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LG GT405 Viewty GT review:

LG GT405 Viewty GT

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The Good Attractive design; good camera; easy to use.

The Bad No 3.5mm headphone jack; sluggish touchscreen.

The Bottom Line The LG GT405 Viewty GT isn't a bad handset, but it would benefit immeasurably from having a more responsive touchscreen

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CNET Editors' Rating

7.5 Overall

The GT405 Viewty GT is the latest handset in LG's long-running Viewty range, which is primarily aimed at those who want a phone with a decent camera. This model is equipped with a 5-megapixel shooter, as well as image-editing software that lets you create quick slide shows of your snaps.

The GT is available for free on a £15-per-month, 2-year contract, or £110 on a pay as you go deal.

Fits in your mitts

The GT is quite small for a touchscreen handset. It measures just 55 by 107 by 12mm, so you don't need gorilla-sized mitts to hold it comfortably. It's light too, at just 98g, although this is partly due to its plasticky build quality. The chassis, although finished with a silver paint job, is made entirely from plastic and doesn't feel like it would stand up well to bumps, scrapes or being repeatedly sat on by someone's gigantic backside.

The front of the handset is dominated by the 76mm (3-inch) touchscreen, with just three buttons sitting beneath. The central button is used to bring up the multitasking menu, and sits between the two call buttons. The call-end button doubles as the power control.

The main menu features icons grouped together in four categories, which you can switch between via the tab on the right-hand side

The phone's microSD card slot sits alone on the left-hand side, behind a small plastic flap. It supports cards of up to 16GB in size. The right-hand side of the handset is much busier. There's a micro-USB port at the top, followed by a volume rocker, lock switch and camera button. The top of the right-hand side is also home to a small, telescopic stylus.

Spongy screen

The GT uses a resistive, rather than capacitive, touchscreen. As a result, it's not as sensitive to touch input as handsets with capacitive displays, such as the Samsung Monte. You often have to press the screen a couple of times to get it to register your inputs properly.

Using the stylus makes for a better experience, but who wants to do that in this day and age? Not us, that's for sure. At least colours look fairly vivid, and the screen's resolution of 240x400 pixels isn't bad for a phone in this price range.

The GT uses LG's S-Class interface. The home screen is divided into two separate panels. The first panel is used to display widgets for services such as Twitter, Facebook, weather forecasts and news feeds, while the second panel can be set up with shortcuts for your favourite contacts.

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