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  1. sofryj's Avatar
    I've never owned or seen a phone that didn't have it's quirks. The V10 is no exception. I'll start with the bad, and end with the good...but all in all, I really like this phone, and am quite pleased I chose it. All these praises and complaints are solely based on my use of this phone, and everyone's experience will be different......because everyone uses their phone differently.

    The not-so-goods:
    -Let's start with the fingerprint scanner: I love that I have one, I don't love how often it fails me. There seems to be a number of people on both sides of this, so I think I may need to "retrain" my device, now that I've developed habits on how I hold the phone. When it was brand new out of the box, I was just random finger mashing, but it's likely I've developed some consistency now that I've been using it for a while.

    -Delay of proximity sensor: When you pull your phone out of your pocket, or flip it after it sitting face down, there is a slight delay by the proximity sensor before the phone will acknowledge your attempts to wake it from it's slumber. This can been seen visually in the 2nd screen, as it it off when it senses it's covered. 70% (made up figure) of the time, it's a fairly instant transition, other times there's a delay. When it delays, attempts to turn on the phone turn into a 3 stooges skit......a series of button mashes that first do nothing, then mock you as you turn the phone on an off. Finally your brain catches up with your finger, but by then you're just slightly more irritated (depending on the day you're having) This is small, but I have enough irritation in my day already.

    -External speaker: This one is my personal biggest disappointment. I don't like the placement.....I don't like the sound quality......and I don't like having to cup my hand just so to clearly hear whatever I'm watching.

    -Auto brightness: In it's current configuration, this is useless. On auto, it's often far to dim to be usable. Seems like an easy fix in a future update, but until then, I can't use it.....which leads me to my next dislike

    -Battery life: Now let me state that this is partly my fault. I've done nothing yet to optimize my battery life. My auto updates are frequent, my screen is bright, and I run a lot of apps. Also, my previous phone (Droid Turbo) had fantastic battery life, so the bar was pretty high for me. Problem is, I didn't have to "optimize" to get a full day of heavy usage before, so now I feel I shouldn't have to. I will at some point though, because I do not get a full day without charging this phone. The free spare battery and wonderfully fast quick charge has made it bearable, but it's still disappointing to me.

    Now for the good stuff....the reasons I really like this phone:

    -Build quality: This phone feels better in my hands than any I've ever held. It's beautiful, solid, and reeks of quality. It's both durable and elegant. It's easy to hold, and with the rear button placement, easy to operate.

    -Screen: The screen on this thing is beautiful. A month it, I still find myself in awe. Image quality is something we quickly acclimate to. In the fairly recent history, a beautiful 1080p television was something to behold, but I doubt many of us are "blown away" by them anymore. The screen on this phone has yet to reach that point with me.....I'm still enamored with it's beauty. Yes, the beautiful AMOLED screens that Samsung use are perhaps even more beautiful, I certainly think they are the best, initially. But remember this, the O in AMOLED is for "organic", which means they degrade over time. Look it up if you wish, but it is true that an AMOLED will lose quality over the life of the device. Also, there's always the potential for "burn in" on those beautiful AMOLED screens. The LG's screen is breathtaking, and while it may also have it's own shortcomings, It still brings a smile to my face

    -Hi-Fi: I listen to music via headphones a lot, so this one is a bit of a bid deal to me. Music sounds wonderful coming from this device (by wire). The sounds are rich and clean. The bass is deep and clear. The highs are crisp and vibrant. What more could I ask for...

    -Camera: No surprise here....this camera is the balls. I'm not an armature photographer. I don't have any special skills or knowledge with photography. What I do have is a phone that takes really great pictures, and honestly makes me look better than I am. I have been playing around with the manual controls, and it's paying dividends. The auto mode is sufficient, but the manual pics are 2 steps above. It doesn't take long to learn. Here are a few examples
    An honest review from a fan of the V10-nov-night.jpgAn honest review from a fan of the V10-openmic.jpgAn honest review from a fan of the V10-binderclip.jpg

    -2nd Screen: Now this isn't the "best most useful addition of all time", but I have found it quite useful on occasion. I like the music controls, the quick flashlight access, notification, camera functions, and "always on" date and time. It's also a good way to use what would otherwise be dead space beside the front cameras. Yes, the light bleed is real, but I only notice it in a dark room....which means I'll likely be sleeping shorty anyways. There are functions of it I'll probably never use, but over all it adds to the phones appeal for me.

