gets you the same guts as the G5, without any of the modular nonsense, and with much improved build quality and some unique features thanks to the second display. As before, you can use the secondary ticker above the main screen to see app shortcuts, show a personal message or view notifications.
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And the removable battery option is back, with the V20's 3,200mAh swappable cell living behind a metal back panel, which pops off when you hit the release switch.
On the camera side, the V20 is every bit as good as the G5, with a main 16-megapixel sensor behind an f/1.8 lens, and a secondary wide-angle camera for fitting in more detail. LG's also packed in new autofocus and stabilization technologies not present in that phone for even smoother video.
The V20 represents a significant milestone in the Android world too — it's the first phone to ship with Android 7.0 nougat out of the box, though you're still looking at LG's UX as opposed to a the cleaner Android UI you'd get on a Nexus.
Bottom line: The V20 is easily LG's best phone ever. You get the proven cameras of the G5, along with Android Nougat and a solid metal chassis, plus the rarity of a removable battery
The cancellation and subsequent second recall of the Samsung Galaxy note 7, the LG V20 has taken the phone's spot as the best big phone for most people. With a stunning 5.7-inch display, the latest Snapdragon chip and 64GB of storage by default, the V20 is a lot of phone.
But it also reinforces the fact that LG knows what it's doing, and that the G5 was more an aberration than a way forward. While the V20 still hasn't penetrated far behind its home country of Korea, in our time with the pre-production model of the phone, it showed a lot of promise from both a hardware and software perspective. Other than the Pixel phones, it is the first device to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat, and that advantage is clear from the moment you turn on the phone. Moreover, while the camera quality may not be as good as samsung galaxy s7 stands up to serious scrutiny.
Huawei mate 9
Huawei has made great progress over the past year, and its latest flagship, the Mate 9, stands out as the best big phone for buyers outside the United States. That's largely thanks to Huawei's much improved EMUI 5 software experience, based on Android Nougat. But the Mate 9 also benefits from a massive 5.9-inch 1080p screen in a body the same size as last year's 5.7-inch Nexus 6P.
Beyond its size and software, the Mate 9 nails the fundamentals of a great Android experience, with quick performance, an ample 64GB of storage as standard, plus microSD expansion, and a capable dual camera setup. Unlike LG, Huawei combines two cameras with the same focal length, but with one OIS (optical image stabilization) 12MP camera capturing colors, and the other, a 20MP monochrome sensor, picking up fine detail. The result is a camera setup that often goes toe-to-toe with the best out there, and can produce some interesting creative effects thanks to its second sensor.
Bottom line: Huawei's much-improved software — together with great build quality, performance and dependable cameras — makes for a fantastic big-screened experience.
Samsung Galaxy note5
The update of android 6. 0 marahmallow update that landed earlier this year has given the Note 5 new life, porting over many of the features from the Galaxy S7. What's more, Samsung has largely kept on top of rolling out Android's important monthly security updates for the phone.
Bottom line: The Note 5 is still a fantastic phone, even by the standards of late 2016. In fact, it gives some of the lesser flagships of this year a run for their money. (And you'll be able to use it on an airplane, too!)
The LG V20 is one of the best big phones on the market, and a true return to form for a company that didn't have a great start to 2016. While the Second Screen may appear gimmicky, it has true utility, as does its second camera wide-angle camera. And then there's the removable battery, which many tout as being a reason alone to buy the phone. Whatever the reason, there is plenty to love in the LG V20.