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LG Viewty review

 Review: November 2007  
 

Last updated June 2011

Rating: 3 stars

In a nutshell: Combining a touchscreen user interface with plenty of technology, the Viewty ticks nearly all the boxes.

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The LG Viewty was one of the first touchscreen phones to be released. At the time of launch it stood head and shoulders above most other phones, and has remained a favourite ever since. Originally a very expensive handset, the Viewty is now priced as an entry-level phone and is excellent value for money. We originally awarded the Viewty 5 stars, but three years is a long time in the mobile world. Having said that, the Viewty still offers a lot, which is why it's remained in the shops such a long time.

Apart from its touchscreen user interface, the Viewty has several pleasures waiting to be discovered. The camera is rated at 5 megapixels with a high quality Schneider-Kreuznach lens, autofocus and a SmartLight feature that makes after-dark photographs considerably clearer. You can also vary the ISO setting to ISO 800 for improved brightness in low light. In common with many digital cameras, the Viewty's camera incorporates an Image Stabiliser function for minimising camera shake. The Viewty can't match the very best camera phones from Nokia or Sony Ericsson, but it definitely ranks as a good camera phone. As well as a top notch still camera, the Viewty's video camera is also something special. It films at very high frame rates - up to 120 frames per second, which enables special effects such as slow motion filming. There are built-in picture-editing and video-editing tools to make the most of these cameras. In addition, a second front-facing camera enables 3G video calls.

The Viewty's music player is nice and easy to use and can handle virtually every music format: MP3/AAC/AAC+/AAC++/WMA. There's also an FM radio built in. Stereo headphones are supplied in the box, and you can use optional mono or stereo Bluetooth headphones if you prefer. The Viewty's memory is quite generous, with 90 Mbytes of internal memory and up to 2 Gbytes of additional memory (microSD memory card).

We've already mentioned that the Viewty is a 3G phone. In fact it's 3.5G, i.e. it supports extra fast 3G connections using HSDPA which enables download speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps. Bluetooth and USB connectivity are available, and a USB cable is supplied in the box. The Viewty supports web browsing and email, and there's a useful document viewer that can handle all common file formats (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF).

We still love the Viewty. The fact that it's still in the shops today shows what a high-end product it was at launch. Still, it's looking dated now with a relatively primitive user interface, and missing features like GPS and Wi-Fi. You might consider the HTC Wildfire or Samsung Galaxy Mini as more modern alternatives.


LG Viewty features include:

  • 5 megapixel camera with Schneider-Kreuznach lens, autofocus and SmartLight
  • Video recording (MPEG4, 320 x 240 pixels, 120 frames/second)
  • 3G video calling (VGA camera, 30 frames/second)
  • Touch sensitive screen: TFT LCD, 262k colours, 240 x 400 pixels (3 inches)
  • Music player (MP3/AAC/AAC+/AAC++/WMA formats)
  • FM radio
  • Speakerphone
  • Voice recording
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email
  • T9 predictive text
  • Document viewer (TXT, PDF, DOC, PPT, XLS)
  • Ringtones: 72 voice polyphonic ringtones / MP3 ringtones
  • Wallpaper
  • Java 2.0 games
  • Phonebook (500 names)
  • Internet: WAP 2.0, GPRS Class 12, EDGE, 3G HSDPA (3.6 Mb/s)
  • Google Package
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Bluetooth 1.2
  • Memory: 90 Mbytes plus 2 Gbyte microSD memory card
  • Vibration alert
  • Quadband (GSM 900/1800/1900/2100) plus 3G
  • Size: 104 x 54 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 112g
  • Talktime: 3.8 - 5.9 hours
  • Battery standby: 430 - 450 hours

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LG Viewty user reviews

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Reviewed by bob from uk on 26th Oct 2014
excellent phone
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Reviewed by Irmgard from Germany on 26th Sep 2014
I just want to add information for customers considering second hand purchases of the Viewty.
The MEMORY is protected by a separate code, which is good unless the seller can't tell you his code, in which case you can't use the camera at all or store music.
I'm still trying to find out how to unlock this Memory code.
Just as a word of warning for second-hand purchasers. Regards, Irmgard.
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Reply by Brian from UK on 7th Oct 2014
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Reviewed by Andy from UK on 12th Sep 2012
I've still got this phone sat next to me on my desk, right now as I type (although the battery's dead and I can't find the charger). I haven't used it in a couple of years but I'm so glad I kept hold of it, and I'll explain why in a second.

I remember when I first got hold of the phone, feeling impressed with the quality and feel of it in my hand. It's nice and weighty, and doesn't feel like a small breeze would break it in half. Love the fact that it looks like a small camera on the back, and a phone on the front - obviously LG's selling point at the time, given that it was billed as a pure camera phone. Connectivity to my computer was something I rarely bothered with as I never used it as an mp3 player (I had an ipod for that), but whenever I wanted to dump some pictures onto my computer to free up space on the phone, it seemed to do it with minimal fuss (If I remember rightly, as this was a couple of years ago now, the software CD that came with the phone was a bit cumbersome to install, but did the trick once up and running).

Microphone and speaker quality are good, the touch-screen, whilst now completely outdated by the iPhone 4 standard, works perfectly well, internet connectivity is a bit of a pain but can be done (someone recommended downloading opera mini - haven't tried it myself but may give it a go).....

All in all, it's still a cracking little phone even by today's standards. It blitzes the frankly awful LG Arena I upgraded to (and I still massively regret even thinking about using that phone - it's still sat next to me now, and hasn't been touched in over a year), and still makes some mid-range and virtually all low-range phones of today look clunky and useless.

Now for the best bit - I thought my little viewty would be dead forever as the battery died on it, but I've just had a little play around and discovered that although I thought differently way back, the battery from the Arena (that still works) fits into the viewty perfectly! Now I can use the viewty as a mobile camera as well as a back-up phone!