    -IR blaster, removable battery, and expandable memory: I lumped these together because, although I really like the (especially the IR blaster) there isn't much to say about them, just that I'm glad my phone has them.

    -Radios: This phone handles all communications I throw at it very will. I've had no issues with call quality, data connections (well, some the first week, but I don't think it was the phone), bluetooth strength or general 3G/4G signal strength. It handles all these things as good as or better than any phone I've owned, including my wife's iPhone 6s Plus.

    In summary: There are other things that different manufacturers do better than LG. Motorolla has the software beat. HTC wins the external audio battle, Samsung has some great innovations (S Pen, Edge screens).....but LG's offering fits best for me. It's not perfect, none of them are, but it's a phone I wield with pride and admiration. If you're a happy V10 owner, you know what I mean. If you're thinking about it, I assure you it's a great device. If you've tried it and hated it, well, nothing is right for everyone. If you have any questions about my specific experience with this phone, feel free to ask. Otherwise, enjoy your not so little pocket powerhouse!
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    12-02-2015 10:49 AM
  2. Andrew Bonner's Avatar
    I've never owned or seen a phone that didn't have it's quirks. The V10 is no exception. I'll start with the bad, and end with the good...

    *edited for length*

    .....but LG's offering fits best for me. It's not perfect, none of them are, but it's a phone I wield with pride and admiration. If you're a happy V10 owner, you know what I mean. If you're thinking about it, I assure you it's a great device. If you've tried it and hated it, well, nothing is right for everyone. If you have any questions about my specific experience with this phone, feel free to ask. Otherwise, enjoy your not so little pocket powerhouse!
    This review is on point. I've experienced all the frustrations you've encountered, but none of them outweigh the enormous benefits!
    sofryj, Adam Frix, kixfan and 2 others like this.
    12-02-2015 11:19 AM
  3. denarok's Avatar
    Great writeup, I am with you, biggest disappointment for me was the external speaker, but I can overlook it
    12-02-2015 11:22 AM
  4. robinhelenehebert's Avatar
    I've never owned or seen a phone that didn't have it's quirks. The V10 is no exception. I'll start with the bad, and end with the good...but all in all, I really like this phone, and am quite pleased I chose it. All these praises and complaints are solely based on my use of this phone, and everyone's experience will be different......because everyone uses their phone differently.

    The not-so-goods:
    -Let's start with the fingerprint scanner: I love that I have one, I don't love how often it fails me. There seems to be a number of people on both sides of this, so I think I may need to "retrain" my device, now that I've developed habits on how I hold the phone. When it was brand new out of the box, I was just random finger mashing, but it's likely I've developed some consistency now that I've been using it for a while.

    -Delay of proximity sensor: When you pull your phone out of your pocket, or flip it after it sitting face down, there is a slight delay by the proximity sensor before the phone will acknowledge your attempts to wake it from it's slumber. This can been seen visually in the 2nd screen, as it it off when it senses it's covered. 70% (made up figure) of the time, it's a fairly instant transition, other times there's a delay. When it delays, attempts to turn on the phone turn into a 3 stooges skit......a series of button mashes that first do nothing, then mock you as you turn the phone on an off. Finally your brain catches up with your finger, but by then you're just slightly more irritated (depending on the day you're having) This is small, but I have enough irritation in my day already.

    -External speaker: This one is my personal biggest disappointment. I don't like the placement.....I don't like the sound quality......and I don't like having to cup my hand just so to clearly hear whatever I'm watching.

    -Auto brightness: In it's current configuration, this is useless. On auto, it's often far to dim to be usable. Seems like an easy fix in a future update, but until then, I can't use it.....which leads me to my next dislike

    -Battery life: Now let me state that this is partly my fault. I've done nothing yet to optimize my battery life. My auto updates are frequent, my screen is bright, and I run a lot of apps. Also, my previous phone (Droid Turbo) had fantastic battery life, so the bar was pretty high for me. Problem is, I didn't have to "optimize" to get a full day of heavy usage before, so now I feel I shouldn't have to. I will at some point though, because I do not get a full day without charging this phone. The free spare battery and wonderfully fast quick charge has made it bearable, but it's still disappointing to me.

