LG V20 Review & Comparison vs Nexus 6P vs Note 5 vs Pixel XL vs S7 Edge!

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In this review of LG V20, we will be comparing its core features against other flagships like the Pixel XL, S7 Edge, Nexus 6P, and Note 5.

First, LG V20 is a 5.7-inch phablet smartphone with 1440P IPS LCD w/ secondary screen, 2 back cameras (One F1.8 16MP and One 8MP F2.4 wide-angle), 1 front wide-angle camera (that also crops in), Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, removable back cover (made from aircraft-grade aluminum), 3200mAh removable battery, IR blaster, micro-SD card slot, and an active noise-cancellation microphone.  LG V20 also comes with a quad-DAC with a more powerful amplifier that’s capable of powering headphones (that usually require amps).

LG V20 is probably LG’s best smartphone in terms of features, design, and also battery life.  Battery life is the longest of all LG phones I have tried with an SOT (Screen-On-Time) of 6+ hours.  With Galaxy Note 7 out of the way, LG V20 is a very impressive 5.7-inch phablet you can buy this year that comes loaded with features other flagships don’t offer.  It is also the ONLY 5.7-inch “flagship” smartphone you can buy this year.

We could probably talk about every little feature of LG V20 all day but really, wouldn’t you want to know how it compares to other similar-sized smartphones?  In the 5.7-inch class, LG V20’s only competition are the last year’s Nexus 6P and Galaxy Note 5.   Although not in the same class of phones, if you are willing to settle on smaller 5.5-inch smartphones, you can also consider Pixel XL or Galaxy S7 Edge, which are phones that came out in 2016.

Let’s take a look:

LG V20 vs. Nexus 6P vs. Galaxy Note 5 vs. Pixel XL vs. Galaxy S7 Edge

LG V20

  • Snapdragon 820 – Faster processor
  • 5.7-inch 1440P IPS LCD Screen
  • Not the best low-light performer but better than most.
  • Offers wide-angle camera to capture wide-angle photos and 4K videos.
  • Full native manual mode for both photos and videos.  LG V20 is king of manual mode, better than Samsung phones.
  • Excellent OIS stabilization offered for 4K and OIS + software stabilization for 1080P.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat – Software is up to the latest and best Android OS.
  • 6+ hours of SOT battery life.  Also you can carry extra batteries for longer battery life.
  • IR Blaster/TV Remote, Secondary screen for notifications/shortcuts, HD Audio recording, Quad-DAC
  • Micro-SD card slot

Nexus 6P

  • Snapdragon 810 – Slower processor
  • 5.7-inch 1440P AMOLED Screen
  • Excellent low-light photography w/ wide dynamic range, still “shares” king of low-light photos with Google Pixel phones.
  • No OIS/stabilization for 4K.   EIS is abysmally okay.
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat – Software can easily be upgraded to Google’s official Android Nougat.
  • 5+ hours of SOT battery life.
  • No Micro-SD card slot

 

Galaxy Note 5

  • Exynos 7420 – Slower processor
  • 5.7-inch 1440P AMOLED Screen – Even though it’s last year’s phone, the screen is still more advanced than most, still brighter than LG V20.
  • Excellent low-light photos/videos, not as good as 6P/Pixel for photos but better than LG V20.
  • Excellent OIS and software stabilization offered for 4K and 1080P.
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow – Software takes quite awhile to get updated but you can root and install custom ROM to get updates faster.
  • 6+ hours of SOT battery life.
  • S-Pen and many software features
  • No Micro-SD card slot

Pixel XL

  • Snapdragon 821 – Performance is not faster than 820, about the same
  • 5.5-inch 1440P AMOLED Screen – Not as bright as Note 5 but still brighter than LG V20
  • Excellent low-light photography w/ wide dynamic range, still “shares” king of low-light photos with Nexus 6P.
  • Excellent EIS/Gyro in 4K (perhaps the king of 4K), also offers EIS/Gyro + software stabilization for 1080P.
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 8+ hours of SOT battery life.
  • Google Assistant

Galaxy S7 Edge

  • Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890
  • 5.5-inch 1440P AMOLED Screen – Brighter than Note 5, best screen.
  • Excellent low-light photos/videos, not as good as 6P/Pixel for photos but better than LG V20.
  • Excellent OIS and software stabilization offered for 4K and 1080P.
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow – Software takes quite awhile to get updated but you can root and install custom ROM to get updates faster.
  • 10+ hours of SOT battery life.
  • Curved display w/ Edge Screen Panels
  • IP68 water-resistant rating – best in its class for water-proof/water-resistance
  • Many software features
  • Micro-SD card slot.

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2 Responses

  1. steve hawm says:

    Do you think someone will put out a phone that I’d water proof with expandable storage and a removable battery

  2. Mike says:

    I would strongly recommend against getting an LG V20 H990ds (International dual sim) LG for some idiotic reason doesn’t allow unlocking bootloader, and there is a few forums on how to do it, thanks to some fantastic work and persistence from emdroidle on XDA-developers.com But still complicated and a few bugs on it.
    I think if LG doesn’t change their ways I’m going to choose not to purchase another LG product until the world is flooded in urin and they have the only device that can keep me alive.