The big selling point here, pun intended, is the display. It’s a 5-inch LCD screen with a 1024×768 resolution. It’s decent and definitely a good looking display. The blacks leave a lot to be desired though, especially in hi-def video. And as big of a screen as it is, in a comparison of the HD Iron Man 3 trailer, the video, while larger, wasn’t as crisp as on my Incredible 4G.
The 4:3 resolution takes almost as much getting used to as the stylus. The Intuition renders apps automatically to optimize for the 4:3 ratio, and I can’t imagine this isn’t putting additional lag on the processor. Watching video, you get a lot of black bar in HD streaming videos, rendering it pretty much the same size you get on a 4.5 inch screen.
4:3 was great for browsing though, and that’s where you start to see the benefits of the phablet, with a much larger view of the web. Even mobile sites became roomier and easier to use.
The sound is not good. The calls were tolerable but not crisp and clear like I get with the higher-end Android phones. The speaker is all but useless, and I’m beginning to wonder if a speaker is now just an afterthought on modern handsets – with all the advancements being made in other areas, you still can’t find a decent speaker on a mobile phone. However, this one isn’t even close to decent, it’s tinny and very muffled.
The camera is average, if you overlook the aforementioned issues with faded-out dark areas. The cool thing, and trust me this is a cool thing, is that it also takes pictures in 4:3. Here’s an area where the size of the Intuition is a big win. Taking and reviewing pictures on the big screen is awesome, and the video is sharp (again, blacks were awful). Widescreen is great and all, but there’s something about personal videos that were meant for 4:3.
Finally, since I’ve spent a lot of time pointing out the flaws — which you have to do for a budget entry into a new niche, here’s where the Intuition excels:
It’s a Workhorse
I don’t have the kind of lifestyle that requires me to jot, sketch, or write out things a lot, but if I did, I assume I would have to do it often and under a lot of different circumstances. The Intuition makes that possible, in the same way a tablet does, with a rock-solid battery and fast and strong LTE.
If I’m taking pictures and drawing and uploading, I can do this pretty much all day. So if I had that life, where this was part of my day-to-day, the Intuition is excellent at it.
Also, as a modem and as a standalone web-enabled device, it was speedy enough for video calling, another area in which the large screen is a bonus.
The battery lasted all day with moderate use and about 6-8 hours under heavy use. However, you should note that it takes forever to charge the phone.
Ultimately, I come down on the side of the LG Intuition being a curiously tiny tablet with a phone built in. If I look at it as a step in the direction of a Nexus 7 (or iPad mini or Kindle Fire) with a phone built in, I give the Intuition kudos. If you’re looking for a budget phablet and can live with some of the mediocrity of its specs as compared to some of the high-end phones on the market today, this might be your choice.