LG V10 Hands On-12

The LG V10 is one of the best Android smartphones you can buy right now, and apparently many folks in the U.S. agree. According to The Korea Herald, LG says it has sold upwards of 450,000 V10 units in the United States roughly 45 days after the initial launch of the phone. This translates to about 10,000 units sold per day, which is surely an impressive feat.

The company said the handset has proven most popular with the younger generation, with about 37% of its buyers falling between the ages of 25 and 34. This is perhaps partially due to the ease of creating high quality video content on the V10, and the fact that it’s the first smartphone to employ a manual video recording mode.

As a refresher, the LG V10 features a 5.7-inch IPS Quantum Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and a secondary 2.1-inch display that can be used for app shortcuts, notifications and much more. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 4GB of RAM, and comes with 64 gigabytes of on-board storage with microSD card expansion up to 2 terabytes. It has one of the best cameras on the market, and as previously noted, has a Manual Video Mode for more granular control when taking video.

What are your thoughts on the V10? Let us know your thoughts.


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  • Karly Johnston

    If they could just fix that fingerprint reader and battery life they would have knocked it out of the park.

    • Keith Taylor

      And that is what bothers me

    • Jonathan Parks

      There’s some company making (maybe selling already) a 9000mah battery for it. If you’re taking about the scanner not working with cases, people are saying it’s all the phone’s fault, but couldn’t the cases just add a metal strip running along the sides? It shouldn’t be necessary, but the case designers could have made it work


        Zero Lemon?

        • Jonathan Parks

          Yeah, it’s already listed on their site too, but as unavailable, and it’s nowhere else yet. I wish LG would release one themself, with the same texture and design as the stock back. For triple the life, I’d accept doubling the thickness, then it would make up for any other shortcomings by never having to worry about games killing my phone before I get home.

          • moew

            So the already very heavy V10 requires another battery pack/case to come close to current flagships. I think these new hipsters all carry purses, so it’s a non-issue.

          • Jonathan Parks

            Mine seems to have decent battery life, but more never hurts. And even if it is below average, tripling it would be at least twice every other phone’s battery life.

    • I don’t know how you use your phone but my V10 is still at 60% at the end of my work day. The finger print scanner works fine, I don’t use a case though. After seeing the results of AA’s drop test I don’t feel the need (never needed it on my nexus 5) . These are just my opinion and experience as an owner.

    • Miguel Vega

      You should try an Evocel case. My fingerprint reader works flawlessly with it.

    • Ahmed Azan

      Battery life sucks because the screen is the size of a billboard at Yankee stadium

      • 3165dwayne

        What’s wrong with your eyes? I get 5hr sot but that’s because I removed the bloatware

        • moew

          And probably running 10% brightness :) Either way, your phone isn’t stock and most of those paltry 450k won’t care about doing what you did to your heavy phone.

  • Keith Taylor

    Thus is 1 of 4 that I am considering. S7,Note5,G4 And if cheap enough S6 edge

  • Jean-Luc Ensch

    I “ve been using a V10 for the last 2 weeks. If you use a smartphone for its smart qualities, it is probably the best device you can own today.
    Excellent screen and sound,fast, expandable through a micro SD card, dependable through its removable battery,… the V10 is everything a modern smartphone should be.
    The killing feature is obviously the second screen, which allows to access 5 favorite apps and five favorite contacts in no time at all.

    I owned 2 Galaxy Notes before and have no regrets. With the V10,the smartphone becomes an intelligent phone, the ideal device for the road runner.

    • albert c

      I agree
      and the new notes are without
      expanded sd card
      that is a big mistake from Samsung

    • The-Sailor-Man

      Having 2 Galaxy Notes before and saying V10 is the best means nothing , but that you have never use Note as a Note, and you only needed large display.
      BTW Note 4 is still the best , for ppl , real Note users, that need SD and removable battery.

      • Jean-Luc Ensch

        Well, I want to get rid of mine. How much do you offer for “still the best ” ?

