LG V60 with dual display (Review)
The LG V60 might be a mouth full to say but there is a lot to talk about with this new LG flagship, including the fact that it can come with 2 screens. This phone is actually a great innovation, not just because of the dual screen case, which we will get into more later but also because of the larger size of this phone.
Don't get me wrong phones are getting bigger and bigger in order to accommodate larger screens but plenty of features that you don't find in a lot of phones make it in LG's latest device like a headphone Jack a 5000MAH battery and expandable storage. So in some ways that size is justified, so it's a little bit disappointing that the reason why a phone would get bigger doesn't necessarily get better here. I know that 1080P resolution is perfectly fine for most of you out there. but if you are looking for more resolution and maybe a high refresh rate you simply don't get it here the screen and its color still a great but in a market that is trying to embrace the high performance stats it's still something. If you're like me you can't help but notice I don't imagine this will be a big deal breaker for most general users out there especially since there's so much else that this phone manages to offer.
I do think that quite a few people can do without the amount of bezel and the tear drop notch, especially since the camera in that notch, weirdly doesn't do face unlock. You will also see that tear drop notch out on the second screen of the dual screen case. No matter how you slice it, the case big. The hinge can be stuck to any part of its axis even all the way back so you can kind of try to use the LG V60 in a more singular manner. But obviously the dual screen case doing 2 things at once, the displays are total duplicates of one another and both can accommodate completely separate apps. Multi tasking is the name of the game here and to the experience of having an entertainment app on the right while catching up on the news on the left. Setting the phone down with the sencod screen in a perfect position and it can become a nice aid next to your laptop workstation or just play a game in one screen while playing, YouTube on the other for maximum enjoyment, Just like a gameboy.
Speaking of gaming there is a focus on in the dual screen case namely using one screen as the controller.. LG put quite a bit of thought into this and it shows as a few gamepads tap into the games built in controller support while custom onscreen controls can be mapped to take your fingers away from the action in the actual game. Now I just wish that you could customize the built in controllers because some keys might be missing or certain elements are a bit too cramped together. Overall it brings a nice new layer of experience to games like call of duty mobile while being a convenient analog for controller supported games. But let's be clear in none of these situations does the daul screen case prove itself to be a killer app.
This time around new to the dual screen case, you can stretch a small number of applications out to sprawl across both displays but I have yet to see this being useful mainly because of the entire hinge splitting the display anybody that wants to have a foldable experience a little bit like the Samsung galaxy fault, simply won't get it here it's not about making your existing experiences bigger, it's about doubling up on them.
The headphone Jack
On plenty of phones there is praise to that all important hole should be somewhere on the phone, but when it comes to LG there's even more to get excited for the QuadDak. This headphone Jack drives high quality headphones for some of the best audio you can get on a smartphone while most people might not have hundreds of dollars worth of studio grade monitors to use, anyone that simply enjoys a good sound experience will find things to appreciate here. Audiophiles who are really into the high end headphones will of course say that you still need a great source of audio content for the best effect. In my case I use the Amazon music HD library, but even with my triple driver one marker ear buds and Boss 700, there's a perceivable boost in audio quality and immersive quality overall. All customizable in the sound settings if you want to tweak It a little bit more. But it does beg the question, in an age where wireless audio is getting quite good and pretty damn abundant, is the headphone Jack really all that important to you anymore? There are advantages to having a headphone Jack like being able to charge the phone at the same time being able to use your expensive high end headphones and in ear monitors. and also Bluetooth headphones do have a battery that eventually dies themselves.
There are plenty of cameras on the rear of the LG V60. There are a few things to keep in mind the triple camera setup. The first is a 64 megapixel camera which can be used to get full resolution photos with a sepcial setting, Otherwise you'll get up to 16 megapixel results. The second camera is a 13 megapixel wide angle shooter and the final lens is not a telephoto but instead TOF as time of flight depth camera that helps with better portrait photos and you can also use it to get funky looking 3D effects in those portraits. The lack of a zoom lens will be a problem depending on your needs but bear in mind that if you do end up wanting some reach the digital zoom will result in less quality.
