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I had this phone not too long ago in silver & I loved it! The only reason I changed phones was because I lost it ha!The format is really simple to understand and doesn't take too long to get to grips with.The phone is stylish, not too small but not too big and bulky.Great for anyone who just wants a genuine phone that won't break as soon as you drop it.
I was gifted this phone as a replacement for my Samsung Tocco Lite - I must admit I was very glad not to have paid a penny for it, in fact I was disgruntled at having to pay to get it unlocked, I was really rather unimpressed with this phone. One reason for my dissapointment may have been partly down to the fact that the phone was second hand and that the screen had lost its calibration. I found the touch screen very difficult to use, it was quite slow and unresponsive in comparison to the Tocco.
My other main complaint about this model is the terrible battery life, this again may have been down to the age of the handset. On an average day I would charge it overnight and then have to carry either a wall socket or computer lead around with me for when it inevitably lost charge, it got so annoying that I began carrying around a spare nokia!
Possibly one of the only good things about the phone would be the reasonably decent photos that can be taken using the handset - this I was happy with.
This was the first LG phone i had used and it curbed a bad impression of LG as a mobile manufacturer. I bought this phone for 55 Pounds off from eBay , the main factor i considered while buying this phone was the low price tag. I did not go looking for reviews before buying it , and ordered it after glancing through the spec sheet. Detailed below is my experience with the phone :
Well , i would like to mention that the LG KU990 was a full touch screen based phone , but this was the worst thing about the phone. The touch screen had a real bad feedback , it was not sensitive and i had to use my nails or the stylus provided with it to carry out touch operations. Well , in a full touch based phone , one would surely want a good touch , but it wasn't so in the case of this phone and this was the major drawback of the phone. It was real annoying to carry the stylus along or i would have to use my nails. The phone was not provided with a place to store the stylus and it had to be attached with the phone making using a string. Whats the point of providing no place to keep a stylus when the touch wouldn't work properly without it.
The mobile's interface is simple to use , the phone had a simple home screen with touch based buttons at the bottom of the screen. The phone was fast while browsing through menus , but it took a very long time to load the music library or the image gallery , every time i wanted to select some song , it refreshed the song library and took anytime between 30-40 seconds to completely display all the songs , this was another feature i disliked.
The 5 MegaPixel camera is the only thing that impressed me , the photos are of high quality and i did not see a lack in quality even when i printed a large size photo. The colors are vivid and the photos are naturalistic.
The battery is awful , i wonder why LG phones have such a bad battery life , the second LG phone i used was a LG Renoir and it had the same battery issues with it.
Although the phone has a low price tag , but the lack of a proper touch screen in a full touch screen phone is a major setback. I wouldn't recommend this phone and would advise you to go for the its higher model , LG Renoir.
I bought this phone a couple of years ago when I decided I wanted to upgrade my old cheap flip phone to something that was a bit more modern. After looking at phones around the £100 region I decided upon this phone from Virgin Mobile.
The LG KU990i, or LG Viewty as it is also known as, is a nice feature packed phone that is a good introduction to touch screen phones for those who have not used them before. It is a reasonably sized phone that doesn't weigh too much. It is 10cm x 5cm x 1.5cm. It can come in either all silver or all black. I decided to go for the black version as I felt it looked more modern and a bit more attractive as a phone. One feature of the outer casing that I do like a lot is the metal rear battery cover. This makes it feel secure, well protected and also looks very good. As I already had a sim card I had no problems starting the phone up on Virgin Mobile.
The phone has a 240 x 400 TFT touch-screen, 3G internet, 5.0 megapixel camera with manual focus, a powerful LED flash, Bluetooth support, a second camera for video calls, built in MP3 player and FM stereo, alongside many other functions.
