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  1. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Low light pics are definitely better than Note 4, but not even close to Note 7, and I might even say a liiiiitle below Note 5. You definitely don't get as 'warm' pictures in low light as you do on Samsung units. They're not bad, though. Just not the best. Daylight pics, however, are very good. You might miss the vibrant (if exaggerated at times) colors of Samsung pictures, but the V20 definitely has some camera power here. And where it shines is in the sheer amount of manual control you get, and now even on video. Haven't tested SloMo video, though. That was something the Note 4 was very crappy in.
    11-02-2016 04:35 PM
  2. jenny's Avatar
    Last night proved to be tricky with the fingerprint reader on the back: Cooking. It's really, REALLY inconvenient having to pick up the phone with food-covered hands every time the screen goes off to follow an on-screen recipe. Ugh.
    Would setting up a knock code fix that problem?
    11-02-2016 06:30 PM
  3. Kaelon's Avatar
    I came from the Note 4, and can give you my two cents. (FWIW, I had originally upgraded from the Note 4 to the Note 7, returned the Note 7 during the original recall, but mercifully I decided to wait to see if the new versions of the Note 7 were any better -- thank God!)

    I had the Note 4 since its release over 2 years ago. I consider both phones in the same "class" of Enterprise Phone because they have (a) premium design, (b) removable batteries, and (c) expandable storage.

    • Battery: The 3220 mAh battery of the LG V20, while identical to the 3220 mAh battery of the Note 4, appears to last much longer than the Note 4. Some of this has to do with Doze, which under Nougat is even more efficient than it was under Marshmellow. But the LG V20's hardware appears to sip power less aggressively than the Note 4. I can usually go a full day with about 4-5 hours of watching movies and 3-4 hours of talk time using Skype, GoToMeeting, or Google Hangouts.


    • Display: The S-AMOLED display of the Note 4 is, simply put, better. Its colors are brighter, its darks are more arresting (because when it's black, the LED is actually off!), and altogether, the images it depicts are more vivid. However, the IPS LCD screen of the LG V20 is impressive and gorgeous to behold. It is the same type of screen as Apple's Retina Display, but matching the Note 4's QHD pixel density. In my case, I barely noticed the difference -- and when I do, it's under artificial conditions (such as in the darkness of a pitch-black bedroom at night). Alternatively, the IPS LCD screen seems to endure better in the bright sunlight than the S-AMOLED, even though you'd expect just the opposite. I think Note 4 users will be pleasantly surprised with the LG V20's IPS LCD screen, considering by most measures, it is a cheaper alternative to the S-AMOLED.


    • Power: Without a doubt, the LG V20's Snapdragon 820 processor is a beast. It's snappy, speedy, and highly resistant to throttling events. It's foolish to compare it to the processors used by the Note 4, because these are several generations inferior. And it shows. You can download dozens of apps and have them running in the background on the LG V20 without even noticing it, whereas the Note 4 would noticeably get slower every time you downloaded a new app and it was loaded into resident memory. Part of this has to do with the amount of RAM (the LG V20's 4 GB to the Note 4's 3 GB), but the processors and their built-in cache handling is far superior to the Note 4's.


    • Build Quality: The LG V20 is a much more premium experience, with its all-metal design, as compared to the Note 4's hybrid metal-and-plastic backing (the latter making Qi-standard wireless charging possible -- something that is generally not possible with the stock build of the LG V20). The device feels both lighter and sturdier in your hand than the Note 4, which at times felt like a chunky toy. The full metal design of the LG V20 also lends itself to its rated military industrial scores, ensuring that it is shock-proof from most normal falls and wear-and-tear. The LG V20 is a significant step above the Note 4 in every way, physically.


