I’m not a lover of big phones, but if I’m ever to be converted, it will be by devices like the LG V10. This phone’s camera is more akin to a musical instrument than a mere image-capturing implement. There’s as much variety in what you can do with it as there is with the ways you can pull a guitar string. And the eventual outcome is typically just as organic and potentially just as artistic.
This phone exists because of its camera, singular. I don’t care about the gimmicks of extra front-facing cameras or info ticker displays. They add very little to the V10’s usefulness and appeal. More importantly, though, LG’s design doesn’t force me to care: I can ignore those features and just get on with using a really good Android smartphone. And that’s what the V10 is. Performance is fluid, the design is solid (if unremarkable), and the camera is so good that it’s prompted me to start using Flickr and Instagram again. This is technology unlocking new experiences and reviving old passions, which is the best kind of technology there is.
AN EXPENSIVE AND HIGHLY ENTERTAINING TOY
I only wish it didn’t cost quite so much. LG has crafted an interesting alternative to the Nexus 6P and Galaxy Note 5, but the V10’s high price demands that it be manifestly better — rather than just as good as — the competition. That’s not really the case here. If LG could shed its hardware and software gimmicks, and streamline its technology into a device usable with just one hand, it could be onto a winner. As it stands, the V10 is an expensive toy that’s super fun to play with, but not quite mature or refined enough to be a must-have device.