LG Optimus VU P895 Review

| Published Date
04 - Dec - 2012
| Last Updated
20 - Aug - 2016
 
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LG Optimus Vu

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Our Verdict

Some say, the LG Optimus Vu was conceived to rival the Samsung Galaxy Note II. However, that is exactly what it is not. Well, you may say that both are big-screen phones, with the rather fancily named styluses, but both seem to offer different things. The Optimus Vu is even bigger than the Note II. The Note II has better S-Pen features and multi-tasking. In the end, it is more about what you want from a huge phone!

PROS

  • Good display quality despite low resolution
  • Stable performance
  • Surprisingly good battery life
  • Camera does well even in low light
  • White colour looks good

CONS

  • Too big, some say
  • Pricey
  • Stylus not on the same level as Samsung's S-Pen

LG Optimus VU P895: Detailed Review

The phablets are here to stay, and that is pretty much crystal clear. The Samsung Galaxy Note II still pretty much leads the way in terms of performance and the overall premium feel of the package. But the others are not to be ignored!

Build & Design

It is huge, and that is what you immediately notice the moment you hold it in your hand. The Galaxy Note II has a width of 80.5mm, while the Optimus Vu measures at just more than 90mm. The wide design does make it slightly uncomfortable while you hold the phone against the ear and talk. A Bluetooth should solve the problem. Read LG Optimus Vu versus Samsung Galaxy Note: Hybrid smartphone battle

Apart from that subjective issue of ergonomics, you will be appreciating a fairly good build quality. The test unit that we received was the one with the part enamel and part imprint white coloured finish. On the front is the huge 5-inch display, with a fairly slim bezel on the right and left side. But the top and the bottom areas are fairly thick. Below the display are four touch sensitive keys – return, home, task manager and options.

  

There is a chrome frame running along the entire length and width of the phone. On the top are the power key and a button that opens the Memo mode when pressed. The micro USB port has a classy touch with a slide cover. On the right spine is the volume rocker. The right and left spines have a profound outward bulge throughout. Flip the Optimus Vu over, and the rear panel has the same white finish but in a matte touch with an imprint design.

  

The Rubbebdium pen does not fit anywhere on the phone, like the S-Pen on the Galaxy Note. And that is a bit confusing, because expecting the users to carry another accessory is only lining up for a disaster.

Features & Specifications

The LG Optimus Vu is a rather unique device. The display has a pure 4:3 aspect ratio, and that makes the entire package considerably wider than the Galaxy Note II. This despite the fact that the Note II has a 5.5-inch display while the Optimus Vu has a 5-inch display. We don’t really see the purpose of a 4.3 aspect ratio display on a phablet, considering that most of the media the users will play back will be widescreen or pure 16:9 aspect ratio.

Another issue is the lesser pixels on the Optimus Vu’s IPS LCD display than on the Galaxy Note II’s Super AMOLED. There are quite a few positives though - no shortage of sharpness though, and text readability is rather good. Colour vividness offered by this HD-IPS LCD is quite acceptable, but the Note II’s Super AMOLED undoubtedly offers richer colours.

  

There is 32GB on-board memory, but no card slot. However, we feel that should not be a problem considering you would surely also have a couple of cloud storage accounts linked with the device.

The 8MP camera is quite good overall – be it daytime or be it in low light conditions. Shots in the day are very balanced – good colour, detailing and sharpness to the overall picture. Night shots lose out a bit on sharpness, but colour remains surprisingly lifelike thanks to fairly good contrast ratios. Videos are slightly on the noisier side in low lighting conditions.

  

Performance

The Galaxy Note II is consistently faster than the Optimus Vu in the benchmark tests. That being said, the performance of the Optimus Vu is still quite acceptable. The experience and the speed of the overall package is pretty similar to what you would see on the likes of the LG Optimus 4X HD and the HTC One X, but that is not close to the blazing performance of the Note II. What really helps is the UI, which is surprisingly fast, smooth motion and fairly uncluttered.

The Vu has a 2100mAh battery, which is straightaway 1000 mAh lesser than the Note II. Expect a day of backup with ease, but stretching that more would be a problem.

  

Call quality is very good, but holding this device up to the ear is not comfortable. You would be better off using a Bluetooth headset for voice calls.

The stylus is the standard one that works on capacitive touchscreens, and is surely a step behind the Galaxy Note II’s S-Pen in terms of precision. Plus, LG’s arrays of apps for the stylus are neither as vivid nor as fun as the ones Samsung pre-loads on the Note II.

  

Bottomline

In the phablet segment, the LG Optimus Vu is fighting what seems to be a losing battle. Not because of any fault of the device, but because of the wrong pricing. At the moment, it is priced too close to the Galaxy Note II, and that is surely not the best way of going about it. The consumers will end up considering the Samsung phablet most of the time. We surely hope that better sense will prevail, and the price for the Optimus Vu will be tweaked. At just under Rs 30000, this would be a very unique device for most buyers.

