New Delhi, Nov 12: Being different is not always better and that is why we were suspicious about the LG Optimus Vu as it comes with radically different aspect ratio of 4:3. Both in our specification comparison as well as first hand review of the LG Optimus Vu, we highlighted the odd aspect ratio and wondered whether it would be acceptable to people.
Thankfully, we have got the LG Optimus Vu in our test labs for a complete review. Here is our take but before that a quick glimpse at its specification list.
The LG Optimus Vu is truly the black sheep in the smartphone arena. In fact, I haven't met a single person in our office who did not take a note of it. And, everybody has one thing to say - it's different!
Now, the point here to ponder about is whether the distinction in LG Optimus Vu serves the cause or not.
Well, when it comes to attracting notice, yes the Vu gets all the views. However, it is the operational part that many may have different thoughts. Personally, I find the odd shapes of Optimus Vu not only distinct but also very comfortable to use, probably because I have fairly large palms. Undoubtedly, it is the most comfortable phone when it comes to some tasks like gaming when you have to hold the phone in your palms but the smartphone gives some problem during callings.
During calls, you need to be very careful as it very large to handle. Also, dialing numbers is definitely not possible in one hand. So, sorry but you can't of course say - Ye to mere bayen haath ka khel hai.
Now here are some facts that would give you a fair bit idea about the size of the LG Optimus Vu. It has a dimension of 5.50 x 3.56 x 0.33 in (height x width x thickness) and has 168 grams weight. The smartphones display is of 5 inch. Now let's compare it with the next biggest smartphone currently in the market - the Samsung Galaxy Note II, to bring thins in to some prospective.
The Note II has a 5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37 in dimension and comes with a 5.5 inch display and is 183 grams in weight, from the figures itself, it is quite clear that the LG Optimus has more width but is sleeker and lighter than the Note II.
Now the obvious question - What are the advantages and disadvantages of Optimus Vu's odd display?
Well, as we said above, it would be difficult for some who have small palms to operate it and especially during calls; it is difficult to dial numbers in one hand. Knowing the obvious disadvantages, LG has though made provisions to correct the aspect ratio for any app; you just need to press and hold the home button to change the aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9. However, some apps don't respond well to that but otherwise, you can either see your videos, pictures or any other app in full screen or in the 16:9 ratio.
As LG too says, this aspect ratio is great for reading books and browsing website though.