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LG Optimus Vu Review

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Camera:

The Vu comes with an 8-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter. The quality of the pictures is decent - we've seen more detailed images from the top cameraphones, but generally colors look okay if not a bit overblown and during daytime pictures turned out okay. In low light and indoors, noise starts getting in your way, so if you want a phone to snap pictures at parties, that's probably not the best choice. The front camera compensates for the lack of quality with a fun effect that airbrushes your face so if you can mask up the occasional wrinkle, if that’s your worry.

Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Vu - LG Optimus Vu Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Vu - LG Optimus Vu Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Vu - LG Optimus Vu Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Vu - LG Optimus Vu Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Vu - LG Optimus Vu Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Vu - LG Optimus Vu Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Vu - LG Optimus Vu Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Vu - LG Optimus Vu Review

Outdoor samples shot with the LG Optimus Vu


Strong - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Vu Review
Medium - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Vu Review
Low light - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Vu Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - LG Optimus Vu Review

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Video is captured at 1080p and thirty frames per second with continuous auto-focus on the rear camera, and maxes out at 720p for the front shooter. Again, it was okay, and the camera moved relatively steady with a rare dropped frame. Forget about shooting after dusk, though - while the Galaxy Note has excellent low light performance, this here device just can’t get enough light in.

LG Optimus Vu Sample Video:



LG Optimus Vu Indoor Sample Video:




Multimedia:

For multimedia, you have 32 gigs of internal memory but no microSD card slot to expand that. The highlight of the handset, though, is it’s TV-ready with a standalone app and a huge antenna, but sadly we couldn’t catch any programs as the feature only works in Korea. For all other media, what we said earlier holds true - 4:3 is great for TV rips, while for video on the web it only results in larger strips of black space on the screen.

Sound quality is disappointing for us. Playing back music or video through the speaker produces tinny sound that lacks even the slightest bass (we didn’t expect much), and if bumped up to the maximum on certain songs this annoy the ear.

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posted on 29 Jun 2012, 01:50 3

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5484; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, this phone is kinda trash. Verizon is better off without it.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 02:36 3

2. Commentator (Posts: 2184; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well, it looks like Verizon thinks this will "fit our reality"... for whatever reason...

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 02:46 3

3. tanim (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


Epic fail

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 03:54 4

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


the aspect ratio is really not the way to do it.
How to make a fail into a win, LG?
Update it with Jelly Bean and add a beautiful UI to complement the fat screen.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 04:43 2

5. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)


It's obviously designed for Korean users, getting it to other countries is probably LG's experiment.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 07:09 2

6. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Looks alright...
Wait, WHAT? Gingerbread?
LG deserves to be hung by the balls on the horn of a unicorn.
>:O

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 07:47 2

7. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


GALAXY NOTE FTW

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 08:44 3

8. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


i wont say it is an epic fail or a fail. it is still a decent phone whether you like or not

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 13:55 1

9. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


How is this a preview? The only thing that missing compared to a review is the rating.
I'll help you out. This gets a 7. Not bad if you can handle the design/size.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 15:41

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2875; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Leave it to Verizon to pass on the Note and get this crap. Galaxy Note might be running crapdragon but I'm sure it still outperforms this and has a better and more comfortable to hold display.

posted on 30 Jun 2012, 01:04

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5484; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it's like choosing which dusty, old lady would you be better going home with. it's a decision we really shouldn't subject ourselves to when there's Supermodels like the SIII and soon the Razr HD and the Note 2 to choose from.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 13:51

12. JuanitaAlfonzo (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Party poopers. I think it's a cool phone. I saw it at the Verizon store recently (it's November now) and really, really liked it! Why? The VISIBILITY. You can see the screen! It also handles like an e-reader; the 4:30 is great. But I'm now with AT&T and until it works with its 4GLTE I'm out of luck. For now, I chat with my Austin hair salon clients with my Nexus.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 23:00

13. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


This phone has a ICS Update already and it comes with a new and nice .LG UI 3.0 so yeah.. PISS OFF HATERS!

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LG Optimus Vu

LG Optimus Vu

OS: Android 2.3
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Display5.0 inches, 768 x 1024 pixels (256 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual core, 1500 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size5.50 x 3.56 x 0.33 inches
(139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5 mm)
5.93 oz  (168 g)

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