Price: Rs. 34,500

Latest Forum discussions on LG Optimus VU P895

  • Confused...samsung note 1 or optimus vu

    I need a phablet with an active digitizer was planning to buy Galaxy note one. But now LG optimus Vu is also in the same price bracket (26k) So I need your opinion and reviews of both the phones I am not going for note 2 as its >30k Not interested in cheap phablets like micromax/spice etc as they do not have that 's-pen' Thanks in advance

    1. Nerevarine02/02/2013
      Note 1 looks better, and has spen support.. Optimus on the other hand is just too chubby :/ and no spen (just some regular stylus)
    2. Hapdtop03/02/2013
      [QUOTE=Nerevarine;1834013]Note 1 looks better, and has spen support.. Optimus on the other hand is just too chubby :/ and no spen (just some regular stylus)[/QUOTE] Is it?? I thought Vu also has wacom digitizer
    3. Nerevarine03/02/2013
      I dont think so, it is not a pressure sensitive touch screen.. altho i might be wrong there
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  • :( :( lg optimus l9:( :(

    alrite i bought my lg optimus l9 recently..The reason i bought it was becos of many good reviews from TDF users like(sam,furiousgames,tkin)..... im not satified with the phone...now i feel bad and i think i should have gone for some Xperia model..reasons are many firstly the audio quality...its really bad and u cant compare it with Sony...

    1. Neo11/04/2013
      The earphones which come with any phone aren't usually good. They are just put there to complete the package. Get a good IEM like PL11, C-12 or M2 depending upon your budget. As for the speaker, most phones have it bad, maybe all. Go yo a shop and listen to your L9 and Xperia J both. There will hardly be a noticeable difference. Nobody listens...
    2. Quagmire11/04/2013
      Oh please OP, stop blaming others for your choices.. If you are so particular about camera and audio you should have created a new thread, we would have suggested accordingly.. If you want better audio output use an amplifier: [QUOTE=Johnny;1853442] I'm only worried about the sound output for LG phones...do they have good sound quality with...
    3. Dreamchaser11/04/2013
      [QUOTE=quagmire;1881883]Oh please OP, stop blaming others for your choices.. If you are so particular about camera and audio you should have created a new thread, we would have suggested accordingly.. If you want better audio output use an amplifier:[/QUOTE] Well im not blaming others,i just shared my views on the mobile.....
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  • Lg optimus 4x !!urgent

    My friend has a special deal only valid for today in which LG optimus 4x is priced at 22400 and LG optimus VU is priced at 21600. I am planning to get a new phone but was waiting for a relative from the US for the Nexus 4. But since the specs of these three are quite similar, should I go for any of these two?? My main reason for getting the...

    1. Noasarcangel18/01/2013
      [QUOTE=akhi.aka.g;1823195]My friend has a special deal only valid for today in which LG optimus 4x is priced at 22400 and LG optimus VU is priced at 21600. I am planning to get a new phone but was waiting for a relative from the US for the Nexus 4. But since the specs of these three are quite similar, should I go for any of these two?? My main...
    2. Akhi.aka.g18/01/2013
      [QUOTE=NoasArcAngel;1823234]No, the specifications of the nexus 4 and optimus 4XHD are [U][B]very very different[/B][/U], id still say get a nexus 4 because no phone beats it in hardware section.[/QUOTE] Hardware isnt my top priority, 4X's hw would do just fine, the thing I am concerned about is updates. Lg is known to skip updates for even...
    3. Noasarcangel18/01/2013
      [QUOTE=akhi.aka.g;1823238]Hardware isnt my top priority, 4X's hw would do just fine, the thing I am concerned about is updates. Lg is known to skip updates for even flagship devices[/QUOTE] but for the nexus, you dont have to worry. it will be updated regularly.
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  • Lg optimus hub

    hye guys i have make my mind to buy LG Optimus HUB . My budget is 12-13k max. THE reason to choose it is , that, it has less resolution and 1500mh battery which gives me good bakup coz i will play games 4-5 hours a day and 24*7 internet. what u guys says ??

    1. Sam17/03/2012
      ^^ better wait. you may find Live with Walkman for 12k after the Xperia U, P & S are launched.
    2. Zangetsu17/03/2012
      :+1: Live Walkman is best in 12~13k budget
    3. Androidfan17/03/2012
      LG Optimus Hub is a piece of garbage. Don't buy it...
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    [url=http://androidos.in/2011/10/lg-silently-launches-optimus-net-in-india-for-inr-10k/#more-25911]LG silently launches Optimus Net in India for INR 10K | AndroidOS.in[/url] [url=http://www.flipkart.com/mobiles/lg/itmd3fcpqgh2r4mr?pid=mobd3fcfvanmpqx2]Flipkart.com: LG Optimus NET P690:...

    1. Sam22/10/2011
      as expected, 10k is an "ok" price. but better wait for the price to come down to 9k. Galaxy Y at 7k will steal a lot of LG buyers.
    2. Metalheadgautham22/10/2011
      10k IS actually decent IMO. Yeah Galaxy Y will hurt almost every phone priced above 7k, android or not, simply because its "underpriced". Even if it was 7.5k it could've been ok. Anyway, this one gives you 2x the screen resolution, 50% better camera resolution, 2x the ram (and the minimum number to make RAM feel usable) and makes the Motorola...
    3. Ico22/10/2011
      hmm Optimus Net seems like an old wine in a new bottle.
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