Happy days!
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Reviewed by Mark from England on 5th Jul 2012
I have had the LG Viewty since it came out in 2007. I still like it but it is becoming more and more obvious that it just doesn't compete with the modern smart-phones out there. However, the camera is still very good, and the call quality and speakers are excellent as well. The touchscreen is good for a phone that old, and the all metal chassis gives it a premium feel, that the Galaxy S2 doesn't have.
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Reviewed by Benjy from England on 30th Apr 2012
I had a purple Viewty in Jan 2009 (18-month contract on Orange), mate had a silver one. Loved the solid and heavy feel of the all-metal chassis, vibrant colours on the screen. Camera was good for a phone (5MP) but I still used my 10MP compact as my main camera. Good mature version of Symbian OS, supporting application downloads, installed easily. It was a shame that Symbian got overshadowed by Android and iOS in the end. Predecessor to my Viewty was Sony-Ericsson P990i. Successor was Samsung Galaxy Apollo.
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Reviewed by Baljit balli mander from India on 1st Mar 2012
Its very nice phone,..but theems are not instal easely
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Reviewed by ed2000 from indonesia on 31st Jan 2012
still using it (5 yrs)and will never sell it (i'm collector of gr8 product) my series is ku990r (the revision series w/ lens cover) this phone also was called the "iphone killer"(the 2g version) only one minus in this phone: while recording video without mic/headset jack is attached, the sound of video will be heared windy sound, but will be fixed if attached mic/headset jack to the phone. Also DivX certified phone. final words this phone performs best in capturing images, it's bad for recording movies (but for playing movies in the phone is gr8)
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Reviewed by jay Monalarty from UK on 13th Jan 2012
I just bought one with a broken screen on ebay for under £12, a screen cost me £2 and its fantastic....What a bargain 5/5
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Reviewed by harchoune from maroc on 11th Jan 2012
it's a very good mobile
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Reviewed by Samantha from England on 6th Jan 2012
Ive had my phone for 4 days now and I quite like it. It is pretty basic, i like the large touch screen, the camera seems pretty good for the money I paid, it seems good value. I would have liked to have wi-fi and the phone is a little slow going from different apps but you get what you pay for! overall I'm happy :)
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Reviewed by Lisa from UK on 25th Dec 2011
I think everything about the phone is great except one major flaw. That is it is a great camera great Mp3 player but when it comes to text messages you can only send very very very short messages even my old Nokia 1100 messages are more than twice the length, however there is a solution but it cost you money, send it in two or MMS. The other major major major problem is that if you receive more than about six message the phone suddenly becomes unable to send or receive messages and the only way round is to do a factory reset (dial 3845#*990# then select option 8). However this delete any thing in the phone memory including any music or messages you may need to reply to so you need a pen and paper to make a note of them. Its hard to comprehend that the manufacturer thought this acceptable technology. If you ever send text messages...... "DON'T BUY THIS PHONE!". 5 Stars for the camera and MP3 ....."1" star for the phone.. I'm feeling generous.
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Reviewed by Daniel oduro from Ghana on 20th Nov 2011
i love the phone but,anytime i want to browse the phone get off and i have change my bartrey two times so i need help
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Reviewed by colin clifford from UK on 14th Feb 2010
Had one of the first on the market The best phone I have had camera is great for what I call good quality emergency photographs sound for music is reasonable All In all a very good phone I would buy another
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Reviewed by danny.m from UK on 13th Feb 2010
Well the LG Viewty is good but not great. Im gonna start with the bad first.. The touchscreen is very frustrating and very unresponsive at times the phone can be hard to text on so if your a fast texting you may go faster then the phone so you oftern make mistakes. The music player is poor and memory is terrible. But aside from all that the Viewty still has some good qualitys. The camera is brillant and the Flash luckily isnt a LED so its fantastic quality it also packs in a infer red light which is awsome. The Viewty has alrite internet connection but not the best.All in All the Viewty dose have some brilliant qualitys but dose have its cons however taking in mind when the Viewty was released i would say that this a a Pretty good phone.
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Reviewed by jackie harrison from UK on 11th Feb 2010
This phone was brilliant but I had to charge it every day cos the battery was complete and utter rubbish!!!!!!!!!!! Have swapped for samsung s5600 so we will have to wait and see what that is like now!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by qasim from UK on 11th Feb 2010
the lg viewty is sik man av gt it an its amazing its sooooo gud luv it
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Reviewed by Karl from UK on 3rd Feb 2010
I brought this phone because my Samsung G600 broke and I needed a quick replacement. For the money this is an excellent phone. The camera is brilliant and the touch screen is really easy to get used to (which is something I was worried about). On the downside it doesn’t pick up signal as good as my Samsung, so living in the country I get a lot more “Emergency calls only” and when going from a bad signal zone to a good one it takes a good 30 seconds to realise it’s got signal again. Other than that it’s a brilliant phone and well worth the money.
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Reviewed by Andyy R x from UK on 2nd Feb 2010
got this fone for my b day bot 7 months ago it is the worst fone i have ever had cant scroll or text due to touch screen and when i opened up the box all i get is a phone and charger no usb no ear phones the only compliment is the 5mp camera gonna beg my mam for the w595
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Reviewed by katy from UK on 1st Feb 2010
good phone, easy to use, have had no problems so far, i got this phone four month ago, and i still thinks its a brill phone.
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Reviewed by jim mcgee from UK on 31st Jan 2010
brillant phone outstanding
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Reviewed by Suzanne Smith from UK on 27th Jan 2010
I had the viewty, I loved the camera, the picture quality was good and the phone was easy to use, the size wasn't the best being quite a large phone. My love of the phone and the firm soon went downhill. Within 4 months the flash no longer worked. Within 8 months the battery life couldn't even last a day on standby!! LG customer services were as useful as a chocolate teapot!! They never got the phone fixed! Never again will I buy an LG phone, after getting my phone and having the problems, I soon discovered at least two other friends who also had LG phones and similarly the batteries on their models also gave out!! Again they had no joy with LG customer services...
