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LG Viewty KU990

Following the huge success of the LG Mobile Black Label Series Chocolate and Shine, LG has progressed into the high-technology camera phone category w...

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Review of "LG Viewty KU990"

published 12/12/2007 | GavinDownes
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Pro Touch Screen, looks, build, functions/features.
Cons No WiFi, no multitap on the Touch Screen.
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"LG Viewty - Technologically Stunning."

The Viewty, such a strange name for a mobile handset.

However don't be fooled by it's estranged name and looks. It is an amazing handset and i believe it to be this years must have gadget.

I'm sure that most people will say "oh but what about Apples iphone?, that is much better!". Having not had the pleasure of using the iphone yet i'm sure it is a very nice handset but do i really want to pay £269 for the iphone and have a contract on a Service provider i don't like (o2).

I had the Viewty free on Orange panther 45, which i believe is a very good deal. Lots of minutes (900) and unlimited texting. As well as free internet browsing for 3 months and orange magic numbers/orange wednesdays - Great!

Now for the facts, the handset is really well made. It's back panel is metal, which is needed to protect the camera surroundings and battery. It's a nice feature and is really nice to hold in your palm as it's cold to the touch.

To look at the viewty you get a fairly plain view, with it's large screen and 3 small (ish) call/end & cancel buttons. That isn't to say that it's not a lovely looking handset. Chrome/black sides break up the overall black appearance and at the same time give it that "expensive looking" appeal.

The screen is an absolutely amazing feature of the viewty. It's so easy to use and is very very resposive to touch, unlike the Samsung F700 which needs a hefty prod to realise you wish to use it. There is one lock button to stop the screen being used or accidentally pressed whilst in your pocket. Press once to wake up and then again to unlock it ready for use. It also offers handwriting recognition too as well as a virtual QWERTY keyboard for use with some but not all applications.

The right handside of the handset houses the camera buttons, one to change modes between Camera,Video Camera & Play functions. You also have the press sensitive button to take picture or video. The left handside houses the slider for charging the handset as well as /PC/headphone/TV Out connection, neat little feature i thought as most have uncovered ports or have little rubber covers which are sometimes a pain to remove. This has one covered port which does it all. Neat!

The rear of the viewty obviously houses the camera lens. Which is uncovered. Some might say this is a problem, i think not, i quite like the fact of using screen protectors on my handsets/gadgets so having an exposed small section of camera lens is not a problem. Ebay - Screen protectors for the viewty come with a camera screen protector! Result and all for less than a £5'er! The camera is outstanding, perhaps not as fluid as that of the Samsung G800 as that has optical zoom built in. But still the viewty ceases to falter. Excellent image quality for 5 Megapixel.

On top of this, it has the ability to upload videos directly to YouTube (check with your service provider first) and to shoot video at 120 frames per second, which allows you to slow it down and watch it in slow-motion. Although i must say i've not yet used this feature. I'm sure i'll have hours of fun with it soon enough though.

The software on the phone is very good, having used the N95, G800 & F700 recently for a a lengthy time i feel this phone wins hands down. Although the N95 does have the Symbian OS and is more "tweakable". LG i'm sure will bring an update for the handset out soon and it's only going to improve things. It has a nice Music player which is functional, easy to use/read and offers playlists & visualisations.

My handset being on orange has been modified to include slightly different menu items. Most service providers do this with their handsets, sort of a customisation of them. Instead of Music mine says "Orange Music" and has a slightly different icon from that of the standard install. Which i might add is my only issue with my actual handset. I'm working on getting LG to send me an original version of the firmware to reset back to factory.

I has an FM radio for all those frequent radio listners out there. A voice recorder/applications/games/organiser etc just to name a few of the other features offered. You also get a stylus with the viewty to use instead of your finger. When you touch the screen theres an audible sound (cusomtisable) and a vibration (customisable) which adds a nice little suprise each time you touch/navigative the screen.

The only thing that the viewty lacks is WiFi. This is think is an oversight on LG's part but it doesn't take anything away from the phone as you can use HSDPA to browse the web at high speed, it just costs more if you do not have an internet useage policy built into your tarrif. I've never really browsed the web that much on my mobile so can say not having WiFi makes no difference. I'd rather use a 19" monitor/PC and broadband for that instead.

The software is comprehensive and is compatible with Vista (yey).

So to Summarise, the viewty is in my opinion the best phone this year for value/functions/features & looks. Neat little handset which pretty much does everything you could want it to, with the addition of an almost perfect touch screen (no multitap)!

This years best buy for me!

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  • Sweet_honey published 07/09/2008
    Good review x
  • yassarikhan786 published 08/03/2008
    Great review, you should write more reviews.
  • korova_blue published 09/01/2008
    Good review, nice phone. I think it looks better than an iphone, and is much better value. One for the connoisseur rather than the lemming!
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Product Information : LG Viewty KU990

Manufacturer's product description

Following the huge success of the LG Mobile Black Label Series Chocolate and Shine, LG has progressed into the high-technology camera phone category with LG Viewty. 5 megapixel Viewty is a professional level camera phone capable of taking both high quality pictures and superior home videos. The contemporary touch screen and innovative design result in a superb looking handset that continues to enhance consumer usability.

