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And so my father spent all his life working for LG...so I should try one too? Yes, I thought. One of their high-end phone at the time, LG Viewty Smart, with 8MP camera.
It's the predecessor of LG Viewty, an entirely successful line of touch-screen phones. released around 2007 with 5MP camera. I don't quite understand where LG got their 'Smart' from, because certainly I would say LG Viewty Smart, a.k.a. GC900 is NOT smart enough to be called 'Smart' - though having said that, when this phone was released, in 2009,I suppose it was 'fairly' smart - though not smart enough.
Before I go into any details of my user experience, GC900's full spec can be seen from: http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_gc900_viewty_smart-2785.php
What I liked about this phone:
* High-resolution screen, made of Gorilla Glass display. Gorilla Glass is a company that specialises in strong, scratch-proof glass displays, now employed to serve many high end phones such as Samsung Galaxy S, and DELL Aero. With 800x480 resolution, the screen is beautiful, bright and wonderful to look at. The screen size however, at 3-inches, is a little small for a touch-screen phone (especially now), but at the time of having used average of 2.5inch screen phones, 3 inches were no problem.
*S-Class OS. Now, I'm a bit anal about user interfaces and operating systems. S-Class is specific to LG, and I was a little skeptical at first but when using it, it was not bad at all. S-Class allowed me to have different homescreen with widgets - so I had a main screen with a clock, calendar. Other screens with Contacts (with touch-flow like interface - like seen on iPhone's iTunes), Pictures, Music etc. There aren't much animations going on but it's interactive and visually satisfying.
* Dolby Mobile: now I'm a huge music fan, and also not a fan of carrying an iPod, a phone, a camera at the same time, going to work. So a 3.5mm is really a must for me, which GC900 DID NOT have. However, Dolby mobile was on board; now I wasn't very excited about this at first, but you need to hear it to believe it! A remarkable difference over normal Nokia music players! Songs sounded wonderful. I loved this function (it could be turned on or off).
* Wifi and GPS: well this is something that you expect from any phone nowadays, but this is always useful to have!
* DivX support - not a real big fan of watching videos on the phone, but this can be real handy, where most of Nokia phones at the time didn't play DivX (unless you downloaded and installed the DivX app) files, and GC900 can straight out the box!
What I don't like about this phone: (read carefully!)
* Processor. Now I cannot find the speed of the processor on GSMArena, but I can take a wild guess and suggest GC900 is probably equipped with 300Mhz or less. Now, this sort of power isn't big enough to run S-Class smoothly, with many interactive motions, images and touch. Phone was slow at a lot of the times, transition between images, home screens were lethargic, and above all...
* Touch - supposed to be capacitive, but may as well not be. Not responsive at all. I don't know if it's bad design or slow processor, or both, but certainly I did not enjoy the touch experience of GC900. Probably worse than HTC Diamond, which was out a year earlier! or even LG Prada!
* Camera. Here is the thing - people believing, 'Oh my, but it's 8MP! It must take brilliant pictures!'. image quality is not reflected by the size of megapixels - which is just the size of the camera. Interestingly, GC900 is equipped with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, which is world-renowned, and did not prove to be disappointing in LG Prada phone - it was great there! but for GC900, the optics could have been chinese-made cheap imitation. Images were. Terrible. Full. Stop. It was like back in the nightmare with Nokia phones, E-Series, Prism Series, Sirocco Series. Noisy, and dusty, unbalanced colours, and terrible night shots. Frankly, I'd rather have 2MP of Prada phone. 100%.
* Accelerometer - this is supposed to be a fun sensor, but due to slow processor, this was a nightmare. I turned it off straight away. The phone could not process the changes quick enough to be able to accomodate this function. Awful.
* Material of the phone - cheap plastic, and I mean really cheap. When held, it feels like it would only cost about 50 pounds, and this phone was supposed to be one of the flagships. I don't quite understand why.
