curvaceous design) or you can carry a charger, charging 3-5x a day. Or you can have the sealed battery replaced for an exorbitant price of half the current cost of the phone, while effectively destroying its 'waterproofing' feature, another 'no warranty' feature, and while also waiting endlessly, hoping the technician does not snoop on your personal data, waiting endlessly when you can have your phone back because of the phased out battery model which the original equipment manufacturer is having trouble sourcing. That's clearly planned 2-year obsolescence.
Rimac , 29 May 2018And the Holy waterproofing, if have, remains the same ?
With removable batteries you have a ... moreI'm not going back to debating sealed VS user removable batteries but I hope you're enjoying your ZeroClass 1,000,000mah battery.
I just wanted to make it clear that present day flagship phones with sealed batteries are not being thrown away after 2 years and that while their batteries are sealed they can still be replaced.
Anonymous, 29 May 2018Again why do you keep saying phones with sealed batteries only last two years and then need to... moreI've had a galaxy s5 for 4years. When the battery has started to fail (as measuredby the need to charge it more frequently), usually after one year, then I 've simply replaced it with an inexpensive battery. Of course you can choose to simply charge more frequently after about one year but I prefer to replace the battery. Yes, on the newer phones you can have a tech replace the battery but in my area that costs $75 - $80. Thats about 5 yrs worth of batteries in my S5.
Of courses a lot of people choose to upgrade their phones every year or two in which case the battery becomes a non issue. But with phones approaching $1,000 I prefer to hang on to mine longer and when you look at any phone the primary weakness over time is the battery so it seems a waste to do away with removable batteries simply for a little bit sleeker style. Note that my S5 is also water resistant down to 3 meters.
Anonymous, 29 May 2018Again why do you keep saying phones with sealed batteries only last two years and then need to... moreAnd the Holy waterproofing, if have, remains the same ?
With removable batteries you have a wide range of different total mAh in batteries.
Anonymous, 29 May 2018I have no need for 2TB cards for now although I might buy the 400GB card early next year as my... moreAgain why do you keep saying phones with sealed batteries only last two years and then need to be thrown away. I still see a lot of people using iPhone 6 even iPhone 5s with sealed batteries still in use and those are well past 2 years old. And just because a phone with a sealed battery is not user replaceable doesn't mean it's non-replaceable, you can take it to a service shop and get it replaced. You make it sound like such an inconvenience, It's not.
Some might argue having a phone with a removable battery with poor battery life and always having to swap batteries on a daily basis a bigger inconvenience.
If you drop your phone and the screen breaks you can get it replaced. Charging port stops working you can get it fixed. Phone bootloops you can get it fixed. And yes, even if your sealed battery is not holding a charge like it use to, you can get it replaced. You DON'T have to throw it away.
Anonymous, 29 May 2018The reason why I didn't buy this phone were 1) the screen is average at best but even not as b... moreI have no need for 2TB cards for now although I might buy the 400GB card early next year as my current 200GB external storage is already more than half full. However, if 1 TB /2TB cards become available next year, I just might buy one to store all my laptop contents. Those terabyte cards are going to be expensive for sure but they're still way cheaper and a better investment than those overpriced sealead battery flagship phones that cost upwards of $800 and last 2 years. Sandisk SD cards have 10 year warranties.
Anonymous, 29 May 2018Nice distorted interpretation of a straightforward V20 complaint about the lack of prompt soft... moreThe reason why I didn't buy this phone were 1) the screen is average at best but even not as bright as the one on the G4. I was also nervous the v20 screen would also have the ghosting problem, it does. 2) below average battery life and 3) It's just downright bulky and one fugly phone.
Had the v20 had an awesome screen and great battery life I could have forgave it's aweful looks. Actually lack of updates had nothing to do with me not buying one. I can care less about gimmick features, I just want an awesome screen, awesome battery life and an awesome camera. No manipulation, warping, or distorting here! Nice try, though.
Hey did you get one of those 2tb sd cards yet?
Anonymous, 28 May 2018Nailed it. This device has tons of features as someone here babbles on and on about ir blaste... moreNice distorted interpretation of a straightforward V20 complaint about the lack of prompt software updates from LG. It's amazing how your trolling prowess distorts the slow software update complaint into something which was never mentioned like battery life, sd card, and ir blaster which have no relevance to the original complaint.
Dazed, 27 May 2018This was my first, and will be my last, LG phone.
I bought it for the excellent build quality... moreNailed it. This device has tons of features as someone here babbles on and on about ir blaster, removable battery and support for 2tb cards that don't exist yet but the one thing you can't quantify or at least is very difficult to is user experience which most LG phones lack.
After owning two LG phones myself I got tired of having to baby them to get decent battery life like turning Bluetooth and GPS on only when I needed it otherwise it just drains. My current phone gets much better battery life and stand-by with everything always turned on so no more toggling settings for me.