Though still a niche product with its 5.3-inch screen, the Galaxy Note is making a big splash in the mobile smartphone and tablet world and the AT&T 4G LTE edition is receiving a huge marketing push in the U.S. ahead of launch with a recent Super Bowl commercial. It seems that LG is not one to let its South Korean rival get away with all the fame and LG is offering a Samsung challenger in the form of the LG Optimus Vu, which bears a 5-inch display.
The Optimus Vu had been leaked before, and now we’re seeing the LG Optimus Vu pictured next to the Samsung Galaxy Note in a picture.
The main visual difference at first glance between the two devices is that the LG Optimus Vu has a wider display in portrait mode thanks to LG utilizing a 4:3 aspect ratio compared to the narrower screen in portrait orientation on the Samsung Galaxy Note as that device has a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio in landscape orientation. The 4:3 aspect ratio won’t be as nice for widescreen movie playback, but may be better for those who view documents and PDFs on their devices, look at pictures, or read e-books or digital magazines.
As the screen is wider on the LG Optimus Vu in portrait orientation, and due to the device’s larger 5-inch screen, it will be difficult for users to maneuver the device in one-handed use.
Additionally, it seems that unlike the Galaxy Note, LG did not opt to include or make a digitizing stylus for use on the Optimus Vu. The digital S Pen on the Galaxy Note is among the highly promoted feature of the Galaxy Note, which allows artists to have finer control when using the hybrid tablet-smartphone form factor device to draw. Users can also write and annotate documents, pictures, and create handwritten notes. What the S Pen does not do is convert handwritten text to typed text, like on Microsoft’s Tablet PCs.
The Optimus Vu is anticipated to be announced this month at Mobile World Congress.
Via: Unwired View