    • stfu

      The note 4 is more intuitive and allows for greater functionality than the v10; in essence a smarter phone. However, the latter’s manual camera is sure to be a decisive factor for many, and while the purpose of its dual screen can be achieved by other means, it’s as refreshing as it can get. Indeed, i like this handset much much better than the g-series. Shame about its battery life though.

      • Jean-Luc Ensch

        So far, I can just guarantee that I had no battery problem, starting the day at 8 am and ending around 8 pm …
        Add to this that the V10 is faster and that LG updates Android versions faster than Samsung and you will understand why I switched

        • stfu

          Perhaps it matters to you, as it does to many others, but updates aren’t a factor for me. I don’t need to have the latest android version on my phone. I don’t need to have a millisecond faster phone either. Utility matters to me and reliability. The latter is where battery life comes in as i want a phone that lasts me a day with moderate to heavy usage. So in those regards, the note 4 definitely is my go-to. The v10 or lg for that matter just isn’t able to achieve those.

  • Jonathan Parks

    It also had and has some good rebates going, making it cheaper (if you get it), and there was a free 64gb mSD card, battery, and cradle deal going. Those deals make it very attractive, despite the 808 making it one of the slowest flagships.

    • Sanka Muzikant

      With the offer it was the 200gb microSD card, not the 64gb

      • Jonathan Parks

        It was 200gb when it first came out, then changed to 64gb for the until the 20th, now the deal is over last I checked

    • While the 808 is slower than the 810 that is like comparing super cars and say one has a top speed of 200mph vs 220mph. Fast is fast and my V10 is fast enough that I’m never I mean NEVER waiting on it. Even with the lg skin on android it is smooth and quick. Personally I think we have reached a point where cpu speed isn’t important. At least not like it used to be. Jmho

      • Jonathan Parks

        It’s really fast, but I have seen some lag in games like airborne 8, real racing 3, and hearthstone (which I dont think it should have any problem with). It may be due to the resolution, but real racing looks like it’s running at 1080p or so. It also gets really hot in the first 2 games. This is my first android so it’s a lot different, the 2 racing games ran flawlessly on my 5c, which had all of 1gb ram and shouldn’t compare to this thing (although it was still pretty fast really)

        • 3165dwayne

          That tells you that it’s the developers that need to improve the apps, right?

    • 3165dwayne

      Got the 200GB free SD offer. I had previously filled up my 64Gb card. Thanks LG!

  • mrjayviper

    only 450k units? I seriously doubt LG executives would think that’s a homerun

    • Sinan Cagrı Kurt

      I think you are forgetting this new phone doesn’t have brand recognition as “G” series or Samsung “s” series. So LG is building new product line from scratch..

      • mrjayviper

        It does use the name LG in front though :) and considering the price, any consumer would understand that’s it’s not a entry level or mid-tier phone

  • Those aren’t good numbers at all. Change the headline immediately.

    • Sinan Cagrı Kurt

      I think you are forgetting this new phone doesn’t have brand recognition as “G” series or Samsung “s” series. So LG is building new product line from scratch

  • Diego

    I love mine.
    I’m buying from lg in 2016.

  • Camilla/קמילה

    I love my V10.

  • billcollier

    I’m 62 and of course I don’t fall into the stats. I went from the nexus 6 to the v10 for 2 reasons, the camara and the earbud sound quality. The only other addition to this phone is if it had dual front facing speakers in hifi. Lg would have me for a long time.

    • 3165dwayne

      I like the clean sounds but it’s still not loud enough

      • billcollier

        I agree

  • KineticAirbag

    I’m glad to see LG getting some good news.

  • I’m so happy for LG. They promoted the V10 pretty smart and effectively. I was going to get the V10, but I decided to wait for the V11 (or whatever the successor is called) because it may have LG’s new processor or possibly the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. I want a better camera and image processor. I had the G4, so I wanted a huge upgrade, so I updated against getting it. the G4’s battery life is pretty sucky too, though you can use multiple batteries, it still sucks.

