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LG 8 Megapixel Viewty Smart Hits Retailers

Gordon Kelly


LG 8 Megapixel Viewty Smart Hits Retailers

So do you fancy a Viewty II?

If so - and let's face it your Viewty contract must be coming to an end - then you'll be pleased as punch/shove/head butt that LG has now confirmed the Viewty Smart will go on sale this month.

First leaked in March and official in April, the Viewty Smart is a genuinely impressive - at least on paper - upgrade from its predecessor.

Key differences include an eight (yes, count them) megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach camera with Xenon flash, a 3in WVGA (800 x 480) pixel widescreen, touchscreen display and a microSD expansion slot which supports up to 32GB of storage. Elsewhere you'll see favourites like 7.2Mbit HSDPA, aGPS, native DivX video playback and a '3D UI' which will be in similar vein to the interface seen on the Arena.

Other factors worth noting for you Lycra fans out there (yes, I'm sure there are more than you'd care to admit) is the slim 12.4mm thick depth and a weight of just 102g making it easily the slimmest and most portable 8MP handset to date.

"In the past, camera phones have been primarily concerned with the specs and number of megapixels, not about the pleasure of actually taking great pictures," said LG CEO Dr. Skott Ahn. "Viewty Smart changes everything, providing the user with pictures that look exactly like what they see. It is the most advanced 8 megapixel camera phone on the market not only because of it high quality specs, but because of the unparalleled user experience it delivers."

Let's hope Dr Ahn is correct, though I'm not overly convinced I want my eight megapixel shots to look like 800 x 400 pixel 3in images. Yes, obtuse alert. I'm also not the greatest fan of the 3D UI seen in the Arena, but nevertheless there's no denying the Viewty Smart looks one heck of an attractive package. Expect the networks to also treat this well.

In related news LG also confirmed that the original Viewty has now sold 7m units. That's a remarkable number for what was an impressive handset, even if no-one few liked the UI. Kudos guys.


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May 15, 2009, 7:18 am

i have a viewty on contract expiring shortly and i for one will definately not be upgrading to the viewty smart. whilst the phone may have a good spec list the original took horribly grainy pictures and various bugs with the UI were irritating and never fixed. sadly i was left underwelmed by the original and am waiting for pre in all likelihood, unless apple produce something more than just an incremental update in june.


May 15, 2009, 12:52 pm

Nice; shame it's not running Android

Now, the decision between Android and WebOS - tough one...


May 15, 2009, 10:23 pm

just to clarify does it have a Xenon flash just that ive read it has a LED flash?


May 15, 2009, 10:28 pm

If it had a slightly larger screen (3.2/3.3 inches) and was capacitive I would be very tempted, even with all the new smartphones just around the corner but then again this is the high end consumerist phone market, not the consumer orientated smartphone market.


May 17, 2009, 11:38 am

My sister got the earlier one despite my advice to return it and exchange it for something more practical. Companies like lg certainly do like to give it the big one with the greater megapixels and glossy icons. But in day to day running these devices are not only underwhelming but extremely frustrating to use. Menus are labyrinthianly layed out and follow in the least logical way. Android, webos and symbian at least hold hope.

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