7.6/10
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The LG V10 currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Vivid and sharp main display
  • Shock resistant
  • Additional screen for quick access to time, apps and contacts
  • Smooth performance
  • Rear camera takes detailed and color accurate pictures

What's bad

  • Heavy and awkward to use one-handed
  • Wide angle front lens distorts around the edges
  • Added features not necessary for casual smartphone user

The V10 is the first in LG's new line of "V" handsets. What sets the V lineup from LG's other products is its focus on premium materials and specs. The question is does it succeed? For the most part, experts think it does especially on the design side. The V10 features a stainless steel frame instead of the standard aluminum, which makes gives it more heft weighing in at 192grams. LG goes a step further to include additional corner reinforcements for a MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant shock resistance.

At 6.3 x 3.12 inches, the V10 is not a small phone and experts had issues not only using it one-handed but fitting it in their pockets. With that said, they add it is still relatively comfortable to hold thanks to the curved sides and silicone back.

The reason behind the V10's large size is its two displays. The main display is 5.7 inches with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels for a pixel density of 513ppi. Not surprisingly, reviewers describe it as crisp and clear. They mention colors were especially vivid and deep and the screen was easy to read even in direct sunlight.

The second screen is unique to the V10. It sits directly above the main screen and measures 2.1 inches with a resolution of 160 x 1040. This strip is customizable and displays six shortcut menus to swipe through: general greeting with the date and time, five recent apps, five favorite apps, music controller, five favorite contacts and calendar. The second display acts independently from the main and will always be on to show the time, date, battery status and weather. While experts did fine it somewhat useful, they note they could just as easily access all of the menus elsewhere. As well, they found it to be less novel than the curved displays on the S6 Edge+.

Although it doesn't make use of the newest processor, the 1.8GHz six-core processor performed admirably. Critics were able to perform necessary tasks without a hitch and there was barely a pause when launching apps or unlocking the screen with a fingerprint. Even when multi-tasking they did not experience any stutters or lags. Playing graphics-intensive game was also a smooth experience for them. There were no crashes and they were able to play the most recent games without any frame rate drops. In order to keep the whole thing running, LG has popped in a 3,000mAh removable battery. It lasted critics around a full day, which they considered adequate. Other features include 64GB of internal storage which can be expandable to 2TB via microSD.

What really blew critics away though was its 16MP camera. They were able to capture sharp and accurate colors even in Auto mode. They were especially impressed with its low light pictures as the camera was still able to capture clear pictures with a very low amount of digital noise. Besides the standard Auto, the camera comes with numerous features and controls to adjust white balance, depth of field, ISO levels and shutter speed.

For the selfie taker, the V10 comes with TWO front-facing cameras: one with an 80-degree angle lens and the other with a 120-degree wide angle. Experts preferred the wider lens when taking group shots and the narrower one for regular selfies. They did notice some distortion around the edges when using the wide angles lens, though they add that it's not an uncommon occurrence. Both cameras offer a 5MP resolution, which critics consider quite good and sharp.

While reviewers did like the V10, they consider it more a niche product for a certain market. CNET states, "If the V10's goodies aren't essential…it's best to go with something cheaper."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.82 GHz
Screen Size
5.7"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Brighthand

The LG V10 is built for technology buffs who like their hardware to be both unique and different. This is a special kind of flagship, appealing almost directly to developers and the tech savvy. It’s also a pretty good smartphone in its own right, with an excellent camera, impressive performanc...

- Dragan Petric, Brighthand
TechRadar

The LG V10 is an intriguing phone, thanks to its sliver of a second screen at the top and dual front cameras for extra-wide selfies. It also has a removable battery, microSD slot and 4GB of RAM, but the software isn't refined and it's pricey.

- Matt Swider , TechRadar
The Gadgeteer

I was a little confused when the LG V10 first came out because I didn’t see a need for another line of LG phones that are so similar to the LG G4. Now I am seeing that the LG G5 which will soon be unveiled, will also have a second screen. Regardless as to why LG decided to create the V series,...