Testing the cameras, I came to this coclusion. When this camera gets it right it can get it really right but LG needs to get up to the level of some of its competitors in terms of software processing. There's no shortage of features because like many LG devices there plenty of capabilities manual modes in both photo and video which allow for some deep dives into especially video stats and settings. The cameras tend to get overwhelmed in situations where other phones will lean on software processing to maintain consistently good results, there were times when the sun was bearing down on me and HDR wouldn't do enough to clear up a photo that needs a strong filter in other situations when the camera isn't overblown and the contrast is properly captured, the picutres look really great..
Video is always an important consideration for LG and there is plenty to like. You can get HDR 10 plus footage that can be color graded later in an editor. The Mc Zoom will use the multiple microphones built into isolate the subject, audio can be captured at high quality and manual video mode allows for non conformed 240 frames per second video that you can slow down the way that you wanted to. Video can be captured at various bit rates but not heavy lenses used for every setting and stabilization is pretty good on the mainlens, further enhanced by software stabilization that crops in a little bit but does result in really smooth footage. And then finally there's 8K recording but I still don't see this as the norm for most people shooting videos on their phones ultimately you get out of the V60 what you put into it. if you're a true creative looking for a great smartphone shooter you have to put in a little bit of elbow grease to ensure that the phone is put in the best possible situation or circumstances to succeed. Do that and the tools that LG includes here for video creators will yield some awesome results.
You might notice that I haven't really talked about the front facing camera that's because it offers far less than the rear cameras the same lack of processing power I mentioned before is exacerbated by the front facing 10 megapixel shooter. The ToF camera being moved to the back does mean that portrait effects don't carry over to where they might be used most. like selfies. The front facing camera for video is a bit too narrow a field of view for my tast. I do applaud the inclusion of 4K 60 frames per second recording however, which does make things like instagram stories look smoother and better than usual but the front facing camera is fine for selfies and doesn't excel applications.
That about covers everything that LG did to make the V60 stand apart and while the positives may not be game changers the missteps are far from deal breakers. A couple of extra missteps that I should mention are mostly minor. the lack of a face unlock still perplexes me, however for security reasons it is uderstandable. While many users might just install a third party launcher on here, I do have to admit that the UI is still a bit too bloated for my taste. Not to mention all the extra apps preinstalled based upon the carrier you choose to buy this from. All that said an enjoyable part about this phone is how much power it manages to put into a surprisingly affordable package.
The LGV 60 thin Q is actually 1 of the most affordable ways of getting high end performance with top of the line specifications and 5G. connectivity especially when you consider that most 5G. phones up until this point are usually much more expensive. This phone on I have here is on the Tmobile network and it's been really nice to see that 5G. icon at the top. It's a very welcome sight, I know it's difficult to show the speed test scores and whatnot here but you can find those in many places. what I'd rather tell you is that during the day running around the LA arboretum and getting errands done I was able to post so many things to social media without breaking a sweat and
all of that is supported by the snapdragon 865 8 gigabytes of ram, 128 gigabytes of storage with expandable card slot, the headphone Jack already covered, an 5000MAH power battery that goes the distance. this phone simply has a lot of power to spare and it means the V60 will be a great alternative for users looking for reliable everyday performance but don't want to shell out the high premiums and that's what really sticks out in my head. The main story here while there are things LG can improve in key areas, I don't see any of those dropbacks actually affecting most people in every day normal usage. The dual screen case can be bundled together for a price that generally comes in around $900 or less now think about that for a second the galaxy S20 plus not even talking about the older here usually comes in at least $200 more. the LG V60 thin Q can give you a unique experience with high end specifications and yet it asks less of your wallet of course it matters what your needs are from a phone.