LG Viewty Review – Genuine iPhone Challenger

LG Viewty Review: Released in 2007 under the model number KU990, the LG Viewty was one of the first responses to the Apple iPhone. The iPhone revolutionised mobile phones and offered something completely different with its touch-screen operating system. This was something few phones had tried, not least because of the downsides of resistive technology at the time.

At this time LG were strong players and innovators in the market. 2007 also saw a release of several phones under the ‘Shine’ family. Some of these were very high-end phones, combining excellent metallic build quality with other top-of-the-range components. So perhaps LG were one of the better placed to challenge.

The reflective surface was lost on the Viewty, but in all other respects, this was a popular phone. The main design aspect was the camera. This was a weak spot on the Apple phones, but not so here: a huge lens on the rear of the Viewty made this look like a standalone digital camera.

Full specifications here.

Of course, the touch-screen was here to stay and the Viewty spawned many other families of touchscreen models for LG. The Viewty brand was not to be a part of this though. It gained an upgrade in 2009 with the LG Viewty Smart, but died out shortly later.

 

LG Viewty Review Pros:

The camera was a huge selling point of the phone. A 5-megapixel camera was better than Apple alone, but a whole load of other features like flash, video recording and front-facing camera meant the LG offering was substantially better in this department.

The phone also featured a higher resolution 240 x 400 pixel screen, which was operated by touch. The weight of the phone was 110g – lower than that of the iPhone.

The phone also supported microSD cards, making it suitable for those with large media collections. TV-out and DivX support made this good for videos.

The user interface gained some upgrades from the previous LG touchscreen phones and now offered multi-tasking across its applications.

LG Viewty Review Cons:

The touchscreen was resistive, offering a poorer experience. As a way of admittance, LG included a stylus, but unlike phones such as the Nokia 5800 this was not recessed into the phone and was inconvenient to carry around.

Wi-Fi was not supported on the handset, quite an oversight for heavier users of the phone.

The design of the phone was also relatively thick: thicker than many slider phones.

The operating system was no match for Apple or Android, as these featured a greater degree of expandability.

Current Pricing and Future Prospects

In some ways this is a bit of an iconic model, but with so many LG phones out there is unlikely to benefit from any rarity effect. Expect prices to be modest.

Where can I get one?

Both Ebay and Amazon have second-hand and refurbished models.

Interested in more phones? See a list of phones I own here.

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