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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 "1-Minute" Review

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.


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


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Screen Size
3"

The LG Vu's screen size is 3 inches with 240 x 400 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

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
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 155 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
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
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
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 400 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3 inches
3D No
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
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
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
No
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
Mobile TV Yes
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
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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Critic Reviews


The Register

An idiosyncratic device that many folk will dismiss out of hand for its odd shape

from 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 s...More

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 sheer bloody-minded strangeness of it but I think it a leap worth taking.

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User Reviews


Pretty good phone

I got this phone from a friend after drowning my iphone. I was left with a contract and no phone. It did serve it's purpose. There was a learning curve coming from the iphone but I'm now used to the touch screen on the Vu and it's great. I also love the simpler phone as I was getting too addicted to a...More
I got this phone from a friend after drowning my iphone. I was left with a contract and no phone. It did serve it's purpose. There was a learning curve coming from the iphone but I'm now used to the touch screen on the Vu and it's great. I also love the simpler phone as I was getting too addicted to all the time consuming features of the iphone. No more data plan meens cheaper bills too. Another good thing is that a lot of LG phones use the same accessories. Another friend got rid of his old Chocolate and his power cord works on my phone. Only downside is that Rogers does not offer 3G in my tiny town so my phone is getting it's signal from another compagny's tower that has 3G. It did cause some issues last year but it seems to be fine now. Bonus, I get 3G anyway! Less

Big Fingers - Not the Phone for You!

I've had the LG Vu phone a little over a year. When I first got it, like any new phone, you're giddy and excited about the new features, great look & practicality. But once I get settled in, I realized that it's not all it's cracked out to be. Pros: -- Looks good - similar (give or take) to an iPhone...More
I've had the LG Vu phone a little over a year. When I first got it, like any new phone, you're giddy and excited about the new features, great look & practicality. But once I get settled in, I realized that it's not all it's cracked out to be. Pros: -- Looks good - similar (give or take) to an iPhone. -- Light and durable - can keep it in your pocket no problem. -- Music Player is good - can import music easily from computer. -- Can use the USB to import pictures from your computer & it charges at the same time - time saver! Cons: -- This phone isn't user friendly if you have big fingers or if you're a female with small, danty fingers but without fingernails. The texting is nearly impossible in this case, in QWERTY mode or main screen as it is all touch. Although you can have it vibrate after each touch, you have to be extremely accurate or else another letter will have been put in, sometimes not even close to the one you pushed. -- If you're in the middle of typing a message, sometimes it skips back to the beginning of the message, thus you're typing the end of the message at the beginning. And the backspace key doesn't allow "fast erasing" when hitting several times to backspace a few letters - it deletes your entire message. There is not an undo button either. -- The battery is ridiculous. Like all cell phones, the purpose of a phone is to primarily make calls. If the phone only allows 7 minutes of calling time before "Low Battery" appears, then clearly there is a problem. Same goes for a text message or any application. Sending 20+ texts, the phone dies. Good luck trying to use the Internet. You get settled into your application, phone shuts off. -- When making a call, you have JUST enough time to type the number in and the keyboard automatically locks. Good luck if you want to try phone banking or movie requests (could easily be done over the Internet, but as I said above, it's an application - ie. dead phone!). You have to constantly unlock the phone to enter in another number, but in record speed before the keyboard locks again. Maybe because I've had the phone for over a year, these are some of the drawbacks I'm just noticing, as batteries are not invincible and do overtime drain out, however being a year old, you'd think that your phone company would do something for you. Not in this case. Always read reviews BEFORE you make any purchases.. I'm considering a new phone (the battery dying is the killjoy - I've learned to deal with the other issues) and this website has helped a great deal. Hope I've helped you! Less

LOOOOVE!!

well, i have had mine about a year, i absolutely loooove it. im really tough on my phones and it still works! i was very surprised. its esay to text on, take pictures, call, ect. i would recommend you buying it. HOPE THIS WAS HELPFUL TO SOME(:

LG TU915 a.k.a LG VUE - Waste of Money

This phone has been nothing but dissapointing. The phone looks good, it's a good size and the U.I. is simple and easy to navigate. I had several issues with this phone and the service I received from LG. The phone would never sync up with its software on the PC. Bluetooth was also problematic. The...More
This phone has been nothing but dissapointing. The phone looks good, it's a good size and the U.I. is simple and easy to navigate. I had several issues with this phone and the service I received from LG. The phone would never sync up with its software on the PC. Bluetooth was also problematic. The phone would freeze for 5-30 seconds when running processor intensive applications, such as simple mobile games. These issues were brought to LG's attention. My phone was sent away for repair returning without a battery, and since the phone was new and no batteries were sold individually I waited several months to get my phone back. When I finally received a battery I realized that none of the issues were fixed and a few new ones were created by the repair process. LED illuminating the front buttons on the phone were always lit, even when the phone was powered off. The microphone did not pick up my voice making the phone unable to carry out it's primary function. My phone was sent away a second time, this time the phone returned within a week. The LED issue was fixed and I was able to make phone calls again. The original issues that I sent the phone away for were never addressed and remained. During the repair process a purple mark was created on the screen only visible when the phone had a dark background. I now had my phone for 16 months and the microphone is going again. LG will not repair or replace the phone as it is out of warranty. I demanded a new phone while it was still in warranty due to the issues that were not addressed. LG simply shrugged it off as a software issue on my end. As for the freezing, they blamed it on the software developers who created the applications even though one of them was included on the phone as a demo. I've now given up on trying to deal with LG. I recommend you stay away from their products. Even good products break down, it's how the manufacturer resolves these issues that makes a product a good investment or not. I now have an HTC magic, it does everything it is supposed to with ease. As for my LG VUE, it has become a toy for my one year old. Less

Buy at your own Risk!!!

