FAIR AND SQUARE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILE REVIEWS - —BY NIDHI SINGAL

Plus-sized An­droid smart­phones are all the rage th­ese days. Now, LG too has joined the ph­ablet band­wagon with its Op­ti­mus VU, a gi­gan­tic de­vice with a 5-inch dis­play.

But the 4:3 as­pect ra­tio and the re­sul­tant size of the phone makes it al­most im­pos­si­ble to use with one hand. Un­like the Sam­sung Note 2, which is op­ti­mised for sin­gle-hand op­er­a­tion, we had to use both hands to use the VU. Then there were some weird looks from the peo­ple around when they saw us mak­ing a call on the phone.

A soft-tipped sty­lus, which repli­cates fin­ger touch, comes with the phone, but this needs to be car­ried sep­a­rately as there is no slot to store the sty­lus on the de­vice.

The phone, how­ever, doesn’t dis­ap­point on the per­for­mance front. The VU has four touch keys be­low the dis­play (back, home, mul­ti­task­ing and op­tions), while the menu tray is di­vided into apps, down­loads and wid­gets. A set­tings icon is promi­nently vis­i­ble in the main menu tray as well as no­ti­fi­ca­tion bar.

Like on the Sam­sung Note, LG has added a Note­book ap­pli­ca­tion to the Op­ti­mus VU. The in­ter­face looks sim­i­lar to that on the S-Pad. To cre­ate a new note, we had to first se­lect the Cover colour fol­lowed by a ti­tle, the kind of pa­per and its colour. Once done, a wide row of op­tions ap­pear on the top of the sheet that al­lowed us to cre­ate text or add im­age to the note. Quick Memo al­lowed us to snap a screen­shot and scrib­ble on it. There is a ded­i­cated key on the top panel of the VU that in­stantly cap­tures the screen­shot. Both the notes and quick memos can be shared via email, Blue­tooth, etc.

The Op­ti­mus VU has an 8MP cam­era with an LED flash that man­ages to cap­ture de­cent shots but dis­ap­points in low-light. The huge dis­play hogs a lot of bat­tery and even an av­er­age user will have to keep the charger handy to charge this de­vice through­out the day.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

The awk­ward di­men­sions mean the Vu is more a com­pact tablet than a smart­phone.

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