LG V60 ThinQ 5G Review: Dual Display, Almost Flagship
LG V60 ThinQ 5G Software, Pricing, Verdict
LG V60 ThinQ 5G Software
We prefer a stock Android experience, and while we don’t think this skin will be a showstopper for most people, LG really needs to freshen up its software at this point. On the plus side, the V60 retains some great features, like double-tap to wake, and the ability to auto-scroll content when capturing screenshots. There’s even Wacom AES pen support, and it works exactly as advertised.
By far the most egregious aspect of the V60’s software is LG’s complicity to let the carriers pre-install mountains of bloatware. Our AT&T-branded review unit was pre-loaded with close to two dozen apps, which were promptly uninstalled or disabled (when possible). Between LG’s apps, AT&T’s apps, Amazon’s apps, and several games, this handset came with more bloat out of the box than we were comfortable with.
LG V60 ThinQ 5G Pricing And Competition
Obviously, the Galaxy S20 ($800) and S20+ ($1000) are the V60’s main competitors, and both just received a recent $200 price cut. If you don’t need a headphone jack and you can live with a smaller display (S20) or stretch your budget a little (S20+), Samsung’s new handsets may be the better options. On T-Mobile, a solid alternative is the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition ($900), which is a nicer handset overall, but lacks a headphone jack and wireless charging.
LG V60 ThinQ 5G - The Verdict
If LG wants to grow its flagship market share, it needs to stop pleasing carriers and either go upmarket to compete directly with Samsung, Apple, and Huawei, or enter the affordable flagship tier where OnePlus and Xiaomi currently dominate. Ultimately, the V60 is really best suited to two types of users -- those who really want the dual screen functionality, and audiophiles who seek the absolute best listening experience on the go via high quality wired earbuds or headphones.
To sum things up, the V60 offers a lot of bang for the buck. But LG needs to do a better job differentiating its flagship phones from its competitors which, while more expensive, also offer better, higher-end features.