This phone is a disappointment. I bought it June 2009 as a replacement to a Nokia 3600 that I lost so needed a phone quick without any research. The LG TU915 has two major problems for me. The first during a call the key pad locks and when you hit the unlock key it will relock after 2 secs making...More
This phone is a disappointment. I bought it June 2009 as a replacement to a Nokia 3600 that I lost so needed a phone quick without any research. The LG TU915 has two major problems for me. The first during a call the key pad locks and when you hit the unlock key it will relock after 2 secs making it all but impossible to enter information during a call such as when dealing with automated systems like paying bills.This lock function cannot be turned off permanently. The second problem is loss of signal, I lose the signal even when beside a Rogers tower this never happened with the Nokia. Less

I would like it better without touch.

The main feature of this phone is the large touch screen. The screen can't be seen in direct sunlight, sometimes even if its just bright out I can't see anything. I used to love to text now with the on screen keyboard I will rarely have it in me to send a responce. The call quality is great I never hav...More
The main feature of this phone is the large touch screen. The screen can't be seen in direct sunlight, sometimes even if its just bright out I can't see anything. I used to love to text now with the on screen keyboard I will rarely have it in me to send a responce. The call quality is great I never have to ask anyone to repeat anything and no one has ever asked me to. The design is nice but entirely made of plastic. The finish scratched off in the first week I had it. Its a great phone but it gets irritating explaining to people that it isnt a "iPhone clone" Model: TU915 Ownership: 6+ months Less

Good Phone TU915VU

Pros: light, good call quality, MP3 player, customizable MP3 ringtone, QWERT keyboard, shortcut for switch alert, USB charger. Cons: Plastic, virtual keyboard too small, proprietary earphone, lock key can be hit by mistake. I got LG TU915VU phone from ROGERS Canada one week ago, and very satisfied a...More
Pros: light, good call quality, MP3 player, customizable MP3 ringtone, QWERT keyboard, shortcut for switch alert, USB charger. Cons: Plastic, virtual keyboard too small, proprietary earphone, lock key can be hit by mistake. I got LG TU915VU phone from ROGERS Canada one week ago, and very satisfied all features it provides. The touch screen looks pretty cool. The manual doesn't say it can play MP3 format file, but it does! The phone can be charged by computer via USB cable, the same cable for data transferring, so, I do not need bring the bulky charger. Volume control keys are the shortcuts to switch alert type among sound, silence and vibration. Less

6 months old and has to be replaced

I purchased the phone when it first came out. I was looking for something different than the iPhone. The phone has some great features but apparently one of the biggest problems with it is the touchscreen. My phone has never been dropped, gotten wet, or been exposed to the elements and the touch scr...More
I purchased the phone when it first came out. I was looking for something different than the iPhone. The phone has some great features but apparently one of the biggest problems with it is the touchscreen. My phone has never been dropped, gotten wet, or been exposed to the elements and the touch screen just freezes up constantly. When it is frozen you can still receive calls, but placing them is nearly impossible. Fortunately ATandT is replacing it for me free of charge. Call quality is excellent. There is a decent learning curve involved to use it smoothly. Kids like it for the TV feature. The internet is a full html internet but does work rather slowly. The keyboard is a little small for big fingers so often times I find myself texting with the phone keypad rather than the QWERTY keyboard, but not all that much of a problem. Mobile email works very well too for yahoo, aol etc. All in all a decent phone, and hopefully they have the touchscreen bugs worked out, but the representative assured me they did so we will see. Less

Typical LG speaker problem and poor repair service

Liked the features at first but after 3 months have had the same problem with the LG Vu as with the last LG - only works in speaker mode. No point in wasting time with LG's lousy "warranty" repair service. Should have learned from the first LG experience. Also no point arguing with Rogers - once you're...More
Liked the features at first but after 3 months have had the same problem with the LG Vu as with the last LG - only works in speaker mode. No point in wasting time with LG's lousy "warranty" repair service. Should have learned from the first LG experience. Also no point arguing with Rogers - once you're locked in they just dump you off to the manufacturer. Throwing it out and buying something else. Less

Nice Phone

Pros and Cons are pretty much accounted for with other reviews. My too bits are as follows: I'm cheap and don't feel the data plans that Rogers offer currently is worth it. I do want a phone with Qwerty keypad for messages. The LG915 Vu's virtual keypad is perfect for this. Call quality is very clear,...More
Pros and Cons are pretty much accounted for with other reviews. My too bits are as follows: I'm cheap and don't feel the data plans that Rogers offer currently is worth it. I do want a phone with Qwerty keypad for messages. The LG915 Vu's virtual keypad is perfect for this. Call quality is very clear, using either normal or with speakerphone. The functions are easy to access and the phone has a very shallow learning curve. My wife who is a total non-techie got the hang of it in 2mins playing with it. Size and weight is just right. Not too wide like the iPhone and not too heavy. To increase battery life, I've turned off the 3G mode and left it at 2G. I don't use it for internet or data at all. Overall, for $29 for the phone...it's a no-brainer! Less

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