LG Optimus Vu Review

The new smartphone from South Korean manufacturer LG has been unveiled to the public eye before the Mobile World Congress and received mixed reviews. Here’s an LG Optimus Vu Review that hopefully will shed some light on its cloudy media presentation.

LG Optimus Vu

LG Optimus Vu display

Design
At a first glance, one may wonder if LG Optimus Vu is a smartphone or a tablet. In fact is a little bit of both because it can be used either as a phone or as a tablet. As LG spokespersons declared to the press, this new smartphone “offers a unique combination of tablet-like viewing with smartphone portability.” It’s much wider than any other mobile on the market more massive than Samsung Galaxy Note. It has a 5-inch display with 4:3 aspect ratio which makes cruising around websites and reading eBooks an amazing experience that cannot be offered by any other smartphone in the world. Vu is only 8.5mm deep and 90.4mm wide but it’s not a phone that can fit into your pocket. The casing is not extraordinary but it’s thin and light and everything looks brighter and colorful on its 5.0-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1,024×768 pixels and which works with a capacitive stylus (not as advanced as Samsung Galaxy Note’s “S-Pen” stylus).

Hardware
The Optimus Vu contains a 1.5GHz dual core CPU, a gigabyte of RAM, a microSD card slot for extra storage and 32GB of on-board storage, which seem to justify the high price. The new smartphone also comes with an 8-megapixel snapper and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

Software
For now, the Vu runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but LG promised an update as soon as possible so when the smartphone hits the US shores would run on Android version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone will also include several LG exclusive features such as “QuickClip hotkey” at the top of the device that brings up a menu to capture screenshots, draw on them or share through multiple sources.

Price and availability
LG Optimus Vu is available for purchase in LG’s homeland only and for the price of 999,900 won (900 US dollars). However, American retailers such as AT&T and Verizon are negotiating contracts for the phone to hit the US stores as soon as possible at a more reasonable price.

Likes
– The large 2080mAh battery
– LTE (4G)
– The camera
– The wide screen

Dislikes
– Android 2.3
– The capacitive stylus
– The high price

LG Optimus Vu Video

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