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.