Review: LG Vu Plus
The LG Vu Plus feels light and cheap. The light weight is a good thing, but the phone is mostly covered in grey plastic. It has a nice, tapered curve at the top and bottom, so it's more of a trapezoid with a base larger than its face. Overall, it's not unappealing, but a thinner body and some more metal might have given the phone a density to match it's $150 launch price tag.
The Vu Plus slides open with a smooth snap, revealing a large, 4 row keyboard with plenty of extra function keys. The keys are square, slightly raised, but a bit close together for my taste. They were also more stiff than I like; I prefer a more springy feel to my QWERTY. But the keyboard has plenty of extras crammed in. There are dedicated keys for text messaging, Instant Messaging and e-mail. There's a key that jumps to your address book. The "@" symbol gets a key, and there's a ".com" key.
On the left side of the LG Vu Plus you'll find a volume rocker and a Task Menu button. The phone has some basic multitasking capabilities, and the Task Menu lets you close open apps without having to jump completely in. On the right, you'll find the camera shutter button and the screen lock key. The camera is auto focus, and the camera button works in two stages, letting you focus first and then fire your shot. The screen lock key seems redundant, since there is also a software lock button on the lock screen.
There is a microSD slot on the right side of the phone, very easy to access. Up top, you'll find a microUSB port for transferring files or charging the phone. I like that LG went with the microUSB standard instead of a proprietary port like rival Samsung often uses. I wish the phone also had a 3.5mm headphone jack. As an AT&T Mobile TV phone, the phone could be popular among commuters, but without a standard headphone jack, it could disturb fellow travelers. You need to buy an adapter for headphones, since LG doesn't include a set of headphones or an adapter in the box.
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