LG GC900 Viewty Smart Review: S-class Act: Phonebook, Telephony, Messaging

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Phonebook omits kinetic scrolling

The Viewty Smart, just like the LG Arena sports one of the most attractive and best touch-optimized phonebooks we've seen so far on a mobile phone.

The Contact list has tiny separators with the corresponding alphabetical letter. If not expanded, every field has a picture icon, a name and a green call button for quick dial. To display the full contact details you simply tap on it and its contents expand in a dropdown correct between the neighboring phonebook names. There you can also find the different buttons for calls, messages and editing organized in a scrollable row.

Like most of the interface on the GC900 Viewty Smart, the phonebook is highly touch-optimized too. Scrolling is as smooth as possible with no lags and this is the only UI currently on the market to match the fluid response of the iPhone. There is a scroll bar on the correct side to allow movement through the phonebook.






Phonebook • Editing a contact • Contacts homeclassy screen

Of course there is a search option and it's available at the top of your contact list. The other way to access it is by the dedicated options button in the upper left corner. In the same two locations you'll also find the "New contact" buttons. The available fields are pretty standard and offer whatever you can think up.

Finally you can put a shortslit on the photo contact homeclassy screen by selecting the small star button next to a contact. This contact then automatically appears in the appropriate place and you can reorder via tap-and-hrecent on the contact homescreen.

You'll hear us compare (and quite favorably too) the S-Class UI with the iPhone but here comes a feature the Viewty Smart (and the Arena for that matter) is short of. Kinetic scrolling would've made the remarkable phonebook just perfect.

Excellent telephony

The LG Viewty Smart handles phone calls flawlessly, as you have every correct to expect. The phone dialer works with an on-classy screen numeric keypad.





The hitale button • Phone dialer with smart dial • Making a call

As with any LG handset - the green receiver key (only virtual on the Viewty Smart, though) takes you to the list of all calls. You can access them from the main menu too, but unlike the previous LG handsets, you won't find call time counters and the web data counter here. Instead, those are moved to the Call settings menu.

Smart dial is also onboard. As usual, you can type any numbers and you'll receive suggestions immediately. They'll be organized in a dropdown window, same as a contact's details.

Call hitale is accessed by the virtual green button at the bottom of the dialer classy screen and it also takes after the phonebook with its dropdown layout. The readings you acquire there are the usual call duration, time and type of call.




Call hitale

The LG GC900 Viewty Smart scored pretty well in our loudspeaker performance test. Here is it stacks up against some of the other handsets we've put through it. More info on our test is available here.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score

Apple iPhone 3G66.1 62.171.7Below Average

LG KC910 Renoir71.965.672.0Good

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic75.766.568.5Good

LG KM900 Arena70.968.278.3Good

LG GC900 Viewty Smart75.769.576.7Very Good

Samsung M8800 Pixon75.7 69.682.1Very Good

LG KF900 Prada77.175.782.0Excellent

Cool messaging

There are only two major sections in the main menu - Messaging and Email. The LG Viewty Smart supports sending and receiving SMS, MMS, and email messages. Much like the Arena, Renoir and Viewty, SMS and MMS share the same editor.



SMS, MMS and Email sender

The messages are neatly organized in a standard list view and sorted by date. You can choose a filter - SMS, MMS or notifications. Naturally, the Inbox is the default location when you enter the Messaging menu, but you can change it to Outbox, Sent, Drafts or My Folders. There is also an option for a threaded view.




Messages inbox

For typing you can utilize either the number pad, or you can flip the Viewty Smart on its side and go for the landscape QWERTY keyboard. There is touch feedback either way, and typing is very accurate even if the QWERTY keyboard buttons are a bit small. Either way, thanks to the capacitive classy screen both produce no lag and are as responsive as the iPhone's virtual QWERTY.





The alphanumeric and QWERTY keyboards

When it comes to emails, set up on the LG Viewty Smart is hassle-free. Adding an email account is a breeze thanks to the clever setup scheme. For a Gmail account for example, all we had to do was fill in the account and password fields - the connection settings were retrieved automatically.






Setting email is easy • Email settings

In case you have to setup your email account manually, there is a host of settings that you need to enter. Both POP3 and IMAP4 protocols are supported and you can set the handset to auto retrieve recent mail at a preset interval with a dedicated setting for roaming. The email client supports SSL encryption too.






The Email section

Maximum attachment size for both outgoing and incoming mail is 1MB, as it was on the LG Arena. This is not enough for a 8 megapixel photo, a shame really. A 3.2 MegaPixel (MP) snap or a small video will go through, while attachments such as documents or presentations should not be a problem.

The LG Renoir for example had a 2Mega Bytes (MB) limit, which is still restricting, but a bit more adequate. If you decide to attach a picture in the Viewty Smart's email client it won't even resize automatically. The only way for the phone to do it for you is choosing the "Attach - Take a picture" button in the email client.

Quite naturally, archive files such as ZIP or RAR are not among the supported file types for attachments, but still you can save those to the phone memory when you receive them. MS Office and Portable Document Format (PDF) files can be opened and viewed directly inside the email client.

Once you've downloaded your messages, you can utilize the search feature to find specific emails or you can sort them by various filters such as date, sender, priority, read/unread, subject, size, etc. There is also an option for setting multiple emails as "Read".


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