LG’s awkwardly designed Optimus Vu, the device with a 5-inch, 4:3 aspect ratio has got to be one of the most bizarre devices to hold, not to mention to use on a daily basis. LG created the Vu to compete head to head with its South Korean rival Samsung and their Galaxy Note. Unfortunately for the Vu, it lacks the speed, display quality and now, operating system to really compete.
Despite all that, it appears as though LG is going to test the Vu’s fate with the U.S. audience. While no specific carrier has been named, reports suggest that the Vu could arrive on Verizon’s network with 4G LTE in tow. The Vu will most likely retain the same 1,024×768 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel, and 32GB of internal storage, the on spec in question is the version of Android, will LG leave the outdated Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Vu or will they update the device to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or possibly 4.1 Jelly Bean?
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that even if this is true and LG decides to release the Vu within the U.S., it will fail miserably. Not because it’s a terrible device, but because it’s going to launch in the 3rd quarter, along side the highly anticipated iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple calls it), brand new Windows Phone 8 devices and last but not least, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2, the successor to the rival LG’s Vu was initially created to square off against. The odds don’t look good.
If LG does release the Vu in the U.S., how many of you would pick it up? Do any of you prefer the odd 4:3 aspect ratio on the display?