LG – Viewty KU990 review

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If you want to be right at the crest of the wave as far as camera specifications are concerned for your latest mobile phone, then you are going to be looking for a handset with a 5-megapixel camera. Well, the LG Viewty has one, and it shoots video too. Shoot at QVGA resolution and it’ll give you an unheard of 120 frames per second.

If you want to add a certain iPhone-ish touch-screened fashion to your mobile too, then the Viewty, also known as the KU990, fits this bill as well. And, unlike the iPhone, the Viewty is fully 3G with HSDPA, allowing for data transfer speeds at up to 3.6Mbps. And there is a front-facing camera for video calling.

Also, in common with the iPhone, this is a mobile phone without a physical keyboard. So you need to be certain that the touch-screen works for you. The screen measures three diagonal inches and has a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels, and LG has made full use of the space to offer large, tappable icons.

The user interface has been fairly well thought through. Four tappable icons at the bottom of the Home screen let you get to messaging, contacts, the dialpad and the main menu of the phone.

There is also a ‘swipe’ mode. Run a finger along the bottom edge of the home screen and a bank of nine icons pops up giving you quick access to features like the Web browser, games and apps, alarms, calendar and Bluetooth settings. If you want more than is on offer here, the main menu provides full access.

More impressively, you can use a finger to drag images you have zoomed so that only a part of them shows on screen. It is a smooth and easy process.

The Viewty is necessarily quite large – it has to be to fit that 3-inch screen in. The dimensions of 103.5mm tall, 54mm wide and 14.8mm thick, with a weight of 112g, mean you’ll probably notice it in your pocket. It will double as a music player, though, with 90MB of memory built in and a microSD card slot.

The handset accommodates a couple of real buttons alongside the touchscreen. Beneath the screen, three in a row are Call, End and Cancel buttons. Meanwhile, the right edge has a camera control button and a button to lock the screen, as well as a slider that switches between stills, video and image library modes.

Probably the oddest feature of all is the jog wheel. These are more usually placed on the sides of phones, but in this case the wheel is built into the surround of the main camera lens – which is located on the back of the casing. It is the least satisfactory aspect of this handset, and I found it a bit fiddly to use for much of the time.

Company: LG

Contact: 01753 491 500

The quirky jog wheel aside, using this mobile was pretty comfortable. The camera performed well too. It isn't the smallest mobile for the pocket, though, and the screen does pick up finger-grease easily.