Verizon Intuition by LG Review
The folks at Verizon and LG have teamed as much as bring you a tool exclusive to the either one of them here within the USA – the LG Intuition – made to tackle the phablet segment of the market with a fury all its own. But what can LG offer the 5-inch display-toting smart device universe thon the Samsung Galaxy Note (and now the Note II) haven’t already? Have a peek here at the one and only competing device to tackle the bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a tablet market currently on Verizon – and spot if LG’s convinced us that a 4:3 aspect ratio display is all its cracked as much as be!
The LG Intuition is america version of the device we’ve known up unto this point because the LG Optimus Vu, it having been revealed earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device we’re taking a look at now could be essentially similar to it was in that first showing, here coming with what LG calls its Rubberdium Pen that works with any capacitive display-toting device, two LG Tag+ stickers you can use to activate different phone modes using the Intuition’s NFC capabilities, and naturally a charging cord for good measure.
This device works with a stupendous 5-inch HD display at 1024 x 768 pixel resolution at a slightly bright 650 NIT. The display is a wierd 4:3 aspect ratio, that being almost like the primary three iPads, with an identical quantity of pixels too. Now that those pixels are smashed down right into a much smaller display, you will have a slightly sharp and bright – and colorful – vision on your hand – or hands, because it were.
The back of the device is made from a soft plastic that’s almost rubbery, this creating a great case for the concept this can be a one-handed device – but you’re under no circumstances going to break out with doing much aside from scrolling with one hand unless you are a giant. Two-handed operation here feels a lot more natural. If LG’s aim this is to interchange your tablet – and it’s – then they’re doing it right.
If LG’s aim instead is to exchange your smartphone, a smartphone that you’ve got gotten used to working with using a display that’s towards 4-inches for plenty moons, they will have a little larger of a challenge on their hands. This device, just like the Galaxy Note, looks a bit of absurd to be holding as much as your head to make a decision. LG suggested to us that this device will make a superb case for folks to be using Bluetooth headsets to prevent such odd looks – but on the other hand that adds another component where this device’s aim was supposedly to switch two.
The Rubberdium pen, too, is interesting to exploit, but since it really doesn’t do anything that an ordinary capacitive-friendly stylus wouldn’t be ready to – it’s definitely not contending for any top spot inside the pen-included smart device market. It is a sturdy accessory, nevertheless it also doesn’t slot in a dock contained in the device as Samsung’s S-Pen for the Note does. It feels a lot more natural to simply use your finger for circling items and making notes with the Intuition.
This device has 1GB of RAM inside alongside a dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. That’s basically almost like what we saw inside the tiny LG Lucid back in March of this year. LG informs us that the S3 has to be perfectly in a position to bringing on awesome “multitasking muscle” although it is not the most recent architecture at the block – and for one of the most part we have seen that to be true in everyday use. Have a peek at a couple of benchmark tests here to work out the way it adds up:
Inside of this device you will find LG’s newest user interface working with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. You’ve the regular awesome abilities of ICS reminiscent of a contemporary Apps button – included in a wierd set for this device inside the physical row – notice how there is a menu button in there too, this being a novel set for any Android device to this point released to the market. The lockscreen here permits you to do a straightforward unlock by swiping across any portion of the screen, otherwise you can swipe through anybody of 5 app shortcuts to head there too – pull down your notifications work at the lockscreen in addition.
You’ve got facial unlock fully intact, Home Screen folders in your apps, or even icon customization abilities – you could literally draw your individual icons or take photos to exploit as icons on your apps. That’s a move we failed to see coming from anybody because it has the capability to make your apps look rather terrible – but when you’re a very good artist or designer, one can be making something totally lovely.
The standard web browser here means that you can switch between mobile and desktop versions with the faucet of a button and you will be ready to save websites of their entirety for offline reading, too. Then comes the precise part – a hardware button on the top of your device that takes screenshots that you could write on.
