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I received this phone as a gift from a friend, so I don't know how much it cost when it was new.
This phone accomplishes what it was made for well. It can phone, the voice quality is good, it can text, with the ability to overlay a QWERTY keypad on the touch-screen, it has a great camera, 5MP, which is very high quality for a fairly dated phone now. It also has a lower quality front camera.
Other than that it has a few extra bells and whistles, such as 3G and Bluetooth, neither of which I have ever used.
It can have some apps, it doesn't run iOS or Android, but it can have some specific apps installed, I own an Android tablet so I have never found a use for them, and most require you to connect to the internet and pay the expensive fees that network providers charge. There were a couple of games preinstalled that I had a play around with, including Bejeweled, but as I said, I have a tablet for that kind of thing.
The thing that most annoyed me about this phone, is that it seems to run slow. When going through the menus, it sometimes takes a bit of time to load, the menu's and background move at about 3 frames per second, it just feels like the phone wasn't meant to handle the software that was put on it.
Luckily you don't really have to use the menus much for it's function as a phone, the camera is accesible by a single press of a camera button on the phone itself. Text messaging and phoning can be done by tapping the corresponding buttons on the phone's home menu.
To be honest I end up using the camera more than the phone functions themselves, the quality of it is higher than our digital camera (which is quite old now).
This is a decent phone, but I would say to get an Android powered phone nowadays, they aren't too expensive, and getting a non-Android/iOS phone nowadays seems silly.
I have just recently sold my LG Viewty and the memories it brought me have spurred me to come on and review this product. I purchased this phone back in about 2007 as I was impressed by its abilities when one of my friends was showing me it. Touchscreen was relatively new then so it really was at the top of its game! There is a front and a back camera which is perfect when you're a teenager and as vain as I was, I was able to take photos of me with my friends myself, or I was able to apply my lipstick without staring into a black screen. At the time this phone was perfect for me. Once you are used to the touchscreen it is perfect, it is slightly more difficult than the touch screen these days as it isn't as sensitive.
The LG is quite big, but not so big that it doesn't fit in your pocket, its around about the size of an Iphone. The main problems I had with my LG Viewty was that the zoom on the camera at the back stopped working sometimes, and one of my friends accidentally knocked her screen and was left with black blodges and couldn't do anything with it.
For an older generation phone, this phone should be appreciated, but it doesn't compare quite as good as the ones these days.
A few years back i got my hands on one of these phones by contract from network 3. At first i thought it was'nt a bad phone, good screen size, touch screen, 5 megapixal camera, although the camera was a let down and the sound from the ear piece was muffled and very low whilst on a call.
Then a few months later i started to notice that the touch screen was not functioning properly and that the screen would keep freezing as i went through the menus, this became very annouying, not only that but i had replaced the battery three times as each battery kept swelling as if it were about to explode. The shape and design was pretty good, light and slim enough to fit in your jeans pocket.
The touch screen was sometimes a bit fiddley in some parts of the menu if you did'nt use the supplied stylus.
The camera could of used a lens cover as you could easily scratch or damage the lense.
The menus and applications were limited, there is only 3 themes that come with the phone and you can't download and enable your own, the phone was easy enough to use, when texting you could either use the normal virtual keypad or use your stylus to write each letter on the screen of your phone and it would translate it to text, not always the fastest and reliable way for texting or there was the keyboard style option, were you could put the phone on its side and the phone would display a virtual like keyboard, this was the best option for me as is was fast and reliable to use.
Onto the battery life, well after using this handset you realised that the battery life was not very good, listening to your music with the supplied earphones, the battery would die on you in almost no time, you could not rely on the phone for listening to music and making or recieving calls in 1 day, it was 1 or the other.
In all, i would not recommend buying this phone, maybe i just had a bad handset but this is my own opinion.
The LG Viewty was one of the very first phones to have a touch screen; it was also one of the very first phones to have changeable camera shots (for example, panorama, continuous etc.), the camera itself is 5 megapixels and is actually one of the best cameras I have used (on a phone). Even though the phone is over 2 years old now, it is still very good, however when you compare it to phones nowadays it doesn't stand out in the slightest. Which is why this review is more in recognition of what was (and still is) a great phone than to try and persuade you to buy it.
