LG Optimus GT540 review

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

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Web browsing is another activity which suffers on the LG Optimus GT540 because of the small screen size. The resolution does it no favours either.

At 320x480, the screen resolution is fine for many activities, and is on a par with that of other lower-end Android handsets. But you simply can't see as much on the screen as you can with bigger-screened, higher resolution Android handsets, like the top-end Motorola Milestone XT720, Acer Stream or HTC Desire.

LG optimus gt540 review

With no pinch to zoom support on the resistive screen, you are limited to the old Android 1.6 zoom bar. However, there is a massive ray of light with the LG Optimus GT540, and that's the fact text reflow is supported when zooming in.

This means that although the overall view is a little low-res and skewed, if you're trying to read an article on a website you can choose the size of the text you want, with the letters jiggling around to fit your desired column size.

LG optimus gt540 review

Still, there's a magnifier window that you can drag around on a page to help you decide what you actually want to home in on. Just pull it around, then lift your finger away from it to see your desired portion of the screen.

LG optimus gt540 review

There's a sidebar menu that you can pull out at any time to access features and settings, although some people might forget it's there and keep trying to find the browser reload button from the Android Menu key.

LG optimus gt540 review

Oh, and you can have multiple windows opened at once. It is easy to switch between them by hitting the double squares icon on that sidebar menu.

LG optimus gt540 review

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