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LG Optimus Vu Review

LG Optimus Vu

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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

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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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