* Crashing. This is again probably due to the bad processor and demanding touch-inputs and S-Class OS. Along with lags and twitches, the phone suffered crashes during multitasking - that is, when I was playing music, and writing a text or going on the internet, it would crash (though not frequently) but enough to be noticed. This was very annoying. The phone had to be restarted by taking the battery out. Not acceptable!
All in all, a terrible disappointment. I changed the phone in no time - to Nokia N97. I really wanted to keep this phone, but there was no way, with my demanding areas (music mostly, and camera functions), this phone would keep me happy. What a waste of technology!
I brought this phone recently because the reviews I've seen have always been good. The LG Viewty Smart is very easy to navigate thanks to simple options and icons. The battery is great and lasts for days on one full charge with plenty of use. The camera is above average and lets you easily edit your photos without the usual hassles. I like the way it remembers numbers you enter so you can easily call someone even if you haven't got round to saving there number.
I did find the camera was a little slow after pressing the button, which results in blurry photos if you move the phone before its finished, also there is no zoom option!
The only real downside to this phone is problems with the camera speed. On the upside again, I found I could run many applications simultaneously without the phone crashing or reducing the speed dramatically. Over all this is a good buy, some problems but nothing to shout about.
I have been an owner of the LG Viewty now for the last 13 months. I previously owned a touch screen LG & loved it, so decided to go for another one once I was able to upgrade.
One of the main reasons I went for this particular LG was because of the 8 mega pixel camera as well as wanting a new & modern "smart phone" with good memory, impressive screen resolutions & touch screen connectivity (& all the applications & other features available with it).
Unfortunately, I have been very disappointed with this phone & I am counting down the months until I am able to upgrade (unless I just buy a new phone all together).
Firstly, this is my second LG Viewty; as my first one was found faulty & was replaced. Disappointingly, some of the issues I found with the first phone were exactly the same with my second phone.
One of the main issues I have found with this phone is answering calls! When someone rings me, the phone then goes blank so I can not answer it (sometimes I find flipping the phone brings my screen back on - but not always)! I then have to wait for it to stop ringing, so I can then try and call whoever it is back. This has happened with both phones - frustrating!
The 8 mega pixel camera's quality is not what I would expect. Majority of photos taken come out blurry or not very clear. The face detection feature is not great at picking up "faces" and seems to get "confused" if there is a lot going on in the back round. One of the reasons I went with this phone is so I didn't have to take my digital camera everywhere, but sadly because the photo quality isn't brilliant I still have to. I have had 4-5 mega pixel phones in the past which deliver a much better quality photo then this phone does. Again this is something I have found with both phones so far.
The sound quality of the phone also isn't that great. After a couple of months of receiving my first phone, I lost all sound from it - so couldn't answer phone calls etc. So far with my second phone I haven't lost my sound yet, but the quality has changed massively & it crackles quite a bit now.
Some other disappointing features: The wi-fi connectivity doesn't make a massive difference to connecting to the internet. If anything it speeds it up only slightly. There seems to be a lot going on with the phone but not a lot that you can do with it. There are also not a lot of applications that you can get available, quite disappointing really!
I have been quite negative so far about this phone but there are a couple of positive features. Firstly, the phone is slim and quite attractive to look at & the screen is pretty big. There are four screens which you can switch between; home screen & favourites - you can also edit these and put on them what you prefer. For example your favourite photos, contacts, music & your most used applications. I liked the idea of this, as you don't have to keep browsing through your phone for what you need, as its right there on your home screens.
There is also a 3D widget available on your phone - I was never really 100% sure on what this was really for, but it is pretty cool! The phone also has a massive memory - so great for storing music, videos & pictures, without having to worry about how much space is available.
No doubt there are some great features on this phone & LG have made a great attempt in a "smart phone"! But sadly for me, there are too many faults & not enough available for what I truly wanted - I have been hugely disappointed! I am swaying towards an Iphone next as this has put me off another LG for a while.
I hope this has been somewhat useful for some people.
