In intro FM radio is mentioned. In review it is not. Is it lacking in preproduction unit, or is it completly removed?
After reading the review, I am leaning towards Note7..
Note7 v V20 v iPhone 7 Plus, Note7 wins in most key areas over both LG and Apple. Design, cameras, display, and battery life. V20 doesn't truly excel in an important feature to me except having a removable battery with fairly average battery life and audio quality/recording (externally and internally). The iPhone 7+ killer feature is the 2x optical zoom.
If we are going to pay top dollar for these overpriced flagships, we might as well aim for the best in several areas. The Note7 also received a software update that smoothed out the UI. Imagine when it receives Nougat. Samsung simply has better battery optimization than LG right now. And the iPhone 7 Plus across all reviews has inferior cameras against an S7!
Design - Note7 > V20 (silver) > iPhone 7+ (matte black)
Cameras - Note7 > V20 = iPhone 7+
Display - Note7 > iPhone 7+ > V20
Battery Life - Note7 > iPhone 7+ > V20
LG V20 finishes in last place in two key areas while also lacking water-resistance. I saw a battery test comparison between Note7 v iPhone 7+, and Note still won and this was with the less efficient Snapdragon 820. Recall or not, Exynos or Snapdragon, the Note7 still looks to be the best smartphone of 2016.
Anonymous, 23 Sep 2016wow... great phone, i hope lg packed it with extra battery kit 60 hours endurance rating i... moreYes with the stand charger too but considering LG, they never bundled their phone with another battery back up and stand charger since the past few years when 4X out
Zanche, 23 Sep 2016As i said from the unset 3200mah is no battery as far as Lg is concerned but the focus was aud... more"My advice except you are an audiophile don't buy the v20 get the note 7 (and you can blow your obnoxious neighbors up with it)"
AnonD-391326, 23 Sep 2016Ugly?? Damn your eyesight iss not good lol Hope there is a bundle choice of 4000mah battery lolWell, many will agree....that cameramodule on the back is really really an enormeous turnoff. Its just...ugly.
As i said from the unset 3200mah is no battery as far as Lg is concerned but the focus was audio quality and removable battery. So who wants to buy the v20 now. And from experience with lg phones 63h endurance is very optimistic it will barely give you 11hours with medium to heavy use and even less if you use data alot.
So what is the use of a multimedia phone if the battery is that bad.
My advice except you are an audiophile don't buy the v20 get the note 7
From my lg g3 endurance 63h charging 2 times a day.
I was a Samsung fan until the S6 when they decided against a removable battery. Thus, went to LG G5 six months ago and have not looked back -- the G5 is a great phone. Apple and Samsung built-in planned obsolescence for their phones to force you to buy new phones every year since batteries deteriorate over time and in one year you either need a new battery or new phone -- it is just physics. Batteries are cheaper and the luxury of never worrying about how to charge your phone when you are out of the house is just not repeated on any other great phone. Hats off to LG for the G5 and V20. Now, just add waterproofing and your phones will be perfect!
Hello_it's_me, 23 Sep 2016Never ever buy phone with "back,main" buttons on the screen. From your comment i take it you have never used Lg phones because that is the best feature. Having a notification, back, home, menu and qslide button on the screen makes them user friendly. Then couple that with double tab to sleep and wake. Tell me which other OEM can match that or offer that level of customization for capacitive buttons.
Yeah i can see you saying screen estate used up. Not a big deal.
AnonD-216319, 23 Sep 2016Well yes u can buy extra battery pack but then u would have to worry all the time about the ch... moretrue, but it's the same with removable battery, u still have to worry about carrying the other battery or wether it's charged or not... either way this one has removable so for the ones used to it it's not a big deal (same goes with the powerbank, trust me) i still understand that the battery itself should be good from the get go, but life's not fair sometimes, u just have to go around and make it suitable :)
Well yes u can buy extra battery pack but then u would have to worry all the time about the charge of that pack and whether or not u forgot to charge it, plus people shouldn't be buying mobiles thinking about an extra battery pack that's just stupid really and adds to the problem here , it's an amazing mobile just like the v10 buy they had to mess up the battery or they wouldn't be LG.
Why do people complain about the battery life ?! You get 300 mAh less capacity compared to Note7, but you get REMOVABLE BATTERY. The camera and audio is decent and according to the benchmarks is one of the fastest android smartphones up to date. Very durable body with military materials. One of the best phones in the market without any doubt. LG really nailed it with this.
No battery test for final retail piece of other phones but did time consuming battery test on this pre production unit
Thats totally unfair
SheZy, 23 Sep 2016Ugly Design with Poor Battery Life... :/Ugly?? Damn your eyesight iss not good lol
Hope there is a bundle choice of 4000mah battery lol
Damn that battery with Nougat isn't good. 63 for V20, 60 for G5 and 56 with V10...although it has the most for any G phone this year it's still lacking in phablet territory. I think the switch to OLED is necessary.
7:30 hour web browsing is very poor battery life these says
OSasmatteroffact, 23 Sep 2016I recall one of the LG phone the G Flex has a rating of 97h and among the longest despite usin... moreThanks mate, that's true..some were good. I just dropped the word "lately" by mistake.
I noticed that GSMARENA changed the way of battery test quite recently and now it fixes brightness of the screen on 200nit instead of setting each phone "50% brightness".
So I re-checked my old G3's (sh**ty battery life) battery test result and found it rated mere 63h back then, but its 50% brightness was only 109nit, which means V20's score of 63h with 200nit could be much better than my G3, I reckon(hope).
That's good to know, I feel a bit better now..
AnonD-506278, 23 Sep 2016I saw you pick Axon 7 as an alternative. So when will GSMarena review this phone? Its North America exclusive :( So they are fair and give a choise to their nortamerican readers...
We on the old continent will have to wait and hope... Same will be fir the V20
I see people complaining about battery life but please consider this. Get a spare battery for a couple of bucks and that endurance rating goes to 126h. Also someone already mentioned that GSMA changed brightness for their testing to 200cd/m^2. That is 33% brighter than old method.