When you are taking a shot like this, you increase a toolbox of icons which have multiple abilities. You’re meant to make use of your Rubberdium pen at this point, but you definitely don’t have to once you do not want to. The 1st button you spot means that you can take a note with the screenshot you’ve just taken or without – this bringing you to a notepad on your note-taking pleasure. There are forward and backward buttons incase you should undo or redo, and you’ll pick your pen type and color in addition.
You’re in a position to share a memo to any of your various social networks and share-friendly apps, or just save your memo for later viewing – it can save you here on your gallery in a brand spanking new folder specifically for notes consisting of these, otherwise you can save them in your NoteBook. This entire interface is a part of your QuickMemo environment, the concept that you are the variety of individual that takes notes and memos being a giant selling point for this device in spite of everything.
LG has for it slow now been working to supply the user with a completely unique ability – coming from a manufacturer, it’s – to exchange between user modes. You need to use the LG Tag+ NFC stickers to activate your different modes, otherwise you can simply do it yourself with a number of taps. The LG Intuition comes pre-set with Car, Office, Sleep, and User modes, each of them bringing you a conventional setup for his or her respective environments.
These modes bring you different home screens jam-packed with apps in addition to settings – for the office, for example, you may have your Office Mode set to silent, while your Sleep Mode may have your wi-fi and knowledge connections shut off entirely when you snooze. At the Office subject, this device also comes pre-loaded with Polaris Office, this including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint compatibility.
This device also securely syncs with Microsoft Exchange for secure email action and is in a position to access your corporate network “without worries” with LG’s built-in VPN. You have got DARE – Data At Rest Encryption – at work here, and you’ll work with items reminiscent of secure booting, rooting detection, and remote wipe for relatively hardcore safety features throughout.
As shown above, this device another time continues Verizon’s new set of apps in addition to Amazon’s apps, yet works with a Google-certified set of apps like Google Play, Gmail, and Play Music. This device also comes with Shark Dash – an insanely odd game to claim the least – and Real Racing 2 so that you know you are able to have some fun while you are making all types of doodles all week long.
This device works with an 8-megapixel back-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel camera at the front – the back-facing camera taking some relatively lovely photos and videos – the location of the shooter within the corner of the device makes taking video and photos feel natural with this device, a lot more so than it does with the Galaxy Note – in that way, this device wins.
Battery and knowledge Speed
This device works with notoriously battery-hungry 4G LTE connectivity, which though it’s a power-gobbler, has nothing at the ability of the Intuition’s display to chop you right down to size. Though the Snapdragon S3 processor under the hood doesn’t quite have the similar awesome standby power-saving abilities that the S4 does, we’re still seeing some rather standard battery life action happening here.
If you are a one who uses their device every 10 minutes, you’ve got to charge the device once halfway during the day. In case you are an ordinary one that works with their smartphone every half-hour or so, you will likely be good to head in your whole workday. This device uses a 2080 mAh non-removable battery, incidentally, just a little bigger than the Motorola DROID RAZR M (which has a 2000 mAh, massive for a tool of its size.) This device, once more, runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network that you can see rocking quite well within the speed tests included here:
This device certainly is not the magic all-in-one device for everyone – evidenced by the dearth of a microSD card slot and 32GB of onboard storage in addition to by the S3 processor inside – not quite perfect for future-proof-seeking gamers. However, the common office-goer will likely find this device to be greater than a match for any tablet they’d been using up unto this point – this device is intended to exchange the tablet, in spite of everything. You’ll need a far more awesome time with a 5-inch display than you’ve got had with a 7-inch display when you are finding yourself needing a complete extra bag to hold that device around all day.
Here you may have a tool that’s massive – yet sufficiently small to still slot in your pocket. That’s assuming you have got standard-sized pockets, obviously. The display is perfectly bright and viewing angles are greater than sufficient for everyday browsing and note-taking action, and the telephone is, in your average day, swift enough to deal with your office-bound needs. Here is one of LG’s most impressive devices yet, and though we are not entirely convinced that we might not rather have its main competitor in any case, LG does currently have the Verizon piece of the market cornered.