LG Optimus Vu

Here we go again, folks. Another monster phone. The LG Optimus Vu is a 5-inch behemoth. It's big. It's got a 4:3 aspect ratio, so it's wider than you're used to. And you know what? It works. Mostly.

Android Central at Mobile World Congress Just like with the Samsung Galaxy Note, once you get over the size you're left with a pretty good smartphone. It's got LTE baked in as well, so that's an obvious plus. And the XGA screen resolution is great at that size. Apps that are designed for this sort of palm-reading form factor are really nice -- news reading and the included comics app to name but two.

Where the Optimus Vu falls short is with its uninspired user interface. A good bit of that blame can be placed on the fact that it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and not Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But a larger display like this screams out for something other than a grid of icons. Le sigh.

The included stylus works well enough, but the rubber tip certainly doesn't have the same sex appeal as the Wacom system on the Galaxy Note, and the rubber gives the writing experience some serious drag, where as the plastic tip on the GNote keeps things smooth.

We've got some hands-on pics and video after the break.

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There are 9 comments

uneekdesigns says:

what's with all these company's taking off on the transformer names.

Playboy E says:

2.3 COME ON NOW SMH ... should come stock with 4.0...who in their right mind is gonna walk around with this phone? Smh... HTC PLEASE SAVE US FROM THESE PHONES

kprz24 says:

This phone is ridiculously ugly

adzrules says:

AGREED. If anyone buys this then shame on them. I have honestly never seen an uglier device.

now that thing looks huge and akward and i dont think its good marketing to have a big ol update failed on your new device

kurioskurion says:

I still hold too the premise that if these phones were developed more to be a tablet that can communicate like a phone, I'd be all in. Stock these with honeycomb rather than gingerbread... Of course if you can't do ics yet.

OmarF82 says:

OMG! Please no more with the GNote it's enough... Thats a horrible phone. IMHO...

GQ50 says:

Damn atleast the GNote though huge is shaped more like a phones we're use to. This thing look damn near perfect square. Now I played with my sisters GNote and its pretty nice. I actually like the screen size and I had no problem typing with one hand and I'm still using a Gingerbrd Sammy Captvte. I can upgrade just want to see what the SGS3 will have to offer. A lot of great phones coming out this year but I'm gonna say no to this LG(square) phone.

GQ50 says:

One other thing, its dual core, why not quad core?? I mean the phones this year are coming out quad, why not these huge phones..? Would probably make them a little more appealing..