Bob, 07 Oct 2017Marketing. That's it. That's an excuse as the LG v20 got lots of press and even extra attention as being seen as the logical replacement for Note 7 owners having no choice but to send their devices back to Samsung. Interesting had the Note 7 never had the recall the v20 probably would have totally bombed.
Fyi carriers where I am are still selling/offering the v20 on plans.
AnonD-706011, 06 Oct 2017I have been using it for a year already. When I switch over to another phone, second screen dr... moreI totally agree with your clever analysis of the V20 features. Mainly, as you say the audio recording custom mode and the 32bits / 192 KHz sampling of the HI-FI QUAD DAC.
Anonymous, 06 Oct 2017What is the difference with the carrier branded version versus the international version? Will... moreThis is what you can do...
1. On your phone, go to Settings and within Settings, it is usually General tab, if settings have tabs, if not all the way down to ABOUT. Open about and get the Model number. Each model has different LTE bands and also different communication technology, either GSM or CDMA.
2. On GSMArena website open LG v20 page and click on specifications tab and choose your model number to see the LTE bands for your model. then, whatever carrier you want to use your phone, has to support one or more LTE bands.
3. Unlock your carrier branded phone.
you can also go to willmyphonework.com to see if your phone is compatible with the carriers you plan to use.
I hope this answers your Q.
I have been using it for a year already. When I switch over to another phone, second screen drawback immediately sinks in, and you get to appreciate how useful it is. But after a day or two, you also notice it could go without. However, technically it is not a second screen, it shares the same unibody with main screen, LG has it separated from a linear kernel code. Therefore, not cool for LG not allowing second screen not be modified more extensively by its user, without rooting the device.
I have used few devices, high and low end, but nothing can come close to LG v20 sound recording modes. Within the custom mode, music that you record can sound like a studio production.
Videos and photos are satisfactory but cannot compete any longer with this year's flagships, yet still can produce relatively high end outputs. Slow-mo even in HDR looks low end.we all know slow-mo king is Sony right now.
First thing that will make any LG v20 users to think twice before trading it in is its REMOVABLE battery. Big question: you could have the best and the most expensive phone, but how good is it if you can't turn it on?There is simply no other phone in the planet this premium, this good with a removable battery. Since its inception, many third parties stepped up their games and manufactured optimized high capacity battery for LG v20, and some goes up to 10000 mAH, that is almost 3x the capacity of the original battery, however battery housing gets modified and phone looks like a mammoth and loses all of its elegance and looks like a DTAC of yesteryears... you can definitely have a LG v20 with a battery that could last up to two days, but you must decide if you want a beauty or a beast sitting in your pocket. Also, there are desktop cradles that could charge the LG v20 and additional batteries simultaneously and you could leave home with as many fully charged batteries as you wish and never worry about running out of juice or finding an outlet.
So for mostly for that, after v30, iPhone X, Samsung Note 8 and Pixels 2s, I still do not see any phones out there to trade my v20 for... by the way, as of October 2017, you can find LG v20 for as low as $300, if you know where to look for, that is clearly a better deal than many mid-range phones of 2017.
Smart settings on this phone are great, my favorites are that upon connection to Bluetooth or audio jack, it can automatically open an app you choose.
Everything else is just same as any other Nougat phones. It is good to know, this phone will get Oreo upgrade by the first Q of 2018.
By the way, if I may suggest that Microsoft Launcher (previously Arrow) is gorgeous on this phone.
What is the difference with the carrier branded version versus the international version? Will I be able to use a carrier version outside of the US?
AnonD-327936, 30 Sep 2017Great to finally see a v20 security update in the last few days bringing the patch level to Se... moreMr Grazza, pls share with us, which region or DS model, no pls, it's seems their is no further confirmation from anybody. Awaiting
At first i didnt use the second sceen. But after a while i do use it to fast toggle wifi, flashlight, etc. Saves a step, but i dont mind that they got rid of it
Anonymous, 30 Sep 2017and the secondary display of the v20 isn't a gimmick? (hint: it is)Personally I think it is really useful as it gives all info and controls on a ticker tape at the top. But horses for courses I suppose.
Essentially a great phone, although I bought for sound quality. Which is just amazing. Betters some of my HiFi components. And you can purchase for £280, which is a bargain. Only downside is a so so battery.
Great to finally see a v20 security update in the last few days bringing the patch level to September!
Anonymous, 30 Sep 2017It isn't if you use it other than for your name. You actually have 6 pages in all. You can s... more"When you are busy with an app or reading news . . . " written in your own language explains my thoughts better than me, an old man living in a residence with the suitable phone to manage the air. con. and the tv. autonomically, adding the awesome sound capability to listen music.
Anonymous, 30 Sep 2017and the secondary display of the v20 isn't a gimmick? (hint: it is)It isn't if you use it other than for your name. You actually have 6 pages in all. You can swipe from page 1 to 6. As for me, I only use 3 pages (3 swipes) since swiping more than that defeats the purpose of convenience. The first screen has my flag and signature, the second contains my most used apps and the third is a blank screen when I don't want anything displayed (Ex. I swipe to page 3 when I'm with strangers). Sometimes I add a fourth screen for my most used contacts. That is during screen on. For screen off/sleep mode, I configure the second screen to display the date, time and battery percentage. That way, I don't have to turn on the screen to check the date, time and battery level or if there is any text message or notification (the V20 does not have LED notification). I set the second screen to always on when the main screen is off. However, you can configure the second screen to turn off from say 10PM to 6AM but I don't do it since it consumes negligible battery power anyway. When you are busy with an app or reading news, and you receive a call or text message, it gets displayed in the second screen. Really nice feature as it won't cover what you were reading or doing. You can answer calls and read and answer texts from the second screen with minimal disturbance/covering up of the main screen. Really nice feature. Will miss it if I upgrade to another phone but I guess l can live without it: not so without an IR blaster, FM radio or a sealed 4000mAh or higher battery or a removable battery if less than 4000mAh capacity.
