LG V10 was designed for durability. It’s ‘ruggedly handsome’ body consists of a stainless steel inner frame and silicon bumpers that absorb shock should the phone be dropped. The back cover is made from Duraskin, a textured rubber that feels good to the touch and best of all, it resists scratches and dings. V10 has plenty of body armor and the design eliminates the need for a case. So just how durable is it? At a regional launch event in Dubai, I watched as the V10 was drop tested – not once, but twice – and it passed.
From a standing position, a gentleman about 5’7″ tall dropped the phone from shoulder height. The smartphone crashed onto the marble floor and split into three pieces that slid in opposite directions. The front cover, back cover and battery were separated. I watched with anticipation as the phone was reassembled. No problems there because the V10 was designed with a removable battery; a nice option to have as you can pop in a backup battery when you can’t wait to recharge. Then, the reboot. V10 powered up and worked properly just as it had prior to the drop. We inspected the case for dings and imperfections and there were none. The fortified LG V10 had done what few other smartphones are capable of without a case; it survived a fall – twice.
Consistent with prior LG smartphone models, the fingerprint sensor is located on the back of the phone. The sensor is positioned to take advantage of your natural hand placement and once you’re used to it, it’s a welcome change. However, what I never became comfortable with was the placement of the volume buttons on the back of the device. Given the placement of the buttons (above and below the fingerprint censor) and the size of the phone, controlling the volume felt awkward. Furthermore, using the volume+power button method to take a screenshot was even more awkward and rarely successful. Thankfully, LG’s Capture+ application, can be used instead.
All things considered, the LG V10 is well designed. Durability does however come at a price. V10 is large, heavy and in my opinion, it has a masculine aesthetic.
The most practical feature of the LG V10 has to be the second screen. V10 has a 5.7 inch QHD IPS Quantum main display and a second, smaller, 1.2 inch display that’s always on. This gives users quick access to information like battery usage and time without having to ‘wake up’ the phone. Second Screen makes the most sought after information available at-a-glance.
LG V10 features a 16MP rear camera and dual 5MP front cameras; one with a standard angle lens and one with a wide angle lens up to 120 degrees. The options on the front camera work well and allow you to capture more in selfies with very little effort. The quality of photos taken with the V10 is great. Images are crisp and vivid. What really sets the V10 camera apart from the others is its ability to function like a DSLR. Although, I’m pretty much a point and shoot kind of girl with my smartphone, I could surely get used manual shooting modes on my mobile.
LG V10 performed well. I didn’t experience any notable problems. However, smartphones typically become sluggish as memory nears full which is likely to happen quickly because so much comes pre-installed on the V10. I still have no idea why there are widgets on the phone or what they should be used for.
The UI is okay. I cant say that I love it. LG V10 runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and has a few proprietary software apps that I like. First, there’s Capture+ which can be launched from the second screen. It’s the easiest way to take a screenshot on the V10 and it allows you to edit and save changes to the image.
The QuickRemote app worked seamlessly with my LG TV. I just pointed the phone towards the TV and tapped the power button to test it. The TV was successfully turned off so I advanced to test the settings. They worked too. I was able to control volume, mute, Chanel (arrows or keypad), settings and set a list of favorite channels using the V10. The Magic Remote app only works with registered LG smart TVs released after 2012 so I couldn’t test that because apparently my TV is old and dumb.
I’m a jotter! My mind is always on and ideas are constsntly flowing. To ensure that I don’t loose important thoughts or memories I make notes. Consequently, I need a good note taking app at all times. QuickMemo+ fits the bill. With it, I can sort by category, search, add reminders, import notes and photos, stylize text (bold, italics, underline) and draw with my finger.
Miracast allows you to cast what’s on your mobile screen to your TV. With the feature turned on it automatically scans for available devices. V10 found my Google chromecast alternative within 3 seconds but screen casting is not optimized for that device. For a moment I thought something truly magical was about to happen. I thought that the phone would connect to Chromecast which would in turn, cast to the TV enabling me to bypass the need for apps with official casting ability. That would open up the entire web for casting. No such luck.
LG V10 is powered by a 3000mAh removable battery. As I mentioned above, the option to swap out the battery easily is a welcomed feature. I charged the phone every night out of habit but after heavy social media and email usage it never depleted.