LG Viewty Smart (GC900) Exclusive Review
The kind people over at LG have sent us yet another handset to review. This time there’s a little emotional attachment as we’ve gotten hold of a new Viewty Smart, the successor of one of the biggest selling international mobile phones to date, the infamous Viewty.
As many of you know, MyGreatPhone.com was founded on the original Viewty. This website became the definitive Viewty support forum, heck it was even called ku990.co.uk after the handset’s model name. However the original model was not without it’s flaws. Being released around the time on the first iPhone it attempted to do so much but had some intrinsic issues which made users upset and basic functions sometimes awkward.
Will the successor stand on firmer ground? Will the Viewty Smart have shunned the issues of the past and create a new reputation for the brand? Read on for our exclusive review.
Casing / Body / Screen Covering
Let’s kick off with the feel of the handset. Measuring 18.9 x 56.1 x 12.4mm, the LG Viewty Smart is slightly more compact than the iPhone however it does support a 3 inch display instead of a 3.5 inch.
The casing feels very tight and solid. The construction feels like titanium for everything except the battery cover and there is very little flex considering the handset is so very thin. The screen is covered in a glass covering with almost no flex. If you’ve used an iPhone you’ll have an idea of the sensitivity of the capacitive display. At the base of the front edge is a single home button. At the top is a front facing camera and a light sensor for controlling screen brightness.
On the side of the handset is a rocker volume control, which also operates the zoom functionality. There is also a proprietary USB / headphone slot which means that you must use the Viewty’s cable to charge and listen to music (no 3.5 jack or Micro-USB).
On the other side is the sturdy cover for the MicroSD card (which supports up to 32GB to go with the already ample 1.5GB of inbuilt flash) and a multi tasking button, which lets you view currently active tasks and also launches the cube.
On the top edge is a power button, which suits the overall design and the phone lock.