Viewty LG KU990 – Better Than The iPhone?
With all the hype of the present release of the Apple iPhone you would be forgiven for not recognizing with LG’s latest offering, the LG KU990 Viewty. Just like the iPhone handset the Viewty allows you to navigate its menus and features with the touch of a finger. But LG have added a few functions to the Viewty that the iPhone is sorely missing out on. Could this touch screen innovation underdog really be better than the iPhone?
The LG KU990 Viewty is geared up with a 5-megapixel electronic camera consisting of a xenon flash and auto focus which puts Apple iPhone’s 2-megapixal offering to embarassment. The electronic camera can likewise be changed to capture high speed motion video and includes a distinct feature that allows you to watch the video replay in slow motion. Integrate this with the choice to instantly upload to YouTube and you can clearly see why the Viewty is genuine competition for the iPhone.
The Viewty permits you to search the Internet through a quick GPRS or 3G Web connection with an innovative web internet browser that permits you to zoom in on locations of websites and then use your finger to drag the page across the screen. This function is useful as the handset screen is small and trying to read a full website without the zoom would be practically impossible. Remarkably the Viewty is missing a Wi-Fi alternative, a function which has become very popular and practically a ‘should have’ on new mobile phones as Web searching becomes more popular.
The onboard 170MB memory is generous but the microSD memory can only be broadened to 2GB which is really poor when you think about that the Viewty is going to be used for capturing high quality photographs and video. In contrast with the iPhone’s basic 8GB the Viewty falls short by a long way.
The onscreen buttons and menus are simple to browse and the image gallery neatly enables you to drag and drop images as if you were shuffling through a bunch of photographs set out on a table. As with the iPhone there are some conventional buttons located under the screen that enable you to rapidly respond to calls or direct you to the main menu. There is also a choice of buttons on the side of the handset which allow simple usage of the video camera options.
At 103.5 x 54.4 x 14.8 mm the Viewty handset is smaller than the iPhone however somewhat thicker. The battery life is good for a routine phone but with the other innovations included it will be needed to frequently recharge particularly if you have set the phone to vibrate each time you pick a button on the touch screen.
In conclusion the Viewty is not just a clone of the iPhone. Yes the iPhone will be a lot more popular and will sell much more units due to a frantic advertising campaign and brand awareness. Yes the iPhone does look stunning and run a lot slicker than the Viewty. Yes the Viewty is missing out on Wi-Fi, however there are a few functions that will assist the Viewty compete with the iPhone. It has a far superior camera which includes video capture, the Viewty is open to networks aside from O2 and the handset costs are most likely to be significantly less than the Apple iPhone. The Viewty is type of like the footballer playing for a little group who scores an amazing goal however is eclipsed in the media by the huge group player’s strike.