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Reviewed by Bob Winhouse from UK on 26th Jan 2010
An amazing phone from the touch screen to the camera simply outstanding. There are better smart phones out there but you won't find a better value for money phone then this one. Please don't call this phone bad beacause,and im sorry if had any faults, but i didn't. So dont call thtis phone bad please!
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Reviewed by Hawk235 from UK on 24th Jan 2010
The LG viewty ku990 is a great phone to start with the cammera is just as awesome as u would think, i couldnt get enougth of the cammera,all my friends loved the cammera, sice i got the phone, but this phone didnt last me very long, i bought it on an 18 month contract and within the fist 3 months of having it it began to have touch screen problems, at 6 months it wouldnt turn on had to pay £45 to get it fixed, at 8 months i had conectivety problems, like sending and reciving texts and emails, at 9 months 120fps was gubbed and this totaly was the best thing about the phone, and at 10 months i couldnt hear people when they called me even on speaker, i had to say ill call u right back and i had to have it on speaker just so i could hear them, this phone isnt great at all for contract, get it yes but dont expect it to last more than six months...
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Reviewed by Agung Ariyanto from UK on 23rd Jan 2010
I just bought my LG KU990R Viewty. The designed and the feature, I like it. But I want to know how to turn of the keynote sound ?, because it is very disturbing when we make a call or write the text message. So I hope anybody tell me how to solve this problem. Thanks
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Reviewed by melissa from UK on 23rd Jan 2010
I am only 10 but I know a lot about mobiles and comps and things .this is a class phone , I have had had it since april 09 and not had one problem with it yet. sound is fairly loud , camera is quite good , the phone memory isn't great if you like a lot of songs and pics and that is the only sort of bad thing I have come across. REALLY DONT LISTEN TO THE BAD REVIEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Hayley T from UK on 21st Jan 2010
The LG Viewty KU990 is a let down for me even know i've only had this phone since the middle of 2009 i very much HATE this phone my reasons for this is: the touchscreen freezes up alot, the pictures taken from the camera had originaly turned out great now have turned all pixelated and blurry, there are alot of delays in the recognition of collected activities and my standby battery power dies within 1 to 2 days of being charged.
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Reviewed by Shazza from UK on 21st Jan 2010
I am now 18 months into my two year contract - I absolutely loved it in the early days. Over a period of time the battery life has depleted to the point where I can only make one very short call before it switches off - I have bought a new battery for it but it is still doing the same thing. I am now looking at paying out my contract so I can get a Nokia E72 - I wouldn't recommend it to any-one. The battery life has always been an issue.
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Reviewed by Joe Waters from UK on 20th Jan 2010
The phone is pretty much bulletproof as far as im concerned i'v had mine for over a year dropped it millions of times I even dropped it in the sink by accident and after drying out it still works to be honost I wouldnt believe these reviews if you like a phone go for it
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Reviewed by emma from UK on 17th Jan 2010
even though it has a fab camera and long battery life this phone is currently the worst phone ive ever had. This is because most days it would freeze and wouldnt work again for about 3 hours. This meant taking the battery out and putting it back in again but most of the time it made it worse. it also doesnt have a lot of memory and it woulnt accept a memory card. dont buy it !!!
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Reviewed by Hannah x from UK on 16th Jan 2010
I like this phone, but i don`t love it! .THE 5MP CAMERA IS GREAT! and is great quality,with light in dark.The music player is good but could be abit louder.The touch screen is responsive but sometimes takes a while to load things like pictures,videos,music.The only thing i hate about this phone is THE VIDEO CAMERA IS BAD! its blury and the sound is not brilliant it is not 5mp standard.The look of this phone is generally good but it could be thinner. overall i would recommend this phone,but not if you need a phone with good video recording.
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Reviewed by Tony from UK on 16th Jan 2010
LG Viewty. Touch sensitivity is really rubbish, screen doesn't always move when required. I was sold it on the premise that it was Windows friendly (which strictly speaking it is)but the way it accesses it's own system is quite laborious. The sooner I can get rid of it and get a Windows Mobile based phone the better. I use Outlook as a Diary and a Windows based system on your phone means that all the menus etc are the same both on the phone and PC.
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Reviewed by J Knight from UK on 15th Jan 2010
I loved this phone, awesome camera, awesome Internet, awesome touch screen.... You can see where I am going with this. The Viewty will be remembered as one of my best phones I have ever had, I never had one problem with it.
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Reviewed by Shannon from UK on 13th Jan 2010
Well, i have had this phone for nearly 2 years now, it was really good! but now, its starting tio get a really crap phone. the touchscreen dont work no more, the camera is broke and so is battery, after its been replaced. It's a really pretty phone and ive loved it, i havnt left the house without it. been good its really good signal, i have never not had signal with this phone.
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Reviewed by jacob from UK on 13th Jan 2010
brill phone just how do u delete music lol
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Reviewed by harley from UK on 12th Jan 2010
I've had this phone just under 2 years and, at first, i absolutely loved it. Picture quality is good, as is video recording. Sound quality on everything is amazing, music, phone calls, text alerts. There is also picture editing software which is quite fun to play with at first. Texting is as easy on the touch screen as it is on normal buttons. Full qwerty keyboard WAS good. Feels comfortable in the hand, sturdy but not ridiculously heavy. The back panel is metal which i loved and the screen has not got a scratch on it. However, in the past 6 months things have gone downhill. Whenever i send a text none of the letters i press are the ones that show up on the screen, calibrated it many times with no change. Same problem with making calls. It takes one hell of a long time to turn on, not just the first time. Loading pictures and music is now very very slow, even after deleting all of them and just having 5 or 6 of each. Sound quality still very very good though. Also, i'd love to know if other people have had this problem, but whenever it's cold, it dies in about 2 hours. I work outside and even with the phone in my pocket it's dead in a couple of hours, not helpful. The internet on it is very good, a bit slow but what can you expect. It does charge to use the internet but if you don't use it for very long each day like me, it's not too bad. The screen also freezes all the time, especially when i need to make calls and video calling doesn't work, i've taken it into the o2 shop and they said it should work but they can't help me. I don't use it anyway though so no big deal. Overall i'm pretty gutted that it doesn't work like i expected it to. Although i probably should've learned from my past mistakes of buying LG, as every LG phone i've had has been terrible. I wont be recommending it.
