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The beefy LG Optimus Vu 'phablet' (pictures)

With its whopping 5-inch screen, the LG Optimus Vu is part phone, part tablet, and all parts big.

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The LG Optimus Vu is a big one

With its 5-inch IPS LCD display, the $900 LG Optimus Vu is considered to be LG's answer to the novel "phablet," which first began with the Samsung Galaxy Note.
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The throwback antenna

Though it's used in conjunction with the Optimus Vu's TV and radio app, and not signal quality, the handset's antenna is definitely reminiscent of the early cell phone era.
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All the way out

The antenna is collapsible and embeds within the Optimus Vu. When pulled all the way out, it measures 8 inches long.
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QuickClip for QuickMemo

This shortcut QuickClip button accesses the QuickMemo function on the Optimus Vu, which is a note-taking feature.
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The Rubberdium stylus

The Optimus Vu comes with a stylus that LG calls "Rubberdium." It's thicker than the Note's S-Pen, so it feels sturdy like a real pen, but it cannot store into the device itself.
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Rear-facing camera

The Vu sports an 8-megapixel camera in the back and a 1.3-megapixel camera in the front.
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Physical specs

The Vu measures 5.5 inches tall, 3.5 inches wide, 0.33 inch thick, and weighs 6.08 ounces.

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