comscore Hands On: LG Optimus Vu
News

Hands On: LG Optimus Vu

When Samsung launched the original Galaxy Note ‘phablet’ last year it sort of triggered an arms race of sorts. Well, amongst the first companies to have a similar product is Samsung’s South Kore

When Samsung launched the original Galaxy Note ‘phablet’ last year it sort of triggered an arms race of sorts. Well, amongst the first companies to have a similar product is Samsung’s South Korean compatriot LG and it calls its ‘phablet’ the Optimus Vu. Frankly, the Optimus Vu launches at the worst possible time for LG, as Samsung only recently released its successor to the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note II that further improves on the original concept. We went hands on with the Optimus Vu, let’s see if it’s something that will compete head-on with the new Galaxy Note or is just a me-too product. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual content

[nggallery id=189] Also Read - How to download Instagram videos on Android, iOS, PC

The moment we first laid our eyes on the Optimus Vu, we knew that it was a very different animal from the Galaxy Note II or for that matter even the original Galaxy Note. There are a number of reasons for this difference. Firstly, the Optimus Vu has a form factor that is similar to a square block, because it features a 1024×768 pixels 5-inch IPS display with a 4:3 aspect ratio. In contrast the Galaxy Note II has a larger 1280×720 pixels 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. While the pixel count on the Optimus Vu is a tad less than the Galaxy Note II, one has to admit that the viewing angles were quite brilliant and the color reproduction was very natural. Also Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office

In terms of thinness also the Optimus Vu is quite slim at 8.5mm but because of its chunky block like design it comes off as quite a large device.

On the back LG maintains its leather like finish, which was first seen in the Optimus 4X HD. This is very comfortable to hold and feels good in the hand unlike the slippery plastic finish on the Galaxy Note II. That said, it does not have a user removable battery and the battery itself is 2,080 mAh. The Galaxy Note II has a larger 3,100-mAh battery. We even get an 8-megpixel-rear camera, which we presume to be the same as the Optimus 4X HD.

As far as the internals are concerned the Optimus Vu brings some heavy duty firepower to the party in the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU which is clocked at 1.5GHz tied in with 1GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card slot.  In comparison, the Galaxy Note arguably has a slightly more powerful Exynos chip that also has 2GB of RAM, but all this processing power is really arbitrary if the software is well tuned to the hardware.

LG makes a big deal of the software features on the Optimus Vu and it touts it like a note taking device similar to the Galaxy Note. It even bundles a stylus that has a rubber tip to emulate Samsung’s S-Pen like functionality on apps like QuickMemo and Notebook. These apps also work more or less the same way, however in our short time with the device we found the writing experience on the S-Pen to be quite a bit superior to the one offered by LG’s solution. Bewilderingly, LG does not even accommodate for a silo inside the Optimus Vu, and rather opts to arm the stylus with a pen like clip. We are sure people many people will end up loosing the stylus.

Right now the Optimus Vu runs only Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, but LG is planning an update to Jelly Bean in the near future. However it failed to point out when exactly. In contrast, Samsung already is selling its new Galaxy Note II with Android Jelly Bean which brings a number of usability enhancements like project butter and Google Now.

On the whole, the LG Optimus Vu looks like a solid product, but we do think it is a step behind the Galaxy Note II. That said, at the same time it is definitely a much more refined product that the original Galaxy Note. At Rs 34,500 it is also slightly cheaper than the Galaxy Note II, which retails for around Rs 39,000. We will have more on the Optimus Vu in an in-depth review so stay tuned.

Photo Credits: Rohit Sharma

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel. Also follow us on  Facebook Messenger for latest updates.
  • Published Date: October 22, 2012 7:21 PM IST



