LG Viewty Smart (GC900) review

The next-generation of LG camera phone, not an iPhone-wannabe.

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Typing in information can be a chore. Holding the phone upright, the Viewty Smart provides you with an onscreen numerical keypad and familiar T9 assistance.

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SCREEN TYPE: In the normal portrait mode, you type using a virtual numeric keypad (with a little help from T9 predictive text.)

Turn the handset sideways and the Viewty Smart's built-in accelerometer detects the change of orientation. It subsequently flips the screen into a landscape view, replacing the keypad with a roomier virtual QWERTY keyboard.

This isn't as good as the iPhone's equivalent keyboard. But it's still better for typing out long text messages and emails. And the text entry system includes cut, copy and paste functionality as standard. No OS update required.

Calls

With so much going on, it's easy to forget this the LG Viewty Smart is a mobile phone first, 8MP digital camera, video recorder, music player, web tablet and FM radio later.

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CALLING: Calls can either be made manually via the virtual keypad or by tapping on one of your contacts.

All of the calls we made and received were suitably clear, but this will ultimately depend on what network you're on and what the coverage is like where you're using it. There's also an option for making video calls (but does anybody really bother?). A small, front-facing VGA camera is hidden away at the top right of the 3-inch display.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Built-in Memory1.50 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time5.50 Hour
Product ModelGC900 Viewty Smart
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Weight (Approximate)102 g
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, EMS
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height108.9 mm
Width56.1 mm
Depth12.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time330 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameGC900 Viewty Smart Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGC900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The GC900 Viewty Smart touch screen phone is a powerful user interface that lets you control an array of mobile media with the touch of your fingertips. The large, 3" touch screen boasts gorgeous viewing possibilities for photos and DivX video. Scroll and play your music with Dolby Mobile. Take high-resolution pictures with the 8 MP digital camera. Browse the Internet. Plan your route with GPS. Everything is just a touch away.