    Now for the good stuff....the reasons I really like this phone:

    -Build quality: This phone feels better in my hands than any I've ever held. It's beautiful, solid, and reeks of quality. It's both durable and elegant. It's easy to hold, and with the rear button placement, easy to operate.

    -Screen: The screen on this thing is beautiful. A month it, I still find myself in awe. Image quality is something we quickly acclimate to. In the fairly recent history, a beautiful 1080p television was something to behold, but I doubt many of us are "blown away" by them anymore. The screen on this phone has yet to reach that point with me.....I'm still enamored with it's beauty. Yes, the beautiful AMOLED screens that Samsung use are perhaps even more beautiful, I certainly think they are the best, initially. But remember this, the O in AMOLED is for "organic", which means they degrade over time. Look it up if you wish, but it is true that an AMOLED will lose quality over the life of the device. Also, there's always the potential for "burn in" on those beautiful AMOLED screens. The LG's screen is breathtaking, and while it may also have it's own shortcomings, It still brings a smile to my face

    -Hi-Fi: I listen to music via headphones a lot, so this one is a bit of a bid deal to me. Music sounds wonderful coming from this device (by wire). The sounds are rich and clean. The bass is deep and clear. The highs are crisp and vibrant. What more could I ask for...

    -Camera: No surprise here....this camera is the balls. I'm not an armature photographer. I don't have any special skills or knowledge with photography. What I do have is a phone that takes really great pictures, and honestly makes me look better than I am. I have been playing around with the manual controls, and it's paying dividends. The auto mode is sufficient, but the manual pics are 2 steps above. It doesn't take long to learn. Here are a few examples
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    -2nd Screen: Now this isn't the "best most useful addition of all time", but I have found it quite useful on occasion. I like the music controls, the quick flashlight access, notification, camera functions, and "always on" date and time. It's also a good way to use what would otherwise be dead space beside the front cameras. Yes, the light bleed is real, but I only notice it in a dark room....which means I'll likely be sleeping shorty anyways. There are functions of it I'll probably never use, but over all it adds to the phones appeal for me.

    -IR blaster, removable battery, and expandable memory: I lumped these together because, although I really like the (especially the IR blaster) there isn't much to say about them, just that I'm glad my phone has them.

    -Radios: This phone handles all communications I throw at it very will. I've had no issues with call quality, data connections (well, some the first week, but I don't think it was the phone), bluetooth strength or general 3G/4G signal strength. It handles all these things as good as or better than any phone I've owned, including my wife's iPhone 6s Plus.

    In summary: There are other things that different manufacturers do better than LG. Motorolla has the software beat. HTC wins the external audio battle, Samsung has some great innovations (S Pen, Edge screens).....but LG's offering fits best for me. It's not perfect, none of them are, but it's a phone I wield with pride and admiration. If you're a happy V10 owner, you know what I mean. If you're thinking about it, I assure you it's a great device. If you've tried it and hated it, well, nothing is right for everyone. If you have any questions about my specific experience with this phone, feel free to ask. Otherwise, enjoy your not so little pocket powerhouse!
    Great review and says it all.
    12-02-2015 11:24 AM
  5. RaRa85's Avatar
    I completely agree with what you said. I'm coming from the Xperia Z3 and the things I immediately missed were the more comfortable size(now I love the bigger screen though), enduring battery life, and the brilliant front facing speakers that to me never received enough credit. I really liked Sony's stock UI but I'm using Nova Launcher on my V10 which has been great. Oh and I almost forgot: the ability to pair my PS3 controller to the Z3 natively without root was huge. I played through 3 discs of Final Fantasy VIII before switching to the V10. Without this capabilty, I can't charge the phone while playing games on the V10 since it comes through the same microUSB port. Everything else on the phone is superb and I got mine during the free battery, charging cradle, and 200gb sd card which I received this Monday. What other manufacturer will give you a deal like that? Most simply can't as their phones don't even have any of those hardware features. I was with Windows Phone for four plus years and this is only my second Android phone but I plan to keep it for two years unless Microsoft releases a Lumia 1020 successor with a Snapdragon 820 processor or better with a comparable app ecosystem. Apple hasn't done enough to reel me in yet especially when the continue to offer a ridiculous 16gb base model and charge you an arm and a leg for higher gb options. Love my V10.
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    12-02-2015 11:28 AM
  6. Rumblee1's Avatar
    Hi, i read your post. I plan on picking up a v10 soon. Does the second screen only show the stock music player, or can you add a better one from the play store?