To start with, I found using the phone very strange as I was used to tapping an actual keypad rather than a screen. My phone did not come with a stylus so I have had to use my finger or a pen for its use. The main features I wanted to work well was phone calls and text messaging. Making a phone call is very easy, just tap a button on the home screen then type in the number and press the green button to call. The clarity of the other persons voice is very clear and the volume can be adjusted to turning the dial that runs round the camera lens. Text messages were my next priority as I wanted a phone that was easy to text from and had T9 predictive messaging. This phone delivers both. The messaging screen can be accessed straight off the menu. Typing a message couldn't be easier, each "button" on the screen is larger and well spaced so that you rarely press the wrong button. Once you get used to it you can text just as quick as you would with proper buttons. I found the T9 prediction to be relatively accurate, however sometimes it would put the wrong word in without me noticing, such as neck instead of meal!
Next on my priorities was a reasonable camera so that I didn't have to carry my digital camera everywhere. I didn't expect much as it is a phone camera, however I think the photos it can take are nearly as good as my 8MP digital camera. You can get very clear pictures of all different scenes, such as sports, nightclubs, stills, portraits, landscapes and more. It has the option for auto smile recognition and a countdown timers so it can always get the right shot. It also has a manual focus option which is very rare for camera phones. This means that if you want to change the focus to exactly what you want, then you can. The only thing it lacks is an optical zoom. The camera can also be turned into a video camera and can record video at 120 fps, which means when you play it back, it is all in slow motion!
The next feature that I wanted was a big, easy to use phone book. This phone has loads of space for contacts and they are all easy to find as the phone sorts everyone out into 5 different groups depending on the first letter of there name. You can store lots of info for each person, such as home phone, mobile phone, email address and more.
As the phone supports flash and Java, this means you can download flash and Java applications off the internet to use on the phone. There are quite a few out there, but it's just finding the websites that tends to be the problem. One website I used was www.getjar.com, which has lots on there for all uses. One problem if you want to use applications and store lots of photos from the camera is the memory of the phone. It only has 100mb of internal memory, which for a touch screen/smart phone is not that great. It does have an expandable microSD slot though, however this is an added expense that I did not get.
Battery life can be a problem that plagues some phones, and can be a real problem if you are a heavy phone user. I am a reasonably light phone user and so I found the battery to last a couple of days before needing a full charge.
A couple of months after I bought this phone the internal screen cracked, which left a big black mark down the screen and the phone rendered useless. As the warranty was only 3 months long, I was stuck with a broken phone out of warranty. I decided to try and fix it myself and bought a new screen off eBay. Taking the phone apart and replacing the screen turned out to be relatively easy and quick to do, and since then it has not broken again.
Other features that are worth a mention are:
- The alarm clock - You can set up to 5 alarms on this phone and can set a different tone for each one!
- Calendar - I found this very useful as it stores all of your dates and allows you to look back through them (ideal for when I was working shifts and had to fill in time slips).
The Flash - Although already mentioned, it is worth another mention as it can be set to be constantly turned on, so as to act as a torch. It is very bright and therefore is good if your fumbling for your keys or dropped something on the floor in the dark.
I have since upgraded from this phone to a Nokia 5800 which I like a lot, however there are a few features that I miss from this phone that aren't present on my new one.
If your looking for an entry level phone into the touch screen world then I would highly recommend this one. It is very simple to use, not too big, looks good and does not cost too much. I don't think this actual model is still available, however there are newer versions of it which I have read are just as good.
Overall I will have to give this a 5/5 as it served me well as a phone, was easy to use, was packed with great features and has a truly brilliant camera.
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I'm writing this review from the stand point of being a caveman when it comes to mobile phones. I've had my phone now for about 4 months and only bought it because of my wife being pregnant and I needed to be contactable. So as to comparing it against anything else, my view is somewhat limited.
The phone has two cameras and an LCD touch screen. Able to go onto the internet and download apps as you desire.
The main camera takes good clear pictures of anything which is no more than 10 meters away, but the zoom is relatively poor and is really fiddely to use. The zoom toggle is just to the left of the camera apature and without being able to see it I find myself struggling with my fat fingers. There is a lot of different types of photos you can take, such as panarama, multi shots, night and fun pictures ie pirate faces, blonde wigs etc...
It will also record and play videos. I think this is the norm these days but the quality is really good. I'm also able to play norm videos in AVI format. I've done this by getting a 2GB micro SD card and a transducer SD card to transfer the AVI from PC. The quality of the video is really good with excellent sound.
