Tag Archives: LG V10

LG V10 – How to turbo charge the Sabre Hi-Fi DAC sound quality

  

If you read my review of the LG V10, if not click HERE , you will have read that it has a Sabre 32bit Hi-Fi DAC. This means the V10 has a special high impedance mode for headphones from 50-300 ohms. 

With 50 ohm plus rated headphones, the V10 turns into a stunning digital audio player with lots of power and volume. It still sounds good in low impedance mode, but it’s worth triggering the high impedance mode to witness the difference. 

On XDA Developers somebody developed an app to trick the phone into the high impedance mode. I tried this app and it does t work. It also has other side effects reported by others. 

However, there is a much easier way to put the V10 into high impedance mode. This is achieved using an adapter. Being more precise you need a 10 cm 3.5mm Male to 3.5mm Female Auxiliary 4-Conductor TRRS Stereo Audio Extension Cable adapter as shown in the photo. You plug the adapter into the V10 first. This puts the V10 in AUX mode and switches the DAC to high impedance mode. Then plug your headphones into the adapter.  I would recommend dropping the volume right down to 15 out of 100 before you play any music as the potential volume in high impedance mode is massive. Just one small note is high impedance mode uses more battery. 

I bought a FosPower cable as shown above from Amazon. Including delivery it cost £4.99. Link below. As it came from the USA it did take a few weeks to arrive. 

FosPower cable for the LG V10 from Amazon UK

Advertisements

LG V10 H960 Smartphone – My Review – The Phone that Has Everything

img_2363

Welcome to my review of the LG V10 smartphone. This is the H960 version, which means its the official European/UK model which includes all the LTE bands. My thanks go to Clove Technology for their speedy service in sending the LG V10.

The Key Specifications

– Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor, Adreno 418 GPU
– Main display 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display 513ppi
– Secondary display 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display, 160 x 1040, 513ppi
– MIL-STD-810G certified – shock resistant
– Infra Red Blaster
– Memory4GB LPDDR3 RAM / 32GB storage plus microSD
– Rear camera 16MP with F1.8 Aperture/OIS v2.0
– Front camera 5MP Dual Lens 80-degree Standard Angle/120-degree Wide Angle
– Battery 3,000mAh removable
– Operating system Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
– Size 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm
– Weight 192g
– Network LTE-A Cat. 6
– Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, USB 2.0
– Quick Charge 2 – 50% charge in 40 mins
– Manual mode for video – ISO, Shutter, White Balance, Frame rate, Focus, new 21:9 cinematic mode
– Electronic video stablisation
– Audio extras – 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC electronic processor
– Qualcomm’s QFE2550 closed-loop antenna tuning – first phone to deploy for better voice and network reception

  

Phone Section

The LG V10 improves upon the LG G4 from the moment you insert your sim, as its takes a nano sim. The G4 used a micro sim. As a phone it is versatile with a user removable battery, micro SD card support up to 2TB and is MIL-STD-810G certified – shock resistant. The V10 is designed to withstand drops. The back cover is grippy which is needed for a phone of this size. In terms of its overall size it is the same size as an iPhone 6S Plus.

The H960 version is made for the European and UK markets and includes all the LTE bands for the UK. For some unknown reason, LG also took it amongst themselves to reduce the internal storage down to 32gb from 64gb. However, you can still add a micro SD card slot. My 200gb Sandisk card works perfectly.

Viewing angles are excellent. Call reception is very good too and callers had no trouble hearing me at the other end of a call. WiFi, NFC and bluetooth all performed admirably. AnTuTu scored 59,106. Performance is smooth across all apps. The V10 has Qualcomm’s QFE2550 closed-loop antenna tuning and is the first phone to deploy this tech for better voice and network reception.

The V10 has a fingerprint sensor on the rear. To activate this you need to press it and hold it at the same time. It isn’t as reliable as the fingerprint sensor on other phones like the iPhone 6S or Huawei Nexus 6P but it is reliable enough to leave it on. 2/10 failed at first attempt to unlock the phone.

In the box are the Quadbeat 3 in ear headphones/headset tuned by AKG. These are better than average headphones.

One of the unique aspects of this phone is the secondary display. When the screen is off, the secondary display is always on. With the display off you can scroll 3 times as shown below.

  

And when screen is on you get a choice of what options you would like to show. 

  

Now at first some of you might be thinking this is surely a gimmick. Actually it isn’t and becomes very useful in practise. For example, you are in an app, a notification appears on the secondary display. You can read it without having to leave the app you are in. Using the camera pushes extra options on to this section. If you are listening to music, you have the music controls always accessible.

The V10 continues to include a wealth of other features. More than you can ever imagine. Quick Slide apps are mini apps that can be left floating on the screen, resized along with the transparency. Miracast, Dual Screen mode, NFC, Infra Red Remote Control Blaster (for TV, DVD etc) and a Sabre 32 bit HiFi DAC and Amp are all included.

