LG KU990 Viewty Review. (Almost) everything you need to know about it

LG Viewty KU990 review. Introduction

There wasn’t a whole lot of new cellphones displayed during IFA Consumer Electronics show in Berlin. But among those that were there, LG KU990 Viewty certainly was the most impressive.

Even before going to IFA I already had great expectations for LG Viewty KU990 . First, it’s the looks and the fact that it’s a successor for LG KE850 Prada full touchscreen phone.

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Then it’s the specs:

  • 3.6 Mbps HSDPA connectivity
  • 3″ 400×240 px touchscreen
  • 100MB of internal memory
  • microSD memory card slot extendable up to 2GB
  • dimensions 103.5×54.4×14.8 mm
  • Weight: 112 g

and, of course, 5.1 mpx camera with Schneider Kreuzenach optics, Xenon Flash, manual/autofocus modes, image stabilzer, ISO800 SmartLight, face tracking and high speed 120 fps video recording capability.

With a specs like these, how can LG KU990 go bad? And it didn’t.

LG KU990 Viewty review. Camera

Here’s the picture made by LG Viewty in manual focus mode:

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As you can see the quality of the picture, that was taken from about 70 cm, is really good for camera phone. The other shooting options for LG Viewty KU990 camera include: autofocus, panorama, burst shots (9 fps) and a frame shot.

Another cool thing about taking pictures with LG Viewty is the speed with which they are saved. On your usual cameraphone it can take from 5 to 10 seconds between the moment you hear the click of picture being taken and when it appears on screen. LG Viewty does that in less then 2 seconds.

And that circle that you see around the camera lens? It’s actually a jog dial, that you can use to (digitally) zoom in and out in a camera mode or focus the camera in manual focus mode. And it doubles as a volume control when you are talking on the phone, or a scroll wheel to scroll through music tracks and menu options.

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In video camera mode, in addition to shooting VGA resolution clips at 30 fps, you can also take pictures in 120 fps fast video recording mode and then play video in slow motion at up to 15 fps. LG Viewty also has a dedicated microphone to capture sound during video recording.

Here’re the effects that you get with video recorded at 120 fps on LG Viewty and played back at 15 fps:

It’s been made under pretty lousy lighting conditions, but you should get the general idea how slow motion effects can look on LG Viewty, even in a low light.

And if you want to know more about camera capabilities of LG KU990 Viewty phone, the guys from InToMobile.com has pointed me to this great video made by the girls from ShinyShiny.TV:

LG Viewty KU990 review. Multimedia&Navigation

For your media, in addition to all traditional formats like Mp3, AAC, 3GP and others, LG KU990 Viewty has the media player that supports MPEG4/Divx video file playback, so you’ll be able to watch downloaded clips, TV shows and movies on your phone.

Between the touch controls and the Jog Dial, the overall navigation and interface of LG Viewty is very intuitive . I was easily browsing through the media files collection and menu options within minutes.

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LG KU990 Viewty review. Text entry&dialing

Dialing numbers with the onscreen numeric keypad is no harder then on a normal phone. Writing SMS or e-mail with with onscreen QWERTY keyboard is even better.

The best thing about the number and text entry on LG Viety KU990 is the tactile feedback. You can feel vibration every time you press a key on Viewty, making the process as intuitive as on any normal phone. Thank’s to incorporation of Immersion’s VibeTonz technology, LG was able to solve the problem of tactile feedback, that plagued early touchscreen devices, pretty well.

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LG KU990 has onscreen drawing/handwriting recognition feature too. You can draw pictures on a touchscreen, and Viewty will even recognize the numbers and characters, if that is your preferred data entry mode.

LG Viewty KU990 review. Other

LG Viewty KU990 model displayed at IFA was still a prototype, so there were some things missing to it.

E.g. it was really awkward to try handwriting or draw pictures with a finger on a touchscreen. And there was no stylus available. But LG manager told me that stylus will be added in LG Viewty sales package. Unfortunately there’s no place for it in the body of the phone, so carrying it around might pose some problems

LG KU990 Viewty and other LG phones on display at IFA were not connected to GSM network, so I was unable to test phone/data functions for now. Among the features that Viewty will support, but were not available for testing are:

  • Full HTML browsing via Obigo browser
  • Tight mobile Google apps integration. Following Google applications will be preinstalled/integrated in LG Viewty:
    • Google Maps
    • Google Search
    • Gmail Mobile
    • Blogger Mobile
    • YouTube, with a single click video uploads

    Also, from discussions with LG representatives it looks like some cellular carriers are not too enthusiastic about integrated Google apps. So do not be too surprised if your carrier subsidized LG KU990 Viewty will be missing some of them.

