LG Viewty GT 3 Stars

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The Viewty GT comes in at a low price for a touchscreen device, but it is apparent that LG has done some cost cutting. First, the touchscreen is the less expensive resistive type, not the more desirable capacitive display that you’ll see on the likes of the HTC Desire. That’s a plus if you want to use it wearing gloves, but it does limit the enjoyability of the user experience – you have to press hard to do what you want – but LG has thoughtfully included a stylus, which you’ll find on the top of the handset.

Screen test

You don’t have to use the stylus, but don’t lose it because the phone looks rather unfinished without it in place. Despite being a resistive screen, it still manages to be pretty responsive and fast. It also features haptic feedback, which conveys the feeling of being more bouncy than your average screen. And of course you’ll not get the joy of multi-touch, so you won’t be pinching and zooming – to zoom you’ll need to tap on the magnifying glass icon.

It’s odd that there is no Wi-Fi, especially as the Viewty GT includes so many net-dependent functions – Twitter and Facebook widgets among them. For a phone in this budget, we weren’t surprised that there’s no GPS.

There’s also no 3.5mm headphone jack – the option for music lovers is the micro USB slot (also needed for the charger) so you will have to use the supplied earphones.

Good looks

But there are positives. The phone is lightweight and a neat size, which slips easily into a pocket. It’s made of metal-look plastic, rather than the real thing – but it still has a stylish appearance, and it keeps the device lightweight. If you don’t want a handset as large as the HTC Desire or iPhone, this could suit you well. Of course, being so compact the phone only has a 3in screen, but it remains usable.

Snap-happy

We were pleasantly surprised with the 5-megapixel snapper, although a flash has been omitted. With a 3G connection, those images will take rather longer to upload than transferring using a wireless connection. Net browsing was a tad slow, too – the Facebook home page took some time to appear, even when we used the HSDPA connection (the Facebook widget only offers a shortcut to the internet). But we were reasonably impressed with the photos that we took outdoors in decent light. There are also a number of options when it comes to editing photos.

The Viewty GT also has LG’s S-Class interface onboard. It gives the user a customisable screen – you can add widgets from the tray base at the bottom of the display while you’re editing. The tray also features handy icons for launching menus, message writing, making calls and the address book. You’ll discover three more screens on which you can place your favourite contacts. It does what it’s supposed to, but it’s not fantastic, and the operating system is starting look a little jaded.

The verdict

The Viewty GT doesn’t quite know what it wants to be – a budget price device with a decent camera and a set of average features, or a pocket-sized smartphone that has missed out on some key features to keep the cost down.

Pros:
Nice styling, neat size, good snapper.
Cons:
Wi-Fi is missing and the touchscreen disappoints.
Rating:
  • Look and Feel 4 Stars
  • Ease of use 2 Stars
  • Features 3 Stars
  • Performance 3 Stars
  • Battery life 4 Stars

Final verdict: 3 Stars

Review by Mobile Choice