Since it was first introduced back in February, the LG Optimus Vu hasn’t made many appearances stateside. That changed today when we were able to get our hands on the 5-inch behemoth here in New Orleans at LG’s CTIA booth. The Vu is unlike anything we’ve seen before, even the Galaxy Note, due in large part to its 4:3 aspect ratio. That feature is a result of LG’s market testing, which showed that customers tend to use larger-screen devices for reading rather than for multimedia playback. We’re not here to debate that claim (though you certainly can in the comments below), but we find it fairly interesting nonetheless.

The Vu’s screen uses LG’s IPS technology and packs 1024x768 pixels, which doesn’t translate to the highest PPI on the market, but certainly looks stunning regardless. Under the hood you’ve got a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, a full gig of RAM, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread underneath a custom LG skin. Ice Cream Sandwich is coming, LG says, and the custom skin isn’t nearly as bad as you might think. Oh, and that antenna on top? It can stream live TV, a feature that may or may not be dropped by the time the Vu expands beyond Korea to other markets.

LG has included a pretty cool note-taking feature on the Vu, which can be activated with the touch of a small button on the top of the device. It can be used on any screen on any app: simply turn it on and start drawing on the screen with your finger or your stylus. Then, save it to your “notebook”, which can be organized based on category or date. As an LG rep pointed out, it would be a perfect tool for taking my notes here at CTIA.

Surprise! LG hasn’t said anything about US availability or pricing, though thanks to its LTE radios, the Vu would certainly be able to find a home on a whole host of US carriers. We’ll bet that the Vu will eventually arrive on US shores, but until then, you can catch some shots and a hands-on video after the break below.




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LG Optimus Vu hands-on


I would like to hold it in my hand and get a feel for it before dismissing it. Not too impressed with LG smartphones, but if the battery really holds out well I might give it a serious look.

it will shrink the app like hd movies shrink on old curved tv.. it will show black on the bottom and top

While I agree with LG on the marketing side more people tend to read on devices than play back on them. Only problem is the design makes the phone way to wide plus screw up apps designed for the 16:9 screens.

Like it, want it, get it for us someone. Tons of great phones coming out this year and hopefully the US Carriers will get off their asses and land us these bad boys.

Okay so I like the note cause it's big and long (yes, that's what she said) but this is big and... fat? Pretty ugly looking. Plus, the LG skin on top of ICS is decent, but the skin currently on this phone ( as well as other lg devices ) is atrocious; like an uglier version of Touchwiz.

We won't get the TV feature. We never do.
Seriously, why the hell has no manufacturer delivered a phone to non-eastern markets with the TV hardware/feature. So behind the times.

It's an LG, it runs Gingerbread, and it's only using an S3? No thanks. Even if a 4:3 aspect ratio was a good idea, I'd stay far away from this device.

So it has an antenna for watching TV even though "customers tend to use larger-screen devices for reading rather than for multimedia playback"? I don't get it.