    • Software: LG's skin of Android 7.0 Nougat is about as close to vanilla as one gets outside of the Google Pixel-universe. This allows for a snappy and highly responsive operating system and a smooth experience with applications, with truly minimal bloat. That said, there is some adjustment in coming from Samsung devices: the use of virtual navigational toggles (home, back, and recent apps), and a rear home button / fingerprint sensor. You can customize the order and quantity of navigational toggles on your screen, but it will take some getting used to realizing that a portion of your 5.7" screen real estate is going to be taken up by the navigation itself. This is a minimal annoyance, and can actually produce lovely results that minimize clutter when not actively using navigation on full-screen applications (like movies). But all in all, a faster and more responsive operating system comes at the price of some physical creature comforts of the older devices.


    My verdict is that the LG V20, obviously, represents a significant evolutionary step of at least two generations over the Samsung Note 4. While it has an inferior display, this won't be readily noticeable by all but the most hardcore nitpickers. Its innovations and improvements in battery life, performance, physical design, and software quality more than adequately produce a superior device and a worthy upgrade.
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    11-02-2016 08:36 PM
  4. Ntchwaidumela's Avatar
    You guys are awesome, thank you so much!

    I was set on the V20, but what I am put off by is the Battery Life, seems <5hours SOT is the standard.

    I have elected to go with a S7 Edge instead. I am not a huge Audiophile and I think the 'Lucky' DAC in the S7E will be fine for me.

    Thanks again!
    The battery life is excellent, especially for a screen of this size. I get through a work day with plenty of battery to spare...and that's on LTE. It's even better on WiFi.
    11-02-2016 11:14 PM
  5. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Would setting up a knock code fix that problem?
    Would make it less inconvenient, but still wouldn't be fingerprint.
    11-03-2016 10:54 AM
  6. mak916's Avatar
    I currently have a Note 4 and I'm thinking about getting a V20. I really like the camera on my Note 4. Will I miss the camera on the Note 4? Or will I be happy with the camera on the V20?
    11-03-2016 11:35 AM
  7. SpookDroid's Avatar
    I currently have a Note 4 and I'm thinking about getting a V20. I really like the camera on my Note 4. Will I miss the camera on the Note 4? Or will I be happy with the camera on the V20?
    You will be happy with the V20's camera. And many many more manual controls! Just remember that there's definitely a learning curve involved when switching from a Samsung to an LG, and even more when you add front facing, physical buttons VS on-screen/rear fingerprint reader to the mix. You won't be blown away by the V20's screen, either, but it's not terrible.
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    11-03-2016 11:41 AM
  8. kraze4u's Avatar
    If you ever played with a G4 coming from a Note 4...that's how you'll feel with this (ish). Yeah, the V20 obviously has major improvements over the Note 4, but if you compare it to a Note 7 (or even 5), you'll feel like it's trying hard to mirror some features.

    Oh, and prepare to be annoyed by the on-screen buttons and, especially, the power button/fingerprint reader placement. They're definitely a learning curve once you're used to the physical ones on the Note.

    Double tap to wake/turn off, though, that's something that you'll quickly grow used to and soon you'll be tapping on every phone/screen you see thinking it'll work hehe.
    Don't bother mentioning the Note 7 its been discontinued.
    11-03-2016 01:14 PM
  9. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Don't bother mentioning the Note 7 its been discontinued.
    That doesn't mean we didn't use it and given the fact that, for many (including myself) this IS a Note 7 'replacement', you really can't help but to mention it.
    11-03-2016 01:50 PM
  10. hkklife's Avatar
    I went from a Note 4 to a V10, then back briefly to the Note 4 before ultimately settling on returning to the V10. The V10's extra internal storage, additional RAM, likelihood of Nougat, and improved signal strength were the deciding factors for me. Samsung's updates just made the Note 4 worse and worse, culminating in the terrible MM build for the Note 4. I'll be curious to see if the most recent security patch for the Note 4 that was released in Europe makes its way to domestic carrier variants and if they send the Note 4 out in style with any battery or performance tweaks.

