The LG Optimus Vu looks impressive enough at first glance. But like everything else that you see, you can’t just buy something that looks good right off the bat. It will make your jaw drop – but not in a way that would completely impress your standards.
Currently, the Vu won’t hit the North American market in quite awhile and there’s no word as to which carriers it’ll be using the moment it does come to the United States and Canada. The handset is widely available in South Korea and it makes you wonder how this “phablet” device can come with a price tage of nearly $ 1,000. Given the number of massive smartphones we’ve been seeing in the market today, such as that of Samsung’s Galaxy Note, the body of the Vu might be something that’s not for everyone.
In terms of design:
At a whopping size of 5.5 inches in height, 3.5 inches in width and at nearly 0.34 inches in thickness – the device weighs at a little over 6 ounces. But when you hold the Vu, you’ll be surprised at how light it is. And you can’t help but appreciate its awesome slender body. Even though it can fit snugly with just one hand, you’ll need to use both hands when it comes to operating it.
At the topmost portion, you’ll find a 3.5 mm headphone jack. You’ll s also see a featured key called the QuickClip for you to store your memo contents as well as a Micro-USB port that is hidden nicely behind a sliding door. Along with that, you’ll come across a power button and something you didn’t expect from this device: an antenna that can be extended and be hidden within the phone. A volume rocker is also found on the right edging of the device.
The back part of the device comes with a grain-like pattern resembling a leather component. Whether or not the added design is meant to keep the material lightweight, it doesn’t completely give a premium feel like you would expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note. On the left corner portion of the device, you’ll immediately see an 8 megapixel camera that takes snapshots with an LED flash.
In terms of the features:
The handset runs on a powerful 1.5 GHz dual core chip. But if you compare that to LG’s other bigger and better phone in the LG Optimus 4X, it doesn’t stand a chance. But nevertheless, the Vu is snappy and quick when it comes to handling various applications. You won’t notice any lags when running various apps and switching from landscape to portrait can easily be done. Swiping through different app pages is easy and very snappy. But the sad part about the device is that it doesn’t run on Android’s latest operating system, the Android Ice Cream Sandwich since it’s pegged with the Gingberbread OS.
Despite the fact that the Vu is interesting when it comes to its size, you can feel that there’s still something missing from the device. Maybe it’s the older Android operating system that many feel isn’t suited for something so big and functional in a huge phone. But if you think about it, LG is ushering in a new line of phablets that Samsung started with its Galaxy Note.