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    12-02-2015 12:34 PM
  7. sofryj's Avatar
    Hi, i read your post. I plan on picking up a v10 soon. Does the second screen only show the stock music player, or can you add a better one from the play store?

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    It will show whatever music player you are using at the moment. I use Google Play Music, Amazon Music, and the stock player....whichever one I'm using at the time can be controlled by the 2nd screen controls.
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    12-02-2015 12:48 PM
  8. Robin Hebert's Avatar
    I haven't had issues with the speaker.

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    12-02-2015 02:04 PM
  9. Robin Hebert's Avatar
    He probably just meant the bottom mounted speaker.
    Call quality is great...yes speaker could be better for music but overall it works good.

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    12-02-2015 02:06 PM
  10. RaRa85's Avatar
    Call quality is great...yes speaker could be better for music but overall it works good.

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    Yeah it depends on the quality of what you're listening to/watching. Low quality stuff sounds pretty bad which wasn't the case on my Z3 but high quality stuff doesn't sound all that bad at all. Speakerphone calls aren't bad either.
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    12-02-2015 02:15 PM
  11. felloffthetruck's Avatar
    Very nice review, Thanks.
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    12-02-2015 02:58 PM
  12. NickA's Avatar
    To the OP: If you were thinking about getting the Note 5 (or something else), why did you pick the V10? I'm torn between getting the Note 5 and V10. I've never been this undecided on phones before, or I'd end up buying both. But it is Christmas time and my budget is not allowing me to pick up both, so I have to pick one.
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    12-02-2015 03:12 PM
  13. sofryj's Avatar
    To the OP: If you were thinking about getting the Note 5 (or something else), why did you pick the V10? I'm torn between getting the Note 5 and V10. I've never been this undecided on phones before, or I'd end up buying both. But it is Christmas time and my budget is not allowing me to pick up both, so I have to pick one.
    Those are the very 2 phone I was torn between. There were 2 main reasons I decided on the V10. The main reason was durability. I was concerned about durability with the Note, being clad in glass front and back. I also seriously dislike putting a case on my phone. The other reason was the hands on. I was waiting for the V10 to come out, so I could get it in my hands and see if I physically liked the phone. That's where I was sold. As soon as I held it, I knew it was the one. I just simply love the feel of this phone. I'm also a fan of the rear facing buttons.....something I enjoyed when I had the LG G2 a couple years ago. So, in the end, the key factors that led me to the V10 were completely subjective....my love for the feel of this phone, and my disdain for cases. On a side note, I wasn't expecting to enjoy the V10 as much "in hand"....it was a very unexpected moment for me. I thought for sure I would be leaving that day with a Note 5
    12-02-2015 03:23 PM
  14. NickA's Avatar
    Those are the very 2 phone I was torn between. There were 2 main reasons I decided on the V10. The main reason was durability. I was concerned about durability with the Note, being clad in glass front and back. I also seriously dislike putting a case on my phone. The other reason was the hands on. I was waiting for the V10 to come out, so I could get it in my hands and see if I physically liked the phone. That's where I was sold. As soon as I held it, I knew it was the one. I just simply love the feel of this phone. I'm also a fan of the rear facing buttons.....something I enjoyed when I had the LG G2 a couple years ago. So, in the end, the key factors that led me to the V10 were completely subjective....my love for the feel of this phone, and my disdain for cases. On a side note, I wasn't expecting to enjoy the V10 as much "in hand"....it was a very unexpected moment for me. I thought for sure I would be leaving that day with a Note 5
    That's very helpful, thanks! I'm not a case person either, and from all the reviews I've seen, the Note 5 is slippery. I use an iPhone 6 Plus at times and that thing is like a bar of soap. I'm currently using the Moto X Pure and really like the way it feels, and it looks like the V10 will have a similar textured back, making it easy to grip.
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    12-02-2015 03:31 PM
  15. Mike-Mike's Avatar
    Pretty on point review. I have always loved Samsung Notes, but they lag so bad. I feel the V10 takes everything Samsung does right and almost nothing they do wrong.

