LG's touch handsets all use very similar software, so the Vu’s interface should be familiar to those who've used a Prada, Viewty, or Glimmer. For those of you who are venturing into this line for the first time, here's a quick run through of how things look.

The home screen is almost empty by default. There is a line with service information on the top and in the bottom are four shortcuts: menu, TV, phonebook, and dialing pad. An option in the menu allows you to put a clock, calendar, or shortcut menu with eight options, in the center of the screen. The most customization of the shortcut menu that's allowed is the order in which the icons appear.

There is an icon just next to the battery indicator that looks as if it were a box over a box. This is the multitasking menu shortcut that opens up a list of functions, such as make a call or write a message. How is this multitasking you ask? Well, when a call is placed or the media player is running, this icon can be clicked and a new program can be opened. They will run at the same time. To switch back and forth, just press this icon again and all of the programs running will be displayed at the bottom. Just select the one to be brought to the top and it will be.

The main menu is in four tabs (Phone functions, Multimedia, Organizer, Settings). Everything is arranged logically here, and even first-time users will easily find what they need. The icons’ appearance is animated, but not slow. They look well (at least in the four preloaded themes) and one can easily get an idea of their purpose (even without reading the label below). The menu system is not only modern and looks good, but is also pleasure to use and can multitask easily.


The contacts system is very good, which has really left some positive feelings in us. The names are displayed, filtered by their first letter (A-D, E-H, I-L, etc), in order to avoid lots of scrolling. The symbols are large, and we only wish the caller ID image was displayed when the contact is selected. By selecting the Lupa in the lower left corner, searching can be performed, by any word of the name.

Adding a contact offers you fields for names, two numbers and an email address. While this is plenty for some, it would be nice to see more fields or at least the option to add additional ones if needed. Of course each phonebook entry can have a personal image and ringtone, as well as being added to a group


Input of a number that is not in your phonebook is just as simple as in other phones. Open the dialpad (one of the shortcuts on the homescreen) and press the large numeric keys. It would be nice if the handset searched through the phonebook as the number is being entered, but it doesn't.


The third tab in the main menu houses all the organizer tools. Total of five alarms can be added, each with a separate time, recurrence options, name and tone. A few clicks are required to add an event (Appointment, Anniversary, or Birthday) to the calendar. Optional fields include subject/name, location, alarm and recurrence options. You are also able to search for text in the events added. Tasks can be added with three priority levels, while notepad is for plain notes without any options. There also are a calculator, tip calculator, a world clock, stopwatch and a currency converter.

The phone lacks real File Manager, which allows you to preview all files stored in the integrated memory or the card. It is replaced with the more typical for non-smart phones, browser that filters the files by their type (Pictures, Audio, Video, Applications, Documents, Flash, Others). Every time any of the filters is selected, it searches the available content, which takes some time to load.

To save images or videos, Vu comes with 120MB of internal memory, but it can be expanded with a microSD card.

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