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Review: LG Vu Plus

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The music player on the LG Vu Plus was difficult to control. There's a widget to control playback from the home screen, and there are plenty of onscreen controls for music playback. But it's easy to stop and restart the music accidentally, and the icons don't always make their functions clear. There are two separate menu icons, for instance, with no reminder of what you'll find in each (one is for playlists, one for everything else). To its credit, the Vu Plus offers some nice options for playback. There are a couple of visualizers that show a moving EQ while a song is playing. Most of my album artwork came through, though a few albums didn't survive the transfer. There are a few preset equalizers, a favorites menu and good options to repeat and shuffle your tunes.

The Vu Plus is not ideal hardware for music playback. It uses a fine, loud speaker, but with the phone face up on a desk, the speaker is face down and sounds muffled. The phone lacks a headphone jack, as I've said. There is an external microSD card slot, but the phone comes with no memory card in the box, and only 50MB of memory available to the user. That's not enough memory to store music, especially if you'll also be taking photos with this phone. A microSD card will be a necessary purchase. I had no trouble pairing with a set of stereo Bluetooth speakers, however.

 

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