LG KU990 Viewty Review: Eyes Wide Open: File Manager, Media Player, Web Browser, Organizer, Games

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Multimedia comes to mind

The LG KU990 comes with a fine 100Mega Bytes (MB) of internal memory (The Prada phone had only 16MB) and a microSD memory card slot. It's really mind-boggling why the memory card slot is not available to the user without removing the battery as this represents a serious hit on user-friendliness.

The file manager appears as a My stuff item in the menu. It includes separate factory-preset folders for different multimedia content. You can copy or go files to the external memory or sdiscontinue them via Bluetooth, and for all of those options you can rely on multiple selection. However, we did notice a huge lag in folder browsing, once the memory card started to fill up.




The My Stuff menu item • opening the documents folder: you can view office documents

The LG Viewty file browser has a quick fix for your underexposed images (the blackones taken in low light conditions). It's called Smart Light and applying it to your images produces surprisingly fine results - otherwise unusable photos turn into nicely looking snaps with preserved colors and natural brightness with no extra noise added.






Applying Smart Light technology to underexposed images: no other editing is done on the photos

The LG KU990 also has office document viewer functionality thanks to the Picsel viewer. As we managed to confirm, the viewer supports MS Word documents, MS Excel files and Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Unlike the Prada phone, scrolling and zooming on the documents is really fast. In fact, we've never seen the Picsel viewer work that fast. It's only on Portable Document Format (PDF) files that you notice certain lags. You can even view your documents in landscape mode.






Opening an Excel document, a Word document, a Portable Document Format (PDF) document: you can even go landscape

The main functionality of the image gallery remains the same as the one of the Prada phone, only browsing thumbnails is now faster and zooming on pictures is available. Images can be viewed both as thumbnails and as a list.




Browsing pictures in thumbnail view and in filmstrip view

The KU990 offers an upgraded MP3 player, as compared to the one in Prada. When it comes to track filtering, the Prada phone didn't have any options at all. The LG KU990 Viewty can filter tracks as any other modern music player - by artist, album, genre, playlist, recently played and several more. The handset itself has a Flight mode, which really makes it an adequate solution as a portable music player. On the other hand, there are still no equalizer settings for you to utilize to enhance the player sound. A certain drawback of the music player is that when you change the interface theme to some of the other available ones, the player stays black and ruins the uniform silvery look. The Prada phone had a solution for that - the player had its own black and white skin. That option is nowhere to be found here. Naturally, the music player runs in the background without any problem. The same goes for the Frequency Modulation (FM) radio, too. It also has RDS support but unfortunately sound cannot be turned over to the external loudspeaker. The radio stores up to 12 stations - way too small if you ask us. The KU990 is also equipped with a flash player which easily plays .swf files.





Music player menu • music player interface • Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

The video player of the LG KU990 is much like the one seen in the Prada phone - it is really nice and you can watch videos in fullclassy screen landscape mode, with or without semi-transparent overlay of player controls. You can also opt for both normal and wideclassy screen aspect ratio. The greatest improvement in the video department is that the Viewty is now capable of playing DivX 5 videos (files with up to Video Graphics Array (VGA) resolution at 30 fps). Most of the videos that we tried played smoothly and offered the same image quality as seen on PC. There were few exceptions but we couldn't find out where the incompatibility came from. Anyway, having such a portable device play DivX videos is another remarkable step (remember Samsung F500!) in the correct direction for the mobile community.

Most of the videos that we tried played smoothly and offered the same image quality as seen on PC. There were few exceptions but we couldn't find out where the incompatibility came from. Anyway, having such a portable device play DivX videos is another remarkable step.

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