Keeping phone batteries deeply discharged accelerates battery wear.
There is also no problem with file transfer if you use the correct app
and grant the necessary permissions. I use 'Files Go' app from playstore.
For external hard drives, you need to install the correct app
that can read NTFS formatted hard drives otherwise the V20 will tell you
the drive is corrupted. I use 'USB media explorer' from playstore.
Shadow effect: It is temporary just like you said. Be glad that unlike AMOLEDs,
IPS displays are very resilient and should last you much longer than if you had an AMOLED display. AMOLEDs look more colorful, vibrant, and nicer, yes but sadly, they are not as accurate in color reproduction and don't have the longevity of IPS displays. They are recommended for those who replace phones every two years.
Selfie camera. Not fond of selfie shots but to say the V20's selfie camera is 'terrible' boils down to exactly what you want the selfie camera to achieve. If you like beauty effects, or solo selfie shots, the V20 may not be the selfie camera phone for you. However, if you want to fit the most people into a group shot, the V20 is more than good enough.
Backup. Helium backup almost always require rooting for best results. If you haven't rooted a phone and installed custom ROM's or custom recoveries, its better to stick to Google Play Games backups/app cloud sync backup so you don't have to start a game all over again after uninstalling it or after getting a new phone.
Interface. OK, it's not the best but as you said, you can customize it with another launcher. If there's anything I miss from my Xiaomi phones, its the really excellent theme store. I admit the LG Smartworld theme selection is horribly slow, clunky and horribly lacking in content compared to Xiaomi's theme store. The customizability of Xiaomi's phones with themes that skin almost everything in the UI probably has no comparison anywhere in the Android world. Get a Xiaomi if you value extensive theming and skinning.
AnonD-729710, 10 Jan 2018Been using this phone from march 2017. This is my opinion
- Bigger screen bigger fun, ... moreMaybe you just need to get to know your LG V20 a little bit more. The V20 has quirks but nothing really MAJOR for most ordinary users as in 'not being able to share apps or files' to other android phones or 'not being able to read OTG drives (USB flash drives or External Hard drives)' as you said. Helium backup almost always require rooting for trouble free backups but there are actually alternate methods (auto sync with Google Play Games using your Google account) so you don't have to start all over again everytime you play the same game in a new phone or uninstall an existing game.
Anyway, let me address a few of your more serious CONS:
2 degraded batteries:
This problem is not unique to the LG V20. All mid to lower capacity lithium ion batteries (below 4000mAh) degrade faster if the owner of the phone is a heavy user. Keeping phone batteries deeply discharged (
DaneMac, 02 Jan 2018Can someone suggest me, LG G5 or LG V20? What is different between both of it? Really need hel... moreOwning both, V20 is better.
Better camera esp for video recording
Better build quality
Slightly longer battery life
FM radio (unlocked G5 is locked)
V20 is the better phone but G5 is my favorite phone to use. The advantages of the G5 is the louder speaker and better size for me. It's also slightly smoother in UI. Both are the last of their breed. If you want to save money, G5 would suffice. If you want something better, V20.
There are good news to the V20 owners since are available adding to the original or alternative battery, one more of 3.500 mAh, also of 6.400 mAh and even of 10.000 and 10.500 mAh., covering all needs.
Been using this phone from march 2017. This is my opinion
- Bigger screen bigger fun, just hope there are more features for the second screen
- great performance, a little bit stuttering but rarely happens
- removable battery is the main reason i bought this phone.
- audio quaddac is a superb but it needs a better headset.
- love the wide angle rear camera
- 3200 mah just not enough for 1 day, i need to bring spare battery and charger, i already hav 3 spare battery, 2 of them have degraded greatly.
- after using for 3 month, my display has a shadow effect, you still can see previous open app on the edge of the screen, although it will disappear in a minute.
- the back camera lense cover is very fragile, considering a protection case, just doesnt feel secure when laying the phone on the back.
- minor heating issue which happens rarely.
- a terrible selfie camera for a flagship phone
- cant connect to all my external harddrive
- wifi sharing / transfer data doesnt work
- claimed to be the first android nougat phone, but it seems the last or maybe nvr get any upgrade. Still stuck with nougat 7.0. Only receive some security updates.
- doesnt work with helium backup (need to backup some of my game without rooting) becos rooting this phone is too complicated
- fugly interface, just install other launcher
I'm surprised that in the G5 vs V20 discussion nobody mentioned that the V20's big advantage is that it has removable back cover, while G5 has non-removable back cover.
The removable back cover is necessary for the bigger extended battery. This is the reason why you can't find extended battery for G5 despite it has removable battery.