    Capture+ is my best friend.

    I love the keyboard, calendar, and email app.

    Feels great in the hand and actual phone calls sound amazing.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    12-02-2015 06:42 PM
  16. Charles Collins's Avatar
    Very nice write up and pretty well spot on with my thoughts. Another couple of pluses for me are the 4 GB of RAM, so important when you're running a skin. Also that you can encrypt if you want. I'd so like to unencrypt my Nexus 6, without flashing a custom ROM and or kernel.

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    12-02-2015 09:37 PM
  17. Robin Hebert's Avatar
    Another thing I like about LG is they include a lot of nice apps. I love the quick memo and capture app.

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    12-02-2015 09:42 PM
  18. Andrew Bonner's Avatar

    Capture+ is my best friend.
    THIS x 1,000,000. Capture+ on second screen = fastest screenshots I've ever taken.
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    12-03-2015 07:41 AM
  19. Mike-Mike's Avatar
    THIS x 1,000,000. Capture+ on second screen = fastest screenshots I've ever taken.
    i used to love using the S-Pen on my various Note phones to take a screen shot and edit it. When I would leave Sammy for a Droid Turbo or Nexus 6, that and the keyboard & calendar were things i missed the most.

    I tried various apps, but nothing quite got it.

    I would say that LG got it right and even does it better

    Edit to Add:

    I also just tried QuickMemo+. I love a good note taking app, but there are lots of great ones. However QuickMemo+ has the options of adding reminders based on location or time. So it's basically replacing Any.Do for me now
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    12-03-2015 09:29 AM
  20. sangs's Avatar
    Edit to Add:
    I also just tried QuickMemo+. I love a good note taking app, but there are lots of great ones. However QuickMemo+ has the options of adding reminders based on location or time. So it's basically replacing Any.Do for me now
    Does QuickMemo+ sync with any note-taking desktop app? Say Evernote, Notes or Keep? I haven't even tried it assuming it wouldn't, which is why I use the mobile Evernote.
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    12-03-2015 09:46 AM
  21. Mike-Mike's Avatar
    Does QuickMemo+ sync with any note-taking desktop app? Say Evernote, Notes or Keep? I haven't even tried it assuming it wouldn't, which is why I use the mobile Evernote.
    I don't believe so, not sure though.

    I use Evernote for long term notes, but for random throwaway stuff, i'll probably use QuickNote+
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    12-03-2015 10:16 AM
  22. kixfan's Avatar
    THIS x 1,000,000. Capture+ on second screen = fastest screenshots I've ever taken.
    Capture+?? I must have missed this feature. Hmm. I just keep learning more and more this phone will do. Coming from a Samsung Note 3 I thought I would be missing a lot by not choosing the Note 5 but I'm incredibly happy with my V10. Don't miss anything from my Samsung. Plus I don't lose my sdcard slot and removable battery!
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    12-03-2015 01:10 PM
  23. Mike-Mike's Avatar
    Capture+?? I must have missed this feature. Hmm. I just keep learning more and more this phone will do. Coming from a Samsung Note 3 I thought I would be missing a lot by not choosing the Note 5 but I'm incredibly happy with my V10. Don't miss anything from my Samsung. Plus I don't lose my sdcard slot and removable battery!
    when you pull down your Notification shade, up in the quick toggle section, there is a "Capture+" option.

    takes a screen shot where you can draw on it or crop or add text, etc. it's awesome
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    12-03-2015 01:49 PM
  24. Andrew Bonner's Avatar
    Capture+?? I must have missed this feature. Hmm. I just keep learning more and more this phone will do. Coming from a Samsung Note 3 I thought I would be missing a lot by not choosing the Note 5 but I'm incredibly happy with my V10. Don't miss anything from my Samsung. Plus I don't lose my sdcard slot and removable battery!
    Settings/Display/Second Screen/When the main screen is on/App shortcuts

    An honest review from a fan of the V10-capture-_2015-12-04-09-11-10.jpg
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    12-04-2015 08:14 AM
  25. returnmyjedi's Avatar
    Quick question for any owners: can the second screen control Play Music as well as the stock media player? Cheers.

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    12-04-2015 10:05 AM
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