  • Ahmed Azan

    Thoughts? How about making a version in a size smaller than my television


      You need a bigger TV bro

    • Marc Perrusquia

      I can’t stand all of these morons b*tching about phones they think are too big. News flash there are tons of options for smaller phones and larger phones like 6″+ flagships have been killed off because off whiners like you. Every time there’s been a 6″ flagship they’ve neutered the size or never released a successor because of whiners like you. We still haven’t gotten and may never get a Z Ultra successor. Go buy an iPhone, or z5 compact if you want a small flagship. Stop taking away options from the rest of us. If you can’t hold a 6″ phone you seriously need bigger hands by the way. The V10 is almost 6″ when counting both screens but the primary display is still only 5.7″ which is the biggest anyone will make this year for a flagship.

    • Henry Pham

      Look at the G4.

  • charlie Jason

    Interesting coincidence, but 450,000 units in 45 days is actually really, really few…

    • Sinan Cagrı Kurt

      I think you are forgetting this new phone doesn’t have brand recognition as “G” series or Samsung “s” series. So LG is building new product line from scratch.

    • Amartan Suraopapa

      This only one model beat all the Blackberry lineup!!!

    • When you consider how many Android phones are currently available, and Samsung usually dominates. 450K for one model is good. I have a Note 4, and disappointed with the Note 5 lack of memory card slot and removable battery. If my Note 4 died today, the V10 would be a perfect replacement.

      • The-Sailor-Man

        And how TF V10 could be Note replacement??? LOL
        Note 4 is still on the market to buy new one. And it’s still great.

      • stfu

        I fail to see how it could. Unless all you do with your phone is call, send text messages, and take pictures.

  • Anon

    sounds nice when you say it like that buy thats a pretty low number

  • jasonlowr

    Glad that they are doing good. But it’s really ugly to me. And im very happy that I got myself an s6 edge +, especially in gold. Got so much attention during my Christmas party. Which is exactly what I like.

    • Olle

      Interesting. Although I’ve always thought that’s what iPhone buyers do, I’ve never actually seen anyone admit they buy a phone to get attention. Is S6 Edge + the new iPhone? :)

    • Marty

      Heh…this is the first LG phone I’ve found to look nice. Love the styling.

  • Pomacat

    Here’s my two cents. I got the T-Mobil v10 when it was released and all the phones I have had over the years this is the best of them all. Sure made my Samsung Galaxy S5 look bad in comparison. If you don’t mind holding a big phone it’s great. No lag and a great screen that I can see in bright light unlike the S5.

  • Mark Kendrick

    It seems like a really nice phone, played with one at the TMO store. I hope sales continue but didn’t it have a promo that included an extra battery, charging cradle and a 200Gb SD card? That may have influenced sales but as i said I hope sales continue and only get better.

    • 3165dwayne

      I didn’t know anything about the SD card or extra battery when I bought it.

      • Mark Kendrick

        That sucks it was an awesome promotion and I would have taken advantage of it but I use the Note 5’s s-pen.

        • 3165dwayne

          That doesn’t mean I didn’t find out in time. I’m just saying that it wasn’t a factor in my purchase since iI didn’t know of it.

          • Mark Kendrick

            That’s cool! Like I said if it wasn’t for the fact I use the s-pen I would have purchased it myself, it’s definitely a sweet device. Happy Holidays to you.

  • chris tragedia

    Um.. No

  • Hakeem Shaw

    Bought the LG V10 on November 10, upgrading from the LG G4… I only had the G4 for around a month, which I loved the device. But when I saw the ads for the V10 I just new I had to have it..

    Because I bought it before Nov 15th I received a extra ?, ? charger and 200GB SD card… This phone is a beast… I haven’t sat it down since I bought it…. The camera, video quality, speed, build quality, etc… If your not a power user then this isn’t the device for you..

    • Zenpen

      Spot on! I now it’s a old post, but but LGV10 are a BEAST just is what it is a TANK of a phone!

