LG Intuition

71
Engadget
Score
71

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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LG Optimus Vu review: a 5-inch, pen-enabled phone to take on the Galaxy Note

Summary

The Optimus Vu is a half-hearted stab at the phablet category pioneered by the Galaxy Note. It's a follower, not a leader, and is best left untouched.

Pros
  • Fantastic HD-IPS displayExcellent camera
Cons
  • Stylus can't be stowed in the deviceStylus integration is half-bakedRuns Gingerbread
LG Optimus Vu review: a 5-inch, pen-enabled phone to take on the Galaxy Note

Tech companies are no strangers to the game of follow the leader -- industry imitation is, after all, the sincerest sign of a successful product. In the case of the Galaxy Note, Samsung's phablet wonder has been enjoying some unexpected popularity in markets abroad and even here in the US. But the company's ownership of that once-niche category is about to be contested by a surge of copycats, spearheaded by the stylus-toting LG Optimus Vu ($866 unlocked). It should go without saying: this 5-inch not-a-smartphone, not-yet-a-tablet has a steep climb ahead if it wants to oust or even claim equal billing with its successful opponent.

Of course, the Vu isn't launching an attack on all fronts yet as, right now it's a Korea-only affair running Android Gingerbread. (It redeems itself somewhat with an LTE radio.) Though the competition is welcome, the duel is not an even one, given the Vu's unusual mix of internals: a 1,024 x 768 HD-IPS LCD display, dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 32GB of non-expandable storage, an ample 2,080mAh battery and a region-specific T-DMB TV tuner. But could that be enough to dethrone the current category king, or at least present a viable alternative? Join us after the break as we crack this rectangular nut and winnow out the marketing noise.

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Scores

Engadget

71
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
7.3
Display
7.5
Battery life
5.8
Camera
6.7
Ease of use
6.5
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Specs

Intuition

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
5 inches
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Specs

Intuition

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
32 GB
Screen size
5 inches
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