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I got this phone about 3-4 months after it was released, and was influenced to buy it by people who had written reviews for it. I have still got the phone, simply because I cannot afford the new phones and do not wish to buy into a contract, up until recently the phone has been perfect, however I am starting to experience network issues (which may well be Vodafone's fault) but it is only in certain areas of my house, which is strange. The phone has great sound and mic. pick up, and I rarely have trouble when on the phone to people.
The touch screen is quite responsive, it registers you selecting something as soon as you touch it, however it takes a few seconds to load, but it isn't much of a problem. Texting is easy as you have a keyboard function and the buttons are quite easy to hit, I have broken the 'c' button so it is a nightmare if I make a mistake in texts! Considering it was one of the early touch screens they done an incredible job, the only down side is the scrolling feature which takes a while to get used to. 7/10
Like I said earlier, you can change the functions of the camera; you can have continuous shot (which takes 12 pictures within 3-4 seconds); panorama, which allows you to take 3 pictures and merge them next to each other. The 5 megapixel camera really does make this phone, the only flaw I have with it is the fact you must have a shutter sound, which gets very annoying when you want to take a photo by yourself, and this loud 'clunky' noise comes out of your phone. The camera is just like a digital camera, it has pretty much all the same abilities, you can use macro's change the focus quality, etc. 8/10
The battery life on this is surprisingly good; I can go a good 4-5 days with a 12 hour charge, however when you run out of battery completely, it is sometimes hard to get your phone to charge again, as it sometimes gets stuck on the "Please wait..." screen, however removing the battery and putting it back in again seems to do the job. When the phone is on charge it doesn't get very hot, unlike the majority of other phones I have used, which is very helpful. 9/10
The phone itself is quite bulky, and looks a lot like a digital camera, but I personally like bulky phones as they tend to last longer and fit in my hands better. I have the black version and it looks beautiful, the sides have a chrome finish which gives the phone a sleek look. The screen is well positioned and is fairly large, the back of the phone resembles a digital camera which I love, and the embossed LG logo looks wonderful. 9/10
Would I recommend it?
As I said at the beginning, this review was more in recognition of what is a great phone. It is without a doubt outdated by current phones on the market, but it is relatively cheap now and will provide you very little issues. 10/10
I had this phone on a contract. On looking at this on a screen it looks very smart but when the box arrived I was a little disappointed. It was alot wider than what I had thought. But is a nice looking phone.
The phone comes with a pen which slots onto the side of the phone using a piece of string. I would have preferred to have this attached instead of hanging from some string when I am out and about.
Using the pen was a bit of a novelty to begin with and enjoyed getting the pen out and sending messages. But not very ideal when walking around the shops and trying to send a text with the pen. I have always used the pen but not too sure if the phone will work too well without the use of it.
When sending a text the very big screen turns into a qwerty keyboard this is large enough to use with ease.
The menu us easy to navigate around to and quite an easy phone to get used to. I've had phones in the past where its been really difficult to work out how to phone or text someone because the menus are hard to navigate around.
The phone comes with bluetooth which I have never used. Not quite sure how and what use this is.
The camera is of average quality and doesn't take very good evening pictures, as they look quite dark which is a bit disappointing when you don't have a camera to hand.
The phone also has a radio which is used via the headphones the phone comes with. The headphones act as an antenna. The quality is very good and very clear.
PROS: The phone looks very stylish with its metallic silver outer case and simple design. It's very sturdy, I've dropped mine a few times by accident and it still works fine with minimum scratches. The screen is large and the display is very clear. The menu is very easy to use and it's straight-forward to find what you are looking for among the menus. Takes photos and videos of a very good quality.
CONS: There are only a few con's with this phone, however they are quite significant cons. The phone is locked using a small button located on the side of the phone; this is extremely annoying as when the phone is in your pocket it can unlock itself very easily and on numerous occasions I have called people without knowing because it's come unlocked!! Also, when you are holding the phone (e.g. to write a text) it is very easy to hit the camera button on the side and activate the camera. Also a warning to those who aren't used to touch-screen... it takes quite a bit of getting used to!!
Overall, there are few faults with the phone, but, for me, the faults it does have are so annoying, I don't think I would have bought this phone had I known about them.
Whilst it's probably true that the interface of this LG phone is a little out-dated now and kids will probably think that overall it's a bit old fashioned, the fact remains that this is a pretty reliable and user-friendly mobile phone.
