Combining sensational style with ultimate functionality, the LG KU990 Viewty camera phone includes high-end Schneider-Kreuznach optics as well as an advanced LCD touchscreen. The extra large 3-inch display provides superior visibility when operating its camera or handset functions and it reacts to your touch by signaling direct contact with vibration. The 5-megapixel camera includes a manual focus option that enables you to snap professional-quality photos by pinpointing or fading out on subjects as you wish. It also records stunning video at 120 frames per second (fps). Other features include Bluetooth connectivity for communication headsets and stereo music streaming, 100 MB internal memory, MicroSD memory expansion (up to 2 GB), multi-format digital audio player, and nearly 4 hours of talk time.
Enjoy high-definition photos with a 5-megapixel camera lens certified by Schneider-Kreuznach.
When paired with a compatible 3G network that uses UMTS 2100 MHz connectivity (found in Europe and Asia), you'll enjoy a variety of feature-rich wireless services with speeds up to 384 Kbps--from data connectivity to your office to multimedia streaming, and take advantage of simultaneous voice and data services. In the United States and foreign territories where 2100 MHz 3G networks are not available, you'll continue to receive data service via EDGE network (depending on network compatibility).
Building on the success of its Prada phone, the LG Viewty's 3-inch TFT touchscreen provides an intuitive user interface that makes it easy to use right out of the box, with many controls similar to digital cameras. It has a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels and support for 256K colors. A jog wheel placed on the back of the handset allows for quick scrolling and searching; and when playing music or videos it can turn the volume up and down, fast-forward or rewind and zoom in and out. You can easily select the modes--Camera, Video, Album--with the 3-step module key.
The extra-large touchscreen reacts to your touch by signaling direct contact with vibration.
Certified by the optics giant Schneider-Kreuznach, the Viewty's 5.0-megapixel camera is capable of capturing clearer and more vivid images than other camera phones. And with the Viewty's manual focus function--a first for a camera phone--you can take more control over your pictures. Together with an image stabilizer function and its direct key button, it's now easier than ever to take crystal clear photos. This useful and camera-like feature not only enables novice photographers to take steady pictures, but also prevents any delicate movements when capturing images.
Without the use of flash, the Viewty excels in capturing low-light images by increasing the ISO standard of 400 to 800, as well as enabling you to adjust the brightness level of captured images with LG's SmartLight technology. The high-speed video recording function of LG Viewty allows you to catch every moving detail of a balloon bursting or a diver plunging into the water. This ultra high-speed function can capture the finest detail of any passing moment to be played back in the most vivid and dramatic way.
The Bluetooth version 1.2 wireless connectivity includes profiles for communication headset, data transfer and the A2DP Bluetooth advanced audio profile, which enables you to stream audio to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. It also provides support for PictBridge technology so you can print your photos without the need of a PC (either using USB or Bluetooth).
The integrated digital audio player offers support for a variety of formats (MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA), as does the video player (MPEG4, H.263, H.264). The full screen enables users to enjoy high quality DivX video files in wide screen format. Your entertainment options are expanded even further with a built-in FM radio.
Other features include:
- Up to 500 contact entries
- Displays the most recent 40 dialed/received/missed calls
- Messaging: SMS, MMS (picture and video), email
- Document viewer (TXT, PDF, DOC, PPT, XLS)
- T9 predictive text entry
- Speakerphone, voice memo
- 40-chord polyphonic and MP3 ringtones
- Fast USB 2.0 wired connectivity
- Java MIDP 2.0 engine for downloadable games and applications
- WAP 2.0 web browser
The LG Viewty KU990 weighs 4.0 ounces and measures 4.1 x 2.1 x 0.6 inches. Its 1000 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of talk time, and up to 430 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies. This phone comes with a one-year warranty from a third party provider.
Customer Review: Awesome phone! More features than I'll ever use.
This is a review for the newer version of the KU990 (also known as the VIEWTY), the KU990R. I live in the USA, so this phone is pretty rare, and it's expensive to buy, but it's worth the price.
The difference between the KU990 and the KU990R is that the "R" version has a proper lens cover for the camera, while the 990 didn't. Also, some of the bugs have been worked out of the user interface and the scrolling functions. Other than that, it's the same animal as the KU990.
Like the KE850 Prada phone, this thing is a work of art; it's got an attractive brushed aluminum battery door, aluminum buttons for the camera and image stabilizer/unlock key, and chrome accents. The case is also well-constructed and the fit and finish is very good. It's not that compact, but for what it is, it's reasonably small, about the same size and thickness as an HTC Touch, TYTAN, Tilt, LG VU, or T-Mobile Wing.
Aside from being good-looking, the handset is functional. It's got a lot of useful features, and none of the complicated and superfluous bells and whistles of the Windows Mobile of Symbian smartphones (the VIEWTY isn't classified as a smartphone). It's got a 3 inch touch screen, so you can use a finger to navigate (LG includes a stylus that looks like a mascara tube, the stylus pops out when you pull off the cap) so you don't need a stylus. There's a multimedia player that handles several file formats, organizer, calender, planners, a virtual (landscape oriented) QWERTY keypad, T9 keypad, predictive text input, handwriting recognition, and photo/video editing utilities.
There's also an awesome camera. This phone was built around the camera. It's a 5MP digital camera, and like the Prada, has Schneider Kreuznauch-certified optics. For those who don't know about Schneider's optics, think Swarovski, Leica, Minox, Steiner, and Carl Zeiss, and you get an idea of the quality. the pictures came out great, and the video recording is some of the best I've seen for a camera phone, besting even some camcorders! Some have said the camera isn't that great compared to Sony Ericsson's or Nokia's N95, and if you don't know how to use it, it's not, but there's a lot of adjustments you can make to it to improve picture quality.
Calls came in loud and clear (on T-Mobile), and the touch screen works great (with haptic feedback). The loudspeaker isn't as loud as my Motorola ROKR E6's, but it's good enough.
Overall, a unique departure from the mundane world of cellular gadgetry.
I love it and I've only had it 3 days! Awesome handset in form, function, and design.
Customer Review: LG KU990R Viewty
I have this phone it's amazing phone,exellent phone.Extraordinary,awesome.design,functionality like next generation phones.Buy it dont wait and dont waste your time, this is revolution.....exellent