2012-07-15 17.24.20

If you were hoping to see a phablet device like the Samsung Galaxy Note on Verizon, Big Red's upcoming device is going to technically fit the bill. Except instead of the enjoyable, well designed, and globally acclaimed device, you will get this horrendous boxy eyesore, complete with a 4:3 CRT-like aspect ratio: the LG Optimus Vu.

Here it is, in all its glory monstrosity, next to... yup, the 4.8" Galaxy S III. It's HUGE:

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We're talking 5 inches at 1024x768 on an HD IPS display if the specs are going to remain the same as its international counterpart's that we played with at MWC. Think old CRT monitors and TVs before wide-screens. Think really awkward to hold - so awkward that you will need to use two hands to reach some of the bottom-row buttons comfortably. Think four capacitive buttons - something Android has abandoned with Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich. Think "what the hell was LG, in turn, thinking"?

At least unlike the Vu at MWC which came with Gingerbread, the Verizon version comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Considering ICS has now had around 8 months to bake, I am not too shocked, although this is LG we're talking about here. The company has yet to upgrade any of its devices outside of Korea to ICS, which scored it a big fat F in JR Raphael's last Android upgrade report card. It looks like the Vu has actually just gotten ICS in Korea, though it was of the "Value Pack" variety.

If the rest of the specs remain unchanged, we'd be looking at:

  • a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 with Adreno 220 GPU (MSM8660)
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • 8MP/1.3MP cameras
  • stylus

Unfortunately, our source hasn't confirmed or denied any changes from the above, so I can't comment on them. Of course, as you can see from the photos, the Vu is compatible with Verizon's 4G-LTE network.

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If you want to see the Optimus Vu in action, here's our MWC hands-on:

While we don't have any information on availability, the Vu can't be too far off now, considering it passed through the FCC at the end of last month. Show of hands - is anybody going to pick it up when it arrives on Verizon's network? Bueller?

Source: reliable

Images: slightly edited to remove sensitive information and version numbers

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  • Tommy Thompson

    No thank you!

  • cherub

    holy fugliness!

  • Mike Majewski

    Good god that's hideous

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Here we go. Sorry guys, it took a little while to re-install PhotoShop,
    compile the details, edit the photos, and write up the article.

    The point is: holy shit, what the fuck are Verizon and LG collectively thinking?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1808599231 Ariel Felder

      They will be able to say they made the right decision passing on the Note because obviously no one wants a phone this size. It's Verizon they will do anything to justify t their bad decisions
      And no one will complain about bootloader being locked they will be too busy complaining about how the sight of it burns their eyes it's so ugly.

      • TheMan876

        This will probably have an unlockable bootloader too, so that Verizon can point at it and say no one wants unlockable bootloaders.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MCERGZBEMMYO7SY23NYDXSLOIM db., heyu


        • shadowdude777


          This is diabolical. It'd be in Verizon's best interest to hire you.

    • MicroNix

      Hey, look at the bright side. At least they know they are safe from an Apple lawsuit on design :)

      • RocketScience11

        I don't know... its a black rectangle...

        • Chris Hardewig

          And it's a phone...


    Seriously, wtf. It's disgusting.

  • Chuck Testa


  • SamuraiCER

    Kinda was meant to be used to view tv in korea...just should've stayed an after thought...Somebody will want a big phone tho...

  • evcon

    5" screen, 4:3 ratio. I don't care how much LG likes Pythagorean triples, that does not belong on a smartphone.

    • GaneshNayak

      You cracked me up... Everyone around is staring at me ... LOL

  • Tyler Jones

    ITS SOO UGLY!!! I'll take my galaxy note any day. With the note 2 coming out soon there is no reason to buy this

  • Semianonymous

    My favorite part is the included stylus is just a generic capacitve stylus. What a joke

  • zach

    Lg...... ugh

  • Sven Enterlein

    Note to LG&Verizon tag-team: Start from SQUARE ONE... but, please, in a different and more elegant way!

