LG launches the Viewty
Yes, it's easily the worst name for a mobile device yet ( some branding wonk's uninspired contraction of "View the Next Technology" apparently) but the unfortunate name aside, this is quite a ground-breaking device.
With touchscreens all the rage, the Viewty follows suit, being free of any kind of physical keypad and offering both an iPod-like gestural interface and vibrational feedback for onscreen buttons. The screen is also a very generous 3-inches in size.
The really big news, however, is the 5-megapixel camera. LG has gone all out with this feature, endowing the camera with both auto and manual focus, a top ISO speed of 800 so you can get those boozy shots in bars and nightclubs, and 120 frames per second video that plays back in funky slo-mo. There's also a built in image stabiliser for the shaky of hand.
At a very hands-on demo this morning, I found the Viewty to be a very capable camera indeed, with excellent image quality and an amazing range of image capture options. The Panorama function was particularly well thought out, providing a semi-transparent section of the image you've just taken to help you line up the next one.
Another very welcome function for the MySpace generation is the ability to upload images straight to the web.
Finally, the Viewty is also endowed with Divx playback ability and a TV out port so you can rip or download a bunch of videos to a big memory card and then play them back on the Viewty itself, or a TV. Cool. Divx video conversion software is provided.
You can find more info at whatisviewty.co.nz