First I have to say I am not a fan of the larger smartphone. However, the LG V10 is a phone I saw myself using. It does have some downfalls that make it tougher to recommend. Verizon Wireless gave me the phone to test out while I was in Vegas for CES 2016.
LG V-10 Specs
This is a removable battery and memory expandable smartphone. The LG V10 contains a Quad-core Snapdragon 808 chip for a nice crisp screen in day or night.
This phone is also called a two-screen phone; the 5.7 inch IPS Quantum display with Quad HD resolution and a separate strip at the top of the phone to access time, basic apps (like flashlight and camera), weather and more. You can even customize the message on top.
The main camera is 16 MP, and the front facing facing camera is 2- 5MP lenses – one for close-ups and the other for getting that group selfie moment.
LG put in a replaceable 300 mAh battery in the phone. So if you are at an all day conference and your battery is about to die, simply switch it out instead of bringing a cable and cord. The battery does a 7 day standby and 18 hour usage. It can also be charged wirelessly.
The phone has 64 GB internally and can support a MicroSD card up to 2 TB. Camera features include photo, panorama, multi-view and slo-motion.
The power button and volume buttons are found on the back of the phone below the camera. A fingerprint sensor option is around the power button for quick unlock.
LG V10 Pros and Cons
Starting with the power button I had a lot of problems finding it when I needed to turn on. I couldn’t discern between the power and volume and found myself pressing the wrong button at times. This can be solved by adding a tactile feel to tell you which button you are holding.
The phone also can be unlocked through the back, which means you have to pick up the device to use it. I find I only have my index fingers setup for fingerprint access because those are the only two fingers you can really use when you have the phone in-hand.
You can set up screen tap to wake the phone up, but that is not a very secure passcode into your phone.
What I do like is that second strip screen. Unlike the Samsung Edge, I used the screen a lot more to access my phone. I could even create a personal message.
I also found this phone worked better in low-signal environments. I was standing next to Lance Ulanoff of Mashable and his phone had no Verizon signal whereas I had enough to send photos and video – especially in a sea of reporters taking up all the bandwidth frequencies for their stories.
The camera did great on photos and video. I was at the Monster Cable party snapping some great pictures of Magic Johnson and the Jacksons from about 100-150 feet away. Of course the digital zoom caused pixelation, but closer photos were nice and clean.
Some of my video interviews also came from this phone (using an external microphone). Triby was shot on the LG V10 .
Finally, I was having some issues after a software update happened mid-week. The camera would continue to fail in Instagram because the camera app was in the background. I had to close out of all programs that used the camera to open in the app I needed. A software issue that will most likely be fixed within the next couple weeks.
The phone costs $672 on Verizon Wireless or about $24 a month on their 24 month contract.