The LG Viewty smart is one smart phone.
The main reason why i purchased this phone was the 8 megapixel camera and its sleek touchscreen capabilities. It is a great multimedia phone to enable you to watch videos, listen music and view personal photos. The phone also provides TV out function with a separate TV out cable to watch all your recorded videos and pictures on any TV screen. The phone can support a 32 GB micro SD card.
In terms of overall use, the touchscreen is very easy to use and is very sensitive just like an iphone. There are so many rich colours and it has a high resolution of 600 x 480 pixels. It is a very slim phone to easily store in your pocket without even noticing it is there. Photo quality is simply breathtaking with the 8 megapixel lens.
Text messaging is a breeze and the the qwerty keyboard function is my favourite and enables you to write messages very quickly.
The camera is one of my favourite functions it is loaded with features and it has auto-focus and smile recognition. You can even edit pictures on your phone such as cropping, brightness adjust and picture frames.
Recording videos is very high quality and it is just like watching a DVD with very high frame rates which create very smooth playback on the phone or with TV out function.
Overall the phone is worth buying and it is loaded with plenty of features to keep you entertained. You can surf the internet, listen to music and watch video all in one handy device.
This phone is excellent, i am a big believer in LG phones after being very pleased with the original ku990 viewty, it has excellent responsive touchscreen, WLAn, 8mp camera aswell as the usual mp3, fm radio with a great reception, video capture,front and back camera with zoom playback and video calling which is very clear due to the outstanding camera. divx n xvid format playback which is compatible with almost all pc video formats, usb cable included to hook up to pc aswell as bluetooth and sat nav, Internet browser which you can also use to hook up to your laptop to use as a modem and the speed is faster than a broadband dongle. The handset is alot lighter than the original ku99o viewty too. On the whole lg keep getting better and better and are a very good cheap alternative to the over-rated iphone, what more could you ask for? I certainly reccomend this phone and there is also alot more to it than that!! well dopnr L.G
After owning this product for quite a while I would have to say I'm happy with what it offers. LG have once again shown exactly what they are made of with the GC900, also known as the Viewty Smart.
Previous to buying this handset I was looking for something that could take great quality pictures, hold a massive amount of high resolution pictures and music. This is where the Viewty Smart came in. After comparing it with dozens of other handsets from the likes of Nokia, Samsung and the ever popular Blackberry, the Viewty Smart would always have the upper hand. Here's my reasons why:
Large touch responsive screen, which would require you to use the tips of your fingers and not a stylus. This meant that you could put it in your pocket and not have to worry about accidentally calling someone without realising it.
LG's ''S-Class User Interface'' is a fantastic feature to have, as it is so user friendly. You have multiple screens which you can access by simply swiping your finger from either left to right, or vice versa. You have 4 different screens in total; Shortcut, Widget, Contacts and Multimedia.
Shortcut allows you to pop in a few icons to access the areas of the handset you would use most. My personal example would be the Browser and Applications icons. As I use it to frequently check my Facebook I always use the browser and to get a hold of someone on my instant messenger contacts list I have eBuddy in my applications folder. eBuddy is free from their website, and is great for anyone wanting instant messaging on the go.
Widget allows to access features such as a World Clock, Calculator, Weather, Calender and M-Toy (which is LG's motion activated games).
Multimedia allows you to access your favourite music tracks and pictures. There is an option when listening to your music to select which songs are your favourite, if selected it will appear in the Multimedia screen, allowing you to access it much easier.
Finally, the Contacts screen allows you to access your favourite contacts. Again like the Multimedia screen, you can select which people are chosen to appear on the screen.
Micro SD card slot. This comes in very handy for people taking lots of pictures and videos or simply to hold all their music. It has the ability to support high capacity cards such as the 8GB Micro SDHC cards you can find.
