Dual screens and three cameras made the LG V20 one of the best, most inventive and feature-packed smartphones to be released in 2016 and that verdict still stands. The phablet nails the basics and adds a ton of features, some of which you didn’t know you wanted, like a removable battery.
How do the dual screens work?
The main 5.7-inch Gorilla Glass 4-covered QHD screen operates like any other smartphone display, with the second smaller screen reserved for notifications and launching your favourite apps. The smaller screen is customisable, and can be set up to display extra information – like the date and time – or toggle quick settings – like accessing the flashlight. It can even be programmed to switch on and off at user-specified times.
What happens if I drop my phone?
The V20 comes with a military-grade build made of a removable aluminium back panel and silicon polycarbonate at the top and bottom, which should allow it to take a few blows without falling apart.
What’s it like to use?
The V20 runs with LG’s new UX5.0+ software on top of Android Nougat and offers three different home screen options, two of which feature the app drawer. The 4GB RAM should keep things running smoothly well into the next generation of mobile games and apps. The battery should last you the day, but will depend on how extensively you use the handset.
Can it replace a compact camera?
The main rear camera has a 16MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, and is joined by an 8MP camera with an f/2.4 aperture, giving you the ability to shoot 135-degree wide-angled images. LG even has you covered with 4K and 1080p video recording support.