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I'll relate this as a little story.

I have found your Christmas present!

Beach  Male  Dorset
1-Dec-2019 18:32 Message #4763912
OK. We know there are plain and dull budget smartphones, (for around £100), decent mid priced phones from around £200 - £400 and top end flagship phones from around £500 - £1000.

Well. Although I’m computer guy and make a living including offering Android smartphone and tablet tuition, in the past I have only ever bought plain basic phones purely for their apps and internet access. (I don’t ever top up my phones for making phone calls – though customers can ring still ring me on the things). Anyway, these days, people donate me old smartphones as part of my recycling policy so I haven’t actually had to buy a new smartphone for years. Until now.

I recently bought a 3D camera, (the Insta360 ONE X), that records in 5K, extremely high definition 3D video and photos BUT the 3D camera is so baddass that it requires a top of the range, (expensive), flagship smartphone with a beefy processor AND a high end dedicated, graphics chip to process and edit its huge, high quality, 5K video / photographic files. The Insta360 works best mated with such a beast of a smartphone.

So … I was resigned to spending £700 - £1000 on a Google Pixel phone, a Samsung S10 or a Huawei P20 Pro or P30. (One of several expensive new models officially compatible with my Insta360 3D camera), but then, by chance, I found myself reading an Insta360 forum where one person commented that their 3 year old LG V20 smartphone worked just fine with the demanding Insta360 app software and I thought, “I need to check out this LG V20 myself.”

Bris? Are you reading? I want your 2nd opinion based on what I am about to reveal. :-)

Turns out that the LG V20 smartphone was LG’s $830 flagship offering just a couple of years ago BUT, unlike other flagship phones of a couple of years ago, the LG V20 is currently available all over ebay, “boxed, brand new and guaranteed” from … just about £100! (I paid £101 for mine).

The LG V20 was promoted by Verizon, an American broadband provider and it never reached these shores as a product though it is compatible with UK cellular broadband providers.

It has a beast of a processor, a suitable graphics chip AND 64GB of internal memory AND, importantly, natively, built in, it processes 4K video files right out the box.

On reading and watching reviews on Youtube, the phone receives, absolute, 100% positive reviews and the LG V20 is talked about and still favourably compared against contemporary (new) flagship phones and held in the highest esteem.


Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo processors), an Adreno 530 graphics chip, Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie), Brilliant dual cameras, (16 MP, f/1.8, 29mm (standard), 1/2.6", Laser AF, 3-axis OIS AND 8 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide), 64 GB of internal memory, a 5.7” LCD screen and "The best audio chip (for recording) in ANY other smartphone". (It’s a big, phablet style phone) and an aluminium body … with removable battery.

It also has a military grade rating for durability. (Being dropped!)

Anyway … Just saying … if anyone wants a flagship top end smartphone that was selling for £650 ($830) when released in the U.S.A in late 2016, it is available today, boxed and brand new on ebay for around £100.
Beach  Male  Dorset
1-Dec-2019 18:59 Message #4763914
LG V20: Most Underrated Phone?! (Title of following Youtube video).

“It drives higher impedance headphones” … with a specialised audio deck especially suited to musicians, is “military grade shock resistant”, it has a slim “second screen” still active when the phone is off, it has a fingerprint reader doubling as a power button, it has removable storage … and more!

Other Youtube reviews are just as positive.

It seems everybody rates this phone.

HOWEVER … (The following doesn’t bother me because they are reviewing this phone against the best current phones in the world!)

The LCD screen gets a knock because it isn’t like the latest AMOLED screens … but hey, we can’t blame the phone for being 2 – 3 years old. (Before Amoled became the new standard?).

Amoled screens are, apparently, a bit brighter than LCD but, jeez, we’ve all been happy with LCD all these years so why knock this flagship phone for having a, (still highly rated), LCD screen?

One other comment was an, apparent, “lag” between turning the screen on via the fingerprint sensor … though, remember, this phone is still being compared with brand new £1000 phones that, presumably, offer some instant response. (I watched the reviewer showing this fact on Youtube but didn’t see any noticeable lag.)

Anyway. Any of us using mid range or cheap phones probably accept and experience serious lag all the time. And when I say “lag”, we are probably talking fractions of seconds, not actual seconds.

One last thing that LG is known for with its previous phones is the “rotate screen” feature playing up.

A reviewer reminded his viewers of this past issue but said he’d never seen it on the LG V20.

My LG V20 should arrive in a couple of days.

I’ll report back once I’ve reviewed it myself. :-)
Topaz53  Female  Northamptonshire
1-Dec-2019 19:08 Message #4763917

Blooming hec well that just whizzed right over my head :/

Can I just stick to a box of chocolates or bottle of wine please... Lol ;)
Beach  Male  Dorset
1-Dec-2019 19:14 Message #4763920
OK. I'll simplify things.

If you're planning buying a smartphone on a budget, you might consider buying a plastic Samsung or Huawei phone with 16GB storage and a mediocre processor for £99 or buy the beast that is the LG V20 and get yourself a 64GB racehorse of a mobile device with the processing power of a proper PC! :-)
Beach  Male  Dorset
1-Dec-2019 19:15 Message #4763921
For the same price!
Topaz53  Female  Northamptonshire
1-Dec-2019 19:19 Message #4763922
Thanks, saves me going onto Google translate and would save you from repetitive strain injury ;)

That's a good price actually !
Beach  Male  Dorset
1-Dec-2019 19:37 Message #4763924
It is. :-)
Victoriana11  Female  Buckinghamshire
1-Dec-2019 20:17 Message #4763926
Sounds very interesting Beachy. I didnt understand too much of the jargon above (smiling) but I would be interested in knowing how you rate it when using it - do please let us know.

V x
Beach  Male  Dorset
1-Dec-2019 20:54 Message #4763933
Will do, V. :-) x

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