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LG Optimus GT540 review

Does this low cost Android handset deliver good value for money?

Our Verdict

A budget-ish offering that is neither super-friendly on the pocket or mixing it with the big boys. Sadly, the Optimus GT540 seems to get caught int two minds

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 130 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 7.33 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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For

  • Camera belies the price tag
  • Nice LG Android skin
  • Good battery life
  • Stylish chassis
  • Easy to use 3.5mm headphone jack

Against

  • Touchscreen not responsive
  • Screen is small
  • Web browsing is tricky
  • Android 1.6 is behind the times
  • UI lags at times

With the LG Optimus GT540, what most people are going to want to do with an Android based smartphone, regardless of its price or overall specifications, is text-based messaging. Primarily we mean SMS, email and social networking. The news is not that great on this front, unfortunately.

We've already noted that the screen is resistive, and not the most responsive under the fingers for sweeping, swiping and making menu selections.

The problem gets compounded when you enter the messaging arena. The unresponsiveness of the screen follows through to the keyboard, which is mighty small on the 3-inch screen.

LG optimus gt540 review

When working with the screen in portrait mode, we found it almost impossible to hit keys accurately using the miniature QWERTY option.

It is usable if you slow down enough, but don't expect to type at iPhone-like speeds as the auto-correct is pretty poor too.

The X9 keyboard, which functions like a standard predictive text effort, is much better - we got some pretty slick speeds when using this, but it feels a bit alien doing so on a touchscreen.

Landscape mode was somewhat better, with larger keys to act as targets for our fingers. But we still had to slow down to get a high accuracy rating.

LG optimus gt540 review

LG optimus gt540 review

The social networking apps range is adequate but not wonderful. We wonder how many people there are actually using Bebo these days, though Facebook and Twitter are obviously more popular.

There's a good range of settings – the Twitter and Facebook apps even have the ability to set an auto updating schedule for a set number of hours only, so you can save battery power by not auto-updating when you are usually otherwise engaged.

LG optimus gt540 review

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory130 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time7.33 Hour
Product ModelGT540 Optimus
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Weight (Approximate)115.5 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height109 mm
Width54.5 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus GT540 Smartphone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberGT540.AGBWBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The LG Optimus (LG GT540) is a smart choice for the first-time smartphone users with access to the exciting world of Android apps without compromising on style as the handset boasts a distinctive design that is both sleek and soft and is available in black and silver. The LG Optimus also allows users to enjoy automatic account synchronization with all Google mobile services and enhanced social networking functions in a high-powered multimedia environment.

Limited Warranty1 Year