Through this micro SD card I'm able to put PDFs, music and even word documents. The speaker for the music is really good quality and easy to scroll through to find the songs I want. The PDFs and word documents are are small but the on screen zoom is easy enough to use for an infrequent basis.
There is 3G internet access on this phone, but its really slow and I'm unable to get my hotmail. There is an icon for gmail but I'm not going through the hassel of changing all my contacts. That said it is useful if I'm out and about and need to google something just to prove my wife wrong.
You are able to download apps and it comes preloaded with google maps. I've never used this feature because as said earlier I'm a cave man.
It looks stylish enough that when my mate has his Iphone out I dont feel embarrased.
Considering when I bought it, I didn't have a clue of what I'm looking for in a phone other than press buttons and talk, I feel I've ended up with a good phone. I feel this was more luck than judgement.
I used this phone for more than an year and I can say I was pretty pleased by its capacities. As a first tactile mobile phone I had I learned to manage it in a short time, so I recommend it for the beginners of tactile phones.
The 5 mp camera is not so performant as I expected it to be, but the manual configuration of the shots helps to get better photos. I found the ISO option(max. 800) very useful, especially for the places where you can´t use the flash and for the pictures taken at night. For the day use of the camera, the ISO shouldn´t be at more than 200 for taking a good picture. The image stabilizer only helps of reducing burning, especially of the close taken photos, but it doesn´t do the stabilization work it was supposed to do, actually, when activated, any little move can kill your photo.
The music and video player works fine, but the sound it is a little lower for my taste (anyway this can be changed from the hidden menu of the phone).
I wished it had Wifi, this is something that I really missed using this phone.
Another thing that I consider it a minus is the speaker, which is localized in the backside of the mobile, which makes a little difficult to listen to the music while you are moving.
The battery last well, 2 or 3 days, depending of the use of the applications.
As a general conclusion, I was happy having it and I tried to give it the maximum use I could. Still, after all the time I had it, I keep discovering things about this mobile that I didn´t knew before, so it is not a boring phone at all. I recommend it, worth having it and give it a try.
*~* My experience of the LG KU990 (Viewty) *~*
I bought the silver version of this phone around 16 months ago from Littlewoods. I was getting it for only £50 when used in conjunction with a discount code. This was a great price for a brand new phone. At this price, this phone seemed to be great value for money - not only was it stylish with a touch screen; it also came equipped with a 5 mega-pixel camera. Having been let down by the lame 2 MP camera in my previous phone, I was keen to upgrade on this front as I do like to take a lot of pictures with my mobile when I am out and about.
*~* Pros *~*
The best feature of this phone - besides its sleek appearance - is definitely its built-in camera. It produces high quality pictures and videos at the touch of a button and its 5MP specification rivals many more expensive mobile phones which usually only carry a 3MP camera, such as the i-Phone. I'm also a fan of the pre-installed Muvee studio application which allows you to create slideshows of your pictures with your own choice of background music.
The quality of video and voice calls with this phone is superb. I mostly make voice calls and I can hear the receiver on the other end with great clarity and there is little interference in terms of background noise.
I would also say that this phone is relatively easy to use once you get used to it. Texting is quick and simple and you can choose whether or not to use the pen which comes with the phone to operate the touch screen. Personally I find it much easier to use the touch keypad with my fingers. In my view, it is more time consuming to use the special pen. I am a big fan of the touch screen, as generally it is much quicker to operate than a regular keypad.
Transferring music and photos to and from the phone is simple. You can use the LG studio for your pc to do this along with the data cable which comes with the phone. However, I prefer to use a memory card reader for the job, as this mobile accepts micro-sd cards. Putting one of these into the KU990 will increase its memory for storing your pictures, music, videos etc.
Due to the phone having no keypad, it compensates for this by having a very large screen. This is a huge advantage for me as my eyesight is really poor and it means that I can read texts, dial numbers and generally use the phone with ease and without having to strain my eyes.
Also, an FM Radio is installed into the phone
You can download games and apps onto the phone through its internet.
It is bluetooth equipped
This mobile also comprises all of the usual features such as a calculator, organiser, world clock and alarm clock. All of which are fairly easy to use.
