A lot of people bag this mobile by LG because they simply do not understand just how power full it reall it.
Look at the specs people:
480x800 screen resolution, not even the Omnia HD or iCrap by Apple has that resolution.
Its also a capacitive multi-touch TFT screen which is the same technology that Apple uses for its iCrap mobile.
The operating system on this handset is Linux Mobile, previously LG used Qualcomm's Brew operating system (i.e.: Viewty and Renoir) because they were using the Qualcomm's MSM6280/1 chipset, the Viewty Smart, Arena and Crystal now use the Infinion chipset which enables them to use Linux Mobile OS modded by LG under S-Class, and of course they developed there own UI which they called S-Class.
The only let down was from LG, no developers used there SDK to create apps or widgets for there S-Class OS/UI, and LG have basically given up on S-Class OS/UI even the new Mini (GD800) is a waste of time by LG because there are no developers willing to make apps or widgets, I fear that Samsung will be in the same boat with its Bada operating system as the market is now geared towards Android and Mac OS Mobile.
My main issue with the Viewty Smart is video recording and video playback.
1: Video Recording:
Unlike the Renoir and Viewty, the Viewty Smart (including Arena and Crystal) encodes video in h.263 MPEG4 3GPP release 5 ... when using 640x480 (4:3) i.e.: crap quality bewcause the bit rate is only 1.5mbits, its hopeless, the Renoir & Viewty Smart for example encoded in DivX h.263 but the difference is bit rate which is 2.5mbits which makes a huge difference in quality and I would rather quality than small file size, even when you switch to 720x480 it encodes with the better avc h.264 codec but still uses low bit rate, while the Viewty and Renoir provided widescreen 16:9 recording.
2: Video Playback:
It wont play anything bigger than 352x288 (CIF or VCD) when its DiVX encoded ... yet plays MPEG4 (h.263/h.264) 720x480 (D1) with ease ... just dumb from LG but I suspect that has more to do with Infinon than LG.
If you look at the prices for the Viewty Smart, Arena and Crystal, in just 1 year they have dropped to around €320,00 ...
Well simply due to the competition and the fact that there are no apps/widgets for S-Class OS/UI.
That said the Viewty Smart is actually a pretty powerful device and a pretty good mobile if you understand what the main use of this mobile is for.
How can this phone be so hyped?
EVERYONE complains about its performance, including the rubbish camera!
There's only beauty on this device.
ana, 12 May 2010hai there i have this phone.and i have a problem. when i receive a call i can not see where i... morehi i had the same proplem as you with this phone but i repaired it by going to the website www.lgsupport.co.uk and there you must to download update software for your mobile and then you can update your phone and it will repair the problem it will never go black screen bye
i have this phone.and i have a problem. when i receive a call i can not see where i must pick up. my lcd become dark.what must i do
The specs looks great, but performance (according to users) seems like...CRAP!11
which phone LG gc900 or HTC touch 2??? i need some help, 8mp or windows??
what do you do?? i´m very confused... thanks.
the LG gc900 has a very big problem
the text messages limit with just 500 sms !
there is any solution for this problem ??? :(
Shannon, 15 Apr 2010im trying to figure out which is better on performance and specs between LG Viewty Smart or th... morehonestly, same difference. most of the mobiles in this price range are pretty much the same. hubby has the samsung, i got the viewty smart and so far all i can say is the are equaly good. on balance, i'd probably go for the viewty as it has a better camera and excellent dolby sound but if your more an apps person, need to connect to social networking sites, then maybe the samsung is a better choice. i looked through so many reviews and it seems it's always the same: some love/hate x, love/hate y - and the reasons are so similar. unless you go for a really cheap mobile or a really expensive one, the difference is basically a different logo. lg looks better though if that's important but has only a 12 months warranty.
Sandeep, 05 Mar 2010Thanks, Singhy. One more thing can you share the experience of Viewtty. Also if you can comp... moreDefinatly buy the Samsung HD I would buy it too but it's a bit pricy.Well worth it in the long run though. If you do buy it don't expect to have the need to buy a new phone for years.
rey, 22 Apr 2010guys whats the ram and processor of this phone???rey,,, Viewty Smart is not a smartphone, it's a feature phone so it doesn't have any ram nor processor...
hi guys i want to know is anybody here using tv-out cable with viewty smart,howz the perfomance???and over all exp. thankx.
To Saif: Yes its a really nice phone . And if u like taking photo and watcing movies- its good phone for u.
Is this phone good or not ?
i want to buy one but i am not sure please give me advice (and you have this device or not ?)