LG V10 Review, Bullet Proof Flagship

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I’ve been writing about your “everyday” smartphone for a while now, but today I’m pretty excited, as I’ve got something really special to talk about: the LG V10. This fella is one of the most badass devices out there and when I say that I’m especially referring to its design. We all know the internal spark of “pain” we get whenever we drop our preciouses on the floor and LG plans to wipe out that feeling by creating a rugged shock proof device that packs a lot of impressive features under its solid hood. Some of these are a secondary 2.1-inch display placed above the main one, which is a 5.7-inch QHD screen, a 16MP primary camera and a dual-selfie snapper, a Snapdragon 808 chipset, a fingerprint sensor, a replaceable 3,000 mAhbattery and much more. Follow the next review and find out more about this amazing device!

Inside its retail package, the LG V10 comes accompanied by its Quick Charge 2.0 charger, a USB cable and a pair of premium Quad Beat 3 headphones.

The V10 is quite a hefty fella, standing at 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm, with a weight of 192 grams. Given its screen size and the fact that it also features a secondary line-display, the overall size is reasonable (at least in my book) and you won’t be having any issues when handling it if you’re familiar with phablets. The “Dura Guard” chassis is made from 316L stainless steel, which is coated with chromium oxide, which reacts with oxygen when the surface is scratched and “heals” it. The back surface is covered by Dura Skin, a silicone material which is soft to the touch, but very durable, resistant to scratches and also smudges due to its pattern.
The phone is MIL-STD-810G certified for being shock resistant, so it can handle drops without getting hurt or “killed”.

The frontal part of the rugged body is occupied by a 5.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 515 ppi. For improving its resistance to drops and scratches, LG covered the screen with a double layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The Quantum display offers an excellent image quality, with accurate and pleasing colors, wide viewing angles and a great contrast. The sunlight legibility is also very good.
Above the main screen is a secondary 2.1 inches display which has a resolution of 160 x 1040 pixels. It holds toggles for the Camera, Flashlight, Wi-Fi or Volume, music controls, shortcuts and notifications, enabling you to control these without waking up the phone.

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At the software section, the LG V10 comes packed with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop which has been tweaked by LG for offering a better user experience. After unlocking the device via the fingerprint scanner/Knock code/double tapping/PIN or password, you’ll be greeted by the homescreen, which holds shortcuts, widgets or folders. The notification area holds a row of quick toggles, a brightness slider and a volume one, a row of Qslide shortcuts which can be hidden, as well as the sliders, and the notifications. Although there’s much more to the interface than what I’m writing here, the bottom line is that browsing through it is smooth and enjoyable, being intuitive and user friendly.

In terms of hardware, the LG V10 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset, having a dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU and a quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 418 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64G of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The handset is a great performer and will handle any task with ease, providing you with a proper user experience.

For snapping pictures, the LG V10 is equipped with a 16MP camera with laser autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 5312 x 2988 pixels, has a 1.2.6” sensor, an f/1.8 lens, optical image stabilization and a LED flash for assisting in low light conditions. The camera interface is extremely rich in features, holding support for manual settings (white balance, exposure compensation, ISO, shutter speed and more), RAW shooting, front and rear curtain sync and more – and a lot of these features are available for the video camera. The photos produced by the V10 are amazing, with accurate colors, excellent contrast, a lot of details and minimal noise.
The video camera is equally awesome and will produce some charming 4K videos.
You have two front-facing cameras for taking selfies, the first having an 80° lens and the other a 120° wide one, enabling you to fit more of your surroundings when you’re taking a selfie.

Some other neat stuff from the LG V10’s basket full of goodies are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting around, LG Health for monitoring your activities, the QRemote application for controlling your TV/air conditioner through the infra-red sensor, a file manager and more.

The LG V10 is kept alive by a replaceable 3,000 mAh battery and will endure more than two days under a moderate usage.

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