The best camera phone.
Even while LG has released the already good LG G4, its new line of extra premium devices managed to get our attention with its first offering: the LG V10.
The LG V10 improves upon the LG G4 in every way, and even throws in various features that with the two weeks I’ve spent with the smartphone, I still find something new to discover.
That being said, most of the extra features on the LG V10 may feel a little gimmicky rather than features you’d actually use. The 2495 AED might seem steep, but its performance is what convinced us to say that it’s worth it.
At 192 grams, the LG V10 is quite heavy compared to other flagships, but its overall built is impressive – metal trims line the sides of the device that surrounds that screen and the removable back panel offers a rugged design that gives you a good grip when using the smartphone.
Physical controls on the LG V10 are minimal, and just like their other smartphones, the volume rockers and the power switch (with an embedded fingerprint reader) are located at the rear of the device just underneath the camera lens.
The front part of the LG V10 showcases the large 5.7-inch quad HD screen, giving you 1440 x 2560 pixels of screen space. The smaller bezels mean that despite the large screen, the smartphone is still small enough to be held by one hand.
Inside, LG has stuffed enough power components to make the V10 running at par with premium smartphones. This includes the Snapdragon hexacore processor and the massive 4 GB of RAM. It even comes with 64 GB of internal storage which of course you can always expand using the microSD card slot (which also can support up to 200 GB cards). This should be powerful enough to run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop without any hiccups.
Probably one of the unique features of the LG V10 is the secondary screen located on top of the main display. This particular screen looks like a narrow strip and is fully customizable, offering you various functions like playback controls, calendar and contact shortcuts. The screen can even stay on while the main display is off. While it’s a great addition, I never found it to be something I would always use – I use it because it is there, but in case it wasn’t, it won’t really be a big deal.
Performance-wise, the LG V10 works and feels like a premium smartphone. It runs on Android, so you have access to millions of apps available at the Google Play Store. Just like other Android smartphone, the LG V10 comes with its own interface that includes additional apps and features.
While the added features are a welcome treat, they usually slow down the system and I find myself experience occasional performance hiccups when using the LG V10. I’m also not a fan of the design, icons don’t come in a consistent layout and I just ended up using a third party launcher and customize the device to my own liking.
But the best part of the LG V10 – unarguably one of the best cameras I have used on a smartphone. While the front camera already supports two 5-megapixel lens for wide-angle shooting, the rear camera supports a 16-megapixel sensor that can even record video at 4K resolution.
While I mostly shoot in Auto mode on a camera smartphone, the LG V10 still produces very excellent photos – comparable to the ones I’ve seen on the iPhone 6S Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S6. The f/1.8 aperture and the laser autofocus made sure that even low light shots look great. If you’re into photography, the manual controls also give you more options when shooting with the LG V10.
The 3000 mAh battery gave me enough juice to use the LG V10 for about a full day. It’s not the best, but it performs at par with most premium smartphones in the market.
Overall, I loved every minute I’ve spent with the LG V10 – it offers a kick-ass camera and plethora of features in a sturdy, well-built design. Highly recommended.