The LG KU990 and LG KE990 are the powerhouse phones of LG Cell Phones. They may well be the only phones that can compete with the iPhone. The LG KU990 and KE990 are almost the same with very small differences. Here I will review them both so that you know which one to get.
LG KU990 Viewty:
The LG KU990 Viewty is a beauty. It may well be the only phone that competes with Apple’s iPhone in terms of style and features. However some consider that due to the way powerful 5 mega pixel camera this LG Cell Phone ranks much higher than the iPhone. The Viewty is a wonder to use and in terms of features and applications it is a powerhouse.
Some of its more prominent features are 3G support for faster uploads and downloads and for video calls. 5 Mega pixel camera with image stabilizer, it can record videos at 120 frames per second, has a 3 inch display and can playback videos in the DiVX format. The only problem with this phone is the lack of hot-swapping the memory, meaning we have to turn off the phone in order to remove the memory card.
The dimensions of this LG cell phone are 103.5 x 54.4 x 14.8 mm which makes it almost the same size as the iPhone, and weighs only 112 grams. On the front of the phone we have an impressive 3 inch touch screen display having a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. Below the touchscreen we have 3 normal keys, the green call key, the red end key and the clear key. The clear key can be used as a backspace key in text editing or to go up one level in menu. Above the display there is a secondary VGA camera. This secondary camera can be used in 3G video calls since taking self photos on a VGA camera in the presence of a 5 mega pixel camera will be kind of stupid. 🙂
On the left of the phone we only have the port for the charger/data cable/headset. While on the right side of the phone there are a number of keys, we have the dedicated camera key, a key lock function, which can also be used to take pictures with image stabilization and finally we have a slider key that changes camera modes between still camera, video camera and image gallery.
The back of the phone resembles the look of a professional digital camera. LG Mobile Phones have added a 5 mega pixel camera to the Viewty with Schneider-Kreuznach optics. The camera also has a hardware jog wheel that is used for zooming while taking pictures, it can also be used for adjusting the brightness and for zooming in and out of images in the gallery. The hardware jog wheel is also used to control the volume. The camera also has a strobe flash. The odd thing is that the camera lens is not protected by a lens cover of any sort. I dont know why LG Cell Phones did not feel the need to protect such an expensive lens?
The camera of the KG KU 990 is nothing short than impressive. It is capable of taking images at a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. It uses the entire 3 inch display as a viewfinder and the experience is wonderful. Like mentioned before the camera is controlled by 3 keys, one is the dedicated camera key or the shutter key, the other is the hardware lock key which can also be used to activate the image stabilization feature of the phone and the third is the hardware jog wheel that is used to digitally zoom in and out of photos and also to adjust the brightness levels.
The camera comes with a strobe flash. A strobe flash lies somewhere between an LED flash and a XENON flash. The flash does a great job and is what can be expected from a 5 mega pixel camera flash. The camera also comes with a focus assist beam similar to the ones found in professional digital cameras. There are several different shooting modes to choose from i.e. landscape, beach, party, portrait, night, sport, high sensitive, continuous shot, panorama and frames. The continuous shot and panorama are worth checking out.
The video camera results are nothing short than remarkable. Looking at the results it looks like the phone was designed just to take videos. The results are excellent. The KU 990 Viewty can record videos in VGA resolution at 30 frames per second while at QVGA resolution it can record at an amazingly high frame rate of 120 frames per second. And the best pat is that all videos are encoded in DiVX format so that they don’t take up too much space.
LG KE990 Viewty:
LG KE990 Viewty is a toned down version of the KU990 Viewty. There are mainly two differences between the LG KU990 and the LG KE990. First difference is that there is no 3G in the KE990 Viewty. Second, there is no front camera in the KE990.
The KE990 Viewty is designed for those people that have no need for 3G connectivity or cannot afford the heavy price tag of the KU990 Viewty.
By making this smart move, LG Cell Phones has made it possible for all of us to own the Viewty. The rest of the phone is the same as the KU990, it only differs in 3G connectivity.
By: Faraz Khan