- Julie Strietelmeier, The Gadgeteer
Mobile Choice

The V10 is a fantastic product, it is robust, has a fantastic screen and enough quirky and fantastic new features that other manufacturers can only dream of packing into a phone. From the manual video mode to Vine and Instagram friendly video maker and the very novel second screen and the biometric...

- Sunetra Chakravarti, Mobile Choice
Absolute Geeks

The V10 is a step in the right direction in many ways, but, in the end, the biggest seller of the V10 is the camera, and not the second screen. The tiny screen offers some advantages, but they’re largely forgotten in the grander scheme of things. The V10 is a stylish camera phone and sells its...

- Kinan Jarjous, Absolute Geeks


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Common Questions


LG released the V10 on October 30, 2015.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG V10 user manual here.


LG backs up the V10 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5.7"

The LG V10's screen size is 5.7 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.82 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 Hexa core 1.82 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 6.7 days standby time, 1002 minutes, 500 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

LG V10 Specs

Overview
Release date October 30, 2015
Regions available USA, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 Hexa core 1.82 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.59 W/kg
Body: 0.81 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 450 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 500 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1002 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 6.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Stainless steel
Colors Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue, Opal Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.0 x 7.9 x 0.9 cm (6.3 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 192 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 515 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display Color LCD, 1040 x 160 pixels, 2.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Time lapse, HDR, Voice activation, Gesture shot
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Dual camera feature
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Brighthand

A Different Kind of Flagship

from Brighthand

The LG V10 is built for technology buffs who like their hardware to be both unique and different. This is a special kind of flagship, appealing almost directly to developers and the tech savvy. It’s also a pretty good smartphone in its own right, with an excellent camera, impressive performance, and a fine display.

Read full review

The LG V10 is built for technology buffs who like their hardware to be both unique and different. This is a special kind of flagship, appealing almost directly to developers and the tech savvy. It’s also a pretty good smartphone in its own right, with an excellent camera, impressive performance, and a fine display.

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TechRadar

A big Android phone with twice as many screens and front cameras

from TechRadar

The LG V10 is an intriguing phone, thanks to its sliver of a second screen at the top and dual front cameras for extra-wide selfies. It also has a removable battery, microSD slot and 4GB of RAM, but the software isn't refined and it's pricey.

Read full review

The LG V10 is an intriguing phone, thanks to its sliver of a second screen at the top and dual front cameras for extra-wide selfies. It also has a removable battery, microSD slot and 4GB of RAM, but the software isn't refined and it's pricey.

Read full review

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The Gadgeteer

Definitely the one to beat right now

from The Gadgeteer

I was a little confused when the LG V10 first came out because I didn’t see a need for another line of LG phones that are so similar to the LG G4. Now I am seeing that the LG G5 which will soon be unveiled, will also have a second screen. Regardless as to why LG decided to create the V seri...More

I was a little confused when the LG V10 first came out because I didn’t see a need for another line of LG phones that are so similar to the LG G4. Now I am seeing that the LG G5 which will soon be unveiled, will also have a second screen. Regardless as to why LG decided to create the V series, the LG V10 is their flagship phone. A fact which is backed up with a flagship sized price tag.

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Mobile Choice

V is for victory

from Mobile Choice

The V10 is a fantastic product, it is robust, has a fantastic screen and enough quirky and fantastic new features that other manufacturers can only dream of packing into a phone. From the manual video mode to Vine and Instagram friendly video maker and the very novel second screen and the biometric reading power button on the back.

Read full review

The V10 is a fantastic product, it is robust, has a fantastic screen and enough quirky and fantastic new features that other manufacturers can only dream of packing into a phone. From the manual video mode to Vine and Instagram friendly video maker and the very novel second screen and the biometric reading power button on the back.