LG Viewty KU990 review. Conclusions

LG KU900 Viewty is a great mobile phone with outstanding camera capabilities, easy navigation and operation and lot’s of other cool features, like on screen editing and drawing, MPEG4/Avi file playback, tactile feedback, tight mobile Google apps/YouTube integration and high speed data transfers.

It may not have Multi-Touch features or the sleekness of the iPhone, but touch interface combined with JogDial on LG Viewty KU990 is still is very easy to use. And what it lacks in fancy gimmicks, LG Viewty certainly makes up in features and overall functionality.

There is one drawback to Viewty phone as well. LG Viewty KU990 is not a smartphone. It is a very good phone with good collection of additional applications, fast Internet browsing and the best camera features I’ve seen. It will also be able to run mobile JAVA apps. But if you are looking for rich third party software ecosystem like Symbian or Windows Mobile phones have, LG KU990 Viewty is not for you.

On the other hand, how many of us do really need a smartphone in their pocket? I got my wife Nokia E65 a few months back. She likes the form factor, but really hates the complexity around it. According to her, there’s too many options, too many choices and very often it’s just too hard to find the one simple thing she needs at the moment.

I usually end up fixing the things that got somehow messed up, every couple of weeks. Oh, and she never asked me to install a single third party software app.

According to LG, KU990 Viewty is due to be out by mid October in Europe. So I think I know already, what I’ll be getting my wife for Christmas.

Overall LG Viewty KU990 is one of the best phones I have tried and certainly the best one among the phones displayed during IFA Consumer Electronics show.

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Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • Daniel

    I have AT&T, if I buy the LG KU990 unlocked, can I use it? If I can, how will the call quality be affected since this phone only has GSM tri-band with 1900 (not include 850 like other quad-band phone)?

  • ne

    will it work with Sprint?

  • George Cobb

    Will the viewty work on the Verizon network?

  • http://williamfrantz.com William Frantz

    I have an LG Viewty and it works well with an AT&T SIM card. It is a GSM phone so you can’t use it with Verizon or Sprint.

  • http://www.mtfx.tv Manny

    So William do you have the LG Viewty with US AT&T?
    If so how is it working and any luck with its 3g in the US?

  • John

    Why does LG viewty reception bar keep having a ‘G’ sign and i just can’t send smses or call?

  • Latoyia

    Jonh you have to program your phone to work in the US

  • Max

    On the picture of the qwerty keyboard, why is the Y and Z round the wrong way?

  • Staska

    Well, I guess it was a prototype model at the time (early Sept., 2007), so they haven’t fixed all the bugs yet

  • Yannis

    Guys about the keyboard, are German one!!

  • Rugerio

    I have a BIG BIG problem with the Viewty 3g internet service.
    I keep on phoning them up and asking them why i cannot get onto adult sites as i can do with my computer.The VIEWTY phone keeps halting my access to my wanted site and telling me that i have tried to access a restricted site and when i put in the password to that RESTRICTED AREA site which DOES give me access to their OWN built in Top Shelf sites(which you have to pay for and i DONT WANT THAT SORT OF CRAP ANYWAY)i am still unable to access the normaladult internet sites which i want.
    It WILL NOT allow me onto the normal internet adult sites which i CAN access on my computer!Are these call centre people stupid or what?They seem to have no conception of what i mean.YES I do WANT TO GET ONTO THE ADULT SITES OF THE INTERNET!NO I DONT WANT THEIR OWN ADULT PAY -FOR SITES!
    When i took on a contract with the Viewty Phone i was under the impression that i would be treated like and adult and allowed access to any site of my choosing just like on the internet.Well No!This is NOT THE CASE IT SEEMS as 3G seem to have their onw form of Internet censorship.What?How can they have th audacity to do this?Well after thsi little stunt i will NEVER NEVER EVER HAVE A 3G PHON AGAIN!
    THE PHONE IS CRAP TOO.

  • Staska

    Sorry, Rugerrio. Can’t help you much with this problem :)

    Though it was fun reading :)

    My guess would be that the problem is with your wireless service provider, which filters adult sites through it’s wireless data network and not the Viewty phone.

  • Rugerio

    What do you mean;’wireless service provider’?.
    I dont have a wireless service provider.In case you are unaware a mobile phone operates wirelessly anyway!
    Its The 3g Network that carries my internet service and its they who are blocking my access.I pay/paid £5 per month for unrestricted internet access.At least thats what i thought i was getting but NO!
    I have no found that i dont have unrestricted internet access!I HAVE ONLY 1 GIGABYTE OF DOWNLOAD!What the hell is going on here?
    Who do these people think they are?Who gave them the right to judge what i should and should nt see anyway?This is monstrous.This is the start of something that many people will soon regret.Europe will soon be under a Dictatorship.The Dictatorship of The UNELECTED ‘EU’.
    you are about to see things that you thought were fiction but you are about to live a nightmare of reality.
    I wish it were not true but im sorry to say that it is.
    No one can prove to me otherwise.Have a laugh at that!
    SEE http://www.eutruth.org.uk/

  • Staska

    Well, sorry Rugerio, this is not the place to discuss GB/EU political issues, though it was fun reading that too :)

    As for your Viewty/Internet problems – Wireless service provider is the company you have a contract with – O2, Vodafone, T-MObile, 3or some other.

