The LG Optimus Vu

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The LG Optimus Vu

The LG Optimus Vu has one of the largest screens available on a smartphone. At a whopping five inches, the display is larger than your average smartphone but slightly smaller than your average tablet. The phone is powered by a 1.5-gigahertz dual-core processor and has one-gigabyte of internal memory to ensure a peppy and responsive user experience. A capacitive stylus allows you to draw or make notes on the screen while a dedicated screen capture button allows you to share your edits quickly and easily. While the phone is certainly different from many other smartphones, its benefits for productivity and interaction are undeniable.

LG Optimus Vu Specifications:

Display: 5-inch IPS LCD multitouch display

Resolution: 768 x 1024 pixels

Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.56 x 0.33 inches

Weight: 5.93 ounces

Processor: 1.5 Ghz dual-core processor

Memory: 1GB

Internal Storage: 32GB

Wi-Fi Connectivity: 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Bluetooth: Yes

Network Support: GSM, 4G LTE

Audio: Hands-free speakerphone and 3.5mm headphone jack

USB Ports: 1 microUSB 2.0 port

Additional Sensors: GPS, accelerometer, digital compass

Front Camera: 1.3 megapixel

Rear Camera: 8 megapixel with LED flash and auto focus

Battery Type: 2080 mAh Lithium-Ion

Battery Life: Approximately 13 hours of talking time


What is Great About the LG Optimus Vu?

Display Resolution: Most smartphones currently use a 16:10 or 16:9 display ratio. This means that the screen is rectangular in shape. The Optimus Vu uses a 4:3 ratio that is closer to a square. This means that reading text and navigating the web is made simpler as the phone can display more text on the screen at one time. The resolution is also slightly higher than many smartphones. The end result is a smartphone that is great for browsing the web or reading eBooks as well as watching video and viewing images.

Capacitive Stylus: By adding a stylus input to the Optimus Vu, you can easily take notes, make corrections or personalize nearly any document or image on the phone. This is a great addition for productivity and business users. Instead of describing a change you want made, you can just draw on the document or image and send the edited image using the dedicated screen capture button on the top of the device.

Battery Life: While many smartphones are launching with less battery life, the Optimus Vu offers a hearty 13 hours of talk time on a single charge. This means many users can enjoy a full day’s use on a single charge with little worry about running out of battery. Of course, you specific usage habits can impact the battery life greatly.

On-Screen Keyboard: Due to the large screen size, the software keyboard included on the Optimus Vu is amazing. Keys are spaced well and large enough that composing messages or emails is a breeze. However, you will likely need to use two hands with the phone as it is nearly 5.5-inches wide.

Comfortable Styling: With such a large device, you might worry about weight and comfort. Fortunately, while the phone is quite wide, it is also very slim and weighs just under six ounces. While one-handed operation is quite difficult, due to the size, the device is more than light enough to hold with one hand comfortably while viewing movies, reading or browsing the Internet.

What is Not Great About the LG Optimus Vu?

Size: While this is mostly subjective, the size of the phone will likely be the first thing that you notice. After some time with the device, it is quite comfortable to use and will still fit into the pocket of most jackets or purses with ease. In most cases, you will use the device with two hands instead of one. Using a Bluetooth or wired headset can help to ease the transition as holding the phone to your ear can be slightly awkward.

No Storage Expansion: While the phone offers a generous 32-gigabytes of internal storage, that is all of your options for data storage on the device. With no card reader, you have to use a microUSB cable or wireless tethering to transfer data to and from the device. However, 32-gigabytes is enough to hold plenty of apps, movies, music and documents for the average user.

Is the LG Optimus Vu a Great Purchase?

When a device this different emerges, the public often loves it or hates it. is no exception. If you are just looking for a smartphone to use daily for calls and light Internet browsing, you might find other options more suited to your tastes. However, by falling in the middle ground of both a tablet and a smartphone, it has numerous benefits for productivity and business use. Thanks to the IPS LCD included with the device, movies and images look great as well. If you do not mind the additional size of the phone, it a solid device with plenty of power and certainly a great purchase.

The LG Optimus Vu