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.



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.

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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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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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