Keeping a schedule is an important part of the LG Viewty Smart and it has several applications to help you. The nice Organizer combines a calendar with monthly and weekly views and a task list. Event alarms can be set to go off up to a week earlier to give you enough time to prepare.
The option to choose whether the week starts Monday or Sunday is also included. There's even an option to mark some days as holidays and set the Alarm not to ring on those days. 'Holidays' are not repeated annually so it's more useful to mark your vacation rather than national holidays.
A To-Do application lets you keep a list of tasks sorted by their importance. If those reminders aren't enough you can always jot down a Memo.
The LG GC900 Viewty Smart can store up to 500 calendar events, 500 To-Do notes and 100 memos and making a back up to external memory is just a few clicks away.
Another option in the Organizer menu is the Date Finder. A visually-impressive feature is selecting a month through the main calendar view. It opens a nice spinning wheel with two parts where you can choose the appropriate month and year by rotating the wheels. That can't help but ring our iPhone-copycat bell.
The alarm functions have been completely revised for the better. Forget the ugly old settings used on the previous LG flagship phones. Apart from the default widget alarm you can create as many alarms as you want. This gives you access to another eye-catching interface - an analog clock where you set the hand at the desired time. Of course there is a digital one for those who'd rather. The other available settings are alarm tone, vibration type and availability, while the snooze option makes sure you are not late for work.
Naturally, you also get a Calculator with the new touch-optimized interface and a wide array of functions (basic and advanced mathematical functions), a Unit Converter, a World Clock and a Voice recorder.
The Voice recorder does not have a limit on the maximum length of a voice note and once you are done recording you can send it via MMS, email or Bluetooth.
LG Viewty Smart has a couple of shortcomings, which put off a lot of people. First of all, it comes with an older version of Google Maps, that can't use My Location service. Second, and most important, the new Google Maps and most of the Java software turned fully incompatible with the Arena's GPS.
Google Maps is the most popular electronic map software for mobile phones. It comes preinstalled on the LG Viewty Smart too and makes use of its built-in GPS receiver. Still the Java-powered version of the app wasn't meant for this screen resolution (480x800) and looks awkward on the phone.
We had some problems picking a signal lock with our pre-release unit, just like with the Arena, but in the final Viewty Smart all is fixed and working just fine. In about 30 seconds Google Maps got our approximate location.
Overall, the fact that the LG Viewty Smart lacks smartphone capabilities will be quite limiting when it comes to picking GPS voice-guided navigation software (or any third-party software for that matter) and the choice will be quite limited (if there are any options available at all).