The loudspeaker is located at the rear of the phone. It goes louder than the G4 and is a lot clearer too. I will cover off the headphone quality later on, but needless to say this phone rocks an awesome DAC and headphone amp.

Battery. The battery will last a day with an average of 4-4.5 hours screen on time. Quick charge 2 is available and this works as expected.

The Camera

The V10 camera is phenomenonal. Firstly the secondary display becomes handy for changing main camera modes.  The main camera modes are simple (tap screen to take picture), auto, manual photo, manual video and snap mode. Snap mode assembles short video clips into a 60 second short film. From the photos, you will also notice the V10 has 2 front facing 5mp cameras. One is a 80-degree Standard Angle and the 120-degree Wide Angle. If you are using the front facing camera, you decide which one you would prefer to use.

  

Within Auto mode you gain access to a few shooting modes as shown all of which work really well. Panoramic shots are excellent too.

  

In terms of photo and video sizes, the options are limited.

  

If you are in manual photo mode, other options appear in the setting dialogue include a histogram option.

  

In manual mode you have the option of shooting in RAW format. 

  

Manual video mode introduces even more options in the settings. 

  

And more options. 

  

And more again. Even the bitrate can be changed from High, Medium or Low. 

  

The manual video mode then provides granular controls of all aspects of taking photos. The shutter can stay open for 30 seconds. In all honesty the V10 provides one of the best camera experiences I have ever seen on a smartphone. But even if you just leave it in auto, you will still end up with incredible photos. HDR can be left in Auto and therefore turns on as required.

Camera Samples

Below are just a few samples from the V10 camera. I have taken hundreds of shots and the results are incredible. The photos of my dogs have been the best ever in terms of quality. The below shots were all taken in auto, except for the salt crystals which was snapped in manual mode.

Around Exeter Cathedral Yard #LG #V10

Buildings or large panoramic shots are a breeze for the V10.

Fury posing on Dartmoor #LG #V10

As you can see the dogs motion is frozen really well.

That's one large smile from Tiggy #Dartmoor #LG #V10

Even fog and heavy rain was not too much of an issue for the V10. I use the shot below as my screen saver.

Extreme Fog, Live Weather Shots from Princetown #LG #V10

And finally, a macro shot. White on white for the salt crystals. Very good.

Salt crystals #macro #LG #V10

I have tested the video too, and it is significantly better than anything else at the moment. Stabilisation has been improved too. Plus there is the ability to use manual controls for video which is such fun.

Audio and Sound Quality

The V10 was not just about everything else mentioned above, but also the sound quality. The loudspeaker is on the bottom of the phone and is above average in quality. Where the V10 shines is with headphones. It has a Sabre 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC electronic processor and regardless to whether I listened to FLAC or MP3 tracks, the quality blew away all other smartphones I have used when it came to headphone quality and volume output. If you like listening via bluetooth, the V10 includes APT-X and produces stunning sound via this method.

wp-1453404663994.png

The V10 goes one step further. It is compatible with headphones from 50 ohms to 600 ohms. When a headphone is connected in this range, it switches to high impedance mode. So plugging in my Sennheiser HD598 headphones, the V10 switches to high impedance mode and adjusts the volume output to enable the V10 to power these headphones effortlessly and to a very high volume.

Conclusion

At first you may have some belief that this is just a small upgrade to the LG G4 or Flex 2. In fact, the total sum of all its parts ensures it is significantly better in its user experience, camera, audio and so much more. With improvements in durability (drop proof), design, the second screen, the best camera on a smartphone currently for video and photos, fingerprint sensor, Sabre HiFi DAC, Quick Charging 2 and overall feel in the hand, it is my top phone of the year. Now in case you’re thinking that the new flagships from Samsung, LG and others are that coming out next month will surely surpass the LG V10, well that is a possibility. However, I believe that the features and lower cost of the V10 will still keep it at the top of pile. 

Extremely recommended by myself.

Once again thanks to Clove Technology for their speedy service. Currently, if you order via Clove you get a pair of bluetooth gloves for free.

img_2364

LG V10 – Photos from today – Extreme Fog and Macro

Suffering from man flu, I have only managed a few shots from the LG V10 today. In addition the weather on Dartmoor was horrendous, as you will see below.

Salt crystals #macro #LG #V10

Extreme Fog, Live Weather Shots from Princetown #LG #V10

Extreme Fog, Live Weather Shots from Princetown #LG #V10

Something interesting occurred today as well. I was copying music across to the V10, and it displayed its device name as the LG G Flex 2 on my computer.

PS. Tomorrow the Asus Zenfone Zoom full review goes live!

