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LG K20 V Review

James Shisiah

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What we love

  • Fantastic cameras(13MP & 5MP)
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Excellent build quality
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Affordably priced
  • Super smooth LG UX
  • A bright 5.3-inch HD IPS display
  • Incredible storage options(16GB internal, microSD support up to 2TB)

Overview

The LG K20 V is an affordably priced Android smartphone from Verizon Wireless. It features quality attributes such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and a 5.3-inch 720p display. It has a few other strong points that make it an ideal phone for anyone looking for a budget friendly smartphone with tons of premium features. Such features include a fingerprint sensor and an incredible 13-megapixel rear camera. Let’s find out more as we go along with the review.

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Unboxing

The LG K20 V is one of the best budget smartphones we have seen from Verizon this year. Not only does the gadget come with a competitive price tag, but also with a bunch of premium features one wouldn’t expect for a phone at its price point. The packaging for the LG K20 V is quite neat and presentable. When we open the case, we find one LG K20 V on the top. At first, the device felt a bit light which I later came to realize it didn’t have a battery inserted. Then we also have a standard USB data cable, one battery, a wall charger and a user manual. Let’s dive into the specifics of the phone and see how well it faired.

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Design

Being a budget phone, I had a few expectations for the LG K20 V but it turned out to surprise me. Right off the box, I noticed the phone highly relied on a mixture of colors, materials, and textures to define it accurately.

The phone measures 5.80 x 2.90 x 0.30 (inches). It is reasonably sized and with the 5.3-inch screen, using on one had was quite comfortable. The LG K20 V has rounded edges giving the phone a smoother appearance. With the smartphone weighing approximately 140 grams and 7.9mm in thickness, carrying it around in your pocket all day feels natural with no strain whatsoever.

The LG K20 V is nearly completely black on its front. On the front, we have the 2.5D curved glass. The company tried to minimize the bezels but were not quite successful as it would drive up the price. The screen further hides the bezels when it’s off as it all seems to merge into a single screen. At the top, we have the earpiece and right next to it the front-facing 5MP camera. This phone doesn't have a physical home/back button at the bottom. Instead, we only have the LG logo right at the lower center giving us an uninterrupted feel of glass from top to bottom.

The LG K20 V has a bronze grill around the device. A bronze grill is a bit rare in smartphones given that most devices use either silver or gold as their color of choice. However, this bronze grill is a welcome idea as it provides the phone with its sense of individuality. The volume rockers are on the left-hand side and due to the rounded edges, reaching them, in a one-handed operation, seems to be quite simple.

On the back of the phone, we have the camera, LED flash and fingerprint reader in the top half of the back cover. The fingerprint reader is strategically set so that the unlocking process is simple and as natural as possible. The back is made of a plastic and rubber combination giving the phone a good grip that also feels nice in the palm.

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Camera

The LG K20 V is endowed with a 13MP primary camera. This camera is quite good. Given the small price tag, I didn’t expect much from the camera, but I was happy to be proven wrong. Photos have a resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels with clear and vivid details and are more real. In low lighting conditions, the LG K20 V produced sharp enough pictures with a good balance in color. The flash is quite bright and doesn’t give photos a bad glare. In optimum lighting conditions, we were very impressed by the amount of detail and sharp colors the camera captured. When it comes to optical zooming, the LG K20 V did a fairly good job. The primary camera can record videos in 1080p resolution at 30fps, capturing all the details.

The LG K20 V also has a 5 MP front-facing camera to take care of your selfie and video calling needs. The 5MP camera also has a 2.4 focal point meaning it's perfect for taking fantastic group photos. To take of low light conditions, the screen brightens up to illuminate your face, hence capturing clear selfies. Since it can also record videos in 1080p, it’s definitely an excellent camera for video calls.

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Display

Considering the price tag, the LG K20 V full HD IPS display is a major selling point. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it came with a 720 by 1280 pixels resolution screen. What’s more, the screen has a pixel density of 277ppi which is sufficient for the price line. As earlier mentioned, the front part of the smartphone is largely glass, so a 70% screen-to-body ratio is outstanding. For protection purposes, the display is strengthened by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which makes the screen impervious to scratches and cracks.

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Battery

The LG K20 V comes with a removable Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery. While testing it out, I was pleased with how much stamina the battery has. It gave me a full day's support leaving about 10% for late evening use. This test meant throwing just about anything at it. There were some streaming, picture and video shooting, some light gaming and a lot of chatting. The screen being only 5.3-inches in size, contributed a huge role in power saving. Additional power management features have been added in the Operating System to ensure the battery lasts as long as possible. Since the battery is user removable, you are free to carry a spare battery if you are going out for long.

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Storage

The LG K20 V comes with default storage of 16 GB internal of which about 10GB is usable. For a moderate user, I find this to be quite impressive. If you prefer having more storage, the LG K20 V will impress you even more. It has a dedicated micro SD slot that supports memory cards of up to 2TB. Therefore if you want to install large games or need to keep many media files on the device, the LG K20 V will entirely support it. 

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Performance

Being a 2017 release, the LG K20 V comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, the latest Android version at the time of launch. The device hardware is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 chipset with a clock speed of 1.4GHz. This is paired with 2GB of RAM. For graphics purposes, it has the Adreno 308 GPU. What this means for the device is the smooth transition from one app to the other with no lags whatsoever. The Adreno 308 GPU is powerful enough to support even the larger graphics intense games with no deterrence.

Multitasking is way better from the more advanced Android 7.0 Nougat. The multi-functional fingerprint sensor responds incredibly fast. It doubles up as your security tool for unlocking the phone. Additionally, you may use it as a capture button for your selfies and also for taking screenshots of the phone. The LG K20 V has the most advanced fingerprint sensors I have found on budget smartphones.

The LG K20 V is a 4G LTE enabled smartphone, thus promising a great browsing and video streaming experience from the fast load speeds of Verizon’s LTE. The phone also supports Wi-Fi so you can connect to hotspots and enjoy free internet.

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Specifications

  • 4G LTE/Wi-Fi/CDMA.
  • 5.3-inch HD display (720 x 1280 pixels, ~69.3% screen-to-body ratio).
  • Android 7.0 Nougat.
  • Camera: 13MP back with LED flash, 5 MP front.
  • Processor: 1.4GHz quad-core (Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425)
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB. Supports microSD card up to 2TB for external memory expansion.
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 2800mAh. Talk time up to 14 hours. Standby time up to 17 days.
  • GPS capable.
  • Sensors: proximity, accelerometer, fingerprint, compass.
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Hearing Aid Compatible.

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