The Good The LG Vu is a super sexy touch-screen phone with a 3-inch display and haptic feedback. Features include AT&T Mobile TV, HSDPA speeds, a 2.0-megapixel camera, a full HTML browser, and quad-band support.
The Bad The LG Vu's camera lacks flash, and there's a learning curve involved with the touch screen. Streaming video was a little choppy as well.
The Bottom Line Despite a few quibbles with the touch screen, its full features and excellent performance make the LG Vu one of the hottest phones this year.
The LG Vu has been a long time coming. Ever since we saw the LG Prada early last year, we wanted a similar handset for the U.S. market. Not soon after, we grew jealous of our international cousins for having access to the LG Viewty, the 5.0-megapixel successor to the Prada available only in Europe and Asia. Since then, we've seen the LG Voyager and the LG Glimmer come our way, but we were still waiting for a full touch screen phone from LG. Finally, at CTIA in April 2008, we had our glimpse of the LG Vu, which many have claimed to be the U.S. version of the Viewty. However, its claim to fame isn't its camera--instead, the Vu is one of AT&T's launch devices for AT&T Mobile TV, the carrier's brand new live mobile TV service launching in May 2008. Combined with its stunning design and array of multimedia features, the Vu is definitely a showstopper. The LG Vu will be available for $299.99 with a two-year service agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate.
At first glance, the LG Vu appears to be a grown-up version of the LG Prada. It has the same glossy piano-black finish, silver sides, and minimalist style, but it is definitely larger and a bit more rounded on the edges. Measuring 4.24 inches long by 2.16 inches wide by 0.51 inch thick and weighing 3.16 ounces, the Vu is fairly light for its size thanks to its all-plastic casing. The Vu is slim and lightweight, and it can be easily slipped in a pocket or purse without too much bulge. Bear in mind that the glossy finish attracts a lot of fingerprint smudges.