Call quality and Battery:

The call quality is rather mediocre - you’d definitely be able to hear your callers, but voices were dull and muffled. People we spoke with also reported they were hearing us dull on the other side of the line.

The Optimus Vu comes with a 2,080mAh battery that is not removable. The phone got us through a day of average use - browsing for an hour, playing games for about as much, snapping a couple of pictures (no flash).

When it comes to signal quality, we didn’t have issues with dropped calls and won't experience tight grip antenna problems with the device because of its sheer size.

Conclusion:

The LG Optimus Vu is a brave and interesting experiment with the size of a smartphone. It’s phablet to its core - a smartphone moniker might still somehow fit the Galaxy Note, but you’d find it hard to twist your tongue and call this a phone.

The huge size is our main complain about the Vu. It’s just not fit for one-handed use - it’s too wide. Android Gingerbread now looks very dated and adds on to that undercooked feeling of the UI and phone in general. It’s probably no coincidence that LG didn’t release this globally - the phone is not yet ready for it. Korea, though, is a different world with commuters watching tons of TV on their devices and demanding an antenna for that. If we had to sum it up in one phrase, it’d be “Big in Korea.” We’ll leave this phone for them, with no final score as it simply doesn’t fit our reality for the time being.



Pros

  • Big bright screen, perfect for reading
  • Spacious keyboard, great for typing

Cons

  • Too wide for one-handed use
  • Not comfortable to hold in your pocket
  • Most video doesn’t make use of 4:3 screen

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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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