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Tips & Tricks for the LG V20

The LG V20 is the latest and greatest from LG, and as one would expect from a next-gen smartphone, it provides all sort of features and benefits. Of course, the device is so new that you may not know how to maximize its potential. If you are considering an LG V20, these tips and tricks will help you get the most from your new phablet!

Use it for Music

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If you’re an audiophile, this is the device for you. The V20 incorporates high-quality hardware into its design to provide rich and full sound. This includes a 3.5mm headphone jack (by comparison, the new iPhone has no headphone jack at all) and a switchable Hi-Fi audio mode featuring four digital-to-analog converters (DAC). Put simply, the new LG V20 is second-to-none when it comes to multimedia playback – whether you’re listening to music or watching a movie.

Of course, the LG V20 doesn’t just play back HD audio – it can record HD audio as well. Three built-in microphones make it possible to record video files in LPCM format (Linear Pulse Code Modulated audio: 24-bit audio with up to a 48kHz sampling rate) for unparalleled sound. Additionally, audio-only files can be recorded in 24-bit format with a sampling rate of 192kHz. This means that your home movies and recording sessions are crisper, clearer, and more vibrant than ever. If you buy a V20, don’t leave it on mute.

Take Advantage of the Wide-angle Lens

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One of the most magical aspects of a camera is that it allows us to see the world through a different pair of eyes. Telephoto lenses allow us to see farther than the eye can see, while macro lenses bring the miniature and minute up close. One other lens option that can open up a world of photographic possibilities is the wide-angle lens – and the V20 has one that captures a full 120 degrees of vision.

What does this mean for you? Well, perhaps first and foremost, it means that everyone in your party, and perhaps some people not in your party, will fit in your selfie photos from here on out. You no longer have to worry about being too close to the camera. Beyond that, it can make photography exciting again. We all know that digital zooms on smartphones leave a lot to be desired. Why not go the opposite direction and shoot ultra wide?

The Battery is Removable So Pack Multiple

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Unlike many of today’s smartphones, the LG V20 still offers a removable battery. And it’s a cinch to remove too, with the entire back plate of the phone easily separated from the body. This provides quick access to the battery should you need to replace it with a back-up. Being able to carry and install a back-up battery at a moment’s notice makes you less dependent on an electrical outlet. If your phone is running low on battery life, simply swap the battery for a new one – why wait hours for a full charge?  If we were buying a V20, we would make use of this unique feature on a regular basis.

Master the All-new Android Nougat

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To truly get the most out of the V20, you will need to master the latest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system: Nougat (yes, Google is sticking with the candy themed naming convention). The new OS packs a lot of features, including a double-tap option to switch between your two most recent apps, available multi-tasking between two apps at once, and multi-page or multi-tab web browsing. Basically, with Nougat, Android is trying to bring the PC user experience to the mobile device.

Learning the many new features available on Android Nougat may take some time, but doing so will greatly improve your user experience, as it will enable you to get the most out of your operating system. After all, an OS is only as good as the end user – find resources online if you have questions, and start putting the many new shortcuts that are available to good use.

Choose the Right Service Provider

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If an operating system is only as good as its user, there’s a strong argument to be made that a phone is only as good as its service provider. Needless to say, don’t skimp when it comes time to activate your new V20. It’s a great phone, so you might as well get great coverage as well.

When deciding on a service provider, you should consider not only coverage, but data fees, available international plans, discounts and promotions (for example, T-Mobile is now offering AT&T customers a free year of Hulu if they switch providers), and customer service and client satisfaction as well. Look at the Twitter feeds of the service providers you’re considering, and see what their customer engagement is like. Does it seem like your interests will be served? Choose a service provider that puts your needs first.

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