Not only does it look good, with its sleek design and silver casing, but because it doesn't try to do too much (like the smart phones), it tends not to crash or turn itself off, as so many modern phones do. Let's not forget, after all, that the purpose of a phone is to make calls and this certainly does that: crystal-clear, crisp calls.
With a variety of ringtones, personal organisational tools and a pretty decent digital camera, the Viewty Lite also offers plenty of the distractions that we've come to expect from our clever little phones these days, but when you're bored with the Bluetooth, radio and even photo manipulation tools, the fantastic user interface also allows you to quickly and effectively make calls and send text messages, which is what should matter at the crux of the issue.
I had thos phone along side my k800i, i can honestly say in the beginning it was the better phone.
But after a few months of use it began to fail in several ways untill it became un-useable.
First off, the touchscreen worked well when it did work, the only problem i had with it was that you had to be very precise. My thumbs arent the thinest so i found it hard texting on this phone.
The touchscreen began to fail, for example i would try to push for an A and a Q would appear for no reason.
Several parts of this phone began to fail.
I saw it as a cheap iphone contender, i was so wrong.
This phone isnt all downsides, the weight is good, its small enough to carry around comfortably, its easy to use and the games are good. It is also the only phone that i know of that has the ability to record in 120fps, which to everyone else makes your videos slow motion.
- Good camera
- Large screen
- Good internet browsing
- Expandable memory
- Easy to use
- Easy to call and text
- Records in 120 frames per second(slow motion)
- Touchscreen on mine failed, which is fairly important because its useless otherwise.
- Delete button failed, i was unable to delete mistakes in text messages, so had to manually highlight with my finger and re-write. (when the screen wanted to work)
- Lost the stylus, the string was very weak.
- Hard to use when talking to call centers or things that you have to push numbers as there is no keyboard.
The Viewty Lite is a fairly good phone but the internet usage and some of the options are less than satisfactory.
The phone is attractive in appearance with a very large touch screen. It is slightly brick like but it is sleek looking enough to get away with this! You can choose the "theme" of the phone to customisze the menus etc and can download more themes though the inbuilt ones are nice. You can also put a picture as your home screen. The phone has a useful lock button on the side to stop unwanted use while in the pocket and while this occurs a clock appears on the screen which is useful.
The touch screen itself is pretty good: not 100% but works well if you use the tips of the fingers. Never had a problem with using the screen to operate the phone!
As far as calls and texts go the phone book menu is really neat and attractive and the texting is good: there is even an option for you to "handwrite" the texts which after a bit of practise is good. Really good is the option to swap between a qwerty keyboard and a normal texting phone.
The camera is a real plus point - its really good quality and the video does sound and are also good. Whats great is that the phone almost onverts to camera form when you turn it on the side - people often think it is actually a camera!
The down points are that there are hardly any apps and using the internet is difficult as it doesn't fit on the screen very well. However it is still useable! The 3g is really good as internet is usually pretty fast.
Another annoying thing is that you can't delete all of the texts in your inbox in one go which is annoying as you have to select the ones you want to delete individually.
To sum up the viewty lite is a pretty good phone and its a bit lower on the price range than the iphone - but don't get it if you want lots of apps and wifi and all that! It does however look swish and feels nice to use.
The Lg Viewty is a touch screen phone, one of the first touch screens phones that I purchased before I got my iphone 3g.
Overall the phone of decent enough, but it does lack in certain areas. The touch screen, while being decent enough it not really up to the level of the iphone, but I really could not tell the difference until I purchased an iphone. As the Viewtys screen almost sticks and take a bit more effort to do what you want and can sometimes be a bit tricky scrolling through the menus.
The specifications of the phone are pretty good, in that it had a 5 megapixel camera, which even the iphone 3g could not complete again. Included with the this is a flash light, while being welcome was poor as it could not compete with a proper camera's flash as it is just not strong enough. This leads to another problem, in that if it is used the battery life can be drained very quickly. The memory of the phone is also limited, meaning only a small number can be stored on the phone.
Overall the phone is not that bad, it is just that new phones have come onto the market that have outperformed it.