    I think the Note 4 had the superior camera for quick cell phone-type shots. I do NOT care bout manually manually tweaking or composing my smartphone image. I have 2 P&S cameras and a DSLR at home for that. In the usage cases for a smartphone, I need quick responsiveness and the best quality Auto mode image. So I think the Note 4 is superior in that regard as well as its screen vibrancy, much faster charging and better Qi support. I also prefer Samsung's front home button + capacitive to LG's onscreen buttons. 2nd Screen is essentially a gimmick in my book.

    The V10 is a better "phone" but neither one is a world-beater when it comes to battery life. I'll probably stick with the V10 for another 6 months and pick up a gently used V20 next year unless there is a larger (5.7"+) Galaxy S8 variant in the spring.
    11-03-2016 02:34 PM
  11. JohnMcL7's Avatar
    This thread is a good read as my Note 4 has taken to suddenly dying with no warning (it's suddenly started doing it on both batteries) which is a real problem as I do a lot of cycling on my own and I'm on call, it's caught me out twice. I've had a look at the S7 Edge which has a great camera but the screen feels a lot smaller than the Note 4 and I don't see the curved edges as a benefit. I've also been looking at the V20 but it seems to get very mixed feedback and it's not available in my country, I'd be up for taking a gamble on the S7 Edge or V20 as a stopgap until there's something I really want but both are pricey to do that.

    Is there anything else with a big screen, great camera and micro SD expansion worth considering? I'd also like a replaceable battery as I use it a lot on the Note 4 but it seems that's pretty much non-existent these days.
    03-24-2017 09:36 PM
  12. Jeremiah Bonds's Avatar
    This thread is a good read as my Note 4 has taken to suddenly dying with no warning (it's suddenly started doing it on both batteries) which is a real problem as I do a lot of cycling on my own and I'm on call, it's caught me out twice. I've had a look at the S7 Edge which has a great camera but the screen feels a lot smaller than the Note 4 and I don't see the curved edges as a benefit. I've also been looking at the V20 but it seems to get very mixed feedback and it's not available in my country, I'd be up for taking a gamble on the S7 Edge or V20 as a stopgap until there's something I really want but both are pricey to do that.

    Is there anything else with a big screen, great camera and micro SD expansion worth considering? I'd also like a replaceable battery as I use it a lot on the Note 4 but it seems that's pretty much non-existent these days.
    Same thing happened to my boss, he switched to the V20 and loves it.. both of his batteries stopped working too.
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    03-25-2017 12:49 AM
  13. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
    This thread is a good read as my Note 4 has taken to suddenly dying with no warning (it's suddenly started doing it on both batteries) which is a real problem as I do a lot of cycling on my own and I'm on call, it's caught me out twice. I've had a look at the S7 Edge which has a great camera but the screen feels a lot smaller than the Note 4 and I don't see the curved edges as a benefit. I've also been looking at the V20 but it seems to get very mixed feedback and it's not available in my country, I'd be up for taking a gamble on the S7 Edge or V20 as a stopgap until there's something I really want but both are pricey to do that.

    Is there anything else with a big screen, great camera and micro SD expansion worth considering? I'd also like a replaceable battery as I use it a lot on the Note 4 but it seems that's pretty much non-existent these days.
    Huawei Mate 9
    http://www.gsmarena.com/huawei_mate_9-8073.php

    If you are still looking at S7 Edge, I made the move as posted previously from the Note 4 to S7 Edge late last year and I am thoroughly enjoying my S7E, the Battery Life is ridiculously good, getting 6-8hours SOT depending on whether I am on 4G or WiFi.

    I am also loving the IP68 Protection (Water and Dust Resistance), I often clean my S7E by just dipping it in warm water once a week and whipping it down.

    The edge Display does take getting used to and is definitely not for everyone.

    The Huawei Mate 9 seems like a nice all rounder of a phone, albeit no IP68 or Military grade protection.
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    03-25-2017 03:31 AM
  14. Jeyd02's Avatar
    1. Coming from a Note 4 to 7 to V20 here. Display is not as great as the Note's, but still enjoyable
    2. Battery life will get you to 4 hours of SoT if you're lucky.
    3. It has barely heat up on me. It didn't even heat up during quick charge.
    4. Signal strength is pretty good.

