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.
LG V20 owner, 27 May 2018Dear all
I've been using the V20 for a year now and I would highly recommend it to anyone l... moreTo be young is a good deal for computing experience. To be too much young drive commonly to the confusion.
The V20 acceptance prove it.
Guys does the camera lens got a plastic cover irself? The smaller lens on the back seems have one Im trying to remove it but It wont it already scratched but the larger lens has no scratch at all
I've been using the V20 for a year now and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an excellent Android experience, I would dare to say the best one for more than a few reasons. It's still fast as in day 1, never had to reset it once, never crashed, LG's UI is the most practical one when compared to competition, the second screen, always ON, gives you access from any app to a predefined set of controls and 5 custom ones. For example you can have: 1. Favourite contact, 2. Web browser, 3. Email manager, 4. File manager, 5. GPS navigator.
Then we have: HiFi audio, high quality build, REMOVABLE BATTERY, 4K video recording, A+ photo and video recording, studio quality sound recording, expandable storage, excellent finger print sensor, on the back, in the perfect position where it should be.
Now, it's funny when you look at all the online reviews and nobody is able to recommend this phone, instead they go with A & S which are inferiour products by design.
The only issue with the V20 is that the screen sometimes shows a ghosting effect when at high brightness, but goes away in a few minutes if the brightness is lowered or the phone is switched OFF, this is not a permanent issue so doesn't bother me much.
These days you can buy one for less than $300 which makes it a very good offer.
If on a budget another great phone is the LG G3.
It's a shame that LG has lost vision with their new smartphones, following different manufactures in terms of design and inferiour construction. The V20 it's the best and last practical smartphone done with common sens and respect for the client.
All the reviewers out there might have their own reasons to not recommend this phone, I'm a V20 owner who did try the apples and different androids and only tries to make people see throught the dense fog.
This was my first, and will be my last, LG phone.
I bought it for the excellent build quality, the removable battery, the headphone jack, and to just plain get away from Samsung.
The lack of updates, the buggy UI software "tweaks" to the Android base, the complete lack of care by LG to keep their devices relevant, all mean that I won't be back.
I don't really mind that it's 7 I just wish they would have some security updates really a great phone
Oreo was planned end of this month for the V20. I have reason to believe that it won't happen this month as even the newer V30 hasn't gotten an Oreo update yet. People are complaining over there at the V30 forum.
XX.XX, 26 May 2018I just got an update to my V20 H990DS. Size of it was 643mb and only the security patch change... moreYes, I agree. LG's update frequency and timeliness of updates is just plain horrible.
I disagree with the statement the HTC U Ultra is better than the V20 in low light. Here's Gsmarena's photo compare tool comparing the HTC U ultra with the V20 in low light. Check details on the dollar bill and Sponge Bob:
The V20 is clearly superior here.
Also, while the HTC U Ultra is a good old flagship phone with the same snapdragon 821 processor as the V20, the similarity ends there. Other than the Oreo update, the HTC U Ultra is inferior (not to mention overpriced) compared to the V20 in every way - smaller sealed 3000mAh battery, no dedicated sd card slot, no headphone jack, no FM radio, no IR blaster, worse implementation of second screen compared to the V20. So no, the HTC U Ultra is a poor substitute for the V20.
I just got an update to my V20 H990DS. Size of it was 643mb and only the security patch changed to 1 January 2018 and it seemed like forever to be on the September one..
I now see how lame LG & their software update strategies are. Like some people mentioned earlier, they're worse than Samsung and that is 100% true.
As much as I love my V20 since I came from a lovely Note4, I don't think I'll buy another LG again as the chance of OREO on this device is 0%.
I'd like to add that every time you install or reinstall an app on your V20, make sure you check the 'draw over other apps' and 'ignore optimization' settings again. Always disable 'draw over other apps' and enable 'ignore optimization' for installed apps. Lagginess creeps in the more apps you install if you don't change the default settings. It's actually not unique to the V20. It's the same issue with Samsung flagships.
Unsolved Mistry, 24 May 2018As a regular developer on xda I can tell you I "understand" android. Out of all of the phones ... moreIt's unfortunate you have lag/fluidity problems with your V20. I've got two and none of them ever lagged. For the lags, can you do me a favor by trying out all these simple solutions and feedback me if they helped at all? These setting tweaks work wonders in making the user interface as fluid as iphones even in my snapdragon 435 and 625 Xiaomi phones. I've rewritten it for the V20:
1: Go to settings -> general -> apps -> configure apps (three dots at the upper right) -> special access.
