Verizon gets a fat phablet in the LG Intuition
Verizon is joining the phone-tablet hybrid party with the LG Intuition, an Android handset with a 5-inch, 4:3 display.
The Intuition goes on sale September 6 for $200 (with a two-year contract) and is essentially the same as the LG Optimus Vu that's already available overseas. The Intuition has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, and 4G LTE data speeds.
The Intuition's main attraction—or, perhaps its biggest quirk—is its 5-inch, 1024-by-768 resolution display. The 4:3 aspect ratio gives the Intuition a short and wide appearance that's generally not seen in other smartphones (but is common with the iPad), and clearly pushes the device into tablet-hybrid territory.
Much like Samsung's Galaxy Note, the LG Intuition includes a stylus, dubbed the “Rubberdium pen,” along with a QuickMemo app for jotting down messages.
Samsung is already much farther ahead in the stylus game. The company's upcoming Galaxy Note II boasts new software features for the pen, including an “Air View” that provides glimpses at e-mails and calendar entries when the user hovers the pen over the screen, and an “Easy Clip” feature for copying and pasting snippets of the screen. The Note II's stylus is also pressure-sensitive.
Samsung hasn't announced U.S. availability for the Note II yet, but if you're interested in phone-tablet hybrids, I suggest holding out for more details on the Note II instead, or waiting to see if HTC enters the fray, as rumored. LG's device doesn't do much with its stylus, and doesn't even have a built-in slot to store it. Its specs aren't a cut above the competition, and it comes with the slightly outdated Android 4.0, instead of the latest 4.1.
The 4:3 screen is novel, but that may not be enough to help the Intuition rise above other large phone/tablet hybrids.