The KU990, better known as the LG Viewty, is LG’s high-end touchscreen phone, which houses a large 3-inch LCD display and a xenon-flash assisted 5-megapixel camera. It’s available in a variety of colours and metallic finishes, as well as the standard black.
What we like
It looks and feels like a ‘proper’ digital camera when you’re taking pictures. Pictures taken on the Viewty in daylight look sharp and well balanced. Thanks to HSDPA (3.5G) you can upload photos straight to the web and the same is true for videos; record and upload directly to YouTube.
At the heart of the Viewty experience is its ability to shoot slow-motion video at 120 frames per second. While this is more of a gimmick than an everyday feature, we did find it very fun to use. It works best in well-lit environments and is great for shooting fast moving footage.
What we don’t like
The Viewty’s touchscreen isn’t as responsive as the iPhone’s screen and at times we found it fiddly to press. Scrolling through menus was occasionally awkward and we can imagine that becoming annoying after four or five months. Compared to an iPhone, the proprietary interface is basic and doesn’t offer an app store.
Using the camera on a regular basis will see you eating up the battery in no time at all, so be prepared to take your charger with you wherever you go. Considering it features a xenon flash, we were disappointed with how the Viewty performed in low light. The flash wasn’t as bright as we’d hoped and photos in low light didn’t always come out well. As far as music goes the player is fiddly to use and there’s no built-in 3.5mm headphone jack — enough said.
The Viewty looks the part of a high-end camera phone and delivers in many ways. Our only concern is that parts of it are annoying to use and over a long period of time could become frustrating. We recommend you try it out and see what you think, paying particular attention to the touchscreen.