Blast from the past; remember the LG Vu?



If you were an AT&T customer in the middle of 2008, you probably were deciding whether or not to purchase the Apple iPhone 3G smartphone, or buying a feature phone. If you did decide to go with the feature phone, you most likely had the LG Vu on your short list. The Vu carried a 3-inch screen, which was pretty much on par with touchscreen phones of the era not named the iPhone. With a resolution of 240 x 400, the phone had a pixel density of 155ppi.

An AT&T exclusive, the LG Vu came in two variations. The CU920 offered Qualcomm's MediaFlo television service, while the CU915 came without it. The camera on the LG Vu was a 2MP snapper, and the phone was powered by a 1000mAh cell. The unit did have an HTML browser, although like other LG feature phones like the LG Voyager, browsing was far from smooth. The device did have a resemblance to two other LG touchscreen feature phones that were available overseas, the LG Prada and the LG Viewty.

A couple of years after the Vu was launched, the LG Vu Plus was offered by AT&T (again as an exclusive to the carrier) with basically the same specs, but with a physical QWERTY keyboard that slid open in landscape mode. One other change was the use of a capacitive screen rather than a resistive display. We gave the LG Vu a 5.5 on our review while the LG Vu Plus scored one point higher. You can check out the reviews by clicking on the link for the LG Vu or the LG Vu Plus.

With the LG Vu, AT&T had a handset that had attractive features for those who were fascinated by the touchscreen Apple iPhone, but found that device too rich for their blood.

Related phones

Vu
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 0.12 GB
  • Battery 1000 mAh(3.00h talk time)
Vu Plus
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Storage 0.05 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 950 mAh(3.00h talk time)

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6 Comments

1. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

My first cellphone that I did not have to share with my brothers and sistersl

2. ECPirate37

Posts: 337; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

This phone was sooooo bad. Only held like 200 text. I liked the pull out antanea and watching nba games on it though. Only reason I bought it. I had two phones, and my Nokia was so much better. Still, glad I had it.

3. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

I thought for a moment you meant the Optimus Vu. Man that name is cursed.

4. theo14461 unregistered

No, I don't remember that crappy phone.

5. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

That thing was pretty terrible. I didn't have it but I remember a friend or cousin...someone had it. So bad.

6. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

This was my first touchscreen phone, I kept a stylus with me to type because the resistive screen was so inaccurate you couldn't really type without it. Then I got a Samsung Impression which froze every 30 texts you sent. Then a Motorola Backflip which I actually really loved and wish they'd do a re-done version of it that fixes the problems the other one had.

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