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LG Optimus Vu Review

LG Optimus Vu

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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.

The LG Optimus Vu brings the Optimus skin on top of Gingerbread - LG Optimus Vu Review
The LG Optimus Vu brings the Optimus skin on top of Gingerbread - LG Optimus Vu Review
The LG Optimus Vu brings the Optimus skin on top of Gingerbread - LG Optimus Vu Review
The LG Optimus Vu brings the Optimus skin on top of Gingerbread - LG Optimus Vu Review

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.

On-screen keyboard - LG Optimus Vu Review
On-screen keyboard - LG Optimus Vu Review
On-screen keyboard - LG Optimus Vu Review

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.

The LG Optimus Vu comes with the stock Android browser - LG Optimus Vu Review
The LG Optimus Vu comes with the stock Android browser - LG Optimus Vu Review
The LG Tag+ app - The LG Optimus Vu comes with the stock Android browser - LG Optimus Vu Review
  

The LG Tag+ app



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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
1 GB 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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