As mentioned previously, the LG Intuition runs Android 4.0 (code-name Ice Cream Sandwich) on a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. It has 1GB of RAM and an impressive 32GB of internal storage capacity. Thee’s no microSD memory card slot, however.
On the Quadrant benchmarking test, the Intuition scored a 3315, which put it in the middle of the pack. It tested slower than the HTC One X, which receives an average score of roughly 4500, as well as the Asus Transformer Prime which has average scores around 4400. I was surprised by these results, because I found the Intuition to be snappy and responsive in everyday use.
Voice quality on the Intuition is very good, though I did have a few experiences with weird echoes that only I could hear, not the party on the other end of the line. I don’t usually have a problem with Verizon in my area, but there were a few times also that I couldn’t place calls with this smartphone — it’s hard to say whether this phone or Verizon Wireless was having issues at the time.
I was also surprised to find that I couldn’t send or receive text messages while inside my office — even though my office is most definitely a “black hole” when it comes to voice use (some phones work well, others will ring but I can’t carry on a normal conversation) — I don’t think I’ve ever run across a device that wouldn’t at least let me use text messaging to stay in touch with the outside world.
In and around my home, where I typically have great coverage from all of the major networks, I generally got one or two bars of coverage at most, according to the signal strength indicator at the top of the screen. According to Speed Test, the Intuition had a 21 to 26 ms ping, download speeds of 2478 to 2492 kbps, and upload speeds of 1071 to 1266.
Outside of those problems, the Intuition worked well as a phone and as a tablet, with no issues with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth wireless networking. That’s a very good thing, because I found it rather awkward to use this phablet as a phone, holding the device up to my ear — it’s just too big to comfortably hold up to my ear with one hand, and it looks a bit strange as well.
There isn’t much in the way of social networking here, which is a surprise since this category is so important to the way people stay connected to each other in this highly mobile society. Neither Facebook nor Twitter is preloaded, though of course you can get those apps from the Google Play Store. Google+ and Lattitude are included, however,
You’ll find all of the basic productivity apps here as expected, such as Calculator, Calendar and Contacts, but there are a few welcome extras too, like Tasks (which sadly does not sync with Google Tasks), Notebook, and Richnote for lists, notes, and memos.
There is also a special button on the top of the Intuition that launches the QuickMemo app, which captures the screen of the device and allows you to add your own drawings and annotations and save them to the Notebook app. It works great with the stylus that comes with this model, if you can keep up with it — since there’s no on-device storage for the pen you’ll have to find a spot for it and store it separately from the phone.
The email app, web browser, and Maps applications don’t have anything terribly special about them; they’re just Android standard issue — but they are simply a joy to use on the Intuition thanks to the ginormous screen on the device. I didn’t have to scroll anywhere near as much to view an entire web page, for example, and it is much easier to get the lay of the land when using the Maps app when I can see more of the local area at a time. Even email is better when you can see more of the message at once, especially for those who get a lot of HTML messages instead of plain text.
If you need to work with Microsoft Office documents, you’ll be glad to know that Polaris Office is included on the Intuition. The screen is big enough that you can actually get some work done, even when the virtual keyboard is on the screen, because you can still see a larger portion of your document than you would be able to on a smaller smartphone.
While the LG Intuition isn’t necessarily positioned as an entertainment device, it still comes preloaded with a variety of options, from Amazon’s Kindle and MP3 apps to games such as Real Racing 2 (which unfortunately requires a 455 MB supplementary download) and Shark Dash. Real Racing 2 is fairly impressive, even for a gamer like me who isn’t a big fan of the genre, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
Thanks to the large screen, games can be quite immersive, though you’ll be forced to choose between seeing them exactly as the developers intended, with black bars at the top and bottom (or on the sides in landscape mode), or in a stretch mode designed to completely fill the larger display.
The Intuition is relatively light for its size and therefore not too uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time if you’re playing games or using it as an ebook reader, especially if you have larger hands. Sound quality is also very good, even when you’ve got the volume turned up to higher levels — which just adds to the excitement.
The camera on the Intuition is very nice, and is capable of some truly nice shots. Using the zoom at roughly 50%, you can still get good detail, like the wood grain on a park bench. Without the zoom things are even better, and I was rather impressed with both the low light and outdoor shots taken with this camera — I didn’t have a lot of exposure problems or see any issues with “blown out” photos taken outside in either bright daylight or in a mixture of bright/shady conditions.
Battery life on the Intuition is simply spectacular; I was able to go three whole days of average to heavy use (lots of email, surfing, reading ebooks or playing games during the daily commute) until I finally had to plug in in for recharging. It’s a pleasant surprise, considering the large screen and cellular connectivity issues I experienced, both of which can be big power draws unless carefully managed.