Five months with V20
I have been using H990DS for 5 months now and I'll share my thoughts, someone might find them useful. So the phone still works perfectly, like when it was brand new. I am a user that doesn't play games (some Solitaire and Frozen Bubbles cannot count) but I spend a lot of time on the Net, I continuously synchronise 4 email accounts, read and write emails, I read books, listen to the music, watch movies and use camera. I use messengers, Viber and WhatsApp. I occasionally use phone for navigation - driving or walking and control some of my home appliances. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and mobile data are always on. The only problem I had was in the beginning, the phone restarted twice, randomly. I reformatted my SD Card, (which was for years moving from phone to phone) and no more problems afterwards. No screen problems, no lagging.
I don't know whether the stories about screen retention and burn in, lagging and other problems are real or fictional, but I believe that every user should follow these simple rules: 1. Don't let your phone overheat (like you don't drive your car "pedal to the metal" all the time), 2. Don't use maximum screen brightness if you really don't have to - automatic brightness works well. 3. Put your second screen to sleep whenever you don't need it e.g. overnight.
So far very happy with the device and I did not find the feature that I need, that was not already implemented in this phone. If anything happens, which proves that I am wrong, I'll post it.
AnonD-247757, 05 Jan 2018I bought a new V20 at Christmas for $299 on B&H. I wanted the Square Trade warranty $67 fo... moreThank you for responding! B&H has discontinued sales of the unlocked V20, except for the Att version. Does this mean the V20 is being discontinued?
Safeinmyheart1, 05 Jan 2018IÂ’ve read too many bad feedback reviews. The phones are mostly used or knock-offs. If anyone ... morei have suffered from same when i bought the v10 , i got a used one ( actually a refurbished one) the most important thing to get a phone with same serial no on the case and on the phone under the battery
AnonD-726374, 06 Jan 2018Thanks every one for sharing their valuable feedback, It was bit hard for me to choose LG V20 ... moreWelcome to the V20 club. The first thing I'd do if I were you is to customize it for maximum enjoyment and do speed and fluidity tweaks in the settings portion and advanced developer options. Check my suggestions in the previous page on how to make the V20 smoother than the default factory settings and much faster and even more responsive than default factory settings.
Anonymous, 27 Dec 2017I have two LG V20's. The older one is a B&O model with B&O headphones and B&O logo... moreThanks every one for sharing their valuable feedback, It was bit hard for me to choose LG V20 or Sony Experia XZs, but eventually chosen LG, and i have no regret so far, superb phone with excellent camera, processor and heaps of features. Just battery is downsize which i believe due to 3200 mAH size for this big set, but quick charge function is very good, many more features i didn't discover so far, I will highly recommend this LG mobile set with very reasonable price of $450 mark as compare to other options in market.
I bought a new V20 at Christmas for $299 on B&H. I wanted the Square Trade warranty $67 for 2 year with Hazzard....so I paid a little more for the phone. There were plenty of new Legit ones for $289 on ebay and Amazon as well....though their ST warranty was more.
Good phone though I am,not impressed when i couldn't find where to set my equalisers,,I mean I like setting my own.
Alazay, 04 Jan 2018G5 difference to v20
Own both so here goes...
V20 bigger battery
Bette... moreGood job captain obvious!
Obviously the v20 is superior to the G5 but one needs to factor in you can get a G5 for $100 less than a v20. So for someone on a tight budget might still be draen to the G5. The features on the v20 are more, but performance wise they are the same.
Anonymous, 05 Jan 2018Ebay has lots of sellers. You should be able to find one which sells unlocked units. Also, there are no fake V20's sold on ebay. Maybe used ones sold off as brand new. Let the overall seller ratings, the large quantity of 5 star seller (not buyer) feedback, year the seller became an ebay member and the seller's sheer number of other products sold in his/her ebay store and the return/refund policy guide you where you should purchase your V20. The price should be around USD $300-350 for a brand new product, though some sellers sell slightly lower or higher than this range.
Anonymous, 05 Jan 2018Ebay has lots of sellers. You should be able to find one which sells unlocked units. IÂ’ve read too many bad feedback reviews. The phones are mostly used or knock-offs. If anyone has found an online store that sells the V20 at a reasonable price, please let me know (a V20 that you bought and are happy with). Cell2get has models US996 or VS995 for a little over $320.00, but it seems like a lot of these online sellers are storefronts for China. Not sure if itÂ’s better to buy the 996 or 995. My carrier is Verizon. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
Safeinmyheart1, 05 Jan 2018Best Buy is now sold out of the Verizon unlocked model. Can anyone recommend another reputable... moreEbay has lots of sellers. You should be able to find one which sells unlocked units.