Product Details

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Product Type: Mobile phone - 3G, Mobile phone

Service Provider: Not specified, T-Mobile

Form Factor: Touch

Dimensions (WxDxH): 54 mm x 15 mm x 104 mm

Weight: 112 g

Colour: Silver, Red, Black, White, Dark silver, Pink

Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 900/1800/1900

Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, digital player

Display: LCD display - colour, LCD display - colour - 3" - TFT, LCD display - colour - TFT

Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen

Mobile Email Client: Yes

Internet Browser: Yes

Digital Player (Recorder): AAC, MP3 , MPEG-4, H.264, H.263

Supported Flash Memory Cards: Micro SD Card

Talk Time: Up to 233 minutes, Up to 180 minutes, Up to 355 minutes, Up to 150 minutes

Standby Time: Up to 454 hours, Up to 300 hours, Up to 330 hours

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth

Mobile Services: Video Call

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Playback Digital Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, MIDI , AVI, MPEG-4, DivX, 3GP, H.264, H.263

Supported Memory Card: microSD - up to 2 GB, Micro SD Card

Cellular / Features: GPRS; HSDPA; Bluetooth; USB; microSD card slot

Cellular / Extra Features: 5.1 MP digital camera; FM radio; MP3 player

Communications / Wireless Interface: Bluetooth

Cellular / Combined with: Digital Camera; Digital Player; FM Radio

Long Name: KU990 Viewty

Manufacturer: LG

Cellular / Type: Smartphone

Cellular / Integrated Components: Digital camera; Digital player; FM radio

Cellular / Phone Form Factor: Classic

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 5.1

Phone Design: Classic



Product Type: Mobile phone

Form Factor: Touch

Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, digital player

Aerial: Internal

Width: 54 mm

Depth: 15 mm

Height: 104 mm

Weight: 112 g

Body Colour: Silver, Red, Black, White, Dark silver, Pink

Image Colour Disclaimer: The image of the product displayed may be of a different colour


Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM

Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 900/1800/1900

3G Mobile Broadband: Yes

Service Provider: Not specified, T-Mobile

Input Device(s): Touch screen

Mobile Broadband Generation: 3G

Software Platforms Supported: Java MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1

Messaging & Internet

Cellular Messaging Services: SMS, MMS, SMS, MMS, EMS, SMS

Mobile Email Client: Yes

Internet Browser: Yes

WAP Protocol Supported: WAP 2.0

Downloadable Content: Audio files, video files, ring tones

Supported Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP4

Mobile Services: Video Call

Messaging & Data Features: XHTML Browser


GPRS (General Packet Radio Service): Yes

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates For Global Evolution): Yes

HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access): Yes

Bluetooth Profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)

Communication Features: Mobile Email client, Internet browser

Data Transmission: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA

Wireless Interface: Bluetooth

Telephone Features

Call Timer: Yes

Conference Call Capability: Yes

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Ring Tone Formats: MIDI, MP3


Phone Book Entries Qty: 500, 1000

Calculator: Yes , basic

Alarm Clock: Yes

Calendar / Event Reminder: Yes

Reminder: Yes

Personal Information Management: Calendar, synchronization with PC, calculator, reminder, alarm clock

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards: AAC, MP3

Supported Digital Video Standards: MPEG-4, H.264, H.263


User Memory: 100 MB - shared, 110 MB, 100 MB, 90 MB

Supported Flash Memory Cards: Micro SD Card, microSD - up to 2 GB

Digital Camera

Sensor Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Camera Light Source: Flash, LED light

Rear-facing Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixel

Features: Video recording

Video Recorder Resolutions: 640 x 480 (VGA)

Digital Zoom: 16

Still Image Resolutions: 2592 x 1944


Type: LCD display - colour

Technology: TFT

Display Resolution: 240 x 400 pixels

Colour Depth: 262,144 colours

Display Illumination Colour: White

Diagonal Size: 3"

Features: LCD touch screen


Capacity: 1000 mAh

Run Time Details: Talk - up to 233 min ¦ Standby - up to 454 hrs

Technology: Lithium Ion


Included Accessories: Power adapter


Connector Type: USB

Phone Features

Additional Features: Intelligent Typing (T9), multitasking

Ring Tone Formats: MP3, MIDI, MIDI, MP3

Polyphonic Ringer: Yes

Phone Functions: Speakerphone, call timer, conference call, flight mode, vibrating alert

Polyphonic Ring Tone Voice Qty: 64

Media Player

Supported Digital Video Standards: AVI, MPEG-4, DivX, 3GP, H.264, H.263

Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, MIDI


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