LG Optimus GT540 review

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

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With just 130Mb of internal storage, you're going to have to use a micro SD card for your music and video storage.

The music player is a pretty bog standard affair. It failed to pick up album art stored in folders alongside the music tracks it found on our SD card, which is somewhat annoying, but at least you have access to good music playback controls and can easily make playlists.

LG optimus gt540 music player 1
LG optimus gt540 music player 2

LG did not send us its headset to test with this phone, but plopping our own into the 3.5mm connector on the top edge of the handset revealed that sound quality is decidedly lacklustre.

There is no equaliser, so the slightly treble-rich tones are going to have to suffice. At higher volumes, the sound becomes somewhat distorted.

Video is much better though - MP4, DivX, Xvid, H.264, H.263 and WMV are all supported, meaning the LG Optimus GT540 can actually play back more file types than the HTC Desire out the box.

Meanwhile the handset speaker doesn't deliver enough volume to annoy fellow public transport users, and its output is decidedly tinny.

There is an FM radio with autoscan which stops every time it finds a station, and asks if you want to store it or skip it. If you store a station, only its frequency is recorded. There is no RDS and you can't edit the station info later to include its name.

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