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Reviewed by Tom from UK on 9th Jan 2010
Got this phone and thought it was amazing. However now the battery life has become worse eg if i look at pictures or play one song it will just turn itself of, i then cannot even turn it back on untill connected to a charger. once connected i then turn it on and it tells me the phone is charged.
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Reviewed by Danielle from UK on 8th Jan 2010
The phone was good when i first got it, after 8 months of having it, the bluetooth doesnt work at all, it says i do not have a memory card when i do, chooses when i can recieve my calls, delays my texts,touch pad is starting to go, the headphones that come with the phone don't work but yeah apart from that its a great phone.
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Reviewed by stephh from UK on 5th Jan 2010
this phone is really good, its got an amazing camera with a big external memory storage although my only problems is that it needs charging everyday otherwise it is left with a little bit of battery
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Reviewed by bob from UK on 31st Dec 2009
rubbgish phone always screen needed repalccing are new firmwire for it
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Reviewed by Anto from UK on 29th Dec 2009
I can't believe people write a reviews on a phone they have owned for only two weeks or a month... I'm using this phone for 7 months now and it is rubbish, I'm only using it for the basics now i.e calls and txt messaging what a waste of my upgrade. The camera is terrible try and take a picture in daylight you can't even see the screen so it's hit a miss whether you capture what you intended to photograph. Bluetooth keeps on disconnecting from my car when trying to make calls, I tested this with my old phone and it worked fine so it's not my car. Txt message capacity is rubbish even though I bought the external memory card. Battery life is bad too all in all a terrible terrible phone buyers beware.
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Reviewed by charmaine from UK on 29th Dec 2009
comes with no games no music no stick ( screen gets dirty) bluetooth does'nt work other than this it is a good phone with a light weight and good camara sound is good and it is what i need on a phone love the text key board feature and the hand writing feature it is overall a good phone but i have seen better the phone is a good and reasonable price so it is a 3 star phone not bad
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Reviewed by faaye from UK on 27th Dec 2009
this is a GREEAAT phone. easy to work and everything, to be honest there's nothing bad about it. FIVE STARSS ! :) <3.
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Reviewed by steph from UK on 27th Dec 2009
I recently got the LG Viewty for christmas, the same as many other people have. I think it is an exellent phone with its 5.0mp camera, touch screen and also a large screen. The problems I have with this phone is that it only comes with one game; DEMO Bejewelled and that you would need to pay £2.50 for the actual game of it- which i did.. The camera sound is rather loud and so if you want to take a picture in a quiet enviroment or in the classroom without a teacher hearing then this isn't the phone for you as there is no way that the phone sound can get turned down. Also, when I wanted to put some pictures from Christmas day off my phone onto the computer, I realised that it was not possible because when I got the phone, the only items that came with it was a sim card, recylce bag for my old phone, the phone, information booklets and a charger... none of these gave me a USB link. The handset memory is good, I havnt got a memory card for mine yet and i have managed to have 3 videos, 7 peices of music and around 50+ pictures.
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Reviewed by alix from UK on 22nd Dec 2009
its slow and never does what you want it to.
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Reviewed by shahzeb from UK on 21st Dec 2009
well i have had this phone for 4 months now and im now going to sell it. this phone that im using is a ku990i viewty and it is a bit better than the normal ku990. i found this phone to be quite good and enjoyable and i would recommend this to people who want a touch screen phone at a affordable price. the touch is great on the phone as it make a good sound when u touch it and the camera is AWESOME!! the music player is alright but the volume could be higher. the battery is alright not that good though it can last 6 hours if it is fully charged. im on 3 so i get quite a lot of internet allowance and the internet is slow but alright. i would say it is better than the lg cookie as this phone has got a better camera. the viewty is a good phone but im not fully satisfied with it that much as i want a higher tec phone. the viewty is good for people who want a touch screen at a good price.
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Reviewed by Josh from UK on 17th Dec 2009
Got this phone today is brilliant ticks all the boxes for me good camera,3G and just ovrall a good handset
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Reviewed by kyle luke selby from UK on 17th Dec 2009
not rate good tbf
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Reviewed by alan from UK on 15th Dec 2009
I love this phone
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Reviewed by sam from UK on 12th Dec 2009
jus luv it
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Reviewed by Graham McGrane from UK on 11th Dec 2009
The LG Viewity is the worst phone i've ever bought, it holds just 120 text messages, the phonecall quality is terrible anything over two minutes and you struggle to hear what the person is saying to you, it takes about 15 seconds to load a photograph and 20 to load a video which is bad if you just want to look through your pictures, its got lots of good features but they're outwayed by the bad.
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Reviewed by Min from UK on 9th Dec 2009
THIS IS A VERY GOOD PHONE (: It is one of the few phones which has pink color originally :D but the problem is that it has very short battery life and it does lags sometimes (: you can consider buying this phone but i dun think you will cos there are better phones now (: *thanks for reading my comment:D
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Reviewed by Darren D from UK on 5th Dec 2009
After being told that the Viewty was better than a Nokia E71 I tried it out. Fully charged, loving the touch screen and 5mp camera, but less than 8 hours later the battery died. Without text, net or calling I struggle to get 10 hours!!! Pathetic battery power, now talking to 3 about the problem!
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Reviewed by Mick Hinton from UK on 4th Dec 2009
