LG Viewty Review
When creating a new text message you’ll have four options for text input: on-screen keypad, on-screen QWERTY keyboard, and handwriting recognition in a box or on the whole screen. The QWERTY keyboard is in landscape mode and is similar to the iPhone’s; the letters enlarge once they are pressed, but as they are situated on the whole width, the keyboard is bigger than in the Apple’s phone. Although not as fast as hardware QWERTY, it is convenient to use and was our preferred method for text input. The system tried to predict our words, but we would prefer to trade this feature for spelling-check, once the writing language is chosen. The on-screen keypad is similar to a standard one, but is absolutely flat (still it is on the screen), and its buttons are bigger than the QWERTY’s since they are less. The handwriting recognition is what its name says it is, and it performs pretty well!
If you include multimedia content such as a picture or tone, the message will turn from an ordinary SMS to a MMS.
Email IMAP4/POP3 client is also present, but the phone lacks any mailbox configuration wizard , which is rather mediocre. All settings must be entered manually, being neither fast, nor a pleasant procedure.
One of the greatest drawbacks of the Viewty is its limited connectivity, which means it is not fully usable in the US. It is tri-band GSM/EDGE with single-band (2100MHz) UMTS/HSDPA 3.6MBps, making it suitable only for the European market.
The full HTML internet browser is definitely among the good ones on the market. Even heavy pages such as phonearena.com are not a problem, it visualizes them correctly. There are options for fullscreen, landscape or portrait orientation and for zooming out (so the whole page is visible) and then zooming in a particular part of the page, similar to the iPhone’s Safari. What we dislike is the way one moves through the page: although we are already used to operating the phone, scrolling in any direction works but is far from the iPhone, which is much more adequate.
Unfortunately, it cannot play embedded Flash objects, unlike the N95 8GB with its latest firmware. Considering the hardware of the Viewty, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Bluetooth (most commonly used for other portable devices and accessories) or through USB (for connection with computer). It lacks Infrared (used in older or low-class phones) or WiFi, which allows connecting to wireless LAN networks. However, we are disappointed that in the end of 2007, LG has implemented a slow Bluetooth module in its high-end model. Instead of Bluetooth 2.0 it has 1.2, and transferring large files to it is pretty slow. For our test we sent 3300kb video file from Nokia N82, and it required 90 seconds (37KBps), which is much slower than other phones we tested: Eten X800, 73 seconds (45KBps) and Nokia E51, 43 seconds (78KBps). At least the phone has the profiles required for Stereo Audio distribution over Bluetooth.
In the small CD from the box, come LG PC Suite and DivX (Player and Converter), to put any video you have in suitable format to the phone. They are separate applications and can be installed on their own. The Suite has an easy to use wizard for connecting the phone (either through Bluetooth or USB) and our only complaint is that in order to “detect” the Viewty, it must be in such USB mode (it is selected in the Settings menu), instead of Mass storage mode, which is used for direct access to the memory card.
The program allows for direct access to the Contacts, Messages and the Content (both the internal and card memory), as well as automatic backup or synchronization with MS Outlook.
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.