10 reasons to buy the LG V10

10 reasons to buy the LG V10

The big-screened flagships have a new contender to beat: the LG V10. LG's first high-end phablet has two displays, two cameras and some impressive specs – it's a seriously good device. But should you buy one instead of the LG G4? Here are good 10 reasons to go large on your next LG.

The LG V10 is an excellent and unusual smartphone.  / © ANDROIDPIT

1. It’s great if you have two heads

While most smartphones get by with just one front-facing camera, the LG V10 has two: they’re both 5 MP snappers with different focal widths. We know what you’re thinking, and you’re right: it is great for anybody with two heads or just one extremely big one. But it’s also useful for people with ordinary heads, because it means you can show more of the background in your selfies.

2. It’s got two screens

Again, it sounds like LG is targeting the somewhat niche “two-headed man or woman” market, but the second display has a more serious purpose. It’s designed to provide the information you need when the main display is off, to let you personalize your phone a little bit, and to get quick access to your favorite apps. If you’re thinking that sounds quite like the edge of the BlackBerry Priv and Galaxy S6 Edge displays, you're right. It is a similar idea.

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Remember when smartphones had to get by with just one screen? Crazy times! / © ANDROIDPIT

3. It does good things every Android used to do

Removable battery! Expandable storage!

4. It’ll get Marshmallow quite quickly

The V10 hasn’t been invited to the Marshmallow party just yet, but LG promises that it’ll get the latest, greatest Android within six months of launch. For the time being, it’ll ship with the perfectly decent Android 5.1 Lollipop, LG’s own UX 4.0 interface and LG’s various apps.

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It's not bad looking either. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. It can show two apps at once

Good news for… OK, we’ll quit with the two-heads jokes. Like other recent LGs, the V10 has the excellent Dual Window mode that enables you to run two apps side by side. It's hidden away in Settings, rather annoyingly, but it's there.

6. It sounds like a car

No, not literally. But in cars, the V10 engine powers the likes of the Dodge Viper, the VW Touareg, the Lamborghini V10, the Lexus LFA and the Porsche Carrera GT. OK, we admit it. That’s not the best reason we’ve come up with.

7. It’s one tough cookie

The V10 has dual-layer glass, which should be tougher than your typical smartphone glass. It’s been certified shock resistant to military standards, and its stainless steel frame and silicone bumpers should make it less susceptible to cracks.

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Double glazing, stainless steel and shock proofing make the V10 very tough. / © ANDROIDPIT

8. It can handle more memory than actually exists, or that anyone can afford

If you thought support for 200 GB of expandable storage was a lot, you’d better sit down: the LG V10 can handle up to 2 TB of additional storage. However, that’s "handle" in much the same way that we could "handle" a night of red-hot loving with our favorite Hollywood lust object: just because we’re up for it doesn’t mean they are.

Nobody’s actually mass-producing 2 TB cards yet, and if they were, they would be ruinously expensive. The RRP for a 200 GB SanDisk is US$249, so a 2 TB card would be approximately a billion jillion dollars.

9. The camera is absolutely outstanding

The camera in the LG G4 is so good that LG stuck it in the V10 too, so you get an aperture of f/1.8, RAW format support, an excellent manual mode and complete control over 4K video shooting. 16 MP might not sound as impressive as the 20 MP you get from a Lumia, for example, but the sensor is superb. You’d be hard pushed to find a better camera in a smartphone.

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It's the same camera as the G4, and that's OK, because the G4 camera is superb. / © ANDROIDPIT

10. It’s LG’s best smartphone yet

If anything, the LG V10’s weakness is that it does too much: as we note in our review, the V10 "has it all, but you won’t use a lot of it. You can’t accuse the V10 of lacking features; it has a scanner, stunning display, outstanding camera. But it also has what users ask for, namely microSD support and a removable battery.”

There are a few negatives – battery life could be better and so could performance – but we can’t put it better than we did in our original review: this is a great smartphone that deserves applause.

What do you think? Are you sold on the two-by-two approach, or would you rather have a bigger battery? Let us know below.

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  • Ahmed nabawy Nov 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Hi i have problem with screen lg v10 its burn after used any app as face book i see like 👻 on screen desk top plz need help can it

  • Noël Sazias Mar 1, 2016 Link to comment

    Hi everyone,
    In a couple of weeks, I'm going to change from a Galaxy Note 3 to a LG V10.
    What is important to me is, that when I use WhatsApp, I use the Speech To Text feature.
    This is the microphone symbol between the symbol key and the spacebar.
    When you are used to it, it works so fast and easy!
    Is that a standard feature on the LG V10 as well?
    Is this a standard Android feature, a standard WhatsApp feature, or a standard Samsung feature?

