Wednesday, October 31, 2012

LG Intuition: A big phone or a small tablet

10/31/2012

Is it phone or a tablet? The LG Intuition is both, in a design that splits the difference between Samsung's Galaxy III S and the Galaxy Note - or the new iPad Mini, for that matter.

The Intuition measures 5.5 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide. That's quite a handful for a phone. It's not going to fit well in your jeans pocket and be prepared for some stares (or snickers) if you hold it to your ear to make a call.

But let's look at the Intuition from another angle. If you're comfortable using a Bluetooth earpiece for phone calls, the LG can stay tucked into a jacket pocket or purse and need never approach your ears. And, if you prefer to travel light, here's a 5.9-ounce device that lets you leave the iPad at home.   

The phone's 5-inch display offers sharp 1,024-by-768-pixel resolution. It has plenty of real estate to view standard web pages or documents. It also makes a great ebook reader and it comes with Amazon's Kindle software already installed along with the usual collection of Android apps and some special tools from LG.

It also has speedy response times running on Verizon's 4G LTE network. The on-screen keyboard can seem a little cramped, but only if you compare it to a larger tablet. Like the Galaxy Note, the Intuition also comes with a stylus and software for capturing handwritten notes and drawings.

Many people will probably dismiss the Intuition as a novelty, but for some, it will be the phone that hits their sweet spot.

Verizon Wireless is currently offering the Intuition for $150 and throwing in a nice Bluetooth headset with a two-year contract.


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