Performance:

Using the LG Viewty Smart GC900 to talk feels pleasing. We tested it in a variety of environments and conditions, including in extremely windy weather and we didn’t have a problem catching onto what was said. Voices sounded somewhat monotonous, but were really loud. People on the other end rated in-call quality as one of the best they had ever experienced, with voice sharpness as easy to fix as turning volume down a bit. They also claimed the loudspeaker was operating almost perfectly for them, although we couldn’t hear almost anything at the time.

The phone also comes equipped with a robust battery that, according to the manufacturer, should provide up to 6 hrs of continuous talk time and no less than 15 days in standby.

Conclusion:

The LG Viewty Smart GC900 is a device with modern and pleasing overall look that comes with amazing set of functions to meet the needs of ordinary customers (although not nearly enough to replace smartphones to business people). The S-CLASS 3D interface itself is beautiful, feels comfortable to use and despite its few drawbacks, such as menu lagging and uncomfortable keyboard in landscape mode, we do like it better than the Samsung´s TouchWiz. In-call and audio quality is high and videos look quite well on the 3-inch screen, although you will have to convert content to the supported resolution, which renders DivX and Xvid support virtually pointless and degrades the multimedia capabilities of the device.

What we are most disappointed in is the mediocre camera performance of the phone. The new functions are interesting, but they either have limitations or affect image quality pretty badly, which is below par to begin with. Snapshots taken with the LG Viewty Smart GC900 look unappealing even on social networks, where the 2-megapixel camera of the iPhone seems to perform much better.

As a whole, if you are looking for a modern cell phone that offers variety of functions, appealing interface and you do not to care about the camera that much, the Viewty Smart is a good option. We would, however, recommend that you consider the LG ARENA KM900, because it delivers the same functionality, comes with a different (but not worse) design, extended built-in memory and 3.5mm jack. Those of you who need a capable camera phone will be better off passing on the device and we would advise that they opt for the Samsung OMNIA HD, the Pixon or the INNOV8 or rather wait until new, 12-megapixel models roll out.

LG Viewty Smart GC900 Video Review:



Pros

  • Modern, pleasing overall look
  • S-CLASS 3D interface
  • High in-call and audio quality

Cons

  • Snapshots lack details
  • Badly performing flash and way too much noise when there is not enough light
  • New camera functions are limited and almost useless
  • Captured videos are too dark and lack details
  • DivX and Xvid video playback is restricted to content with CIF resolution

PhoneArena Rating:

8.3

User Rating:

8.3
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