LG Viewty Smart (GC900) review

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

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As far as Internet connectivity is concerned, the LG Viewty Smart combines 3G and Wi-Fi for speedy web browsing. That's the good part. Because while the web browser is certainly capable of displaying full HTML web pages, like many phones it struggles with animation.

For example, the carousel on the TechRadar website doesn't cycle; YouTube defaults to the mobile version (the videos themselves play perfectly); as does the BBC News site.

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INTERNET: The web browser is one of the weakest elements of the LG Viewty Smart and struggles with some websites.

Rather than invent a new way to zoom, the LG Viewty Smart uses the multi-touch 'pinch' approach pioneered by the iPhone. But it all feels like a bad copy of Apple's intuitive online experience. Navigating web pages is functional, but it's also slow and frustratingly fiddly.

To say it's disappointing is an understatement. It's more effective to tether the LG Viewty Smart to your laptop to provide bigger-screen mobile Internet access.

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RSS: Simplify your web browsing by using the RSS Reader. It's strange that there's no integrated Google application.

Elsewhere, there's a simple RSS reader and a suite of Google Apps, which includes quick links to Google Maps (which works with the built-in GPS), Google Search, Google Mail, YouTube and Blogger. The email client is minimalist to say the least.

But it's easy to set up and LG has provided support for Microsoft Exchange and POP3/IMAP accounts.

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.