LG Optimus GT540 review

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

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LG optimus gt540 review

Just as you won't buy the LG Optimus GT540 primarily for its Web capabilities, you won't be choosing it primarily for its camera either, although in general we found photos to be reasonably good.

Before we go into how well the camera performs, it is worth noting that you need an SD card in order to use both the camera and video recorder – and none is provided with the device.

The camera's maximum pixel shooting capability is 3MP for stills and 640x480 for video, and put it very firmly towards the bottom of the range. But there are some interesting and useful user tweaks.

Beauty shot, smile shot, blink detection and panorama modes are present, and you can set the ISO to 100, 200, 400 or automatic. You can geotag photos, and can alter the white balance. There is no macro mode, though, nor flash.

However there is the option for automatic Face Tagging - take a snap of a buddy and theoretically if you take another picture of them the LG Optimus GT540 will recognise and tag them accordingly.

In practice this only works if you take the picture head on - meaning you're rarely going to get the face tags you so desperately want.

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The camera is not big on capturing finer detail, but it produced reasonable snaps. Just don't zoom in too far on the PC or Mac if you want to avoid seeing your images pixellate.

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There's plenty of capability for taking general tourist type photos, which are good enough to share over the Internet. Colour reproduction is pretty accurate too, although shots do tend towards the pallid.

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There was plenty of overhead lighting when we took this photo, and so it is passable – although not great. If we'd had to rely on the flash we'd have been stumped, as the camera does not have one.

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