    Edit: V20 is much more snappier than my note 7, which I like.
    4 SOT? There is something wrong with your unit..
    03-25-2017 07:21 AM
  15. flyingkytez's Avatar
    I'm a former loyal Samsung owner.

    Speed:
    In comparison, you'll notice immediately that the phone runs much faster; Samsung TouchWiz seems to always lag a bit. The LG OS is optimized and uses less RAM, whereas Samsung hogs a lot of RAM, probably due to the TouchWiz overlay and Samsung apps/services. Don't even think about updating the OS on the Note 4, it'll slow down your phone like crazy (maybe they do this on purpose to encourage new phone purchase?)

    Display:
    The AMOLED display is always beautiful but after using it for many years, I got bored looking at the oversaturated colors. Sure, blacks looks deep and true, though white colors always seem off, almost kinda beige like color. Grey colors also look ugly and there's a lot of flaws visible over a grey background. So the IPS display wins when it comes to white colors, you'll get used to it as well. During the day, the IPS looks perfectly fine, but at night, it doesn't look as nice as AMOLED. I'm actually used to it now and like it much more. Also, I'm not paranoid about screen burn in anymore, I could leave the display on for hours on end.

    Battery life:
    I don't know why everyone's ​complaining about battery life and screen on time. Coming from a Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7 active (3500 mAh and 4000 mAh battery), the V20 outperforms those two in any given day. It's much more reliable and also efficient. I get between 4-6.5 hours screen on time on my V20, and at least 14+ hours or more battery life (pretty much all day). And plus, it still has a removable battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0, much faster than 2.0. I've never had a phone battery that's reliable as this one. Maybe you might have to do some tweaking to get better results (disable useless apps and services). Also the phone runs much cooler, and stays cool when you charge it thanks to USB C and Quick Charge 3.0 technology. My S7 gets pretty darn hot when charging. (Pro tip if you own a Samsung: don't charge your phone wirelessly, it heats up your battery and your battery will get worn out faster. I think my S6 Active battery got damaged overtime, stopped holding a good charge like it used to).

    Camera:
    Obviously the camera is much better. Dual cameras on the front and rear, much better quality. I enjoy this camera over the S7 & S7 Edge. Much more details and options, though I love the simplicity of the Samsung camera app. For those complaining about color reproduction in the photos, just download a photo editing app and adjust it to your liking.

    Size and design:
    The V20 is much thinner and lighter than the Note 4 & 5. Bezels are slimmer and comfortable to hold (the Note 5 feels bulky). Also the V20 has a second screen with always on display, way better than LED notification. The all metal build feels premium and less fragile compared to the plastic backing of Note 4 and glass back of the Note 5. What turned me off from the Samsung series is the all glass build, why buy an expensive phone that's fragile? I used to have the Note 3 and I hated the size, it was too uncomfortable to use one handed so I switched back to a 5 inch screen. The V20 feels nice to use with one hand.

    Honestly the Note 4 is a great phone but clearly it's aging. A lot of Note 4 owners don't want to give it up because of the removable battery and great screen size. The V20 is definitely next gen and you can be assured it'll meet your needs for a few years until you upgrade.
    03-25-2017 12:26 PM
  16. thunder18's Avatar
    4 SOT? There is something wrong with your unit..
    I agree. I've gone over 7 hours SoT purposely trying to kill the battery.
    03-26-2017 03:29 AM
  17. JohnMcL7's Avatar
    Thanks for taking the time to reply and also for the well balanced replies.

    I have looked at the Huawei Mate 9 but on paper at least I'm not really seeing much appeal with it aside from the slightly larger screen, it's perhaps different in other areas but it doesn't seem to be officially for sale here and despite some of the lower specs the price is high, a good bit more expensive than the V20.