  • ryq24

    No surprise there. LG V10 is definitely one of the most beautiful phone right now. And its even cheaper than Sony’s Z5 premium and got better reviews than the Z5. Sony could learn a thing or two from LG.

    • Marty

      Not here in the states. The Z5P is typically $650 or slightly under. The V10 is $700.

      • 3165dwayne

        $600 from tmobile

        • Marty

          Locked to T-Mo. The unlocked one is upwards of $700. The Z5P is unlocked at around $650.

  • Marty

    Not here in the states. The Z5P is $650. The V10 is $700.

  • 404

    25-34 those are the hipster years

  • Optimatical

    Very smart of them not to use that stupid garbage throttling Snapdragon 810. They used the 808 in the G4 with 3GB RAM and it outbenchmarks the Galaxy Edge Plus. Then again Samsung anything is garbage, no one wants to root a phone they just bought just to have a non-crap launcher. Touchwiz is a massive fail.

  • carhauler1969

    In my opinion the LG V10 is the most underrated overachieving phone of 2015.

    Bought it launch day in the US, nearly 2 months in & the LG V10 is the first phone I’ve owned since the HTC Evo 4G in 2010 that I haven’t immediately rooted right out of the box, & have no desire to root it…


    Kudos to LG for fixing the lag fest that was the LG G4, & for making the V10 a for real ‘flagship’ phone.

  • The-Sailor-Man

    45 000 is not a big number at all.
    But for the media even 45 000 that don’t go to Samsung , is great news. Even if LG is another korean company.
    Apple FTW. Right?

    • KRS

      It’s not 45,000 it’s 450,000
      For a company trying to make a good come back that is a good start since the g4 didn’t do great.

  • N6P master race checking in – hello!

  • SamsaraGuru

    Samsung made a big mistake when they decided to Appleize their S6 and Note 5 with no removable battery and no SD card. Why a company that makes 60, 70, 80?different phones (most of which are noteworthy only because they are not); that actually does its own manufacturing rather than farm it out like Apple can’t understand that if they turn their back on a segment of the market that actually does value real, long lasting value – unlike the “If it glitters it must be gold (and sexy)” crowd – is beyond me. Fine, make their me too Apple versions if their focus groups say they must – but also offer a version of it that doesn’t make it impossible for me to even consider their products – period.

    LG apparently is not commonsense challenged and the market is rewarding them. Making videos has no a big pull on me; I prefer stills, though I don’t discount its appeal to many, however just as one normally doesn’t date someone simply because they have only one of the criteria that makes them fit “your type” (at least if you want to find them interesting for more than an hour or so) longer term relationships that “just work” and become meaningful must encompass the whole package.

    In the case of the LG V10, a nice sized screen, fast processor, plenty of RAM, removable battery etc, will make this a device cost less and overall be more enjoyable in the long run because it won’t self-destruct as its sealed battery dies it’s planned, timed practically to he moment death designed to induce you to buy a new phone.

  • André On

    V10 is awesome. It does everything my Note 3 poorly did. LG UX is way better than TouchWiz.
    The BEST Android phone in the market right now. Period.

  • viktor

    I belive that V10 is good phone, buth 5.7 inch is to big for me.

    • Brady Schwartz

      Said no woman ever!

  • TMorob

    I had a Note 4 and I can tell you easily how the V10 just bury’s the Note 4. The Note 4 is laggy behind touch wiz, while the V10 has zero lag going from unlock to home screen. The extra 1G of RAM helps with that. LG’s UI isn’t as bad as Samsung’s touch wiz. The only thing the Note 4 has over the V10 is the screen, the Amoled screen is sharper then the V10’s but other than that the V10 smokes the Note 4 on every turn easy! The S Pen, please not even missing it. The LG V10 has screen write, the air commands were glitchy and pointless. I feel also that Samsung destroyed themselves by not adding a removable battery and SD card slot. If LG keeps it up my next phone will be LG.

    • stfu

      The only thing the note 4 has over the v10 is the screen? That’s a good laugh.