Had the Viewty on contract from 3. In terms of what the phone can do it's great, but the battery life is ridiculously bad. On one occasion the battery only lasted half an hour, yes thats right, half an hour. This make the phone only mobile as long as you are near a mains point. After much discussion with 3, they have now changed the phone for me, I now have a nokia E63 and already the battery life is better than the Viewty. I can not recommend the LG Viewty at all due to the poor battery life which never lasted a full day from day one (and that is purely standby, no calls, no text).
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Reviewed by P McQueen from UK on 4th Dec 2009
Have upgraded my phone with 3 mobile to the lg viewty KU990i. Initially very happy with every day use. After 3 weeks the battery life diminished considerably, last only 12 hours. Sent away for replacement phone. This has not been done. Original phone sent back and told until LG can find a way to solve this problem, I am stuck with a mobile phone that requires to be plugged into the mains to guarantee good usage. Where is the mobilty in that. Very, very disappointed with the phone and the service from 3
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Reviewed by Jet from UK on 3rd Dec 2009
My monthly contract with o2 has come around again and I can't see a new phone I would rather have than the viewty. I have now had this phone for 24 months, last year I didn't bother upgrading for the same reason. It has been a brilliant phone. I got used to the touch screen very fast and have found no problems with it. The camera has been the best feature in my opinion, with the internet/browsing being the worst. I think in another 12 months this phone will still compare well against the other touch screens.
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Reviewed by mike from UK on 1st Dec 2009
had the phone 11months and 27 days,battery eventually stopped charging at all.carphone warehouse sent it for repair,came back with engineers report saying customers fault!cannot repair under warranty!!what a rip off.it is obviously a manufactoring fault after reading all the reviews on this site.am now sending it back to where i got it from at prepaymania and we will see what they say.i will keep this site informed.
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Reviewed by Holly from UK on 30th Nov 2009
I absolutely love this phone!Ive had it for about 15 months and Ive never had a problem with it. Its easy to work out how to use and Ive never been able to text so fast!! Its got a good battery life and the memory is good too. However...The camera has produced some good pictures and some very bad ones too. For a camera phone some of the pictures are quite bad quality really. I also find it hard to keep the keypad locked too, its too easy to knock the keypad lock off. It likes to unlock its self and type in random numbers and nearly ring people on my call lists!!! Not good! The phone has been dropped from all sorts of heights (accidently) and still survived without freezing, breaking etc. I would recommend it and its not going far from me anytime soon...
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Reviewed by becky :) from UK on 29th Nov 2009
thankyou for all your comments soooooo glad i bought this phone it is awesome i think this phon is great but it is one of those phones that you either love it or you hate it but I LOVE IT!!!!!!
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Reviewed by John from UK on 28th Nov 2009
It's an outstanding phone with its overwhelming features like a 5.0 camera,Fm Radio, internet.
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Reviewed by JOHN GOLDER from UK on 27th Nov 2009
Hi! there, I received the LG990i for my birthday (15 November 09) and found it quite easy to get to grips with (even though I am 60+). the use of this phone is so different from any other phone I have had,and i love it but I am disapointed with one thing, the standby time and battery need charged every day as I keep the phone on 24-7, any other phone I have had would last anything from 3-5 days on standby so you can see how disapointed I am, but still love the ku990i. however I am thinking of returning it unless I can find out if there is anything can be done to rectify this as it maybe a software issue.
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Reviewed by Nathan from UK on 27th Nov 2009
hey i bought the phone from phones4U and the battery life was like 5 hours on standby and it died almost instantly after a phone call and it was only 2 weeks old.
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Reviewed by Sam from UK on 22nd Nov 2009
This phone is rubbish, scrolling very fiddly, very slow, doesn't even come with a stylus or anywhere to put it if you do have one, it just hangs off the side. The camera is amazing tho but playing music through the speaker sounds awful. Am selling this and geting the Nokia 5800 now.
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Reviewed by Amalie from UK on 21st Nov 2009
I've had my Viewty for seven months now, and i'm fairly impressed. It took me at least a month to get bored of it, which is amazing because i usually get tired of my phone after less than a fortnight. I should start with the camera, because thats the 'main' feature. To be honest, i was kinda dissapointed. It doesn't seem much better than my LG Chocolate, which was like 3megapixels. It does however have many settings which entertained me for ages when i first got it, but the editing option is very basic, dissapointing and VERY hard to use! The only other complaint i have is that it takes forever to actually take a picture, which means i miss important photo-taking oppertunities. Next up, texting. I didn't expect it to be AMAZING, but i expected it to be easier than it is. It is very hard, in my opinion, even now after seven months, but that is also because it is on the point of breaking... For about two months now, the touch pad has been really bad. Like, really bad. Unfortunatley my phone company refuse to fix it for free, and for this reason i'm thinking of getting a new one. The predictive texting option has forgotten all its words, and when i try to add another new one, it wont save. Which sucks. :( Other than that, i loved it while it lasted. Great phone, in my opinion, and if it wasnt broken, i wouldn't change it. :)x
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Reviewed by Iain from UK on 21st Nov 2009
Hello, I have had the viewty for numerous months now and i have enjoyed it to an extent i suppose. The touchscreen, at first i was happy with it. My first touchscreen phone! Ovcourse i was happy but then i compared it to my friends iphone, and my friend tocco and my other friends tocco ultra.It felt so levelled down compare to those. The screen is resistant alot of the time. But this phone was made more than 2 years ago. I would of have the phone a 3.5 but im feeling generous (:
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Reviewed by luke calvert from UK on 20th Nov 2009
brill phone get 1 the fab better than the iphone ! ! ! !
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Reviewed by Sean from UK on 18th Nov 2009
The battery life on this phone is terrible, the touch screen has nearly enough packed in and had it sent off nothing changed, Not a good buy i recommend sony ericssons
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Reviewed by Kris from UK on 13th Nov 2009
