LG Optimus GT540 review

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

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LG Optimus GT540 is a perfectly adequate handset for managing contacts and making calls. When you choose the LG skin for Android, there are tiny icons for the dialler and for messaging hardwired onto the bottom of every home screen you set up, so the dialler is only usually a single tap away.

LG optimus gt540 review

When you aren't on the main screen, a tap of the physical Call button opens up the usual Contacts menu so you can access your friends easily.

If you've logged into a social networking site, you can pull in contacts from there. Three are supported – Twitter, Facebook and Bebo – and you login using the SNS (Social Networking Services) button that is on the main screen by default.

LG optimus gt540 review

Adding friends from your social networks in the contacts app is as simple as tapping the menu and choosing to import friends, although we did have a little bit of an issue with this, as for some reason our review handset didn't want to import from our Twitter account, despite being quite happy to download tweets from and upload tweets to it.

LG optimus gt540 review

Call quality is fine, although it can be a little quiet at times. We found that the connection speed was generally pretty good, although if on a bus or train the 3G signal could be slow to update.

The 3G/HSDPA signal icons are actually a little overbearing at the top - if someone wasn't sure what they all mean, then it might be a little disconcerting to see the signal letters changing so much.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
Height109 mm
Width54.5 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time500 Hour
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