LG Optimus Vu Review

Interface and Functionality:

LG’s Optimus Vu packs a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor and 1GB of RAM, so everything is running smooth, but everything in this case means Android 2.3 Gingerbread and that’s a letdown. Ice Cream Sandwich is sorely missed on this handset and even though LG promised to bring Android 4.0 in June, it’s still not here for us.

LG brings its Optimus skin on top of Gingerbread here, and this comes with a different set of icons, some changes in the user interface and most notably in the way widgets are added and a new look of the notification drop down toggles.



Basic functionality paired with a 4:3 screen is a mixed plate. On one hand, single-handed operation is a pain, but on the other you have a very spacious keyboard, and typing in portrait mode is extremely accurate with those huge keys. We’d say that typing on the Vu is definitely among the best experiences we’ve had on a smartphone with no physical keyboard.



Bottomline is that calling and on the go use suffer from the huge screen, but texting, emailing and browsing are a joy. The Vu behaves more like a tablet than a phone, and that’s a compromise you have to make with it.

Internet and Connectivity:

The device comes with the stock Android browser workings as smoothly as you'd expect and fully capable of handling Flash. As we mentioned before browsing the web and reading on the 4:3 screen is a joy partly because of the screen size and partly because of the high pixel density. The wide display also allows you to read most text in portrait mode, something you can't always do even on huge phones like the Galaxy Note.

The phone comes with LTE for Korea only, so there was no way for us to test it. What we could test though was NFC. The phone works okay, but occasionally we had to retry a couple of times until we could share what we want. The Optimus Vu comes with a couple of NFC tags you can put in places like your car and office and tap the phone to them to start say navigation in your car or mute the phone at work.



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13 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

3. tanim

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Epic fail

4. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

5. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

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

6. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

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

7. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

GALAXY NOTE FTW

8. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

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

9. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 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.

10. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

12. JuanitaAlfonzo

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

13. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 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!
Optimus Vu
  • Display 5.0" 768 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2080 mAh

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