8 Mega pixel camera. Crystal clear images for anyone wanting to take great pictures without having to carry a separate camera with them. Unlike many camera phones, LG have given you plenty of options and settings to suit the needs of just about everyone. The high ISO settings of 1600 gives you great quality pictures in very dark environments. The Panorama setting allows you to take 3 side-by-side pictures to combine into one long picture, which is very useful for people wanting to get a large group of people into the one photo, or maybe a photo of a great view into the horizon.
M-Toy is LG's motion activated games. Games such as Baseball, Darts, Snakes and Ladders and Fishing require you to tilt the handset forwards, backwards, left and right and shaking it. There are other games like Mellow Candle and Bubble Breeze which require you to blow into the microphone at the bottom of the handset in order to play the game.
Other features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a direct link to YouTube also gives this handset a major boost. With Wi-Fi being more popular and free in some areas such as pubs and trains, browsing on the internet via mobile has never been faster. The direct link to YouTube lets you access your favourite video's without being on a pc, allowing you to show your mates your recent find of a funny video, or maybe just to see what's new.
This handset does have its downside's however. It can sometimes decide to switch off and back on again for no apparent reason (that could be updating but I'm not sure). For anyone wanting Apps, LG did a poor job in providing them. There is an App store but its not available to people in the UK as of yet.
Battery life drains really fast when using the flash feature on the camera, then again that could just be me being picky.
Overall I would have to say its a really good handset. The fantastic camera allows me to take great quality pictures and the expandable Micro SD slot lets me store up to thousands of music tracks and pictures. Battery could be a bit better when using games or on the Browser but again I might just be picky.
I hope my review was helpful, and thank you for reading.
After looking for a new phone for some time I decided that I would probably use like a camera phone so I chose this offering from LG.
What is it
The main features of this phone are it has a very powerful 8 mega-pixel camera/phone and it is entirely touch screen. It is fully multimedia ready and able to hold all your photos/videos/music (up to an amazing 32 gigabyte worth) on a micro sd memory card. The micro sd standard is very common and inexpensive so it will not make a deep dent in your wallet.
The touch screen is 3 inches so it is very comfortable to hold and use in your hands. The resolution is 600x480 pixels with 16 millions colours which is stunning and makes viewing your photos and videos on the phone a very vivid experience. The phone itself is very slim and light with the total dimensions being 108.9 x 56.1 x 12.4mm and weighs a slight 102g. The camera has a Schneider-Kreuznach lens, this is apparently one of the best lens on the market for phones and easily comparable to high end lens fitted to Sony and Nokia camera phones. When the screen and camera are compared to the iPhone the screen is smaller but has better resolution, the camera though is in a different league, the iphone camera has a measly 3 mega-pixels.
Out of the box
When you first power on the phone after charging overnight it runs a wizard to set up the phone, this is your first experience of the user interface. The wizard just asks basic questions such as date and time, just enough to get you up and running with it. The touch screen is remarkably tactile and as this is my first touch screen phone I was told in the shop that it might take a day for so to get used to it. It did take a little while (few hours) to used to it but it was not an unpleasant experience in fact is I was surprised how easy it was to get used to using it and learning that you don't have to press very hard on the screen to get a response.
The box does not have a lot in it. You get the phone obviously, charger, one pair of headphones, small CD-ROM with software, usb cable, a protective film for the screen and a manual. The protective film is easy to put on but make sure you do not cover the special proximity sensor. You don't get a case or anything to protect the phone so I bought one on ebay for a couple of pounds. The manual is well written and has a lot of information in it with a large section covering the advanced features of the camera.
It has LGs 3D user interface installed on it and it is very easy to operate. You have a virtual rotating cube which has four faces, each face has application icons which you touch to start. you choose a face by swiping your finger across the screen, the cube elegantly turns and presents a new side. You have the home face with lets you access everything on your phone. The second face is for communications this has phone, text and email applications. Then there is the contacts face which lets you quickly navigate through your favourite people. Lastly there is the multimedia face which contains all your favourite music, videos and photos. You can quickly exit an application and get back to the home face by just pressing the long button at the bottom of the screen at any time.