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Absolute Geeks

Feels like a solid phone

from Absolute Geeks

The V10 is a step in the right direction in many ways, but, in the end, the biggest seller of the V10 is the camera, and not the second screen. The tiny screen offers some advantages, but they’re largely forgotten in the grander scheme of things. The V10 is a stylish camera phone and sells...More

The V10 is a step in the right direction in many ways, but, in the end, the biggest seller of the V10 is the camera, and not the second screen. The tiny screen offers some advantages, but they’re largely forgotten in the grander scheme of things. The V10 is a stylish camera phone and sells itself as one. The fact that the second screen exists is only to show technical prowess rather than meaningful use. It’s also very expensive — so is the camera on that phone really worth owning the phone for? For the avid phone-photographer, perhaps the creativity and excellent image quality is worth the investment. For others, though, the V10 is an expensive fashion phone.

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Pocketnow

Upping the ante

from Pocketnow

The story of the V10 is a basic LG smartphone — with a removable back cover and battery, microSD expansion and a ton of screen acreage, it’s a great canvas to expand upon — and instead of adding on curves and leather, it’s replaced with armor, a toolbelt and more control. Style’s been put away for silicon. UI software tweaks have been passed up for camera software tweaks. And there’s obviously one extra camera on the V10 that isn’t on the G4...

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The story of the V10 is a basic LG smartphone — with a removable back cover and battery, microSD expansion and a ton of screen acreage, it’s a great canvas to expand upon — and instead of adding on curves and leather, it’s replaced with armor, a toolbelt and more control. Style’s been put away for silicon. UI software tweaks have been passed up for camera software tweaks. And there’s obviously one extra camera on the V10 that isn’t on the G4.

This phone has been underrated and downplayed since when we first heard of it, mostly because we’ve considered it to be a niche phone. AT&T certainly thinks of it as a niche phone for the productive kind of people who would use the second screen to do all sorts of wonky things. But let’s not mistake the Second Screen for what the Galaxy Note series can do. And to T-Mobile’s, Verizon’s and even LG’s marketing focus on its cameras, while the extra stuff is nice for the people who would want to use it, we’re not sure if putting those features front and center is the right idea when we’re dealing with most of the same optical hardware we’ve gotten from earlier this year.

So, it just so happens that we’re stuck in the middle — it’s below our affordability threshold, but way above being basic. For power users and general phablet clutchers, if you’ve been waiting on an upgrade this holiday season, we think you should probably bite the bullet and purchase a V10. It’s what we call in the business “all that and more.” 

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Talk Android

What the LG G4 should’ve been

from Talk Android

Should you buy LG’s V10? If you have a G4 (or even a G3, for that matter) then probably not. There isn’t much difference aside from the premium materials and that extra screen. Buying a new back for your G4 takes care of the first problem, and the extra screen at the top of the device doesn’t add too much to the experience as a whole to make it worth dropping the cash on this meager upgrade...

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Should you buy LG’s V10? If you have a G4 (or even a G3, for that matter) then probably not. There isn’t much difference aside from the premium materials and that extra screen. Buying a new back for your G4 takes care of the first problem, and the extra screen at the top of the device doesn’t add too much to the experience as a whole to make it worth dropping the cash on this meager upgrade.

Even if you’re not coming from a newer LG device, it’s hard to recommend the V10 over some of LG’s other available devices, like the G4, simply because a G4 can be found so cheaply now that it isn’t worth spending the extra money here. The battery life is good, and the screen and camera are top notch, but it’s hard to recommend the V10 for anyone that’s not already a huge fan of LG that doesn’t mind an enormous device. If big screens are your thing, and you have to have that removable battery and SD card, though, then the V10 is an extremely compelling option. It’s fast, and the hardware is likely going to stand up to most devices in the next two or three years, assuming LG keeps the software up to date.

If you need a high-end Android phone, you can’t go wrong with the V10. It’s an all around amazing device, checking off almost every box that most people look for in a smartphone. Just make sure the negatives don’t outweigh the positives for you before making a decision. 

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Phandroid

Beautiful main display, smooth performance

from Phandroid

In the past, Android manufacturers would include strange gimmicks to set their phones apart. We look back at those times with rose-colored glasses, but it’s never as good as we remember. All of those weird gimmicks were there to hide flaws and make phones seem more exciting. The V10 is good enough that it doesn’t need any gimmicks...

