The slim, exciting LG Vu is one of the first cell phones to feature AT&T’s Mobile TV, which has a full web browser and can stream video and music from multiple websites. Add in a couple more features like the popular touchscreen and the now-standard Bluetooth and it’s a pretty good package.
With a large 3-inch touch screen with a resolution of 400x240 pixels, the Vu has a great display. All input is done with your finger, either by tapping or swiping, and features haptic feedback in the form of vibrations that you can customize somewhat. The texting option includes a virtual full QWERTY keyboard which, when selected, switches the display to a landscape orientation making the keys larger and easier to type on. The keyboard is also available to enter URL addresses when using the browser. Using a touch screen takes some practice in order to really feel comfortable with it but the Vu comes with a touch screen tutorial to help.
The Vu has several multimedia features. It supports Bluetooth and features a 2 MP camera with 2x zoom as well as a built-in video recorder. Both still and video cameras allow you to shoot in multiple resolutions but both are very sensitive to any movement.
One of the more unusual features of the Vu is AT&T’s Mobile TV. It also features a full HTML web browser, streaming video from ESPN and Comedy Central and streaming music from Napster or eMusic. The Vu also supports email from a few different providers but you can’t add any new ones which limits its usefulness.
The phone’s battery usage time is a very modest 180 minutes which should keep you going for about 3 hours. The Vu comes with 120 MB of internal memory as well as a MicroSD slot. The card slot is located rather awkwardly behind the battery which means you’ll need to remove the battery whenever you want access to the card.
The still camera is missing a flash. In order to get a decent image, you’ll need to figure out a way to stabilize the phone when taking pictures in low light or with a lot of movement.
Overall, the LG Vu is a solid touch screen cell phone at a decent price point. It’s a great phone for users who like to text, email and surf the ‘net.