LG Intuition 1

We're here in New York where LG today invited the press to take its first look at the Intuition, the much anticipated hybrid device that arrived in Verizon Wireless stores today. The Intuition is nearly identical to the international Optimus Vu, which has made quite a name for itself as a unique competitor in the increasingly popular "phablet" market. Unlike Samsung's Note, the Intuition is sporting a 4:3 aspect ratio, which adds up to a totally different experience both in terms of use and purpose. Hit the break for my full first impressions.

The Intuition, LG says, is meant mainly for document and text viewing-- if you're in the market for a device to watch movies and take photos with, you're going to want to look elsewhere. For its intended purpose though, the Intuition shines, and is definitely worth keeping an open mind for.

And with that, read our for our initial thoughts.

The 5-inch IPS display clocks in at 1024 x 768 resolution with 600 nits of brightness-- it's not the most advanced technology you'll find on the market today, but it holds its own and looks really gorgeous. As Alex mentioned in his review of the international Vu, what it lacks in sharpness it makes up for in color accuracy. 

Underneath that beautiful display, the Intuition is packing a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 processor. Yes, you read that right-- S3. Not S4 like every other high-end device on the market today, but an S3, like every other high-end device on the market last year. It's also lacking a removable battery and microSD card, two stinging omissions. It's a stunning disappointment for those who have been waiting for a phablet to arrive on Verizon, and although the Intuition performs admirably well, it would be nice to have current generation internals and functionality. The same can be said for software-- Ice Cream Sandwich underneath LG's Optimus 3.0 skin looks and performs great, but not quite as great as Jelly Bean would. LG was tight lipped about its plans to upgrade the Intuition to Jelly Bean, but if we were you, we wouldn't hold our breath; neither Verizon or LG has been known to be the most efficient when it comes to upgrading software.

The Intuition ships with LG's Rubberdiem stylus, which can't hold a candle to what Samsung is doing with the S-Pen. It's not particularly precise or intuitive, and since the Intuition lacks handwriting recognition, it doesn't seem all that useful. Oh, and there's no slot in the Intuition to hold the pen, which pretty much defeats its purpose right off the bat. Think of it more as a toy than a tool.

I wouldn't write the Intuition off at first glance. It's awkward to hold, and even more awkward to hold up to your ear (so much so that LG admits it, nonchalantly hinting at Bluetooth headsets to ease your worries), but if you do a lot of reading on your phone, the Intuition is a standout. I'll make it my daily driver for the next few days to really get a taste of how to integrate the Intuition into your daily life; until I can compose my thoughts into a full review, check out some photos and a quick one-take walkthrough after the break.