LG Viewty Review
The Viewty is LG’s flagship model, targeted as an all-in-one multimedia phone, stressing on the advanced camera features, camcorder and video playback options. It isn’t a direct rival of any device, but tries to target a consumers group as large as possible. It comes with the touch-screen and key-less navigation, similar to the iPhone but has a 5-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, which puts it next to the N95, K850 and other camera-dedicated phones. It isn’t a smartphone but comes with a bag full of surprises, including manual focus, 120fps video capture and DivX playback.
LG Viewty comes in a very well looking box, reminding us of the high class of the phone itself. All accessories are inside, including stereo headset (adapter and headphones), USB cable, charger, manuals, CD with software, and small Stylus. The latter can be attached to the phone in its hole for cord, and is retractable stylus with a cap. However, considering the finger-friendly interface, most will not use it.
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3-inch widescreen with 240x400 pixels resolution and up to 262’144 colors. While it is very bright and with a very good image, we would have liked to see a sensor for controlling its brightness level, to help reducing the battery consumption. It is touch sensitive and can be pressed with any object, not only with finger as in phones like the Prada or the Armani. The sensitivity is ok but scrolling needs some getting used to – you don’t have to just sweep your finger but do as if you grab the screen and then move it up or down.
On the front there are only three hardware keys, as in the Prada and Voyager phones: Send, Clear and End. They are in the same glossy black and while inactive merge with the front panel, but when the display is operational they are illuminated in respectively green, white and red.
The other buttons are situated on the right side of the device, reminding us of the camera functionality of the phone. Here you will find a three-position switch for the camera functions (camera/camcorder/playback), anti-shake/locking key and the camera shutter/shortcut button. They feel and press just right and it will be rare to have any problems with them. As in the K850, the large number of camera-dedicated keys aims to achieve a camera-like experience when taking pictures.
The design of the back side also imitates a camera, with the large circular bump around the lens on the right and the Xenon flash just above it. The bump around the lens is actually slidable and acts as a scrolling wheel – to navigate through the menus and zoom in the camera interface. If the manual focus is selected, it will be used to adjust the focusing distance.
1. Zak (unregistered)
You made a spelling error... For Christian Dior you wrote: White it is pretty, LG also offers the sexier PRADA. White it? I think you meant: While it is pretty. LG also offers the sexier Prada ;)
You just made the grammar worse. Please only post if your going to make any sense.
Shouldn't that be you're, as in you're going to make any sense?
2. sandeep (unregistered)
You failed to mention the signal strength of the phone. Please do provide a line about it in as many reviews as possible.
3. Chris (unregistered)
The Viewty will accept larger SD cards than 2GB as long as you format them on your PC and not in the phone. You must then make sure that you have less than 2GB free space on the phone. So, fill the card up with all your music/films etc but leave 2GB for daily use.
4. james villan (unregistered)
why? are u comparing the media player with and ipod? ok we get it u guys love Mac products! but not everyone does!!!! the media player is excellent on all lg phones! durability and reliabilty Lg makes Excellent products!!!!
5. Steve (unregistered)
I've had this phone for a few weeks now. It's a very buggy phone. Example - When you receive a call a message appears on screen which says "Press the End button to silence". Well, pressing the End button just hangs up on the call. The predictive texting system is terrible. For example, when you want to type "is" it recommends 47. Or when you want to type "That's" it recommends That17. Also words you store (new spellings) are not position aware. For example if you save "Hello" it will always be Hello, even if it's in the middle of a sentence. The scrolling is just stupid. Why couldn't they just have added scroll bars? Instead you either have to use the camera's zoom lense to scroll up and down, or very awkwardly move your finger up and down the screen (this doesn't really work properly.) The battery has to be recharged every day. There are loads of other little annoying bugs. Like if you choose a contact, change your mind and choose someone else, you get an error. I work in Quality Assurance and the quality of this phone is terrible. It was obviously rushed to market with minimal testing. They need to issue a firmware upgrade.
6. Satyajit (unregistered)
Can some tell me how do we increase the phone book memory from 500 entries only..... i need to store around 1500 entries...any clues ???
7. lamoLG (unregistered)
Zak get a life! No mention could I find regarding voice dialing. How do you dial the phone if you are driving? It is illegal in some countries to do it manually. And thanks Steve for your input. I won't be getting the phone now, and knowing LG I think you will be waiting a long time for them to be bothered with any firmware updates. (speaking from past experience) So all in all, LG disappoints again. They never seem to get it right with the logical human process. They do come close but its frustrating that they don't fix the little things.
can someone tell me that to increase the earphone volume in call?
10. MIKEbee (unregistered)
Signal Strength????? Yes its a big problem if your house is situated in a poor reception area, There are no problems when I switch my sim to my old Nokia N80 it hold onto signal without problems. The Viewty however displays Emergency Calls Only for long periods. Its a great video and touch screen is also great, but its a phone and it needs a better antenna. I have had phone for nearly a year now, is there anyone who has had a recent replacement and found its signal Better??
i have crazy problems with the reception, the phone keeps displaying emergency calls only for hrs now, can some one help me?
14. ilove lg (unregistered)
The whole purpose of the viewty's camera is to take GREAT pictures in the dark.
15. tryecrot (unregistered)
Yes there should realize the opportunity to RSS commentary, quite simply, CMS is another on the blog.