LG Viewty Preview

LG Viewty Preview
LG Prada was one of the first phones on the market, designed as a device that is mainly controlled by its large touch display. In this aspect, it was similar to the earlier announced Apple iPhone, but traded some of its functionality for smaller dimensions and more stylish design and interface. Although it looked well, it had mediocre features and was excellent for fashion gurus, but not so for people that want all-in-one phone. LG has decided to change this, and it happens with the Viewty which moves the functionality of the previous model to the next level. It is not co-branded with Prada, but still has similar dimensions and design, which definitely class it in the "pretty-phones" line.

As the phone is still not commercially available we are using a prototype unit. At this moment, all Viewty phones around the globe are pre-production units, with early versions of the software. The quality of both the hardware and the software might change when commercially available versions appear, and this is the reason why we, unlike some other sites, will do a Preview instead of full Review and will not give any ratings. Once final units appear, we will update you with in-depth review with all the opinions and the ratings.

Actually, the Viewty is slightly larger than the Prada in any aspect in addition to being heavier, but still is well sized, considering the 3" display and the 5-megapixel camera. 14mm thick, it fits easily into the pocket and in the hand definitely feels lighter than the specifications say. The front looks stylish, housing the speaker, LG logo and camera for video calling on the top, the huge display in the middle, and just three buttons on the bottom. It deffinitely has a high-end look and feel but next to the Prada phone looks more like an advanced gadget instead of a stylish handset.

PhoneArena's video Preview of LG Viewty:

As the Viewty is designed as high-end cameraphone, the back side is designed to match this idea and reminds of a pocket camera. On the right is the big lens with circular scroll-ring around it, and next to it are the flash and the focus-assist lamp. As in Prada, the lens is branded by Schneider-KREUZNACH which is one of the big names in the optics market.

The ring around the lens is used as a scroll in various situations. By default in the camera interface, it controls the digital zoom level but if you’ve chosen the manual focus options (see the camera part) it will change the focusing distance. It will also double as a scroll (up-down) in various menus around the interface that require one.

As you know, the stand-alone cameras have lens on the front, big display on the back and lots of controls on the top. It’s the same for the Viewty, and all camera keys are on the top when in landscape and respectively on the right when in portrait orientation. Here are the (camera-camcorder-playback), the (un)lock key that turns on/off the digital stabilizer and the two-step shutter, which is also a shortcut.

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  • Display 3.0" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 0.1 GB
  • Battery 1000 mAh(5.91h talk time)

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