Trying to write messages is an absolute nightmare. It's impossible to build up any kind of speed because it misses half the presses you make unless you're extremely heavy-handed. Every time I try to write 'just' it puts 'jptp', even after correcting it time after time and adding 'just' back into the dictionary by hand. To move backwards through the message (to fix the stupid errors) you have to tap the screen to move the caret, which almost always moves to the wrong place. If you want to move the caret to the end of the message then good luck - chances are you'll end up pressing the 'attachment' button instead. It looks nice at first but after about a week of trying to send messages you realise it's just a gimmick phone with no real substance. I'm going back to proper physical buttons.
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Reviewed by Terry from UK on 13th Nov 2009
Good points: Looks Multiple Features Bad points: Like all colour LCD screens, you can't see it in bright sunlight, so forget about those sunny beach photos and calls. Battery Life is very poor. Does not work well in a low signal area. My ten year old Nokia 3310 beats it on this hands down!
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Reviewed by Tess from UK on 13th Nov 2009
This was the best phone I have ever owned! I miss it so much, but sadly it made it's last call earlier this year :( There was nothing this phone couldn't do in my opinion! I am someone who generally gets bored of phone models prettily easily and gets a new one every year, but had the warranty lasted longer than a year, I would have kept this one for ages! It's been on the market for a long time, but I'd still recommend getting one. It is a little large, but you quickly get used to that. I got the Nokia 5800 after the Viewty, and I sure wish I hadn't, Its been less than a year and already I can't stand it. Go for the Viewty!
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Reviewed by john from UK on 12th Nov 2009
just a couple of things im having trouble when i open, say e bay my mob goes to the LG icon and will not let me view the page. num 2 i had taken some photos thought that i put them into a file and seem to have lost them i have tried everything . even the mobile shop ass could not find ? any ideas would be great full other than that phones great many thanks useless
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Reviewed by Drea from UK on 10th Nov 2009
Had the viewty for less then 18 months now along with a friend. The phone has stop charging and the warranty has expired.
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Reviewed by Jessica from UK on 10th Nov 2009
i cannot stand this phone! it is a good phone and the camera and memory is good but i cannot stand the slowness of the phone. it also randomly freezed and sometimes doesnt click on the thing that i want (yes i have collaborated it) DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE
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Reviewed by Josie from UK on 9th Nov 2009
I've Had This Phone For About 6Months Now And It's Worked Pretty Well For Me (y) The CAmera Is Brilliant If You Have it On The Right Settings! ALthough The Style Of It Isn't Very Exciting, But In The Phone Is REally Good. It's Very Easy To Scratch The Screen Though, As I Dropped It And Now As A Long Line Goin Across The Screen, To Be Honest It Doesn't Bother Me Much THough. THe Internal Memory On THis Phone Is OK, It Holds About 7 Songs + BOut 300 Pictures, So It's Not All Bad (: The Battery Last's About 4 Days Without Using It Very Much, But If You Use Music Or Internet THen It Does Seem To Go Down Quite A Bit. The internet Is Very Fast + Good For Facebooker's (y) It's a Very Easy Phone To Use, But THough If You Like Texting Alot I Wouldn't Really Recommend It. Hope This Helps ;] x
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Reviewed by Jay from UK on 7th Nov 2009
I think this is a cool phone. The camera quality is ver good, and movie making is brilliant. It is hard to text with, but you get used to it. I only give it a 4 star because it is a Brick, and the lense on the back is massive, it makes it ugly.
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Reviewed by clayton from UK on 7th Nov 2009
a rubbish battery dont save to mamory card
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Reviewed by amy from UK on 6th Nov 2009
had this phone nearly 2 years and still love it although the battery life is not good at all now... its a great touch screen and perfect for the internet! plenty of options when texting and big buttons on the screen for those with big fingers!! recommend this phone!
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Reviewed by keifeira from UK on 5th Nov 2009
this is the only phone to ever last me 18 months, its a great phone and battery life is amazing. i would highly recommend this phone. recently upgraded to a se satio and to be honest, the satio is nothing compared to the viewty.
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Reviewed by lorna :-D from UK on 4th Nov 2009
I found this very good , but i had a few problems with it. The camera on the front broke, the touchscreen kept on freezing, the phone kept on deleting everything off of it. sond quality isn't great and texting is slow, i dont like how the stylus hung from the phone. The good things were the camera, the bluetooth, the memory. the battery life is goood for the first couple of mounths but as i am a 14 year old girl, i use my phone quite a lot so that is probably down to overuse. it is muh better than the iphone. my iphone kept breaking so i swapped it for this. all in all a good phone. although i had to get rid of it because it broke, i found the phone i have right now the w995 much better to be honest, but it is much more expensive ... this phone is very reasonably priced and is decent value for money. :-D
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Reviewed by Hu from UK on 1st Nov 2009
Takes a bit of getting used to, but I like it - good screen, decent picture quality. I had terrible problems with battery life after I bought a case for it - the reason was the magnet on the clasp! I ditched the case and now I charge every other day. My main gripe is the software (nothing came with the phone). The LG update manager is hopeless, you seem to need to run this before you can get PC sync. Really shoddy, getting this to work is still work in progress.
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Reviewed by Nigel Gardiner from UK on 1st Nov 2009
This has got to be the best phone I have ever owned! It is absolutely fantastic. I have told all my friends about it and 5 have bought one, all with no problems whatsoever. The camera is unbelievably good, and all the other features are as good or better than anything else available. For such a small battery the life is amazing, and the screen is so clear and easy to use. 5 stars is not enough!
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Reviewed by KA$H from UK on 31st Oct 2009
abosulutely rubbish phone, has been giving me nothing but grief. bought it for £70 and ends up costing me £50 additional for repiar as it was not responding when being touched and now fdor some reason it doesn't play the videos on the memeroyc ard but rather on the external memeory which is sa complete joke. nit happy at all woith phone, thinking of getting teh smart version or any other touchscreen phone
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Reviewed by Laura from UK on 29th Oct 2009
