LG V20 pre-review 

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-Here we have yet another LG phone. This second in the “V” lineup looks to be LG’s best phone to date. As well it should be, especially in today’s market. Frankly LG, and everyone who isn’t Samsung or Apple, needs things really enticing to lure people away from their comfortable familiar fanboy devices. Can LG accomplish this “humongoid” feat?  Let’s find out below in today’s PhabletGuru pre-review.

-LG, or “Life’s Good“, is a company that I have both personally loved and hated at various points throughout my phone history. I always, however, give them “props” as the young folk once said, for trying new and different things. If all else LG should be praised for pushing the envelope and taking risks. Risks, admittedly, that didn’t always pan out in LG’s favor. Unlike the appliance and or TV market where LG shines, the mobile space seems to be a bit more unbalanced in it’s market share. Taking all that in let’s look at what the V20 has to offer.

-Right of the bat, let’s get the geeky specs out of the way, and let the drool subside.

  • 5.7″ ips Qhd display with secondary display above it with a 160 x 1040 quantum panel
  • 4GB of ram
  • 64GB storage with microSD expansion up to 2 Terabytes
  • Snapdragon 820 processor
  • Dual rear camera setup. One 16 megapixel wide angle lens aperture of f/1.8, optical stabilization and hybrid autofocus. The other has an 8 MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.4.  There is a 5 megapixel wide angle lens selfie shooter up front…. Oh God, did I just use the word “selfie”?
  • 3200 mAh removable battery (elegant metal back with button release hinge) & quick charge 3.0.
  • Usb type c charging and data transfer
  • Rear mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Android 7.0 Nougat right Outtah the box (In fact the world’s first Android Nougat smartphone)

-With the dreaded, yet necessary, list of specs out of the way let’s move on to impressions, design, and functionality. I’d like to take a minute just sit right there to tell you how I became the guru of this website right here. Ok, got your attention? Let’s move on shall we. The design of the LG V20 can best be summarized in two words, awkwardly elegant. No longer plastic and almost exclusively metal, this phone disassociates itself from it’s predecessor. There is a button to release the metal backing plate with a hinge revealing the battery, which is removable, along with the microSD card slot. This is reminiscent of the long forgotten  HTC G2. 

The V20 is a big phone, that has amazing camera features and customization options. If you are all about capturing video, vlogging, photo editing, and things of this nature this feature rich device brings home the bacon…… Or soy, for my vegan readers out there. The rear mounted fingerprint sensor/power button is always a logical placement. The superior built in DAC (Digital Audio Converter) will provide outstanding audio experiences. 

-Add in the little nuances of LG’s user interface like double tap to sleep and wake, or customizing the layout of the navigation buttons, and you’ve got simple pleasures in the overall experience. Not to mention that this phone will ship with the first release of Android Nougat. If your an LG fanboy you will probably buy this phone, if not I recommend it to media consumption and content creation junkies the world around. If you just want to talk and text, check emails, play Pokemon go, occasionally check Facebook and the weather, this phone is not for you. However, if you like giving various companies a try, and on the lookout for something fresh and new I say give it a go, “life” might actually end up “good“.

-As always this is the PhabletGuru saying keep your widgets in check and your day will be bountiful.

-John Phillips-

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