    And, despite their “Unlimited Internet” marketing claims, most mobile carriers limit the data and also limit the sites and services you can access. And they do it all over the world. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m not saying it’s fair, but it’s the fact of life. And it’s in the contract which you signed, when you subscribed for the service.

    Cellular 3G Network you subscribe to is not the Internet. It is only connected to the Internet, but actually is owned by a company that sold you the contract and the phone. And since it’s their network they can place whatever restrictions they want on it. Including providing the access to adult sites they get paid for, instead of being “dumb pipes” and letting you stream adult video from someone else, through their network.

    And until there’s more competition or even more of the dreaded EU regulation nothing will change much.

    EU Commission forced European (including U.K’s) cellular companies to lower phone call roaming fees by about 70% last year, by the way, and will force mobile companies to lower Internet data roaming fees by similar amount this year too.

    So European “Net neutrality” act, banning mobile operators discrimination of any site including the porn sites, may also be conceivable in not too distant future.

    I guess there is some use for these dictatorial EU bureaucrats sometimes, eh

  • Shelby

    Well this phone work with alltel?

  • Shelby

    pleasseeeeeee if you are reading this reply because
    i am extremly interested in purchasicng this phone
    but i have alltel so i want to make sure they will
    take it!!!!!!
    :o

  • niall

    I have just got this phone, however when it connects to my bluetooth car kit I am told by people on the other end of the line they hear their voice echo back at them, and its really off putting.

    Does anyone know why this is or how I can stop it?

    So far it seems a good phone but as I spend a lot of time in the car I can’t afford to keep i if its a persistant problem!

    Please help!!

  • Lucy

    Okay, so when I first got this it was working fine and whenever I pushed the camera button on the side of the phone, it would take me on to the screen to take photos. But now, for some reason, it’s just taking me to my photo gallery! Even if I go onto the menu and click on Camera it goes to my gallery. What?! I want to take photos =(

    How can I fix this??

  • George

    When will we get this in the US? If I buy it now is there any way i can ‘alter’ it to make it work here on ATT/Cingular?

  • http://unwiredview.com carmen

    hi i have a problem for lg ku990 viewty with bluetooh i don’t now if press settings tell me not settig error. every one help me with this problem tks.

  • jb

    Hi all.I am seriously concidering buying this phone,but iv hears that is is a shit phone…Any one here who has the phone,who is willing to convince me otherwise?please

  • holly

    “Lucy // April 12th, 2008
    Okay, so when I first got this it was working fine and whenever I pushed the camera button on the side of the phone, it would take me on to the screen to take photos. But now, for some reason, it’s just taking me to my photo gallery! Even if I go onto the menu and click on Camera it goes to my gallery. What?! I want to take photos =(

    How can I fix this??

    there is a slider on the right side of your phone, slide that so it’s under the picture of the camera, as you can see, there, you can chnage the settings to photo gallery, video camera + camera. Hope I helped.

  • JediWonder

    Where do I buy this phone in the U.S? I can’t find it.

  • joej

    I create files to put my pictures in on my memory card but yet when i go onto images from the normal menu, instead of going on via the memory card, the files are not in the created file.
    i hate how this happens so anyone know how 2 fix this?
    cheers =]

  • Sahil

    It’s one helluva of a beautiful phone. I picked it up about 3 weeks back and I couldn’t be happier. Wonderful phone. Definitely recommend it to everyone. The only thing missing is a support for wi-fi :(

  • http://? sandra

    my daughter has lost the disc to her lg phone so does anyone know a download of the internet please

  • tiana

    do you get charged for using the internet on the viewty phone while on contract.

  • http://www.lgviewty.info lgviewtyDOTinfo

    Very nice review, one of the reasons why i ended up buying LG Viewty.

    5-megapixel cam? Check!
    Excellent video cam? Check! Slowwwww mo the best feature!
    Video Player? Check! (DivX baby!)
    Game Player? Check! I've got tons of flash-based games.
    Music Player? Check! AAC? MP3? Wav? AVI? No prob!
    Data Storage? Check!
    Internet capable? Check!
    MMS? Check!
    Video-calls? Check!