I got this phone around May and have had no problems with it what so ever. The battery life is great, the touch screen has perfect calibration, great camera, bluetooth, internet, good memory, high quality pics and videos and a lot better and easier to use than other phones such as the iphone! When out with friends and taking pics it is perfect and phones are mainly used for talking to people, texting, taking pics and sometimes email. I got my phone from Argos for £99.99 on pay as you go with Vodafone. For that price and quality i would give it 10/10. A lot better than other phones, reasonable price and perfect at practicly everything. What more could you want. I would definately reccomend this phone to anyone. I have owned lots of phones in the past and this one is by far the best! x
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Reviewed by katherine from UK on 29th Oct 2009
i've had this phone almost 2 months now (it was a birthday present) and man is it terrible! the touch sensitivity has completely gone. i find myself press buttons 5 times before they respond, making it incredibly hard to text! freezes when i take pictures. can't put a memory card in because it just doesnt pick it up. won't sync with my computer. gets unbelievably hot when i'm in a call. screen scratches really easily - unfortunately the screen protector came off mine, so now i keep it in a cloth pouch to protect it.. yet its still scratched! i don't like the fact i can't customise much of it, and the menu is set up in such an awkward way! i don't like the lack of applications either! previously had a sony ericsson K750i for three years, wish i'd stuck with it as the picture quality and everything is just so much better than this phone. gonna try and exchange it because i'm sure it shouldn't have lost touch sensitivity so quickly!
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Reviewed by harry bell from UK on 28th Oct 2009
very good phone bought this for 109.00 good buy.need a good memory card but dont buy without only holds 5 songs overall a good buy
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Reviewed by Fostino Elias(Chinsapo 1, Lilongwe, Malawi) from UK on 27th Oct 2009
its still a classic phone in the LG mobile world
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Reviewed by Tom from UK on 27th Oct 2009
As I have had this phone for 16 months now, i think i have a very valid opinion: for day to day use, which is most likely what this phone is for, then it's awfully annoying. The screen is 'laggy', slow in other words, there is no multi touch and my screen is peeling off, literally coming off in the bottom left corner. It's got a very bad user interface and I detest everything to do with it. I am getting my phone upgrade next week, I don't know what to get....the Nokia N97 is definetly top of the list at the moment.
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Reviewed by danny from UK on 27th Oct 2009
bought 2 second hand ones now , ovr last 18 mnths. Like it a lot , tho there are some quirks. However, now noticing battery probs like every1. I think so anyway. i.e the phone will just turn off for no reason, as battery seems to have some charge. Anyone had same? Have 2 baterries , 2 phones , both same thing. maybe me?
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Reviewed by Becky from UK on 25th Oct 2009
I've being borrowing my brothers phone, which is the LG Viewty for just over a week and the only compliant i can think of is that it doesnt have a stylus and some of the texting things cant be fiddly when you've got a certain word wrong, but apart from that i absolutly adore it, it really is amazing
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Reviewed by Chloe from UK on 25th Oct 2009
My old phone didnt have a good camera so i heard LG had this phone coming out. So i saved up my money as it isnt cheap and waited for its arrival. I wish I hadn't. This phone is very poor. I've only had it for less than 6 months and so far ive had all these problems. 1 - touchscreen isnt sensitive and had a mind of its own. At the start i thought this was just me but after looking at other reviews i realised it wasnt. 2 - battery life is poor. I do use my phone a lot so i charge it every night and always have done. Unfortunately this phone get worse with time. Now my battery last 12hrs max. 3 - Within the first 2 weeks the colour ran in the top right hand corner. I hadnt dropped it either. I recieved i new model due to this for free from 02. 4 - Due to the size you can't keep the phone in your pocket but its screen scratches very easily. Looks like ive had it years. 5 - On a saturday night i called my friend at half 7 everything was ok then. By 8'oclock my phone would let answer calls but i couldnt hear anything and the other person couldn't hear me either. Tomorrow i am taking the phone back. I don't want a new model due to the number of problems i have had with it. I will be contacting LG about the phones faults too. Very disapointed with the phone for its price and length of service. However the camera is very good. I grant them that but unfortunately its faults over weigh the good point. Hope you have better luck than i did if you have chosen this phone. I think if you are havign problems LG should be made aware of the faults. Something needs to be done.
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Reviewed by Paul W from UK on 22nd Oct 2009
I have had an LG Viewty and its the worst phone I have ever had, constantly freezes, resets its self randomly, wont allow you to upload any more than 2 songs at a time, picture quality is also not v good, especially as its supposed to be a 5mp camera. The software that comes with the phone is rubbish, will never find it using bluetooth and with the lead it somtimes does not work Then 8 months on whilst flicking through some photos the screen goes yellow and says re-freshing so its been binned! Giving this phone 1 star is being too kind!
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Reviewed by Darren from UK on 21st Oct 2009
I have had this phone for 2 days it's not a iphone but its the next best thing. I have tried most of the touch screen phones on the market and this is the best iv come across. I am 100% happy with its performance and usability. It's nice, sleek , customisable , and very user friendly. 10/10 in book.
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Reviewed by Sumiiiiii from UK on 21st Oct 2009
this fone is okai..the only problem is that i have network coveage but where the sybol for reception is,it changes from the letter 3g,H,G...it will let me recieve messages and make outgoing calls but will not let me send messages..why is that?does anybody know how to solve this matter?without going to a shop
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Reviewed by zoey. from UK on 20th Oct 2009
i love this fone. its amazing. the only problem is battery life (n)
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Reviewed by jjwacko from UK on 19th Oct 2009
ridiculously bad. I bought this phone about six months ago and the screen has already gone black. touch screen is'nt very good. Wont read all music files i put on it. so slow. Screen scratches so easily. very hard to use took me five months just to find the timer. although it has a 5 megapixel camera it is really bad. i was dissapointed as i had the sony ericsson K800i and that was amazing. After having only sony ericssons i decided to get something different and regret that i did. People at I know have also got them and they are also dissapointed. DONT GET THIS PHONE. IT IS SO BAAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Belinda from UK on 18th Oct 2009
