LG Optimus GT540 review

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

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The LG Optimus GT540 comes with a 1500mAh battery. That's quite a lot of power for a smartphone with this level of spec, and we found it coped quite well. We got a day-and-a-half of use that included some Web browsing and Wi-Fi, as well as a bit of music listening and a bit of time spent using the GPS.

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If you like your smartphone to double up as your music player and you are a very keen music fan, or you use Wi-Fi or GPS a lot, you'll probably find a daily charge is in order. But more frugal users might easily stretch to two days.

While this is a rarity for a smartphone, it is more likely to be seen at the lower end of the market where the LG Optimus GT540 sits, simply because such devices have less power hungry screens than those at the very top end.


When it comes to the competition, there isn't a lot that gives the LG Optimus GT540 a run for its money.

LG gt540 review

The already mentioned InTouch Max GW620, with its built in keyboard, might be a better bet for anyone really keen on keeping in touch via written rather than spoken words, and LG's Cookie Fresh might also be an option, although it is not an Android handset.

There's also the option of the new low cost ZTE F930, which is exclusive to Three – though again this is not an Android handset, and the ZTE Racer, which appears to be something of a rival.

LG optimus gt540 review


Using Google Maps is an OK experience on the Optimus GT540, as while the GPS chip is quick enough to find you (although no earth shattering speeds) the resistive screen makes it hard to interact with the screen successfully.

LG optimus gt540 review

Clicking a specific address from the map is difficult as you're generally pretty inaccurate, and swiping through different categories is hard too. It's not a terrible experience, but this is one of the applications where the resistive screen on the Optimus GT540 really lets it down.

However, at least it has Google Maps Navigation on board, meaning you've got a fully-fledged sat nav as standard - something which clearly adds a lot of value to a phone from this price level.

LG optimus gt540 review

It's easy enough to use, but the resistive screen's foibles come into play once again - trying to manipulate the display when on the move is very difficult and should (obviously) never be attempted while driving.

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