Anonymous, 30 Sep 2017You two are both ridiculous and halirious. What phone did you own before the v20? Let me gue... moreLet me answer: No, No, draw, No. The V30 has almost all the features of the V20 except for the second screen, non-removable battery, ir blaster and slimport support. It likely has slimport support since all previous LG flagship phones have slimport support. That leaves it with three deficiencies: second screen, really convenient but not a deal breaker for me; non-removable battery: my last 3 phones had sealed 4000mAh or higher battery capacities so no, I cannot accept bringing a bulky charger or power bank daily. IR blaster - seriously a deal breaker for me. From the moment I wake up, I use the ir blaster to turn off the air conditioning, Turn on the tv and cable box, turn on the car stereo, and turn on workplace large screen monitor, etc. Can't tolerate the inconvenience without it. In exchange for the deficiencies, the V30 has the following features not found in the V20: larger screen, more powerful, more energy efficient processor, 128gb internal storage option, water resistance and better looks. Does it make the phone better than the V20? Overall, I'd say it's a draw.
You two are both ridiculous and halirious. What phone did you own before the v20? Let me guess that was also the best phone? And the phone before that, also the best? Right? And if your next phone is a Xiaomi Mi7 you'll be blowing your horn that that's the best phone, sure. Why do you need to self validate that your phones are the best?
Let me guess, the v20 is even better than the v30 right? So have you guys each bought an extra v20 to keep as a backup or are you seriously just all talk?
This forum is awfully quiet for the best phone ever made, but I suppose you have an explanation for that, too.
Taking mine back and going back to samsung only have owned this phone for 2 days and already having problems like i have in the past with the g3 and g4 wanted to give lg another shot but very displeased with it
Anonymous, 29 Sep 2017So your main argument is the phone with the most features must also be the best phone which th... moreYes, one thing is certain that for many people are pleased with shinning plastics full of gimmicks without any real worth. So you surely would feel better in the IPhone / Samsung comment sections.
Anonymous, 29 Sep 2017So your main argument is the phone with the most features must also be the best phone which th... moreAt least you now get it. Yes, extensive features list alone do not sell especially to your average brand conscious, looks conscious, brand first, prestige first buyer. These buyers consider features/functions/substance secondary or even an unimportant criteria. How else do you explain why people still buy outrageously expensive iphones when an iphone doesn't even have dual sim, headphone jack, sd card support, has horrid file transfer capabilites, no water resistance, horrendous customizability, clunky, cluttered user interface which you can all do in a Samsung flagship? You mean to say iphone people consider all those as useless, unimportant features? NO. Let me explain marketing to you. If rich Hollywood celebrities and music artists endorse and use iphones over Samsung flagships, what message does that send the average buyer?That Samsung is truly the best? No amount of features will matter to the odinary buyer. The mere sight of the iphone logo alone and the satisfaction these buyers derive from the fact that their favorite Hollywood celebrities and singers use the same phone is enough reassurance for them that it is truly the best no matter what their geeky android neighbor with master's degree in computer science tell them. Why do rich people dine in ultra expensive restaurants and have ultra expensive Swiss watches. Because the food tastes 1000% more delicious and the ambiance is 1000% better? Because Swiss watches are 1000% more accurate and reliable in tracking time than cheap quartz watches? NO. It is because dining in a restaurant and owning a watch which 99.999% of the population can't own or afford is a statement in itself - that the person is not your ordinary next door neighbor.
Anonymous, 29 Sep 2017I've already answered that question in the previous pages. But to make it simple, here's an a... moreSo your main argument is the phone with the most features must also be the best phone which the v20 has clearly demonstrated that features alone must not be everything. You are also trying very hard to elongate your list of v20 features by including "USB C" as a feature. USB C is a standard, not a feature. Then there are two mainstream features the v20 is missing which are pretty widespread and possibly even more appealing than having an IR Blaster or FM Radio, and that's waterproofing and wireless charging. Again, I expect you to reply saying those two features are useless and not necessary for you therefore must not be necessary for anyone, right? Then there are the other things that are not features, such as aesthetics, design, build quality, and just overall user experience which again may not be important to you who just cares about features, but in fact these things are very important to most consumers.
Trying to blame other companies with bigger marketing budgets for brainwashing consumers also doesn't add up as there are other companies with minuscule budgets that have launched widely successful phones. LG is no small company either, don't forget they also spend tens or even hundreds of million dollars annually on marketing and pretty much all the carriers carry and sell their phones on plans, including the v20. It's not about brainwashing because In the end, people want to buy a product that they like and will make them the happy. The car market is exactly the same, you can have a car that cost 15,000 with more features than a car that's selling for 20,000 so why do people still buy the 20,000 car? Maybe the 20,000 car has better quality or maybe the 20,000 car gets better fuel milage than 15,000 car, who knows. There are a lot of reasons but one thing is certain, and that's more features alone doesn't make one product better than another and the v20 is a perfect example of that. So please, please stop rambling on and on about features and specs, it's not everything although it may just be everything to you.