    • John O’Connor

      entirely too much emphasis on SQUARE

      • Sven Enterlein

        At least YOU got my pun ;)

  • DavidEssex

    I like it. But not as a phone. It would be a cool thing to win from somewhere and use it as a media device.
    Have a beautiful day, people. Go out and do something nice for someone you've never met before.

    • VanderTRAMP


  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    No way! That this thing is ugly aside, I currently own the LG Revolution. It's my first smartphone and I got it because I'd always liked LG's dumbphone. Never again! I will never own another LG smartphone. Updates take forever and there is no community/dev support for the phone past root. In my defense, it was one of only three LTE phones at the time and I didn't much like the other two, but still.

  • Spoken Word™

    I'd rather knaw my own penis off than to be caught using that fugly thing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hudspeth Mathew Hudspeth


  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    I would love to have a Note... but good lord this is ugly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hudspeth Mathew Hudspeth

    This is why we can't have nice things...

  • Hattrick

    Someone kill it before it breeds.

    • iamajimm

      haha-it's too big to just stomp on.

  • http://twitter.com/Bateluer Robert Boluyt

    At least they're trying something out of the ordinary, taking a chance and breaking the mold.

    • http://twitter.com/ElrandoHorse MGardner

      And possibly a few pockets

      • Cheeseball


  • http://twitter.com/PhuckYoTweet Heauxsanne Barr

    And this is why Android gets such a bad rep. LG should probably look into making something useful. Like cookies. Or gerbil seed. The smartphone venture is no longer for them. I'd rather a Blackberry than this.

    • MicroNix

      I don't think LG could make a more hideous phone if they tried. They need to get back to just making appliances.

      • Joe Miller

        they could always have made it some horrendous color, like safety green or something.

      • SalemWitchesWereInnocent

        They never stopped. They just put a screen on a toaster.

    • onpoint G

      Gerbil seed lol splash

  • TheMan876


  • TechGuy21

    im good.
    i think the note is still better.

  • theentropic

    And here I was hoping for something like "a fast update has actually occurred at big red." That is a definite "No thanks"

  • ken

    miss spelled denied in article, you put "dened" :- P.
    agreed, this thing is a monster

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks, just spotted it as well.

  • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

    I would much prefer the GNote on VZW vs the Vu

  • http://twitter.com/ElrandoHorse MGardner

    That is a monstrosity. Not just because of the size, but the shape.

    My G-Nexus fits wonderfully in my pocket and hand due to the shape and fantastic use of available space. I have friends with both GS3 and One X handsets that have the same experience.
    I've even met a dude with a Galaxy Note that didn't seem to have too much trouble pocketing it and carrying it around, once again due to the shape and design.

    But this is a pocket burster, not just because of the size, but the shape.
    Seriously, what is up with that shape?
    It's like LG went with the least ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing design they could scrape off the design room floor.

  • Kenny O

    Even Apple wouldn't put an injunction on this horrible phone. Not sure who would want this, and why they would throw this out now with those specs....G Note 2 is right around the corner.

    • Sven Enterlein

      Maybe Verizon drew the shortest straw?

      • Kenny O

        Lol, I'm picturing all the carriers sitting there all screaming "not it !"

        • onpoint G

          lol I would love to see a comic book skit about that

  • http://twitter.com/kepley thundercleese

    I can't wait to put my Celeste pizza on it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MCERGZBEMMYO7SY23NYDXSLOIM db., heyu

    under powered and under sized before its release,
    I'd expect this from RIM or Nokia.

  • Freak4Dell

    I fail to see how this is any more ridiculous than the original monstrosity that was the Galaxy Note. It's still giant and stupid, but this one has an LG logo instead of a Samsung one.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You fail to see how one is a well designed device that many people grew to love and another is a vomit-inducing Quasimodo equivalent of smartphones?

      • Freak4Dell

        Yup. They're both vomit-inducing Quasimodos as far as I'm concerned.

