LG Intuition Review
There’s nothing like a big slab of phone to really capture the attention of people, right? Seriously, from the looks of it all, the more a smartphone goes outside the norm to appear hulkier, the greater the curiosity is amongst people in knowing what it’s all about. As we’ve seen already with the Samsung Galaxy Note, people are simply mesmerized by this hybrid smartphone category – you know, the one where devices are referred to as phablets, tabphones, or ginormous smartphone slabs.
Even though our first encounter with these colossal smartphones came in the form of the Dell Streak, it wasn’t until the Samsung Galaxy Note that it became popularized. Well, Korean based manufacturer LG wants to get into the exclusive club as well, and with that, they’ve brought to market the LG Intuition for Verizon Wireless – also known abroad as the LG Optimus Vu. Sure, it boasts the “Rubberdium” stylus for the convenience of drawing or writing something, but what separates it from most of the competition, is the unique 4:3 aspect ratio of its 5” IPS LCD display. Is it peculiar? Absolutely! We’re hoping it can at least exceed the standards set by its rival.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Quick Start Guide
- Product Safety and Warranty Information
“Whoa, is that a smartphone?” That’s one of the many expected phrases you’re going to hear quite often when the LG Intuition is in public view, mainly because its sheer size is an instant attention grabber. To tell you the truth, the handset sparks conversation amongst random strangers, simply because they’re so curious about it. However, beyond its gargantuan size, there’s nothing particularly too compelling with its overall design – as it shares nearly the same design DNA of other devices we’ve seen from LG.
With its all-plastic body, it maintains a mostly clean appearance thanks to the pattern design of its rear, which is further complemented by its decent build construction. Although its size gives it notoriety, it’s also its Achilles’ heel at the same time – mainly because it’s one of the widest (3.56”) smartphones around. Essentially, it’s impossible to use it with one hand, as our fingers are unable to fully encompass the entire real-estate of its display. So yeah, two handed operation seems to be most optimal with this one.
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Thankfully , the 4 capacitive buttons below its display are spaced far away from one another to reduce accidental presses. Meanwhile, above the display, we’re presented with its narrow earpiece and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera – the latter of which can shoot video in 720p.
top edge of the smartphone. In fact, we’re presented with its 3.5mm headset jack, noise cancellation microphone, microUSB port, QuickClip button, and dedicated power button.
With the microUSB port, which offers video-out via an MHL adapter, we love how it’s hidden behind a sliding cover to prevent dirt and debris from messing around with it. Despite having a flat appearance, we like the subtle white glow surrounding the power button when it’s pressed down. And lastly, when pressing on the QuickClip, it takes a screenshot of whatever you’re doing and launches the QuickMemo app, where we can then proceed to make some quick doodles on the screenshot and share it.
Checking out the left side of the handset, it appears to be bare, but the microSIM slot is discretely hidden behind a plastic flap. Conversely, the right edge of the smartphone is home to only the separated volume controls, which are difficult to make out with our finger due to its flat feel, but at least its response is springy.
the rear, while two notches towards the bottom left corner make up its speaker grill. Interestingly, there’s no access to its battery, which means it’ll require servicing if it needs to be replaced.
So what’s the culprit behind its beefy size? Well, it’s all because of the 5-inch 768 x 1024 IPS-LCD display it’s packing along for the ride, which so happens to employ a 4:3 aspect ratio. Although some might be disappointed by the lower resolution, it’s still detailed enough at a pixel density of 256 ppi – thus, making fine text more than visible to make out from a distance away. In addition, thanks to the accurate colors produced by its IPS-LCD display and its brightness output of 650 nits, the display is legible even under direct sunlight. However, we do notice some distortion going on at extreme viewing angles, but for the most part, it maintains its clarity head on.
Naturally, the 4:3 aspect ratio proves its worth with things like web surfing, as it’s able to perfectly fit an entire page. However, it isn’t quite as practical for watching videos – mainly because there are still black bars found above and below videos. Fortunately, LG offers “aspect ratio correction” with third party apps, so they’re scaled properly to fit the extra real-estate of the display.
Well, it’s nice to see that the Rubberdium stylus is comfortable enough to hold and use, but unlike the S-Pen of the Samsung Galaxy Note, it doesn’t recognize various degrees of pressure sensitivity – so it’s basically like any other capacitive stylus out there. Furthermore, you’ll have to bear in mind that you can’t write or jot something down with the Rubberdium if you rest your palm on the display. No doubt, it’s a nice addition to have on the LG Intuition, but it simply pales in comparison to the depth of functionality and precision found with its rival in the S-Pen.
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1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Well, LG didn't try hard enough with this one!!!
I guess all those brains are occupied beautifying the upcoming Optimus G.
3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Hey guys Joooooooohn V. here from PhoneArena..... lol
Great review. Very fair, & also I love the intro. I thought for a moment you were about to enter a ring or an octagon. lol
4. jwl3429 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Sep 2009)
call me crazy but as a blackberry user i like the idea of this for web browsing, document editing and messages and email. i don't do a lot with games and videos and i am sure the s3 proccessor would be fine all the other things.
5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Hmm... Who made the bigger blunder: LG for making this disappointing phone or Verizon for selling it (especially next to the S3 for the same price)?
6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
That being said...is it necessary to expect a 16:9 ratio-ed videos to be played on phablets without the black bars on top???
Unless you want it to look like a giant iPhone 5, lol.
8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it was very clearly a mistake for Verizon to carry this out-dated Note wannabe but there's still a couple of things i like about it. i like the little metal accents on it which includes a nice sliding metal microUSB cover and i really like LG's new UI but i like the icons used on the 4X more than the ones on this.
9. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
i think it would have been better if they used e S4 instead of the S3. i mean LG changed e international variant of the Optimus Vu to Tegra3, i dont see why they couldnt change e chip for e intuition
11. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)
Yeah even if they wanted something cheap they could use nvidia kai tegra 3
10. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1195; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Due to this phones failure maybe we will see the Galaxy Note 2/Htc Phablet much quicker.
13. JuanitaAlfonzo (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Call me quirky but I like this phone. As a hair stylist, I can take pics of my clients, make a note about what I did to get the look, file them away and do it quickly. Any word when it will be compatible with 4G LTE? I'm with At&T here in Austin, Texas, and would love to give this a try for a couple of years. Gee, wish these contracts could be annual instead.