I’ve been a fan of LG phones for years now, some 5+ years. My first LG smartphone was an LG V20, though I’ve owned a couple LG “dumb” phones before that. The LG V20 though is what got me hooked to Android and what ultimately got me to switch from iOS to Android. There was so much to love about the phone. It had a removable and replaceable battery, expandable memory, a headphone jack with a built-in DAC. It also had that weird tiny second display up top for notifications and some shortcuts. This to me was the coolest phone out on that market at the time, even though it wasn’t the most popular.
That goes for all the LG V-series phones. The LG V30, V40, V50, and lastly, the V60. Each one just improved on the formula and each one brought along with it something different and unique, whether it be an ultra-wide camera, widescreen display, or a dual-screen cover.
My last LG phone was the LG V60 ThinQ. This was LG’s second Dual-Screen V-series phone and if you can believe it, was actually pretty darn affordable too for being a 5G device. The original price of this came in around $899.99 and it features a Snapdragon 865, 8GB RAM, a huge 5,000mAh battery, Quick Charge 4.0, expandable memory, and a headphone jack. It even came with the Dual Screen Cover when you first bought the phone. It was a true flagship with the only spec being unimpressive was the display being an FHD+ unit and only 60Hz refresh rate. While that did ding the phone’s appeal, I still loved it. It was fast, the screen was large, and the second display was really unique. The LG V60 ThinQ 5G was also a really good-looking phone and probably one of the best-looking LG phones to date.
Fast forward to 2021 and I was really eager to see what LG had planned for the LG V70 as well as the new LG Rollable phone. Of course, if you’ve been keeping up with the news, that will never happen now. On April 4, 2021, LG announced that they were shutting down their mobile phone division which meant all work on new phones would cease. No more LG V70, G20, Velvet 2, Rollable, Wing 2, or any other wacky thing LG might have come up with.
And that’s a real shame because I really loved LG for that. They were different and though not as popular as Samsung, they weren’t afraid to try new things, and that ultimately was probably their downfall. That’s why, despite LG announcing that they would support most new LG phones for the next 3 years, I’m not sure I want to stick around for the end of the ride as they haven’t exactly had the best track record with updates.
With that said, thanks to some very generous trade-in deals, it was time to say goodbye to LG and head over to the only other Android manufacturer who will most likely survive for years to come, Samsung. While the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra I traded the LG V60 in for is a lot more powerful and has better specs, the main advantage here isn’t the specs but the fact that Samsung’s software updates have been much quicker to come out than most other Android makers, aside from Google. This is honestly the main reason for the switch considering how long some LG updates took to come out.
Hopefully, Samsung continues with their prompt updates because I don’t want to have to switch phones again.
What about you? Were you an LG fan? Are you sticking around or are you ditching LG for another brand? Let us know in the comments below.