LG V10 – The Camera is exceptional – Camera Shots

Yesterday I took around 200 photos with the LG V10. I then compared the shots with those I had taken from the LG G4, and somehow the V10 even on stills takes better photos. Video is equally improved from the G4.

Below are some dog shots and photos of Dartmoor. The level of detail is excellent, from being able to zoom in on the grass on Fury’s tongue (black labrador) and more.

I did record some video, although I can’t share this for privacy reasons, but it is equally as impressive.

Don’t forget to click on the photo to view the original.

Sun's disappeared. Storm incoming around King's Tor, Dartmoor #LG #V10

Little Mis Tor, Dartmoor #LG #V10

George on Dartmoor #LG #V10

Fury posing on Dartmoor #LG #V10

That's one large smile from Tiggy #Dartmoor #LG #V10

George racing Fury on Dartmoor #LG #V10

LG V10 – Camera Samples – Updated

Just a sample of a selection of photos from the LG V10. 

The extra 1gb ram over the LG G4 is noticeable. The V10 is very fast to use taking photos and the quality is stunning. 

I have used VSCOcam and the iOS Photos app to edit a few of these and apply a filter. 

Below is Exeter Cathedral Yard.

Around Exeter Cathedral Yard #LG #V10

Exeter Dental Centre.

Exeter Dental #LG #V10

That Seagull. I didn’t even have time to focus. Just fired off one shot suddenly as lifting phone in air.

Catch that Seagull #LG #V10

Exeter Cathedral.

Exeter Cathedral #LG #V10

Gateway to Dartmoor. Misty conditions.

Gate to the Moors #LG #V10

This House is actually for sale!

House for Sale #LG #V10

My favourite. Exeter High Street. The sun is piercing through the tree. The colour version is probably nicer to look at.

Exeter High Street #LG #V10

I have added the original version below now.

Exeter High Street - Original #LG #V10

LG V10 – European Version – First Impressions

  
Finally the LG V10 has arrived. My thanks go to Clove Technology for helping me out after UPS mysteriously lost the first V10. 

Clove Technology are selling the LG V10 currently for £375 plus VAT. If you’re quick you also get a pair of Bluetooth gloves worth £10.  Now that is cool. In fact if you spend £25 or more you get the Bluetooth gloves while stocks last!

  

The European LG V10 is different to the other versions. This model has all the UK bands but drops the internal storage from 64gb to 32gb. Apart from that it’s one super geeky cool piece of tech. 

Now I really enjoyed the G4, but the V10 takes it to another level. Whatever the G4 lacked, the V10 has in style. First impressions of the hardware are of a solid semi rugged phone. The secondary display, two front selfie cameras for different angles, gorilla glass 4, fingerprint sensor, metal frame, grippy back, infra red blaster, Sabre HiFi DAC and legendary camera with manual controls for photos and videos. 

Last night it was impressive to connect my Sennheiser headphones and only need the volume at 30 out of 100 due to the Sabre HiFi DAC and Amp.
image

And oh the camera. It’s so much better than the iPhone 6S Plus. 

More soon. 

LG’s new flagship – The LG V10 – Official Video plus detailed specs

LG has taken the wraps off the LG V10 and what a killer phone it is. 4gb ram. 64gb storage plus micro SD card up to 2TB. Dual front cameras. Made from SAE grade 316L stainless steel and its it’s been rated MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant for shock. Manual mode for video now on the fly. Fingerprint sensor and more. It also has a secondary front display.

Here’s the official video by LG.

And the specs –

s take a look at the full specs.

– Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor, Adreno 418 GPU
– Main display 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display 513ppi
– Secondary display 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display, 160 x 1040, 513ppi
– Memory4GB LPDDR3 RAM / 64GB storage plus microSD
– Rear camera 16MP with F1.8 Aperture/OIS v2.0
– Front camera 5MP Dual Lens 80-degree Standard Angle/120-degree Wide Angle
– Battery 3,000mAh removable
– Operating system Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
– Size 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm
– Weight 192g
– Network LTE-A Cat. 6
– Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, USB 2.0
– Colours Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue, Opal Blue
– Quick Charge 2 – 50% charge in 40 mins
– Manual mode for video – ISO, Shutter, White Balance, Frame rate, Focus, new 21:9 cinematic mode
– Electronic video stablisation
– Audio extras – 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC electronic processor
– Qualcomm’s QFE2550 closed-loop antenna tuning – first phone to deploy for better voice and network reception

This is the LG V10 – Potential new flagship

Google announced yesterday the 2 new Nexus phones, but now it’s LG’s turn to go for glory.

And below is the official press render for the V10 with its secondary display. I wonder if the camera is improved? Don’t you think it looks cool.

PS. Allow a few moments for page to load properly to see image.

Source – @evleaks