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#TeamiPhone I was 10 years old, trapped in the iOS ecosystem and quite happy with every new smartphone release, including the latest version of the iPhone 11 Max Pro. Nevertheless, I spent a week testing in the middle class LG Velvet, and I was fascinated almost as soon as I unpacked it.
LG claims that the phone is designed to “set a period of elegance”. Here are some of my main activities:
The LG Velvet represents a departure from old G names, such as the LG G8, while taking on a whole new aesthetic look. Earlier this year, LG teased about the futuristic rendering of the phone online and introduced a polished, rediscovered device with a new camera layout.
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From a visual point of view, the silver version of Velvet takes over the hype. The pearl back, narrow structure and easy grip led me to “hello”.
The front is dominated by a large 6.8-inch curved OLED touch screen. The curved glass has a “3D curved design” with a frame that is not too disturbing. An unpredictable animation also appears at the bottom of the screen, showing where to place your fingerprint and unlock it.
Turn the device and the mirrored rear lights with rainbow stripes depending on how the light hits. It is shiny and prone to fingerprints, but still luxurious. The arrangement of the camera was designed to mimic a falling drop of water. It’s a much more minimalist approach than the bulky camera design on my iPhone.
The LG Velvet has three vertical cameras on the back: a primary camera with a resolution of 48 megapixels, an ultra-wide lens with a resolution of 8 megapixels and a depth of 5 megapixel camera. However, the quality of the photos did not decline.
The images were not comparable to dynamic images created with my iPhone. For example, black sometimes looked almost gray. And some of the photos appeared faded or lacked contrast compared to photos taken with my iPhone.
The selfies were too soft, blown and dull for my taste. The portrait mode was also a bit aggressive. But if I didn’t directly compare them to my iPhone photos, the image quality was fine.
Applications and features
LG Velvet runs on the Android 10.0 operating system. And for this longtime iOS user, navigating the Google Play store was relatively easy.
Switching between social networking applications was not a problem on the new phone. And most go-to, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram devices worked just like my Apple devices. During the side-by-side tests, the applications ran at the same speed on both phones. And in some cases, Velvet launched faster, but not too much.
One of the more significant differences was the notification panel, which is a bit more interesting when interacting with an Android phone.
Setting it up to control my Chromecast was also very easy. This process took less than a minute, but I only used it to turn the TV on and off using voice commands.
My experience has been mixed, but I still like the new phone. LG gets 10 seconds in designing a $ 599 device that looks and feels premium. The style easily competes with the $ 1,000 smartphone I’m used to.
Because the phone is slim with a unique camera layout, the LG Velvet feels like a smartphone for one to two years in the future, while still retaining accessible features such as a headphone jack. The performance was fine. The application loads almost immediately. Nothing really lags behind and is compatible with 5G.
But the phone is not perfect. Photo quality has room for improvement. This is one of the main reasons why I stick to my iPhone.
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