Cebu City, Philippines (PressExposure) August 26, 2009 -- Other than the recently released LG Cookie and the popularly best-selling LG Chocolate, LG Electronics have also released one brand of mobile phone that is curiously out of the confectionery category, the LG Viewty. LG Viewty or LG-KU990 is part of the ever growing family of LG Electronics which which was first released in India on Thursday, October 11, 2007. Then it was consecutively released in major European countries. It is considered as one of the best-selling cellular phones for sale across the world, competing directly with Apple's iPhone.
Features The phone's main selling point is its DivX Certified playback and 5 megapixel digital camera with Schneider Kreuznach optics, a strobe flash, auto focus and an image stabilizer, which can also act as a 120 frame/s (320x240) digital video camera. It has an ISO 800-equivalent High-Sensitivity mode for night scenery shots and "Smart Light" for bright and clear images in the dark.
According to the manufacturer, the camera's frame rate is high enough to film a balloon bursting. The device also has a web browser, audio and video player (supporting DivX), YouTube video uploader, Google Maps application, and document viewer for MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files with a zoom function.
Controversies on its Growth LG have reported sales of 310,000 cellular phones for sale in Europe in the first five weeks.A blog entry by UK mobile phone reseller Dial-A-Phone suggested that the Viewty may be outselling the Apple iPhone in the region, citing anecdotal reports of sluggish sales and Apple's reluctance to publish figures for the iPhone in the region as evidence. The pricing and featuresets of the two phones were used as an explanation.
This story was picked up and widely reported by technology news sites and blogs, however without official sales figures for the iPhone, it cannot be confirmed or refuted at this time. There has yet to be an announcement on whether the phone will be released in the US.
Drawbacks The organizer in the phone can only store 100 calendar events and isn't listed on the compatible list with the popular GooSync, which helps sync phone calendars with Google Calendar. Also many public customer reviews of the LG Viewty state concerns over poor battery life. The battery will only last a few hours with moderate usage, and only 1 or 2 hours with heavy usage, with camera or phone calls. Though this problem are still very common, the LG Viewty is still a popular cellular phones for sale across the world.