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LG KU990 Camera Phone 'Viewty' 

This is a rather different phone with a camera in fact although it will do everything a modern mobile phone does I think a more accurate description with be camera phone as it is a 5MP camera with both auto and manual focus as well as flash.
LG KU990 mobile camera phone viewty
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This phone has a huge TFT and as soon as you use it you think why don't other phones work this way. The controls are minimal and that means the screen icons often have more than one level of action. However most actions are intuitive so you should - even without a manual - manage to find you way about.

The dimensions are 10x5.5x1.5cm and it weights just under 100grams. As stated there are few buttons. The face has three answer, cancel and end. The right side has a three position slider (a little fiddly) capture still, capture video, view still. To view video you need to delve into the menus. The other buttons on the right side are shutter release (for still and video) and activate all important to stop things happening when the phone is in your pocket or bag. The only other connections are a wrist strap on the top left corner a bung to cover the proprietary connector to charge the unit and also for earbuds and on the back of the unit the lens surround can be slid either way for manual focus.

The screen is 6.5x4cm and unlike the recently looked at LG KF600 all in one piece.

Once switched on the touchscreen has four small items on the top line, number of bars for phone reception, profiles, battery state and multi tasking. At the bottom of the screen are the name of your provider and below that four small icons. Four small dots brings up dialling, contacts, call logs and messaging with a further four icons down the right side of the screen. The second icon of the four is phone and this brings up a good sized keypad taking the bottom 4x4cm of the screen for four rows of three numbers. Icon three is messaging inbox, emails, drafts, outbox and sent items. The final icon is address book.

If that was everything then nothing on the phone could ever be changed so the four items down the right side of the screen when in the four dots menu have the power to do that. You may wonder why I did not look at the manual, well often with new items you do not get one and the LG KU990 was send with just the phone and the charger so I cannot even comment on the quality of the earbuds as they fit into the proprietary charger socket.

So everything I found out by trail and error and certainly there was plenty of error until I found how to get it to use the micro SD card that I inserted (under the battery and SIM card) in the back of the unit. This like most other adjustments are make from the four dots icon and then selecting phone settings from the forth of the four icons down the right side. All of course is easy if you know where to find things.

While you might consider Phone Settings to be a logical place to look I was trying to find somewhere to store video and still images from the 5MP camera so now maybe not that obvious. 

I was very pleased with the images this is the first 5MP camera/phone I have seen images were sharp and had depth and those taken in poor light had the help of flash. I was also happy with the video clips I took. This is certainly the best camera/phone I have used.

I understand this will be called the LG Viewty and there is a dedicated micro site for it, however when I tried it anything took an age, probably teething problems.

However you can find some details about this very desirable camera/phone from the link below. http://uk.lge.com/products/model/detail/mobilephones_ku990.jhtml

Giving a price for the LG ku990 Viewty camera/phone is hardly possible, lot of offers are on Orange but some are for O2 and T-Mobile a selection are from the next link with prices from Free on an 18 month contract. http://shop.carphonewarehouse.com/pay-monthly/all/?SEARCH=lg+viewty&MANUF=&NETWORK

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