A little over two months after we spent some quality time with the LG Optimus 4X HD, we got our mitts on another device from the Korean tech brand: the boxy and white Optimus Vu (pronounced as "View"). This smartphone—sorry, phablet (short for phone tablet)—goes head-to-head with its curvy compatriot the Samsung Galaxy Note II. But will folks go for the “full Vu” instead of “taking Note”?
Hey there, big boy
Up front. Clean-looking, isn't it?
And the most obvious difference that you'll see between the two monster phones is their appearance: the Vu sports a 5” LCD display and has more width than other mobile devices. It's also a tad “thicker”—if you can call 8.5mm thick, that is. Surrounding the screen are a 1.3-megapixel camera and four touch-enabled soft keys.
Shiny and silky smooth, we bet the Zohan will like this
All sides are encased in smooth metal, giving the Vu a premium sosyal feel. The volume rocker's on the right side while up top are the power button, the micro-USB port (with a sliding cover; nice touch we say), and a 3.5mm audio jack. On the textured back portion are the 8.5-megapixel camera with LED flash, speakers, and microSIM slot.
Despite the bigger size, the LG Optimus Vu's still pretty light, and is solidly built. But its size can also be a downer: In some instances, we found ourselves using both hands to operate this unit (cue “that's what she said” and other naughty responses). This normally isn't a problem, but there are (and will be) times when you inevitably can spare only one hand for your device like, say, when you're eating a burger Mcdo.
Besides the battery charger and in-ear cans, the Vu also comes with a stylus (LG calls this the “rubidium pen”) and three NFC tags, which make it easier to activate the phone’s Car, Office, and Sleep modes.
For a closer look at the Optimus Vu, check out the gallery below