I had this phone for 3 years before buying my blackberry, It lasted well and did everything I needed it to and more. It was easy to use and the touch screen feature made it very easy when trying to navigate around the menus. the only downside I had to this phone, is it did use to crash every now and again and the only way I could unfreeze it, was to take the battery out and put it back in, having said that then it would work fine again. But overall it was an excellent phone and had many great features such as camera and video recorded, it also had a radio built in which meant I could tune in to kiss on the way to work! I would really recommend this phone to those who are not ready or can't afford to upgrade to blackberry or iphone and wants a quality phone that does what it says on the tin.
LG Viewty Lite
I was bought this phone as a birthday present by my partner mid 2009 and have to say that until its unfortunate end (being run over by a car - don't ask) it served me really well and I absolutely adored it.
Wantig a touch screen phone for a long time, you can imagine my delight when I unwrapped this on my birthday, first impressions - light, ''clean'' looking, smart and stylish.
Now I am not very technical and will only be able to give you my version of the phone capabilities, I apologise.
A clear 5mp camera with advanced options to 'tweak' your pictures using Smart Light which brightens and seems to focus the pictures more, photo frames and other icons available to decorate your pictures with and a video camera which allows you to pause mid film and then re-start when ready, which is something that I have never had on a mobile before and found it very handy when my daughters sports day came around, I could just film her parts of the races on the same video file without having to start a new film each time I wanted to record.
Other applications on the phone include, MP3, Bluetooth, Games, the ability to connect to the internet, along with the obvious messaging, calender, caluculator, radio, games etc.
The only problems that i found with this phone were, texting was rather difficult due to the touchscreen and you have the option to use a handwriting box, basically a space where you write your message in your own handwriting and it is translated into a text, something which I found rather difficult as it is processed letter by letter and more often than not, selects a different letter than you have written resulting in attempt after attempt. Other options for texting are normal 123 abc keypad found on phones which I find the easiest way and also qwerty keypad on which the 'buttons' are rather small and you end up pressing the one next to the one that you want to. I found this the fastest way to text though and normally would use a pen as a stylus to avoid mis-dialling.
The only other problem that I found was the battery life when using it for applications such as MusicStation (a kind of MP3 ehich you pay for each week and can download songs to your handset to listen to, although, I am not sure if this is just available on Vodafone), and the internet. it only seemed to last me for around an hour after being fully charged when using these applications but any other time lasted over 24hours.
I think that my partner paid between £100.00 - £120.00 for mine but I know that it can now be purchaced on Amazon for around £80.00.
I loved this phone and would buy it again and recommend it to anyone who wants a cheaper phone with all the capabilities and stylishness of a dearer one.
If you're looking for a modern, touch screen phone that's simple to use, this is the phone for you. The LG Viewty comes with a large variety of functions that are easy to access, with it's large display. This phone is perfect if you are interested in browsing the internet and listening to music. As an avid photographer, I was personally looking for a value phone with a good camera, and at 5 mega pixels, I found just that! If you're a keen texter you may be put off by the idea of a touchscreen, due to it's lack of a keyboard. However, this phones comes with a variety of onscreen texting options, including the traditional numbered keyboard, a full computer-style keyboard and also the ability to convert your handwriting into text. Overall, I found the Viewty was oozing with stylish simplicity, and at the bargain price of less than £80s it great value for money.
After reading the reviews, I had to put mine in, the lg viewty is the bigest waste of money i have spent on for a while, the processor is slow and texting is slow to respond sending texts seems to take a eternity, my phone has broken down 3 times since buying it and trying to get the phone fixed is a joke as the call centre is in india and the cannot make out what they say to you. I am going to buy the nokia e 72 next week as for lg keep making tv's as you are not good at making phones . I would tell anyone to think twice on buying a phone LG make.
I had an LG veiwty for just over a year and it was overall a good phone .The camera on the phone was great it had a light which you could keep on for a long time which comes in very handy if you ever need to find somthing in the dark!!! The memory on the phone was not very good but it did take a memory card (available seperatly) which i would strongly reccomend. The speakers on the phone are not very loud so if you are wanting it for music then this phone is probabley not for you however sound does improve a little with headphones. The phone did start crashing alot towards the end of its life and eventually the touch screen went compleatly (just after warrenty ran out) but it did last a year with alot of being bashed about. This phone is very user friendly and the menu can be altered to suit the user of the phone.