[UPDATE]: Try our Vu hand size guide!
LG has run out of patience and officially launched the Optimus Vu, its Samsung Galaxy Note rival, ahead of Mobile World Congress. As previously reported, the handset sports a massive 5-inch display in an unusual 4:3 aspect ratio, making it look more like a mini iPad than a phone. The question is: is it too big for human hands? The Vu is a risky one for LG. Its bizarre aspect ratio will likely only appeal to those who want to be a little bit different – we can’t think of any real benefit in today’s widescreen world. The Vu comes with a stylus for writing notes, and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor running Android 2.3, although it’s set to receive the bump up to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)soon.
Now, you don’t need to be all that good at maths to work out that a 4:3 aspect ratio make the Optimus Vu incredibly wide. The traditional argument in favour of smaller screen sizes is that you can hold, say, an iPhone in one hand and be able to touch every part of the screen with your thumb. You won’t be able to do that on the Vu. Not only that, but those of you with smaller hands might not be able to wrap your arm-end around it at all. Want to see what we’re on about? Download our A4 Vu template, print it out and imagine trying to touch all the parts of its screen comfortably. Is it made for your hands or not?