LG V10 review

The Good The sturdily designed LG V10 gives users more camera control with manual modes for both photos and video, a fingerprint sensor, two front-facing cameras for wider selfie shots, expandable memory and a removable battery.

The Bad The handset is pricey, its secondary display doesn’t offer any essential necessities and its manual camera features require some time to learn.

The Bottom Line The feature-packed V10 is LG’s best smartphone yet — just be prepared to pay a premium for its selfie- and photo-friendly extras.

8.2 Overall

If you find the secondary display useful and photo features compelling, the V10 is an excellent phone, and it doesn’t cost as much as the other high-end, large-screen dual-display Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. But if you’re like me and don’t absolutely need all the V10’s bells and whistles, there are cheaper flagships available, such as the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition, the Google Nexus 6P and even LG’s own G4, which has similar core features as the V10, but cost about $100 less.


In the US, the V10 will be available on T-Mobile starting October 28 for $600 without a contract. However, you can pay with $25 monthly payments over 25 months as well. On November 6, AT&T customers will be able to purchase the device for $700 with no contract, or $250 with a two-year agreement. Verizon will also sell the handset, though no pricing or date have been released yet.

Outside the US, LG plans to launch the phone in Asia including China, Latin America and the Middle East.

Design and build

  • 6.3 by 3.12 by 0.34 inches (159.6 by 79.36 by 8.6mm)
  • 6.77 ounces (192 grams)

The V10 has stainless steel rails running down its left and right edges and metallic accents around the camera and front-facing audio grille, making it one of the most premium-looking handsets LG has designed to date. It comes in five colors, and I got my hands on modern beige. This isn’t my favorite of the five (the color reminds me of hospital walls), but the device’s overall aesthetic is pleasing.

The phone feels pretty weighty in the hand, but it actually looks like it would be heavier than it really feels. Given its big-screen size, not everyone’s going to dig the V10. It didn’t fit comfortably in my front jean pockets (or back pocket, while we’re at it) and unless you have a large enough grip, maneuvering it with one hand will be difficult. (To help out with this problem though, LG has “Mini View,” which shrinks and pushes the screen’s interface to the bottom left or right corners).

Cameras and video

  • 16-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • Two 5-megapixel front-facing cameras
  • Can record 2,160p (rear) and 1,080p video (front)
  • Camera features include multi-view and Snap

Photo quality for the rear camera was great. I shot in Auto mode and images looked sharp with true-to-life colors and even lighting. Touch focusing was fast and I was particularly impressed with night time shooting. Even with the low light, the camera was able to capture images clearly, though there was some expected amount of grain and digital noise. For more about photo quality, check out the pictures below. And be sure to click on each image to see them at their full resolutions.

Video quality was also excellent. Both moving and still objects were sharp and nearby and distant audio recorded well. The camera adjusted quickly to different focus lengths and lighting situations and colors were accurate.

In this outdoor photo, the flower petals are in focus and its colors are true-to-life

Despite the low light, the camera managed to capture a lot of detail in this nighttime shot.

In this indoor image, the lighting both inside and outside the building is even and exposed nicely.


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