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LG KU990 Viewty review

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Manufacturer: LG Electronics

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 5 out of 10

The LG KU990 Viewty is a 5Mp cameraphone that apes the iPhone on the front and a real digital camera from behind. And it has 3G connectivity.

The LG KU990 Viewty is a 5Mp cameraphone that apes the iPhone on the front and a real digital camera from behind. And it has 3G connectivity.

One of the big criticisms about mobile phones that claim to be cameraphones is that they look and behave nothing like cameras. Another is the poor images that often result. Mobile phone makers can cram in more megapixels – as with the 5Mp LG KU990 Viewty – but cameraphone sensors just aren’t up to the job.

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That doesn’t stop us buying cameraphones such as the LG KU990 Viewty at an impressive rate, though, and of course the best way to encourage innovation is if there’s money to be made from doing so.

For our money, the best cameraphones so far are the Sony Ericsson Cyber-shots. These taking photos at a quality or detail we find acceptable and are designed such that the whole of their rear is given over to the camera.

So it is with the LG KU990 Viewty - a 5Mp cameraphone that looks like an iPhone-lite on the front and a real camera from behind. The shutter release needs a firm press but the resulting photos aren't at all bad, even taken in unflattering artificial light.

At 2x and 4x magnification, detail is still acceptable, although beyond this you shouldn't have high expectations of the LG KU990 Viewty. For real close-ups, you want a real camera.

The LG KU990 Viewty's video facility is hard to argue with: super slow-mo playback of footage taken at 120fps (frames per second) is a real talking point.

Navigation-wise, you leave a fingerprint trail on the LG KU990 Viewty's 3in 240x400-pixel screen, but getting around it is a doddle as its onscreen icons approach iPhone levels of obviousness and are large enough to accurately select using a fingerpad. You can flit between portrait and landscape modes when viewing your photos and other media and use onscreen buttons to move through thumbnails of anything.

The other important feature of the LG KU990 Viewty is that it's a 3G HSDPA phone - something Apple has decided to hold off on for now with the iPhone.

Verdict

The LG KU990 Viewty is just about the right side of small enough to be more phone than phone-cum-other gadgetry, but it doesn't have the visual wow that the iPhone has in abundance. That's a shame as, aside from the unintuitive text-correction for messaging, this is a pretty good phone.

LG KU990 Viewty Expert Verdict »
LG KU990 Viewty Lite Scores 8.0 out of 10 based on 1227 reviews
5-megapixel camera
HSDPA (3G)
3in touchscreen
120fps video recording
30fps video playback
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The LG KU990 Viewty is just about the right side of small enough to be more phone than phone-cum-other gadgetry, but it doesn't have the visual wow that the iPhone has in abundance. That's a shame as, aside from the unintuitive text-correction for messaging, this is a pretty good phone.

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