LG - Vu Phone Review
The much anticipated LG Vu is one of the first touch screen devices to support AT&T Mobile TV, a feature that allows customers to watch live streaming TV shows right on the handset. The large 3" high-contrast display makes it easy to operate and allows users to surf the web, watch TV, videos and send/receive emails. The Vu is one of the most advanced multimedia and entertainment capable phones on the market and the sleek design adds style. The phone includes AT&T Music, Cellular Video, Video Share, Stereo Bluetooth® capabilities and a whole lot more. Although it lacks WiFi capability, it does support 3G data speeds making it a fast handheld for streaming video content. The lightweight design weighs just over 3 ounces. The built-in 2 megapixel camera with autofocus can capture images with impressive resolution. There is even a video capture mode so users won't miss out on the action.
The Vu has a simple look similar to the iPhone with only three buttons on the front for initiating a call, ending a call, and one central Back button for navigating backward through menus. Like the iPhone, the large touchscreen is used for most of the commands and data entry. The widescreen display (when turned sideways) offers 240 x 400 resolution and looks great. However, we found it a bit difficult to read in direct sunlight. An extendable TV antenna on the top of the phone gives the Vu enhanced TV reception. Outside locations usually provided sufficient signal strength to watch TV and in many cases we did not find it necessary to extend the antenna. However, pulling the antenna out will increase signal sensitivity. The side has a few buttons for controlling the volume, initiating the camera, and locking the phone.
The menu screen is icon based and has with a variety of applications. The four tabs on the right of the screen give the user quick access to Phone (contact list, addresses, and recent calls), Multimedia (music, camera, and games), Photos ( calculator, calendar, and alarm clock), and Tools. The top left indicates the signal strength and the top right has the battery level. We found that the battery provides adequate life with moderate use during the day, but will require a daily charge if heavily used. The Vu has a microSD card slot for storing media such as music, photos and video clips. However, it is not conveniently located and requires the battery to be removed to access the slot.
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- Kevin Nakano
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