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LG Viewty KU990 review | Introduction

Published on: Thursday, November 29th 2007                   Written by: Nic Rossmüller - Photography by: Mark Peters

A digital camera inside a cell phone is not exceptional these days. It becomes a different case when a 5 Megapixel digital camera is integrated in a mobile phone. And although there are more handsets equipped with a 5 Megapixel digital camera, for example the Nokia N82, Samsung G800 and the Sony Ericsson K850i, there is a vast difference in the quality of the camera. The KU990 is the first 5 Megapixel cell phone of LG. It looks like LG is starting to take mobile photography seriously. The Viewty is the successor to the LG Prada. The latter was introduced in the beginning of 2007. The LG Viewty is up to date with its large touchscreen, 5 Megapixel digital camera and multimedia player. The LG Viewty comes in a compact black box including a headphone, charger, CD-ROM and USB cable. We were able to test the LG Viewty extensively and our findings of this digital camera with cell phone function can be read in our LG Viewty review.

LG Viewty KU990 review


LG Viewty mobile phone

LG Viewty mobile phone

LG KU 990 Viewty Design

It seems that LG has learned a lot from the LG Prada design. Neat curves, elegant black colour and some silver-colored accents are evidently present. When you place the Viewty horizontally on a surface and look at it from the back, the LG Viewty is the spitting image of a digital compact camera. An outsider will not recognize the mobile phone in it. Around the camera lens we find the scroll wheel. The scroll wheel is an innovation of LG and it means that no extra buttons are required for example for zooming in or out.

LG Viewty cell phone

LG Viewty cell phone

LG KU990 Viewty Touch screen

The LG Viewty has been equipped with a 3-inch 262,144 colour touchscreen monitor. Average colour reproduction is fine. When a colorful object is captured, the colours are not well rendered on the monitor at times. In bright sunlight it is difficult to see clearly what is on the monitor. In this case you will have to go into the shadow or create some shade yourself. The touchscreen monitor responds very well. I clearly noticed the difference with the LG Prada monitor that has a somewhat slower response now and then. Touching the touchscreen monitor is confirmed by a slight vibration so you know whether or not you pressed hard enough. The pen for the touchscreen monitor comes with the Viewty and can be attached to the handset by a cord.

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