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So what about the camera, then? Well five megapixels are definitely ‘in' and if you want state of the art that's what you have to look for. But there is more than mere megapixels here. The autofocus, Xenon flash, and macro mode all seemed to work well. The Viewty will shoot video at a massive 120 frames a second, too, which seems a bit over the top.
The coloured dish, my standard indoor test photo, has good colour reproduction and is perfectly acceptable. The passion flower is nice and sharp, and its complex colours including the paler yellows and greens have been reproduced well. Phone cameras can over-expose brilliant whites thereby losing subtle differences in shading. Here, however, the LG does a very good job in retaining detail and shading along the white sepals and petals. The green plant in the last shot is a small Sempervivum not more than 3cm across and was shot with the macro lens. Definition is superb and the early morning dew is nicely captured.
Battery life proved no more than adequate. Continuous music playback got me a little over seven hours, though the screen did remain on throughout and I suspect you could better this in the real world by turning the screen off during playback.
On board storage for tunes, photos and other data tops out at 90MB and there is a microSD card slot for adding more. The LG Viewty does fall down by requiring you to remove the battery to get to the memory slot, and because it takes a little time to boot up, swapping cards can be a real pain.
Other stuff not yet mentioned include an FM radio, calendar, to do list manager, alarms, calculator, unit converter, photo editing and voice recorder.
The Viewty is a good example of what a touchscreen handset can be. Large icons (mostly), easy access to most common functions, and some neat extras like the sweeping feature. Even the camera is top-notch. All we need now is a screen that doesn't gather fingerprints and an easily accessible memory slot.