- Editor's Rating
- Large, vivid screen with sharp graphics
- Good sound quality, even at high volume
- Quite light and thin, considering its size
- Awkward to carry/stow
- Issues with call quality and cell reception
- Some viewing angle difficulties
Quick TakeIf you are frustrated by the itty-bitty little screens on other smartphones, and can put up with carrying around something this large, you just might love the LG Intuition.
The LG Intuition takes after the likes of Samsung\’s Galaxy Note in that it\’s a sort of \”phablet,\” or phone-tablet hybrid, that straddles the line between the large and the little. Offered exclusively through Verizon for $150 with a two-year contract at the time of review (along with a nifty Bluetooth headset), the Intuition sports a massive 5-inch, 1024 x 768 resolution, Gorilla Glass display on its thin and wide 5.50\” x 3.56\” x 0.33\” frame. It also comes with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a stylus made for LG\’s note taking QuickMemo app, and Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, among other features.
But it\’s the Intuition\’s mega-sized screen and quirky build that will remain its biggest takeaway for most. Simply put, the Intuition\’s shape affects nearly every possible way to interact with the device, from messaging to gaming to photo viewing to simply figuring out where to put the thing when it\’s not being used. As is typical with these new hybrid machines, the reaction to the Intuition could be fairly polarizing — its big build enhances many aspects of the smartphone/tablet experience, but causes its fair share of disruptions as well.
On the positive side, the Intuition\’s 4:3 display ratio and XGA resolution screen make the simple tasks of web browsing, gaming, and app navigation much more pleasant, if only because so much more of the page is more easily visible. In its review of the Intuition, Brighthand notes that \”you won\’t have to do anywhere near as much scrolling to see what you want to see, or view web pages, and you can really see the details in your photos without having to zoom in so much.\” This may sound like a simple improvement, but the Intuition\’s hybrid ways are such that it changes the way we look at things on a mobile device, at least when compared to your everyday smartphone.
Although its looks and display are uniquely impressive, the Intuition is merely middle of the road when it comes to overall performance. Brighthand reports that the phablet scored a 3315 on the Quadrant benchmarking test, over a thousand points below the likes of the HTC One X and the Asus Transformer Prime. It is worth mentioning that Brighthand found the device to be \”snappy and responsive in everyday use,\” however, so perhaps those average scores shouldn\’t be fretted over.
The negative aspects of the Intuition seem to arise when trying to use it as more of a standard phone. Just calling somebody can take a little getting used to with a form factor this oddly shaped, and unless you\’re a big fella, figuring out where to stash the Intuition can be a productivity task in and of itself. Portability is definitely sacrificed here, so it appears that the Intuition favors the tablet portion of its dual-device nature. Brighthand reports issues with call quality and reception at times too.
That\’s not to say traditional smartphone users should stay away, however. The Intuition is fairly unique, so, as Brighthand terms it, it\’s \”a neat device for the right person.\” It may take a little practice, but those willing to forego pocketability for a larger display should feel right at home getting the big picture from the Intuition. Literally.