It can browse the internet
A vast range of nice looking protective cases are also available for this model and I would recommend that you purchase one of these to ensure that the casing of your phone does not get heavily scratched through use. I would also recommend that you buy a screen protector too for the same reason.
*~* Cons *~*
On a few occasions I have found that the touch screen can freeze when I am trying to type a text. The only way to get it to work again when this happens is to turn the phone off and back on again. Nonetheless, this has only happened about 3 times throughout the 16 month period in which I have used this phone. Therefore, it is a very rare occurrence and does not detrimentally impact upon my daily use of the phone.
Entering contacts can also be troublesome, as the phone requires that you use the pen to physically write the names and phone numbers to be input into the contact list. More often than not the phone will think that your written number 8 is a 3 and such likes, meaning that this process can be time consuming and can often lead to incorrect names and phone numbers being stored.
This mobile phone also has a relatively poor battery life. After being fully charged for a few hours, you can expect this phone to last around 2 days before it requires to be charged again. Nevertheless, this is a problem that I have came across with many phones that I have used in the past; some of which lasted even less in terms of battery life. Therefore, on the whole I would say that this is only a minor issue.
On numerous occasions I have accidentally brushed my finger against the internet browser button which is located on the home screen and due to the very touch sensitive screen this will cause the internet to load and connect. This can often lead to increased charges for me when I do not actually realise that I have connected because I have proceeded quickly to lock the phone. This is very easy to do and also happens when I have the phone in my bag unlocked because something has brushed against the button.
*~* Overall *~*
Considering this phone was originally meant to cost £100, I think that I got a great deal getting it for only £50. It still continues to perform well and shows almost no signs of deterioration nearly two years on. Even its very minor flaws do not detract from its overall brilliant performance and I would recommend this phone to individuals looking for a smart looking mobile with a great quality camera.
This phone has been on the market for some time now and has been superseded by newer models such as the Viewty Lite. You can pick up this model at prices ranging from £79.99 right up to £150 on Amazon. Also, you may be able to pick it up for a cheaper price on the likes of Gumtree and Ebay.
I award the LG KU990 Viewty an overall 4 doo yoo stars.
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I have used the viewty for a period of around 18 months previously, and found it a good phone. It was very easy to use and stylish, though the one thing that really annoyed me about the phone was the stylus, so therefore I had to use my fingers. Now thats OK if you have dainty fingers but any bigger than that and I think you would struggle. The camera was very good, at a decent 5 mega pixel, this is one of the main features that swung it for me. One of the only other things that I found annoying was the fact of it being touchscreen and no actual buttons to press! Though you could put down to personal preference.
The LG Viewty, a good phone, with flaws.
This phones was amongst the first touch screens, heralding a new age for consumer electronics.
I have owned this phone for a year and a half, and it has been of great quality until just a few weeks ago (the central button has started to 'stick').
The battery life is exceptional, on moderate usage, I can get 5 days between charges, providing good peace of mind that the phone will be available to use when necessary.
The phone is relatively feature-laden with alarms, calculators, calander, games and the other usual stuff on phones, all of which work well, although the limit on number alarms set at a time can be prohibiting, as can be the ability to set just one day in advance.
Of course, newer phones have many more features and the ability to constantly add new ones, however, any phone is made or broken on its ability to make calls and send text messages. On this front the Viewty does not disappoint, the call list and phone book are easy to navigate and it is easy to change settings when in conversation - particularly volume, which may be necessary, depending on the setting you're in.
Messaging is also good, although the touch screen keyboard may be fiddly and I suggest recalibrating the sensors every few weeks to make it as easy as possible.
This phone was marketed based on its camera abilities, and in that respect, I was disappointed - although the resolution is good, it can take a while to focus and the flash never seems to work as desired. Obviously, although being 5 megapixels, this camera is not professional quality but will do for a few quick snaps when your camera is not available.
Overall, the LG Viewty is a good, reliable product but at present better alternatives are available at lower prices, so it can no longer be recommended, but I would certainly look into newer LG phones.