    My issue with the Edge display is that it makes the device seem like it has a smaller screen, I was quite surprised how large the S7 Edge is physically as in the brief use I've had with it, the screen feels a lot smaller than the Note 4.

    I've not been paying any attention to the S8 rumours as I assumed the larger model would be a similar size to the S7 Edge although I noticed on an article today the plus model is rumoured to be around the 5.8in-6.2in mark so I'll be keeping an eye on that. Although I suspect the price of that will be huge and availability will be limited for a while.
    03-26-2017 08:34 PM
  18. datum9's Avatar
    I made the switch coming from a note 4. No regrets for me. Even though the note 4 amoled display is much brighter and colors are more vibrant. Once I got used to the v20 display and adjusted the displaybsettings, it was no big deal. Battery life is a huge difference. The v20 blows away the note 4 battery life. Kust my opinion
    I switched from LG V10 which is basically an earlier incarnation of LG V20 to Note 4. So I went the other way.

    The LG V10 and presumably V20 display is much sharper, more vibrant than Note 4, by far. I still cannot get used to the Note 4 display. It is ok but the phone is what, 4 years old? while V20 is new.

    Battery life is irrelevant if you install that ZeroLemon 10,000 mAh battery that V20 takes. V20 is also faster, more responsive, more memory. I went from V10 to Note 4 because of the dreaded bootloop issue, I am not sure if V20 is affected or not.

    If I knew for certain V20 was exempt from the stupid bootloop thing, I would get it without a hesitation.
    03-26-2017 10:19 PM
  19. Brent Michael's Avatar
    I switched from LG V10 which is basically an earlier incarnation of LG V20 to Note 4. So I went the other way.

    The LG V10 and presumably V20 display is much sharper, more vibrant than Note 4, by far. I still cannot get used to the Note 4 display. It is ok but the phone is what, 4 years old? while V20 is new.

    Battery life is irrelevant if you install that ZeroLemon 10,000 mAh battery that V20 takes. V20 is also faster, more responsive, more memory. I went from V10 to Note 4 because of the dreaded bootloop issue, I am not sure if V20 is affected or not.

    If I knew for certain V20 was exempt from the stupid bootloop thing, I would get it without a hesitation.
    There are no confirmed instances of the V20 having any bootloop issues or even the G5 for that matter and the only reports I've heard of are from people who don't know what a bootloop is.
    03-26-2017 11:13 PM
  20. datum9's Avatar
    I went from Samsung Note 4 to Samsung S8+ to LG V20.

    LG V20 is my favorite phone.

    I love the extended ZeroLemon 10,000 mAh battery.
    05-11-2019 10:29 PM
  21. datum9's Avatar
    I have both Note 4 and LG V20 and both have high-capacity 10,000 mAh batteries.

    V20 has better runtime with an identical-capacity battery.

    V20 is faster with a very sharp screen. I realize the resolution is identical, both are QHD, but it seems sharper.

    V20's colors are a little duller. Note 4 is more vibrant, OLED vs LCD.

    V20 has 4GB of RAM vs. 3GB in Note 4. Storage wise, 64GB versus 32GB (at most) in Note 4.

    Note has off-screen buttons. LG V20 sacrifices screen by moving the buttons there. However LG V20 has the 2nd screen which kind of makes up for it.


    There is no reason to ever get Note 4 given LG V20 prices have collapsed. Unless you get a really good deal on Note 4.
    06-05-2019 01:21 PM
  22. datum9's Avatar
    Also: LG V20 has the C-type USB, not micro, another plus.
    06-05-2019 01:22 PM
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    07-10-2019 03:24 PM
  24. recDNA's Avatar
    It was painful going from my LG V20 to my Note9 but the Samsung just had too much to offer for me to pass it up. The one thing I miss is the ir blaster. Fortunately I have a Gear 2 with ir blaster so I still have some control when out and about. The Note is so much faster and battery life WAY better and the SPen features too good to pass up.

    I still keep my V20 in my living room as an ir blaster.
    07-10-2019 03:50 PM
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