LG Velvet review: This affordable 5G phone didn’t go far enough

With the 5G-enabled LG Velvet, the South Korean phone-maker is trying something new. The Velvet doesn’t belong to any of the company’s established lines, like the G- and V- series. It looks different than most LG phones and at $599 in the US, it’s more affordable than LG’s G8 and V60. (UK and Australian prices and availability are TBA, but the South Korean price converts to about £600 or AU$1,100.)

Like

  • Sleek design
  • Headphone jack
  • Good battery life so far

Don’t Like

  • No new standalone software features
  • Fingerprint reader is finicky

The Velvet is LG’s signal that it’s heading towards another, more affordable but thoughtful direction. But the company should go even further. After spending time with the Velvet, I would still prefer something like the OnePlus 8 ($699 at Amazon). While it doesn’t have a headphone jack or work with a secondary screen accessory like the Velvet, it

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