When my phone contract ran out, I was stuck with a choice between the LG Viewty and an iPhone, and was advised by one of my friends that the Viewty was the better option. I have since traded it in for an iPhone!
I did have quite a few issues with this phone, but it is nice and stylish, and has a high quality touchscreen and good graphics. It is also equipped with a video camera (which my iPhone isn't), which is a good quality for a phone, and it takes nice, clear photos. It is also nice and easy to connect the phone to a PC, and transfer photos, music and videos between the two. The integrated MP3 player is of a high standard, and it is easy to download music tracks onto it.
Now for the problems...!
Firstly, and this may be primarily a problem with the network I was on, but the quality of voice calls wasn't brilliant. I frequently experienced crackling during calls, and kept getting cut off.
The phone only has three static buttons, the rest of the interface being controlled by touchscreen, but I found these to be a bit sticky and unreliable. The phone also unlocks very easily, so I kept unknowingly calling people from inside my handbag!
The final problem I had with this phone was that it holds very little charge. It would run out of battery extremely quickly if I tried to use any of the applications, such as camera and MP3 player (a real frustration if you want to take lots of photos!). Towards the end (after about 12 months), I found that I was having to charge it again almost every day.
In all, although the phone is stylish, I think there are a lot of better models out there.
A few months ago, I had the rare pleasure of finding out that I finally had enough money to buy a phone that isn't the size of a brick. After searching the internet for a couple of days, trying to find the phone I wanted, I picked out the lg veiwty ku990i.
You can normally get this phone for around £90 but as im an internet addict I decided to order it from 3. It was a lot more expensive, however, it came with free skype, window live messenger and free internet access for 90 days when you top up by £10 or more.
The phone itself is quite chunky but I have had no problem fitting it into my pocket. It's quite a slick looking phone but there are no unique look to it. It comes in silver and black although I will advice anyone interested to got for the black and I found the silver model to look quite cheap in comparison. Its has a strong build, proven by countless drops with no bumps or things falling off, however, the screen is easily scratched and didn't take me long to get a few big ones within the first month and I was very cautious with it.
When turning on the phone, it does so quickly before showing you a screen of its contents. Its very easy to use and wont take long for those that are less familiar with phones to get the hang of it. Once you have clicked on the menu there are four buttons on the side to direct you to a page either for entertainment, settings, messaging and calls and extras.
The phone comes with a qwerty keyboard that is fairly easy to use if you have small thumbs (or nails). However, if you like to text the original way there is a drop down menu where you can do this as well as the option to text me drawing in the letters. There is a stylus available for this phone but costs extra as it doesn't come with it.
The camera has a 5.0 mega pixel and was certainly my highlight for this phone. The phone once flipped over looked just like a camera and took amazing photos with the ability to then edit them. This included morphing, changing the colour, size, adding fonts and other pictures etc. It could hold around 50 photos I found. I decided not to use a memory card as this slowed down my phone a considerable amount.
The extras on this phone were fairly dull although I didn't mind as it's a small part to care about. There were no games or demos already installed but easily bought through the internet. I bought Hexic for around £5 so it was very expensive to do so but worth it if you enjoy mobile games as the phone was well capable as it was very fast and had a wide choice to buy from. Other extras included countdowns, memos etc and were just as easy to use.
The internet on this phone was the best I have experienced on mobiles as it was very quick and had a build in list of popular sites to visit so with just a click you could be straight onto your face book or even dooyoo account. The screen could easily be zoomed in with a twist of the camera lens at the back and could also have the screen turned around so that the you could use it on its side.
Although I never really used skype, the windows live messenger was quite good. It wasn't its best feature of this phone though as its was quite slow to type on and found that the icons on the screen were so difficult to press. However, it was free so I wont complain to much.
I would definitely advice anyone looking to buy a reasonably priced phone to consider the Veiwty as it has everything you need in a very good quality. I would certainly suggest buying it from 3 as you can benefit more from its internet access, skype and windows live messenger. This phone was by far my favorite phone I have owned.
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The LG viewty is a phone that has lasted me 2 years and still kicking on with no problems.
When i first purchased the phone it was a very good price at $700 aud now you can buy it for $280 which i a great bargain for a quality phone.