I signed on a 2-year contract to have the Ku990r at no extra cost. Sms is my main mode of use and this is my first PDA/touch screen phone. So far I have gotten used to sms via the touch screen keypad. The “touch vibrate” function is cool! The tactile feedback simulates using a physical keypad. Although a couple of keys can be better placed IMO – it’s way too easy to trigger the “save to draft” mode. The thing is to remember is not to choose either “Yes” or “No” (the latter discards the sms w/o saving it). Hit the “c” cancel button instead to get back to typing. I can’t believe how long it took for me to figure that out!! :O I explored and found another useful tip. To delete more than 1 sms at a time, select the little “menu” icon on the lower left corner of the screen. Do not choose “delete”. Instead select “mark/unmark”. That will bring you to a screen where you can mark the messages that you wish to delete. Then hit the “delete button” on the bottom centre of the screen. Some users may have not discovered this function, since there were complains regarding the inability to mass-delete messages. Who can blame them… the KU990r manual that comes with the phone is SAD. Hey LG, it doesn’t matter how great the product if your customers don’t have proper instructions on how to use it! I am not sure if the above applies to emails since I don’t use the email function. I can listen to audiobooks on the Ku990r and also watch mp4. Waiting to free up space to test m4v files. To other Mac users like me, you will find bluetooth is easy for transfering of files. What is more problematic is doing it via the miniUSB cable. Unfortunately KU990r is not compatible with Macs (mass storage device mode). In my case, I can’t eject the phone properly from my Mac. The phone keeps reconnecting itself to my Mac! So you either have to unplug the cable with fingers-crossed or power down your Mac to disengage the phone. The latter is a real pain. LG Helpline couldn’t help…they just kept saying their phones are not fully Mac-compatible. I bought myself a miniSD card reader, so will try that method next. I have not found a good way to read ebooks – does anyone know?? The KU990r pdf reader is lame and essentialy not condusive to reading ebooks. I downloaded several applications eg. Mobipocket Reader, but can’t figure where to store the pdf files for the application. The LG technical desk at Vivo City tried unsuccessfully to help. Well, guess can’t fault them for lack of familiarity since those applications are not LG proprietary software. The LG battery is weak. 1.5-2 days if I only sms and switch off the phone at night. An hour of listening to audiobook will consume up to 50% battery strength. Other users have commented LG battery life is susceptible to overcharging. I bought an extra battery AND a timer plug for paranoia sake. Last comment. I can’t seem to get the hang of the touch screen scroll function. I keep over- or under- shooting my mark. I think its just me. I use the camera toggle wheel instead for better control. All in all, I can live with this phone since my needs are fairly basic. Now, if only I can read ebooks!!
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Reviewed by Roxie from UK on 16th Oct 2009
Had this phone for over a year now and am getting a a new one. I liked this phoned but is now quite annoying. It has no widgets and only one game. Good camera and video, not good voice recording. Hope I could have been of use. Roxie
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Reviewed by mick richardson from UK on 16th Oct 2009
a big dissappointment -sent the first one back as the radio didnt work -second one the same--the speaker broke after 2 weeks as im in thailand its near impossin]ble to get it fixed -its cumbersome heavy and not at all easy to use i wouldnt recommend it my first lg will be my last -im sticking to samsung the tocco lite is a dream and no problems
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Reviewed by sanjibob from UK on 16th Oct 2009
this fone is great
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Reviewed by Tom from UK on 15th Oct 2009
I brought LG Ku990i a couple of months ago since then the back cover has come loose and i've lost it. The easy release button for releasing the back cover is poorly designed for this to happen. Contacted LG about this. Customer care is non existant.I have other LG products but because ive never had any problem with them I never knew how bad the customer service for LG is.I was given number after nimber to ring where no one could help and when they said they would ring back they never did.
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Reviewed by Belinda from UK on 14th Oct 2009
I have had my KU990R for 6 weeks now. I signed on a 2-year contract to have the Ku990r at no extra cost. Sms is my main mode of use, this is my first PDA/touch screen phone. I have gotten used to sms via the touch screen keypad. The “touch vibrate” function is cool! The tactile feedback simulates using a physical keypad. Although a couple of keys can be better placed IMO – it’s way too easy to trigger the “save to draft” mode. The thing is to remember is not to choose either “Yes” or “No” (the latter discards the sms w/o saving it). Hit the “c” cancel button instead to get back to typing. I can’t believe how long it took for me to figure that out!! :O I explored and found another useful tip. To delete more than 1 sms at a time, select the little “menu” icon on the lower left corner of the screen. Do not choose “delete”. Instead select “mark/unmark”. That will bring you to a screen where you can mark the messages that you wish to delete. Then hit the “delete button” on the bottom centre of the screen. Some users may not have discovered this function as there were complains about the inability to mass-delete messages. Well, who can blame them… the KU990r manual that comes with the phone is SAD. Hey LG, it doesn’t matter how great the product if your customers don’t have proper instructions on how to use it! Not sure if the above applies to emails since I don’t use the email function. I can listen to audiobooks on the Ku990r and also watch mp4. Waiting to free up space to test m4v files. To other Mac users like me, you will find bluetooth is easy for transfering of files. What is more problematic is doing it via the miniUSB cable. Unfortunately KU990r is not compatible with Macs (use mass storage device mode). In my case, I can’t eject the phone properly from my Mac. The phone keeps reconnecting itself! So you either have to unplug the cable with fingers-crossed or power down your Mac to disengage the phone. The latter is a real pain. LG Helpline couldn’t help…they just kept saying their phones are not fully Mac-compatible. I bought myself a miniSD card reader, so will try that method next. I have not found a good way to read ebooks – does anyone know?? The KU990r pdf reader is lame and not condusive to reading ebooks. I downloaded several applications eg. Mobipocket Reader, but can’t figure where to store the pdf files for the application. The LG technical desk tried unsuccessfully to help. Well, guess can’t fault them for lack of familiarity since the applications are not LG proprietary software. The LG battery is weak. 1.5-2 days if I only sms and switch off the phone at night. An hour of listening to audiobook will consume up to 50% battery strength. Other users have commented that the LG battery life is susceptible to overcharging. So I bought an extra battery AND a timer plug for paranoia sake. Last comment. I can’t seem to get the hang of the touch screen scroll function. I keep over- or under- shooting my mark. I think its just me. I use the camera toggle wheel instead for better control. All in all, I am fairly happy this phone since my needs are fairly basic. Now if only I can read ebooks! :)
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