  • George Gonzalez Feb 8, 2016 Link to comment

    I got my V10 yesterday and I amazed at not just the camera and Crystal clear display but the customization that your allowed on this phone is awesome. Finger print security is on point. Stable video works flawlessly and the way you direct where your video is getting it's audio from is insane. Surprisingly the best phone I've had so far. Including Apple and Samsung. Keep it up LG.

  • Anthony Honciano Dec 16, 2015 Link to comment

    I found a really awesome easter egg on this phone, not sure if old news, but I didn't go beyond the G3. G4 didn't seem very impressive jump from G3, so I went to Note 5, and then to V10 after seeing the features (and missing the back buttons...I love the clean look).

    Anyway, the easter egg. I found out that it can share your audio between a wired headphone and bluetooth headphone. My bluetooth headphones were still paired, and when I got in my car and plugged in the aux cable, it asked me if I wanted to share the audio between the two. AWESOOOOOME!

    • Miguel Vega Dec 18, 2015 Link to comment

      Really? I didn't know that m8. Amazing feature!!!

  • Brandon McCartney Nov 25, 2015 Link to comment

    I have had the V10 for two weeks and I love it. Chose it over the One Plus 2 and X even after getting invites for both and I haven't regretted it yet. The camera is awesome, it's fast, and my battery always lasts more than a day. If you're on the fence go for it you won't regret it.

  • Vindictive Nov 24, 2015 Link to comment

    This will be my next phone with my upgrade

  • MrMLK Nov 24, 2015 Link to comment

    I have one. The only real downside is that I wish the battery life were a bit better (Its not terrible, but its not as good as my last phone).

    Other than that, its the best phone I have ever owned. I'm glad Samsung messed up the Note 5, or might not have ever looked at the V10.

  • juan ferrer Nov 24, 2015 Link to comment

    I have the lg v10 and this is the best all around smart phone I've ever had and I am coming off a iphone 6s. It just does evrything right, no lags or crazy issues like my iPhone and Samsung s6. It really is that good it's a bit big but it has a beutiful screen and it's built to withand drops.

  • Muhammad Hassan Akhtar Nov 24, 2015 Link to comment

    LG made every things good but they won't work his software flexibility like Samsung Galaxy s6 edge Note 4 note 5 software's.

  • Kelly G. Nov 24, 2015 Link to comment

    I am seriously looking to upgrade to this model or the G5. I want to mention to everyone how good LG (Canada) customer service is. Unlike another manufacturer they actually responded to my comment and were gracious enough to repair my phone for free even after the warranty had expired. I never expected that but that says they stand behind product and treat their customer's with respect. Currently I have the LG G2 model and it is a durable phone. Having the buttons on the back is a strong personal favorite, never hurts to have more battery life, especially for people who work out in the rural areas.

  • David Ryan Nov 23, 2015 Link to comment

    I've had the LG V10 for 3 weeks and it's even better than I hoped!!! Pleasantly surprised

  • Jack2monet Nov 23, 2015 Link to comment

    I love my V10. Is it perfect, no. But do I love it regardless, yes. And I bought mine in time for the free 200GB SD card and battery.
    One thing that wasn't in your article that is worth mentioning is that the battery is Qualcomm quick charge 2.0 and that it is really fast. So, removable battery option, plus quick charge, plus SD card = win for me.
    Just watch out for the phone cases that render the fingerprint scanner unusable at times. I have 2 cases. One works only about 10% of the time. The other about 50%. They say you have to be touching the metal side rails for the finger scanner to work.
    Oh, that and the light bleed from the second screen when in a competely dark room. I don't notice it any other time.

  • Sreerag Nov 23, 2015 Link to comment

    It sounds like a car😂.
    I'll guess then I would wait for V12

  • Tage .T Nov 22, 2015 Link to comment

    Lg v10 ore the flex3 will abselutly be my next phone,if "V10" comes to Norway.Fingers crosed! Got the G4 and Flex2 now and I love them.Life's god !

  • prof log Nov 22, 2015 Link to comment

    Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

  • Dylan S. Nov 22, 2015 Link to comment

    Wow love all the jokes you made about the V10!

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