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LG Optimus Vu Review

LG Optimus Vu

Posted: , by Victor H.


Call quality and Battery:

LG Optimus Vu Review
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.


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.

This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.


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


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

  • Options

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 01:50 3

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 02:36 3

2. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 02:46 3

3. tanim (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)

Epic fail

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 03:54 4

4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 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.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 04:43 2

5. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)

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

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 07:09 2

6. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 07:47 2

7. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


posted on 29 Jun 2012, 08:44 3

8. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 13:55 1

9. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 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.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 15:41

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2012, 01:04

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 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.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 13:51

12. JuanitaAlfonzo (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Nov 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.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 23:00

13. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 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!

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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
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
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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