Phone & Text
Very simple to use, much easier than a normal mobile as the virtual number buttons are larger on the screen than the physical buttons on most mobiles. Texting is a pleasure as turning the phone to a landscape orientation gives a qwerty keyboard with optional T9 predictive texting. Navigating and picking contacts is also a breeze, you just touch the contacts button on the screen and scroll through them by swiping your finger along the screen. There are two volume buttons on the right edge of the phone to adjust the loudness and there is a discreet yet powerful speaker somewhere on the phone which lets you put the phone down go hands free.
There is an awful lot here, the camera sports auto focus, manual focus, face and smile recognition, image stabilisation, auto flash, red eye reduction and a raft of editing software. There are also various shot modes which are:
Normal - This is the default.
Continuous - Takes seven shots in quick succession.
Smile - I tried this with my teenage daughter, I waited a long time as she thought I said "scowl".
Beauty - Enables clear and bright close up photos of a person face.
Art - Warm, cold, Black & White effects.
There are also macro modes, sport modes and manual overrides for various automatic settings. There is also an intriguing intelligent shot mode which suggests that a complete duffer like I should be able to take a half decent photograph. The flash is done by a very bright and powerful led, I found it very hard to believe that an led could produce so much light, indeed it is just as good at blinding people as a good old fashioned one that you find in a standard camera.
The manual says LG doubt if you will require any software on your pc to touch up photos. I believe them! There is an awful lot of features here.
You are quickly able to switch the camera into a decent video recorder. This is done by switching a on screen slider to an video recorder icon. This allows you to record at 720 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second. What does this mean? Your recordings will be DVD quality when played back on your telly. There are also settings for Slow Motion and Timelapse recording but these are not explained in the manual and I have yet to try them out.
Music is downloaded to your phone with the pc-suite software provided, It supports MS Windows including Vista but I don't know about Windows version 7. There is mac isync support as well but I have to get around to trying it. The device is not recognised in Linux yet but it might be an easy fix to get going. Music can be searched by album, artist and genre. The music and video formats it can playback are phenomenal, MP3, AAC, Ogg-vorbis, WMA and Dolby mobile surround sound for music/audio and for video DivX, Xvid, MP4 H.263, H.264 and WMV. Others are supported as well but I never use them.
SMS for texting
IMAP4, SMTP and POP3 for email
It also has a built in web browser which is okay but I found it a wee bit slow. It allows 2 finger browsing like the iPhone (you can zoom in by spreading your fingers out and zoom out by closing them). I downloaded and installed the Opera Mini web browser which is much faster. The install is a little bit fiddly to get it working on full screen mode if someone wants to try it I can email the additional steps to get it working properly.
The only downside to the web browsers are that adobe flash player is not supported.
It has a built in GPS receiver but no installed software apart from google maps. The downside of using google maps is you might incur a fee as you are required to connect to the internet to get it working. A suitable alternative to google maps is "We-Travel" which is entirely free, it works beautifully and does not require to connect to the internet. A small modification is required again to get it working in full-screen mode but it is documented on the website.
It includes a FM radio but it is a bit disappointing. You need to use the headphones provided by LG and they do not lend themselves to sporting activities such as running or cycling. I have tried using other headphones but they cause too much interference and noise.
Great camera touch phone with the emphasis on camera/video recorder and certainly I am very pleased with all the features that it offers, I found it easy to use and the clever user interface uncomplicates very complicated functions. It is not a smart phone but almost, there are a lot of applications that are included and you can download and buy more from the LG app store. I am a bit disappointed by the Radio but it may get fixed with the next firmware update. The battery life is good with standby time being about 3 days but if you use the multimedia functions then the phones battery drains much more quickly. I have not run out of battery yet.
I took this out on a 18 month contract with Virgin, this included 300 minutes and unlimted texts for £18 a month. I also got 2 months free so the price is really a bit less.
Hope you have found the review to be useful and not to boring.