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Mini Review: LG Intuition (Verizon Wireless)

Mini Reviews is a new feature from Current Editorials that allows us to take a look at a selection of interesting gadgets and bring you the important details in a short and fast format.

If you ever thought, “I could really use a phone that I can’t use with one hand,” well, you’re in luck. The LG Intuition is a monstrous device, checking in with what feels like an underrated 5-inch screen. Now, you may be saying, “the Galaxy Note is bigger than that!” and it is – but what kills this Android-powered device is the aspect ratio — a ridiculous 4:3. It’s like holding a brick to your face. Here are the details.

Display: The display is quite beautiful, with a 1024 x 768 5-inch screen coming in at 256ppi, but the 4:3 aspect ratio damages what could have been a fantastic display. Sure, the aspect ratio is great for web browsing and reading text, but when you get into apps that aren’t built for a 4:3 display, they get stretched to the brink of recognition. If you want the LG Intuition strictly for screen real estate, get a Galaxy Note.

it’s 3.56-inches wide, or about the size of an average sidewalk brick

Hardware: Let’s start with the good first. The LG Intuition has some great hardware — Android 4.0 (ICS), 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of memory, 4G LTE, and a decent 8MP camera that records in full 1080p, along with the front-facing 1.3MP camera. The bad — it’s 3.56-inches wide, or about the size of an average sidewalk brick.

Software: The skin that comes with the LG Intuition is downright awful. ICS looks amazing stock, so LG decided to go change all of it. The skin is useable, but it doesn’t look good. One thing LG did get right is the keyboard. If you text or type a lot of emails, this keyboard will be your best friend. I type relatively fast on any keyboard, but the lack of mistakes I had on the Intuition separates this one from the pack. As usual with any Verizon device not named the iPhone, there is bloatware, and a lot of it.

There is no real reason to buy this phone

Performance: With a 2,080 mAh removable battery, the Intuition easily made it all day with a normal workload. The LG Intuition comes with a stylus — which while not as great as the S-pen, works pretty good. If you’re an artist, or enjoy taking handwritten notes, this is your best bet on Verizon. Calls were awful. People complained about the call quality, and said it sounded miles better when I switched to a mid-range Motorola device. For a phone that comes in at $199, that doesn’t bode well.

There is no real reason to buy this phone. It’s horrible as a phone, mediocre as a drawing or note-taking device when compared to the Galaxy Note, and while it’s a good for viewing text, that’s not a good enough reason to spend $200 plus a two-year commitment. But, if it’s been your lifelong dream to have a device half the size of your head as a phone, or you’ve been searching for that perfect smartphone/weapon combo — go ahead and get it. It fits that criteria perfectly.

Display 7

Hardware 4

Software 5

Performance 6

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