I’ll start by saying; I’ve never REALLY used an LG device. I have played with a couple, but I never really was into them, and as a result, I have never owned one. To me, they came across as cheaper alternatives to Samsung or HTC and if we’re being honest, I think most will agree that they were…until the Nexus 4 (and all the high-end devices after that). The LG G3 was nice, the G4 felt like they were finally ready to step out of the shadows…and so on.
The first LG I’ve really ever wanted to play with though, is the one in my hands –the LG V10. My fascination with the device started thanks to this post, where the camera was taken spin on a dark night. I was so impressed with the photos, that I knew I had to give the V10’s camera a spin myself.
If you spoke with an LG representative about the V10 though, the rear camera won’t be the first thing they would mention while marketing the device to you. The headline feature on the device is its second screen, which though not obvious is there just above the primary display. Yup, the device has two displays, and also two selfie cameras, side-by-side…more on this when I get around to writing a review.
Seeing as I’ve had a lot of expectations of the device beforehand, what are my first impressions on the device now that it’s in my hands?
It’s Big and Light.
The first thing you notice about it is its size. Considering that the primary display is 5.7-inches across, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Add the fact that above that, there’s a 2.1-inch secondary display…you start to get an idea how big it actually is.
LG has done a good job hiding the size in plain sight though, the bezels are thin around the device and it is in no-way unwieldy, thanks in part to the weight (it feels super light for its size) and chamfered edges which make the device seem a lot thinner than it actually is when its in your hands.
It feels cheap.
This might be restricted to the white unit, which I’m reviewing (I haven’t had my hands on a black one) but peeling the back off to insert the battery while getting it ready for use, was where I encountered my first real disappointment with the device. The back is plastic—the cheap variety. Peeling it off sounds like the scrapings of a hungry person’s spoon on the bottom of plastic bowl of beans. It is a disappointment, as it doesn’t go with everything else that the device puts forward.
The Camera is Nice.
As at the time of typing this, I have only taken one selfie, two shots with the main camera and a short time lapse video, but I can already tell you that it is one of the best android cameras yet in terms of output and functionality. The use of the secondary display as a menu in the camera app is genius too, but I’ll have a lot more to say about it and everything else when I write the review.
In the words of Jeremy Clarkson (of Top Gear fame), “On that bombshell”, we’ll end this post, save for the eye candy which follows. Keep an eye out for the full review.