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In the past, Android manufacturers would include strange gimmicks to set their phones apart. We look back at those times with rose-colored glasses, but it’s never as good as we remember. All of those weird gimmicks were there to hide flaws and make phones seem more exciting. The V10 is good enough that it doesn’t need any gimmicks.

There are a lot of reasons why someone should buy this phone, and the Second Screen is not one of them. Buy this phone for the great camera. Buy it for the big display. Buy it for the battery life. Buy it because you like textured things that feel good in your hand. The Second Screen is like the toy that comes in a Happy Meal. You’re glad you got it, but the main event is the cheeseburger and fries. 

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Phone Scoop

A flagship-class device

from Phone Scoop

The LG V10 is a curious handset. LG attempted to do something unique with the Second Screen, but truly the more impressive features are found in the camera app.

The V10 is a large, heavy smartphone. The stronger polycarbonates and metal components make it a tougher phone, and help change up the family DNA somewhat. The main screen is excellent, the V10 is a powerful voice phone, and data performance on AT&T's network was quite good. LG's apps are quirky, but also useful at times. It's nice to have a fingerprint sensor, and the Android platform is very fast thanks to the huge amount of RAM...

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The LG V10 is a curious handset. LG attempted to do something unique with the Second Screen, but truly the more impressive features are found in the camera app.

The V10 is a large, heavy smartphone. The stronger polycarbonates and metal components make it a tougher phone, and help change up the family DNA somewhat. The main screen is excellent, the V10 is a powerful voice phone, and data performance on AT&T's network was quite good. LG's apps are quirky, but also useful at times. It's nice to have a fingerprint sensor, and the Android platform is very fast thanks to the huge amount of RAM.

The Second Screen offers limited value at best. Yes, it shows notifications on the lock screen, and makes app shortcuts available when using other apps, but it hasn't been truly integrated into any core functions aside from the camera.

Speaking of which, the camera is just insane. If you buy the LG V10, but it for the crazy powerful and fun camera app. LG did a great job with the imaging tools on the V10, and it delivers great results.

I'd recommend the V10 to anyone who's serious about photography.

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AndroidPIT

A bigger, better G4

from AndroidPIT

The V10 has it all, but a lot of it you won’t use. You can’t blame it for lacking features; it has a scanner, stunning display, outstanding camera. But it also has what users ask for, namely microSD and a removable battery. It also brings a few extras that no one asked for, like the dual screen and dual front camera...

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The V10 has it all, but a lot of it you won’t use. You can’t blame it for lacking features; it has a scanner, stunning display, outstanding camera. But it also has what users ask for, namely microSD and a removable battery. It also brings a few extras that no one asked for, like the dual screen and dual front camera.

If the battery and performance were better, the price might make more sense. But it's still a great option to consider if you’re looking for a more advanced smartphone or simply if you like the LG experience. I would expect the price to drop in a few months.

The V10 is a smartphone of big ideas. At this point in 2015, LG remains true to itself, which is probably why we haven’t seen a metal unibody design from the company so far. How many manufacturers can say this? Anyway, that’s our LG V10 review. This is a great smartphone deserving due applause.

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User Reviews


Hardware Issues

My carrier is Verizon, bought phone new. 16 days later screen was frozen and glitching non responsive, I had to pull the battery to get it going again. 18 days later and the phone shut off in between a call, again screen went black and was non responsive, had to pull battery to get going again. Verizon...More
My carrier is Verizon, bought phone new. 16 days later screen was frozen and glitching non responsive, I had to pull the battery to get it going again. 18 days later and the phone shut off in between a call, again screen went black and was non responsive, had to pull battery to get going again. Verizon customer service said software issues and has to get replaced with Verizon warranty "refurbished"! 19 days later, phone won't turn on at all, completely dead. Very unhappy with phone and carrier! I paid for a new phone, not for testing purposes! Oh and one last thing, phone doesn't come with ear buds! Less

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