LG Viewty Lite versus LG Viewty II (Smart)

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The LG Viewty II (Smart) is due out in the UK next month, but the original LG Viewty – now dubbed the LG Viewty Lite – is still a capable and popular phone.

Which one’s best? There’s only one way to find out…

Hang on, we can’t make two mobile phones fight each other, so instead here’s a rundown of each handset’s main features…

Viewty Lite KU990 Viewty Smart GC900 Comment
Dimensions (mm) 103.5 x 54.4 x 14.8 108.9 x 56.1 x 12.4 Viewty Smart slightly bigger and slightly thinner
Weight (g) 112 102 Viewty Smart is slightly lighter
Standby Time 434hrs (2G) 454hrs (3G) 330hrs (2G) 350hrs (3G) Viewty Lite offers the better standby time
Talk Time 5.9hrs (2G), 3.8hrs (3G) 5.5hrs (2G), 4.7hrs (3G) Viewty Smart offers better 3G talk time
Display 3-inch 240 x 400 3-inch 480 x 800 Viewty Smart offers double the resolution in same screen size
Touchscreen Both feature a full touchscreen interface
Wi-Fi X Viewty Smart adds wireless connectivity
Bluetooth Viewty Smart offers most up-to-date (v2.1) Bluetooth
Camera 5MP 8MP Viewty Smart offers better camera
Camera Features Image stabilisation, manual/auto focus, ISO800/SmartLight As Viewty plus Intelligent Shot Mode, five shot modes Viewty Smart has additional intelligent shooting modes
Video Calls Both handsets allow video calling
Audio Codec MP3/AAC/AAC+/AAC++/WMA MP3, AAC/AAC+ / E-AAC+ / AMR-NB/, WB/WB+WMA/WMAPro, Ogg-Vorbis, AC3 MIDI Viewty Smart handles more audio formats
Video Codec MPEG4/WMV/H.263/H.264) Plays DivX_ video up to 640 x 480 H.263, H264, MP4 WMV, ASF, AVI, DivX/Xvid Viewty Smart can playback more video formats
Video Encoding VGA 30fps, QVGA 120fps H.263/MPEG4:D1 30fps, QVGA 120fps (upto 2.5Mbps) H.264:QCIF 15fps Viewty Smart offers more video recording options
Internal Memory 100MB 1.5GB Viewty Smart offers relatively large internal memory
External Storage MicroSD 2GB MicroSD up to 32GB Viewty Smart can handle much higher capacity memory cards
Document Viewer Text, MS Office Text, MS Office, HTML Viewty Smart also handles HTML documents
FM Radio Both handsets feature radio
Other Audio Dolby Mobile surround sound Viewty Smart features advanced Dolby audio technology
Price/networks From free on £20+ p/m contracts all major networks or around £100 on PAYG – purple Viewty Lite only on Orange Orange exclusive, pricing TBC Viewty Smart handset likely to require upfront payment on lower-priced monthly contracts

So which handset is the best?

On paper, the LG Viewty Smart has a lot going for it. It’s got a better camera with more advanced features, a much higher resolution display, better video capture, larger onboard and external memory, and is a pretty good looker to boot.

Then again, you know you’re going to have to pay through the nose to get hold of it. It’ll also only be available on Orange, at least to begin with. If you don’t mind dropping a few megapixels and gigabytes here and there, the Viewty Lite is still a highly capable handset. It’s available for free on cheaper tariffs, and it’s not locked into just one network (unless you really want the purple one).

Cutting edge at a price or “was all the rage last year”? It’s over to you.

Read more about the LG Viewty Smart or view gallery
Watch our video review of the original Viewty
See Viewty Lite deals at the Carphone Warehouse

Andy Merrett

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