The main features i found from this was the 5 mp camera and the shake reduction feature which works very well. Others are an FM radio and mp3 player. it supports up to 8gb micro SD cards which is very handy. I really love the high resolution DVD quality recording and you can play it back with a LG tv out cable (sold separately) which you can view recorded video on any tv with rgb inputs. text messaging and phone quality is very clear. battery life is long lasting for me which lasted 3 days of heavy use and with plenty of talk time of up to 3 hours.
The touch screen is very sensitive and very responsive especially with the stylus. It is a very colorful and bright screen with high resolution picture quality.
Overall it is a very smooth and sleek phone with some excellent featres that are useful till this day.
I have owned the LG Viewty KU990 for a year and a half and its amazing!!!
I have dropped it like 50 times and it has not broken or scratched. The touchscreen is simple to use, it includes a touch pen, but most people dont use them.
The camera is pretty decent quailty being 5mgp, there are many options on editing the images you take. There are actually 2 cameras on the Viewty, one in the front and one in the back. The one in the front is 3 mgp.
The music player for this phone is amazing the volume can be loud which helps.
With the phone you also get earphones, these lasted me a year before they broke, which is a pretty long time considering i used them everyday for that yeah.
There are many possible ways in which to text using this phone. one of these options is to type on the touchqwerty.
On the surface, stylish and sleek, usability is quite intuitive and the camera, well for me this was the piece de resistance. A phone with a camera that matched what a digital camera could deliver. The ultimate in portability, this was going to be some phone!
It made taking those moment that needs to be captured moments easy to retain. The images were clear and the flash worked well even in very low light. The compact size of the phone made it easy to carry though the number import facility was a little haphazard, it did not seem too keen on reading items from the SIM.
The viewty certainly seemed to deliver, that was until you find out this particular smart phone has learning difficulties. You have all these terrific pictures, now I challenge thee, do something with them.
In theory you should be able to plug and play this phone, zap on the media software and transfer the images to do exactly what you choose with them. The reallity is that the software has a known - I repeat - a known bug and LG are not intending to do anything about this. The bug basically makes getting content off the phone impossible as the software hangs. I tried all the little shortcuts on various forums and on a good day managed to get the darn thing working every 1 in 30 times.
Not at all impressed with this and the furtration got the better of me and this phone was recycled. Worse yet it leaves me less than enamoured with LG in the mobile phone arena, it will take me a lot to consider trying their wares again. Very disappointing.
Firstly FYI I have owned a LG KU990 Viewty for nearly 2 years and it is still my main phone. Note This review is for the original Viewty.
The Viewty at the time of my purchase was touted as a possible alternative for the IPhone and both the styling and the touch screen are attractive. The screen itself is a very decent size, although it can still be a little tricky to move the cursor to the very corner of the phone. It remains a high resolution, quality screen though. Above all this is a camera / video phone that can still compete with the best camera phones. If you are thinking of buying a good camera phone but don't want to spend this is worth consideration.
Some have spoken of the Viewty having battery power issues, I think its crucial to charge the phone with care for the first 5 - 10 charges (instructions on how to do this can be found on the net). One charge lasts me 2 - 3 days on average, although there is an issue when it goes down to one bar, it tends to only last a couple of hours at most before switiching off.
The Viewty is full of features, although to be honest I haven't used most of them. I can say that mine is a foreign model and as such I am unable to now surf the internet in the UK, which is a pain - although this problem might be common in mobiles. The larger screen is useful for surfing though.
I'd like to say that I got used to texting messages on this phone but the truth is that I still have to delete some words, although maybe thats because I like to text very quickly. This can annoy, but if you have long fingernails, or if you are more patient you might not have this problem. Equally annoying for me is the way the phone by default saves every message you write, there is no option to switch this off, although probably you could hack this.
Games can be played on the Viewty without any problems if you like that kind of thing on a phone. It also has bluetooth, which worked well.
One more negative - the menu system is not intuitive, even today I tend to forget where some icons are located
All things considered I probably expected a bit more from this phone at its original full price, but this phone and / or its successor is a worthy contender if you can grab it for a decent price.