LG Vu

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LG Vu (CU915/CU920)
Manufacturer LG
Compatible networks GSM, 3G
Predecessor LG Prada
Form factor Bar phone
Dimensions 4.25” (H) x 2.16” (W) x 0.51” (D)
Weight 3.16 oz.
CPU 400 MHz
Memory 152798 KB
Removable storage microSD
Battery 1,000 mAh Li-Ion
Data inputs Touch Screen
Display 262K Color TFT, 240 x 400 pixels, 3.00-inch (touch screen)
Rear camera 2.0-megapixel with video capability
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.1

The LG Vu (CU915/CU920) is a touchscreen feature phone made by LG. The phone is on the AT&T network and the CU920 features mobile TV. In Canada, a variant was sold under the model name TU915 by Rogers and Fido.

Features[edit]

LG Vu specifications

Category Sub-Category Info
Network Type GSM Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Data GPRS/EDGE, UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900 MHz)
3G Capable Yes
Size Dimensions 4.25h x 2.16w x .51d
Weight 3.16 oz (90 g)
Design Form Candybar
Antenna Internal
Battery Type Li-Ion
Talk Up to 3 hours (180 minutes) of Talk Time
Standby Up to 250 hours (10 days and 10 hours) of Stand-by Time
Capacity 1,000 mAh
Main Display Resolution 240 x 400 pixels
Type 262,144 colors, TFT
Features Locking screen
Touch Screen Yes
Camera Resolution 2.0 megapixels Resolution with video
Video QVGA (320x240)
Features Flash: No, Schneider Kreuznach lens, Digital zoom
Notifications Polyphonic Ringtones Yes, MP3
Vibration Alert Yes
Messaging Text Send/Receive Yes
EMS Yes
MMS Yes
Instant Messaging Yes
Multimedia Video Playback Video player
Music Player MP3, AAC, AAC+, EAAC+, WMA formats supported, XM Radio
Memory Memory Slot microSD/microSDHC, 150 MB (120 MB available) internal memory
Connectivity Internet Full HTML browser
USB Yes
Bluetooth Yes, 2.1
Connectors Proprietary LG Connector
Other Features PhoneBook 1000 contacts, Caller groups supported, Multiple Numbers Per Contact, Picture ID, Ring ID
PIM Alarm, Calendar, Calculator, Task List, Stopwatch, World Clock, Notepad, Tip Calculator, Unit Converter
Voice Recording, Speaker Phone, Command
BREW Yes
Email Yes
GPS No
FCC Approved Yes

Interface[edit]

Most of the features on the Vu are accessed through its 3" diagonal touch screen. The phone has Call, Clear and End buttons below the screen, and a volume rocker, Lock/Unlock button, and camera button along the right side. The Vu also contains haptic feedback which is a vibration felt when the touch screen is touched. This phone also had a nickname "pressure screen" because of how non sensitive the screen is compared to the leading touch screen phones. Like the popular LG Prada, it has the famous fish or butterfly following the touch of your finger on the screen.

Limitations[edit]

The device suffers from some peculiar limitations, including a 250kbyte limit on ringtone mp3 size. All text messages are stored on the sim card instead of user memory, leaving a maximum capacity of about 220 texts. Texts cannot be saved or downloaded. The camera's autofocus defaults to close focus lock, leaving the user with a very blurry picture if several seconds are not allowed for autofocusing. LG has not issued any OS or firmware upgrades since the device was issued. Efforts have been made by the development community (see User Modification below).

Acclaim[edit]

The LG Vu is widely viewed as a great device for its price. It features many options that are available on higher priced phones like a full HTML browser, XM radio, full touch screen, and a voice recognition service. The Vu's sleek design is ideal for a person who is just getting started with the more advanced smart phone world, but is not able or willing to pay the price for a traditional smart phone, such as the iPhone.

User Modification[edit]

In addition to the general interface, users have the ability to modify the visual interface by downloading themes from websites such as LG-Vu.com. The visual interface may be altered into making the phone appear to have the visual interface of different operating systems, such as android or iOS. Although the visual interface can be altered, it is only a visual shell, therefore limiting the alternate visual interfaces to the capabilities of the default LG Vu operating system.

In addition to altering the interface, users have the ability to add some games and applications that run on Java, though they have to ensure that the game and/or application is properly sized for the phone. Such applications can be found at the LG Vu community website LG-Vu.com or from other sources. Unfortunately, due to the limitations listed above, the phone is limited to what the device can handle.

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