LG Viewty Review
LG Viewty’s software is identical to the one of the Prada phone in some aspects, but there also are a significant amount of changes. Many things are improved to match the increased functionality yet the good look of the menus remains.
The home screen is almost empty by default. There is a line with service information on the top and in the bottom are four shortcuts: Menu, Dialing pad, Messaging and Phonebook. An option in the menu allows you to put a Clock, Calendar or both in the center of the screen. Tap anywhere in the empty space, and two animated arrows (left and right) will appear above the shortcuts; touch one of them and a menu with 9 more shortcuts will appear.
The main menu is in four tabs (Phone functions, Multimedia, Organizer, Settings). Everything is arranged logically here, and even first-time users will easily find what they need. The icons’ appearance is animated, but not slow. They look well (at least in the three preloaded themes) and one can easily get an idea of their purpose (even without reading the label below) unlike the Croix interface of Samsung. The menu system is not only modern and looks good, but is also pleasure to use.
When we did our preview of the prototype, we noted that the Black theme is almost 100% copy of the Prada phone, with the background of the icons being only slightly green. This has changed in the final version we have here, and all icons in this B&W theme are with a new, solid design. Compared to the prototype, here we also see a slight rearrangement of the fields.
Viewty has four predefined profiles and three for user customization. All they can be changed, allowing for different ringing types and tones, as well as vibration (haptic feedback) types (3) and level (up to 7).
Adding a contact offers you fields for names, up to five numbers (no matter their type), two emails and a full address. Of course each phonebook entry can have a personal image and ringtone, as well as being added to a group.
Input of a number that is not in your phonebook is just as simple as in other phones. Open the dialpad (one of the shortcuts on the homescreen) and press the large numeric keys. Unfortunately, results matching the number do not show up automatically, but in the options “Search contact” you will open a menu where you can search by phone number.
The third tab in the main menu houses all the organizer tools. Total of five alarms can be added, each with a separate time, recurrence options, name and tone. A few clicks are required to add an event (Appointment, Anniversary, or Birthday) to the calendar. Optional fields include subject/name, location, alarm and recurrence options. You are also able to search for text in the events added. Tasks can be added with three priority levels, while memos are just plain notes without any options. There also are a simple calculator, a world clock and a currency converter.
voice recorder can be set without limitation (depending only on the memory availabe) but it is usable only when you hold the phone at very small distance from your mouth. Don’t expect it to replace a stand-alone dictaphone.
The phone lacks real File Manager, which allows you to preview all files stored in the integrated memory or the card. It is replaced with the more typical for non-smart phones, browser that filters the files by their type (Pictures, Audio, Video, Applications, Documents, Flash, Others). Every time any of the filters is selected, it searches the available content, which takes some time to load.
Viewty has 100MB of internal memory, but it can be expanded up to 2GB with a microSD card,. It is strange that in such high-class phone, there is no support for microSD HC (high capacity), which allows for bigger cards (4, 8, 16, 32GB). Another inconvenience is that the card slot is accessible only after the battery is removed, which is definitely not the easiest task.
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.