Korea: Keep Your Terrible "Phablets" To Yourselves

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LG's Vu is offensive in virtually every way that an object can offend. It's called the "Vu," it has an abhorrent 4:3 screen, and, as BGR has loathsomely coined, it's a "phablet". Let it never leave Korean gadget hell.


Do you see the look in that woman's eyes? Her pupils burn with hegemony, her arms—limbs of marketing girl hypnosis—seem to stretch out of my screen and into my face. Use this phablet. No. No, I never will, nor should any of you, ever. It should be confined to the lab from it was summoned through a demon's womb, and sealed with concrete.

The Phablet—neither phone, nor tablet, nor moral—combines the worst aspect of everything you can possibly buy today. The 4:3 aspect ratio is obsolete; why make a screen that size? And at 5.3 inches, that display lacks the lovely monolithic nature of the still-huge-but-much-smaller 4.7-inch HTC Titan—a phone that luxuriates in its largeness, and a sane aspect ratio. But where the Titan is a glorious blonde Swede, the Vu is some sort of blocky troll-being, square to the point of uselessness.

Oh, but surely there's something inside—something to justify the appearance of having pried a floor tile off of the ground to hold up to your ear. BGR, please help:

The "phablet" is equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, 32GB of internal storage, an HDMI-out port, 1GB of RAM, LTE connectivity and a 2,080 mAh battery. The Vu will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, however an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich has been promised within three months of the handset's March launch.



Specs as exciting as cornmeal for dinner. Gingerbread with a phantom promise of Ice Cream Sandwich. At least it has LTE, so that the battery life will be mercifully poor.


This "phablet" isn't made for people. It's made to torment people. It's a mockery of everything that makes technology empowering and fun and crazy. Sure, the Vu may be crazy—but it's power-tripping substitute teacher crazy, not Wright brothers crazy. The Vu has somehow managed to create a device that's a spectacle out of its stunning mediocrity, not design daring, a composite of everything lame and undesirable.

So please, people and business captains of Korea—we beg you, spare the rest of the world. If you keep sending us the really cool things you build, we'll pretend this never happened. Phablet. Ugh. No. [BGR]




What book is that on the bottom right phablet? I'd like to read it.