new arrivals in india

Micromax In 2b
Micromax In 2b

8,999

Vivo Y72 5G
Vivo Y72 5G

20,990

Tecno Camon 17
Tecno Camon 17

12,999

Tecno Camon 17 Pro
Tecno Camon 17 Pro

16,999

Realme C11 2021
Realme C11 2021

6,999

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G

39,990

Oppo Reno6 5G
Oppo Reno6 5G

29,990

Samsung Galaxy M21 2021
Samsung Galaxy M21 2021

12,499

OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus Nord 2

27,999

Poco F3 GT
Poco F3 GT

27,999

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G

19,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F22
Samsung Galaxy F22

12,499

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

21,999

Infinix Note 10 Pro
Infinix Note 10 Pro

16,999

Infinix Note 10
Infinix Note 10

10,999

Vivo Y73
Vivo Y73

20,990

OnePlus Nord CE 5G
OnePlus Nord CE 5G

22,999

iQOO Z3
iQOO Z3

19,990

Realme C25s
Realme C25s

9,999

Poco M3 Pro 5G
Poco M3 Pro 5G

13,999

Realme X7 Max 5G
Realme X7 Max 5G

26,999

Oppo F19
Oppo F19

18,990

Motorola Moto G40 Fusion
Motorola Moto G40 Fusion

13,999

POCO M2 Reloaded
POCO M2 Reloaded

9,499

OPPO A74 5G
OPPO A74 5G

17,990

Oppo A53s 5G
Oppo A53s 5G

14,990

Vivo V21 5G
Vivo V21 5G

29,990

Realme C25
Realme C25

9,499

Realme C21
Realme C21

7,999

Realme C20
Realme C20

6,799

Motorola Moto G60
Motorola Moto G60

17,999

iQOO 7
iQOO 7

31,990

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

21,999

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

69,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G
Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G

39,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X
Xiaomi Mi 11X

29,999

Realme 8 5G
Realme 8 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F02s
Samsung Galaxy F02s

8,999

Samsung Galaxy F12
Samsung Galaxy F12

10,999

POCO X3 Pro
POCO X3 Pro

18,999

Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro

17,999

Realme 8
Realme 8

14,999

Vivo X60 Pro Plus
Vivo X60 Pro Plus

69,990

Vivo X60 Pro
Vivo X60 Pro

49,990

Vivo X60
Vivo X60

37,990

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

64,999

OnePlus 9R 5G
OnePlus 9R 5G

39,999

OnePlus 9 5G
OnePlus 9 5G

49,999

Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72

34,999

Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52

26,499

Micromax In 1
Micromax In 1

10,499

Asus ROG Phone 5
Asus ROG Phone 5

49,999

Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Galaxy M12

10,999

Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30

10,999

Motorola Moto G10 Power
Motorola Moto G10 Power

9,999

Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G
Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G

25,990

Oppo F19 Pro
Oppo F19 Pro

21,490

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

18,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

15,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

11,999

Realme Narzo 30A
Realme Narzo 30A

8,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro

16,999

Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5

7,199

Samsung Galaxy F62
Samsung Galaxy F62

23,999

Samsung Galaxy A12
Samsung Galaxy A12

12,999

Nokia 5.4
Nokia 5.4

13,999

Nokia 3.4
Nokia 3.4

11,999

Realme X7 Pro 5G
Realme X7 Pro 5G

29,999

Realme X7
Realme X7

19,999

Vivo Y31
Vivo Y31

16,490

Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

35,990

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

1,05,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G

81,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

69,999

Vivo Y12s
Vivo Y12s

9,990

Vivo Y51A
Vivo Y51A

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M02s
Samsung Galaxy M02s

8,999

Xiaomi Mi 10i
Xiaomi Mi 10i

21,999

Oppo A15s
Oppo A15s

11,490

Tecno Spark 6 Go
Tecno Spark 6 Go

8,499

Vivo V20 2021
Vivo V20 2021

24,990

Vivo Y20A
Vivo Y20A

11,490

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G9 Power
Motorola Moto G9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G 5G
Motorola Moto G 5G

20,999

Vivo V20 Pro
Vivo V20 Pro

29,990

Xiaomi Mi 10T
Xiaomi Mi 10T

35,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9i
Xiaomi Redmi 9i

8,299

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

39,999

Infinix Hot 10
Infinix Hot 10

9,999

Vivo V20 SE
Vivo V20 SE

20,990

Vivo V20
Vivo V20

24,990

Micromax In 1b
Micromax In 1b

6,999

Micromax In Note 1
Micromax In Note 1

10,999

OnePlus 8T
OnePlus 8T

42,999

Samsung Galaxy F41
Samsung Galaxy F41

15,499

Best Sellers