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LG Vu review

7/10 AVG.
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7/10
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The LG Vu currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 19 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The LG Vu is very similar in design to the iPhone.

While the Vu may look like the iPhone, the touch interface was not nearly as smooth. Like the LG Dare, scrolling can be a problem with the Vu.

The screen measures three inches and boasts a 240 x 400 pixel resolution, placing it among the better displays available. Lacking an integrated light sensor, however, the Vu’s screen can be difficult to view in sunlight.

Below the large screen are three buttons: call, hang up and back/clear.

The LG Vu has a 2.0MP camera with autofocus and video record, Bluetooth, a full HTML browser and microSD expandability. The microSD card is placed beneath the battery which can be a bit annoying compared to a more convenient side-loading option.

With the LG Vu you get a full complement of phone features, including an alarm, calculator, and speakerphone. Talk time is rated at up to 180 minutes.

Surfing the internet with the Vu will be more enjoyable than with other phones due to the quality browser. You can also text, MMS, instant message, take pictures and record video. The LG Vu also offers mobile email. Depending on the service provider, mobile TV and XM radio are bundled options as well, at an additional monthly service fee.

Overall the LG Vu is a good, capable phone, but one that will demand a small learning curve in order to become familiar and comfortable with the touch interface.

Note: The LG Vu is available in two variants: the CU920 with Mobile TV using MediaFlo technology (AT&T) and the CU915 without MediFlo TV (Rogers).


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
3"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Register

The Vu is an idiosyncratic device that many folk will dismiss out of hand for its odd shape. But in its defence, I’d say it offers a lot of high-quality screen real estate, 32GB of storage and is the cheapest unlocked Tegra 3 smartphone around. It may take to leap of faith to get over the shee...

- Alun Taylor, The Register


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LG released the Vu on April 1, 2008.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG Vu user manual here.


LG backs up the Vu with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Vu has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
3"

The LG Vu's screen size is 3 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
155 MB

Internal memory is 155 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1000 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time.

LG Vu Specs

Overview
Release date April 1, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Processor
Internal Storage 155 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.26 W/kg
Body: 0.27 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black, Burgundy
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.8 x 5.5 x 1.3 cm (4.3 x 2.2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 90 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 500
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Night mode, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG CU920, CU915, TU915

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