    This is, in short, a very, very, capable mobile.

    I even think this is the best mobile in the market right now.. =)

    Check out some of the pics i took using this baby:

    http://www.lgviewty.info/?cat=3

  • abcyesn

    LG Viewty has great feature and a good screen. The problem with KU990 is that it does not excel in any areas. Viewty is priced at Rs 21500/- and at this price Viewty is very costly, in case you need 5MP camera there are other models like Sony Ericsson K850i which has better camera.
    http://www.Viewty-LG.com

  • dotdotdtodot

    u kno where u put a phone charm on a phone? the stylus can atach there 2 ;p

  • Vishnu Ghimire

    Hi, There

    Plz plz plz, Any Body Buying LG Viewty? Want to Know more about it? So listen Plz iam requestig you all dont BUY LG VIEWTY. it is the worst phone ever made by LG. High Price No Wifi,Photo quality worst then 1.5 MP of Nokia or Sony Er. Yes VDO is Good. But Rest Sucks.. Plz Dont Go for LG Viewty.. If anybody want to buy it i will sale at 60% Discount as i have bought this useless phone just 2 months before and now iam not using it.

  • trihoang

    I do not know why it adversed so much.If anybody who donot get it yet,please DONOT say anything about this shit.I cannot emagine how a phone run out of battery that incredible fast.If u donot want to miss phone call>>>donot use video ,camera and the other funtions.
    how can they give it so many good feature but notime to use it
    my advice to everybody
    want it phone: please ,this angle is a DEATH ANGLE
    who already got the phone :sell it as soon as possible befor too late(everybody know what it is)
    mail me trido1986@yahoo.com.vn for sharing dispointment about this crap

  • Tiffaney

    I dont know why some people say its a rubbish phone :/
    Its the best phone i've ever had and i've had alot of phones! from Sagem, to nokia !
    Its easy to use and fun, the internet is incredible!
    And the camera is excellent its better than my digi cam which I paid £300 for.
    It does run out of battery quickly but its a small sacrifice for such a great phone!
    I love it <3

  • fred

    I've had my viewty for a week now… and I think its a very capable phone. I keep finding new things on it.. like today the finer pic setting. I certainly do not regret buying it.

  • d

    really nice phone, i use it and really good, satisfied though.
    little costly but worth it,
    the bad thing's is
    no service center in my city (denpasar, bali, indonesia),
    no software update (even a theme)
    i even can not found leather bag for viewty (to preventing scratching)
    n can not found other peripheral for viewty here

  • gbn

    Seems like you never used this phone…I'm using this phone for more than 10 months now and won't agree with you…This phone still have very good demand in Singapore and selling better than latest model KS 20

  • chad

    hey if you dont want it ill buy it from you

  • kaddy0001

    ill buy it off u sell me it

  • rfgdfg

    This gezza is a bellend

  • r54

    Are you actually talking about the lg viewty? you must be kidding about the picture quality! its one of the best out there!

  • andrew

    can u draw on pictures?

  • VIEWTYHATER

    DONT BOTHERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR WITH THIS PHONE IF YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE CALLS AND SEND TEXTS AND DO STUFF ON IT WITHOUT IT TURNING OFF EVERY 5 MINUTESSSSS.

    Its fine for the first 9 months or so, the honeymoon period we can call it, and then afterwards it turns into THE DEVIL.

  • bob

    mabey you should a fucking warrenty

  • Jack, newcastle

    27dec2008. I am actually using my ku990 now, but i keep having problems with it unexpectedlx turning off(when fully charged). Its pretty new so is it just the battery being run in or something more serious?

  • http://www.underview.com Holly

    I love this phone it has everything on it and the camera is amazing but , the only problem with it is that eveytim i leave it on my bed for a few moments it starts to get warm then it starts to make a funny noise as if its sparking it sounds like static electricity, but i dont no whats wrong with it,
    anyone else had the same problem ?

  • K JACKSON

    PHONE BRILLIANT BUT INTERNET STUCK ON A MINITURE SCREEN HOW DO I GET ITBACK TO A FULL SCREEN

  • andrew

    plz dnont buy it
    my broke in 1 month and waent my fault

  • babie

    i would like to know how to set up the media net for the viewty on the att network

  • http://www.hightech365.com/phone/lg-ku990.html LG KU990

    This is quite a cool phone actually, I've been using it for a bit now and like it.
    The camera isn't that bad either.

    Found reviews & stuff on Hightech365 before I bought it which was quite cool, help me make my mind up :p
    http://www.hightech365.com/phone/lg-ku990.html

  • Mick

    My LG900 Has had it after 1 week .Screen says insert USIM tried several sims, no reaction.does anyone know how to fix this problem.