Ignore optimizations - turn ON for All apps (default is off)
From the same 'special access' menu,
Draw over other apps - turn OFF for ALL apps. (except messaging)
2. Enable developer options if not enabled already.
First, turn ON 'force gpu rendering'
Then set window animation scale, transition animation scale and animator duration scale to 0.5 for all three.
Then restart phone.
3. Download Nova Launcher
Go to nova settings -> look and feel
Set both 'scroll speed' and 'animation speed' to 'fast'.
4. If internal storage is 2/3 to near full, transfer media files to sd card.
Check sd card is not defective. That's it. Let me know how all these adjustments go on your V20 if they don't help at all, try hard reset after installing the latest OTA update and redo all of the above. If still not fluid, then your V20 is likely defective, better have it replaced.
MLAVRA, 24 May 2018No ofense! I appreciate your experience. I am not a developer nor heavy gamer but, trust me I ... moreAgreed, the spec sheet is always great but the execution has some issues. Worst part of v20 owner ship is lack of updates to oreo, especially painful for those who purchased this phone at a high price / launch! I'm considering the htc u12+, note 8/9, mix 2s, vivo nex and whatever else that has no notch and piques my interest.
Unsolved Mistry, 24 May 2018As a regular developer on xda I can tell you I "understand" android. Out of all of the phones ... moreNo ofense! I appreciate your experience. I am not a developer nor heavy gamer but, trust me I am a heavy user. I owned G2 and its display burned (permanent yellow spots). Replaced display in waranty and phone still works, even today without issues. Then I had G4. Not a single performance problem until, after 16 months it bootlooped. Motherboard replaced, works like charm. V20 is absolutely brilliant piece of technology (so far - 9 months). LG has quality issues with phones (good engineering but not so good manufacturing), but when they work, they are excellent.
Anonymous, 24 May 2018Slow, hot and buggy? Screen retention? You need to learn more about the Android operating syst... moreAs a regular developer on xda I can tell you I "understand" android. Out of all of the phones I have owned, frequent wipes, re-installs etc this phone is the worst for fluidity, it should not be a prerequisite for android users to constantly wipe their devices, the time for this phone to slow and bog down between fresh installs and clean wipes is poor. Simply put it is buggy and LGs rom is not the best, Sony phones however are great and I have fond memories of my faultless Z2.
It could be that my device is faulty however every LG device I have owned except the nexus 5 has been poor and has issues. I feel as a long term owner I have great insight into this so dismissing my opinion is not the cleverest thing to do. I'm putting this and the previous comment to help inform buyers who see the v20s low price tag and are considering purchasing it. Because from where I am standing this phone is not worth it. I would recommend the HTC U ultra, it has android oreo and a SD821, the camera is way better in low light however no 3.5mm and dac. However what I have noticed is usb C audio output is way louder than ordinary 3.5mm jacks.
Unsolved Mistry, 24 May 2018As an owner of this device, no software updates, slow, hot and buggy, don't bother even at its... moreYou are either trolling or had a bad luck and purchased faulty unit. None of these are throught. After 9 months, with tone of installed apps, the phone is still sharp fast, doesn't bug at all and has never shown any screen retention.
ladylou, 24 May 2018battery for this phone isn't the greatest battery life even with a new batteryAnother user lacking basic knowledge in how an andoid phone uses battery. Keeps on raising battery issues but ignores the fact that with the V20's removable battery, you can have an equivalent of 10, 000mah capacity battery by bringing 3 original OEM spare V20 batteries or using a third party extended battery. No sealed battery phone can ever beat that. A single OEM V20 battery should give you around 6hrs on screen time which is not excellent but good enough for regular users. If it doesn't last that long even on a new, genuine /OEM V20 battery, then you are a very heavy user and not even a 4000mAh battery will serve your needs. It's that or you just lack basic knowledge of Android's power handling (no basic knowledge to investigate which apps are draining the battery).
Unsolved Mistry, 24 May 2018As an owner of this device, no software updates, slow, hot and buggy, don't bother even at its... moreSlow, hot and buggy? Screen retention? You need to learn more about the Android operating system or buy an iphone if you don't even bother to investigate what is wrong with the way you set up and use the phone. It's ironic people complain of the same things - screen retention, laggy operation etc. in Samsung and other flagships as more apps get installed and uninstalled. It's utter lack of basic knowledge of the Android operating system as even entry level phones with midrange processors can run smoothly with a knowledgeable user while under an ignorant user, even the most powerful flagship phones from Samsung and Google can be laggy.