  • Tyler Chappell

    Only a matter of time before Apple sues LG for making a square device with the resolution of the first 2 iPads! Ugh, this thing is so ugly and such a poor decision by LG, that I would actually look forward to Apple suing LG over it, that way it could at least distract them from the other quality Android phones.

    • Tyler Chappell

      Id much rather see LG put out some ICS for my mom's LG Lucid rather than wasting their time with a phone like this.

  • http://androidforums.com/members/spartoi.html Spartoi

    The Optimus Vu has a Snapdragon S3 not S4. There is also no S4 variant with an Adreno 220 GPU (S4 uses Adreno 225 or 320).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You're right, thanks for pointing this out, it's fixed. I got 8960 and 8660 mixed up. Now it's even worse.

  • iamajimm

    I don't know who's making out the line-up card at Big Red but they sure stink. Yeah we got the SIII but so did everybody else (nice piece of kit for sure) but what else we got?? Squat, that's what. And now this; looks more like it fits into their tablet line than phone. I declare.

  • wes

    Is that a phablet in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

  • Devin McClure

    Here's to praying this is a horrific late or early April fool's joke. Or I'm actually asleep and just having a nightmare.

  • HT

    Verizon is giving me more reasons to leave now.What's next !!!!!!!! Who lost the bet and had to make that crap.Bet the Verizon top brass aren't walking around with it.

  • yarrellray

    This fits Verizon well another locked down crappy bloat filled device.

  • yarrellray

    Even Tmobile knows better than this. The Galaxy Note 9months old is better than this junkie Lg mistake. LG is so weak

  • jian9007

    It's like a slightly newer version of an Apple Newton MessagePad 2100. Meaning it's ugly, cumbersome, antiquated, and should be put out of its misery before its released.

  • zendotinn

    Those guys totally seem to know what the deal is.

  • http://twitter.com/dark_funk dark_funk

    Well, I'm sure glad the organizers of this petition...


    ...managed to get over 7000 signatures asking Verizon to carry the Galaxy Note. Verizon seems to be on a kick of making bad choices at the expense of their customer base, so I guess it fits.

  • http://twitter.com/dark_funk dark_funk

    Well, I'm sure glad the organizers of this petition...


    ...managed to get over 7000 signatures asking Verizon to carry the Galaxy Note. Verizon seems to be on a kick of making bad choices at the expense of their customer base, so I guess it fits.

  • Ugly

    How on EARTH are you supposed to use this? Completely hideous...whomever let this out of R&D is beyond me.

  • Knlegend1


  • jer85008

    Ugh - ugly, an ergo train wreck, and last year's processor. Is Verizon attending the RIM school of forward thinking?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryanmounce Bryan

    I saw this while I was in Korea, and it's really not as ugly as everyone thinks. Not your standard phone, but it's not ugly...

  • HNT

    Embarrassed to be a Verizon Customer.I hope they didn't pass on the note for this if so the other carriers are laughing all the way to the bank

  • HNT

    embarrassed to be a Verizon customer.Bring out the paper bag

  • http://twitter.com/PhuckYoTweet Heauxsanne Barr

    And this is another reason to end contract with Verizon.

    They are completely, without a doubt, clueless as to what the consumer demands. Instead of bringing a line of premium, quality Android devices to their shelves, we are constantly smacked over the head with locked, bloat-filled Motorola devices bogged down with the Droid brand and crud like this running Gingerbread.

    As Google moves into providing their premium, Nexus devices through the Playstore, it would be within reason (and for my sanity) to end contract and head over to AT&T sooner than later. Couple that with Verizon always having to tamper with phones, requesting the OEMs to lock the bootloader, and the unreasonable update delays, this isn't a very hard decision.

    And the saddest thing? I bet they're extremely proud of this decision. It'll come at the discounted price, and then when no one still wants it, they'll pull that, 'Buy 1, Get 1' to do anything to get rid of them.

    This phone will be $99 in 3 months with 1/2 priced accessories.

  • SalemWitchesWereInnocent

    You know this 4:3 ratio will be the same as the iPad mini that everyone is talking about. Apple is going to have it's design work cut out for it to make it pretty.