LG Viewty Smart (GC900) review

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

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Media playback is far more impressive. For starters, there's a dedicated Music player application, which will happily embrace any AAC, MP3, WAV or WMA tracks you can throw at it. Again, it's a bare bones app, but you can construct playlists, filter by genre, artist or album, and define favourites that will appear on the Multimedia home screen.

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TUNES: The Music player application is rudimentary but it can play back AAC, MP3, WAV or WMA files

Hook up the LG Viewty Smart via USB or Bluetooth and you can copy music files over manually. Or there's a Music Sync option, which lets you drag-and-drop tracks from inside Windows Media Player. To be honest, keeping things simple and treating the phone like an external drive is easier.

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RADIO: The built-in FM radio is easy to use and, if you stand still and don't walk about too much, maintains good reception.

Thanks to Dolby Mobile technology, the audio has a real kick to it, easily eclipsing the iPhone in terms of sound quality. Pressing the power button gives you instant access to the Music player to skip tracks or stop playback. The music will also automatically pause when a call comes in; starting up again when you hang up.

Dig further into the menus and you'll also find that LG has squeezed in an FM radio. This will give you around six years of local radio listening if the government follows up the Digital Britain report and ditches FM transmissions by 2015.

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CODECS: Not only can the LG Viewty Smart play back its own 3GPP files, but it'll happily accept DivX and XviD without complaint.

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PLAYBACK: We tested the DivX playback with Ashes to Ashes. It wasn't specifically encoded for the Viewty but played perfectly.

The LG Viewty Smart is also a capable video player. Beyond its ability to play back its own 3GPP video clips, it features built-in DivX support. LG supplies DivX Converter software on the CD that ships with the phone, so you can spend hours converting your favourite TV shows to watch on the move.

We dragged-and-dropped a 683MB episode of Ashes to Ashes across and, when we could eventually find the file, the LG Viewty Smart coped admirably with playback (in both portrait and landscape modes). The only niggle? It doesn't remember how far you've watched if you close down the player and restart it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
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.