Anyone Like Me Is a Fan of LG V20/30/40/++ Series?

I'm a fan of sub $400 phone and used to be a fan of Nexus series long long time ago. However, Nexus has discontinued and my only option is either mid range phone or the chinese phones with flagship hardware like Oppo, XiaoMi, One Plus series. However, chinese phones nowadays have jacked up their price and I no longer can achieve the $400 mark on flagship hardware phones, unless I go for gray market and I lose the 2 years warranty.

Then I saw the post on OZbargain on the LGV20 which was selling $380 few years ago and gotten one for the missus. Although the model was 1 year old back then but it's an Snapdragon 8 series and all the quaddac goodies. The phone was really snappy and got most recent Android updates. There's no bootloop issue or weird color saturation as can see in most replies.

Last month when I saw the LGV30+ during the JB Hifi sale and gotten one for myself for $388, although its 1 year old but I'm getting 8series snap dragon, quick charge and 128GB! I'm not sure whether this is LG's strategy by dropping their flagship?

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    although its 1 year old

    It was released September 2017. Good value at $400 though.

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    Yup. I am a fan.

    I got an LG V20 a couple of years ago and it's been good since.
    Unfortunately, it has gone into bootloop once and repaired under warranty.
    Overall, I find that the LG V series is the best value dual sim card phone.
    V20 has the most usable feature for me (e.g. TV remote, second screen, etc).

    I haven't actually tried V30/40/50, but I will probably move on to one of those when the V20 gets too slow.

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    You will lose the infrared when you step up to the V30 onwards. I'm still using my V20 for 2.5yrs and it's starting to feel sluggish now. The only problem i have is the lcd ghosting which annoys me. Planning to step up to the V40 but i have heard that with the recent android Pie update there are reports that the phone is experiencing overheating issues. Maybe anyone with a V40 installed with the pie update can shed some light into this situation?

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    The DAC sounds like most other DACs because transparent DACs are now $2 integrated circuits. You can't do anything extra after you exactly reproduce a digital sample.

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    LG lost me not because of the bootloop issues; people screw up hardware sometimes. I accept that. But because of the way they handled the issues (deny deny deny deny deny).

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    I am still using my LG V20 bought in July 2017 and have the LG V30+ for a spoofing phone bought early this year.

    L.O.V.E the LG phones..

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    I heard good things about these devices, and have had a generally good experience with LG branded home appliances, TVs and other electronic devices.

    But what I would be very interested to know, is how often they would release OS updates and patches. I suspect Nokia is still the best buy when it comes to reasonably priced Android device, for this reason.

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      Well, so far my V20 and V30+ are getting the the Pie OS9. Their OS is pretty vanilla anywhere and lack of bloatware, I also trust LG since it's a korean brand, *hint hint HuaWei

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        Wow. Suddenly the V40 and successors are looking interesting to me.

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          Yeap, wait for it…V40 should be quite decent when hitting below $400 mark, but my only concern is my V30+ will still rocking by that time, there's no excuse to change it!

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    Well, LG is one of the major innovators in the market. People are surprised by their products, only because people aren't buying them in the first place. Sure they made some mistakes, but I think their lack of direction and marketing have been most devastating.

    The best battery life phone is the LG V20, alongside the LG G5, Moto Z3, Sonim XP8, Lumia 950XL, and Samsung J7. These can last 1-2 days, and can recharge in 30 seconds to offer another 1-2 days battery life thanks to spare batteries. This was something I did until my phone (Samsung Note 4) also died.

    A distant third place goes to devices with sealed-battery but compensate users with ingress protection. Devices such as the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, LG V50, Samsung S10-5G, Samsung S8-Active, CAT S61, HP Elite x3, Blackberry Motion, or Sony XZ1 Compact. These can last 2-3 days but take hour(s) to recharge, even if you use wireless trickle charging, carry your own powerbank, and a super fast charger. But eventually, after 1-2 years, they require hundred(s) of dollars to access and renew the dying battery, which will void the ingress protection.

    Then a close fouth place goes to the sealed-battery devices which don't have ingress protection compensation. Such as ASUS RoG Phone 2, Realme 5, Moto G7 Power, Lenovo P2, and Gionee Marathon M5. These phones can last 3-4 days but take hours to recharge slowly. Eventually they too will require refurbishing of the internal battery which will cost a hundred dollars.

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      Yeah, they do lack of marketing especially in Australia, its as if non-existent and I've never seen any ads related with LG phones at all. LG does innovate a lot and not shy to introduce new technology, modular phones, always-on bar screen(V20), QuadDAC, 4k screens and the latest one is the dual screen phone adapter. Maybe because they don't gain that much of media attention like the Samsung Galaxy series, they willing to break the norm and introduce something bizarre.

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    For $400 you can get a Xiaomi 9T, which seems to be pretty near flagship, or at least in that spot you are looking for.
    I dunno what's different in their higher models, but even just looking at the 9T vs 9T pro, the difference is negligible and not worth spending more.

    LG is pretty great though, pointed a few people around me towards the G6 and V20 during those sales.

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      Well, the 9T spec is no where near the V30+ which is an 8 series snap dragon, the 9T pro though has more superior hardware but the price point is higher

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    V30+ right hurr! Xiaomi pretty good as well.

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    My wife had the G4, yes it had bootloop and was replaced under warranty. It was a fantastic phone for a mid level. Great Camera and audio.

    I now have 2 x v30+, great phones for the price: $399 neach or so. But the standard camera app is crap. The HD camera app that was free a little while ago is a great improvement.

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    I was a Nexus user before moving onto my V20 too. Sadly it died a quick death when I dropped a barbell on it at the gym last year, but it was starting to get a little long in the tooth.

    Upgraded to a Note 9 and as much as I thought I'd really miss the second screen and IR blaster, I can't say I have ever looked back.

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