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LG Optimus GT540 Review

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Even though the LG Optimus GT540 has Android 1.6 Donut, we immediately noticed that it runs incredibly fast. There's absolutely no lag while navigating around the interface or using different applications. We wanted to see how far it can go, and installed Raging Thunder II (Lite version, of course, we ain't giving money for games, we are serious businessmen). As you know, the game is quite heavy and manages to render difficulty to even some higher-end Android 2.1 phones like the HTC Legend. Surprisingly, the LG Optimus GT540 proved to be much more of a device for the power user in this respect and ran the game perfectly smooth. The specific curves of the top and bottom sides also made the phone feel very comfortable while holding it in landscape mode.

LG has added its own home screen to the software, which is actually not very different from the standard one. You have the option of choosing the number of home screen pages, as it can be between 3 and 7. You can also create categories in the main menu, so as to put some order there.

Home screen - Raging Thunder II - LG Optimus GT540 Review
Main menu - Raging Thunder II - LG Optimus GT540 Review

Home screen

Main menu

Raging Thunder II - LG Optimus GT540 Review
Raging Thunder II - LG Optimus GT540 Review

Raging Thunder II



As it has become popular these days, the LG Optimus GT540 is a phone that can provide you with access to social networks. The SNS app serves as a hub that includes some nice apps for access to Facebook, Twitter and Bebo. These can also be integrated with your phonebook, in case you want to see updates and information from your online friends there.

Social Networking on the LG Optimus GT540 - LG Optimus GT540 Review
Social Networking on the LG Optimus GT540 - LG Optimus GT540 Review
Social Networking on the LG Optimus GT540 - LG Optimus GT540 Review
Social Networking on the LG Optimus GT540 - LG Optimus GT540 Review

Social Networking on the LG Optimus GT540



Messaging and Connectivity:

We are completely satisfied with the email application on the LG Optimus GT540, since we encountered no issues whatsoever setting up our personal account, send/receive emails and work with attachments. Pretty smooth experience overall.

In addition, the Optimus comes with Gmail, as well as Google Talk and the standard messaging apps, which all work very nice. As you'd expect, the landscape on-screen QWERTY keyboard of the LG Optimus GT540 is not the most spacious one, considering the relatively modest 3-inch screen. It is still usable though, mostly because of the utilized resistive touch screen technology, which allows you to use your fingernails in order to press.

Email - LG Optimus GT540 Review
Email - LG Optimus GT540 Review
Email - LG Optimus GT540 Review

Email


The on-screen keyboards of the LG Optimus GT540 - LG Optimus GT540 Review
The on-screen keyboards of the LG Optimus GT540 - LG Optimus GT540 Review
The on-screen keyboards of the LG Optimus GT540 - LG Optimus GT540 Review

The on-screen keyboards of the LG Optimus GT540



The LG Optimus is 3G-capable, supporting HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s, but it also packs Wi-Fi for those cases when a hotspot is available. That said, the browser you'll find on the phone is pretty similar to the standard one for Android 1.6, but LG has not missed the occasion to add a few touches. Basically, the manufacturer has incorporated an expandable field on the right, which provides you with options to refresh the page, go back and forth, add a bookmark, open a new tab and access the settings. We were a bit disappointed to find out that this is all the personalization LG has done, because it means you still have to rely on those annoying magnifying glass icons in order to zoom in/out. Neither double-tap, nor one-touch zooming is available. Downloading the Dolphin Browser from Android Market will not help, as the Optimus has a resistive screen with no multi-touch support, and Dolphin's solution for one-handed zooming is just as lame. Other than that, the LG Optimus once again demonstrates its prominent performance as pages load relatively fast and scrolling is very smooth.

Internet browser - LG Optimus GT540 Review
Internet browser - LG Optimus GT540 Review
Internet browser - LG Optimus GT540 Review

Internet browser



GPS:

The mapping software that comes preloaded on the phone is Google Maps without Navigation, as the LG Optimus GT540 runs Android 1.6. First we had to face a small problem with the app - it wouldn't load any maps, until we came up with the ingenious idea of restarting the phone. Once we got that working, we had to wait for just a few minutes until we got our location fixed, while activating A-GPS made things work immediately.

Google Maps - LG Optimus GT540 Review
Google Maps - LG Optimus GT540 Review

Google Maps




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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. jaypee (unregistered)


whats the difference of resistive to capacitive? and what phone would be the example of this two?

posted on 06 Oct 2010, 12:55

7. Father (unregistered)


Resistive screen doesn't handles two inputs simultaneously. A Capacitive screen can handle two or more inputs simultaneously, that is why its needed in the feature of Pinch-to-Zoom.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 04:47

26. achuthan (unregistered)


resistive touch input senses force ( it has two sheets slightly apart and senses where you press by where the sheets touch (due to your press))
resesitve requires more effort - and usually can't support multi-touch.

capacitive touch input senses heat/electrical signals
so is much easier to use - only requires you to touch the screen lightly and supports multi touch

posted on 25 Aug 2010, 13:24

2. ian allen (unregistered)


Hi can this mobile be upgraded to androud 2.2 ?

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 11:18

17. qwerty (unregistered)


The highest it has been upgraded to so far is 2.1

posted on 27 Aug 2010, 20:20

3. rinda (unregistered)


oh god,this phone is really cool !!! i really want this one day,wait for the price a bit low ^^

posted on 05 Sep 2010, 23:06

4. aespe (unregistered)


im using this phone, not too superb, but on par with its cheap price @jaypee, with resistive you can access the screen with anything (hands, phone, sticks, etc) most of not expensive smartphone using this type, resistive cant be multi touched (cmiiw), capacitive must be controled by somehing that has charge in it, example, hands, battery etc, example iphone

posted on 02 Oct 2010, 02:35

5. jugal (unregistered)


get all the details regarding LG Optimus GT540 and other related products here

posted on 21 Oct 2010, 05:34

8. Daz0001 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Oct 2010)


I had this phone for 1 day before returning it. The problem with phone is it's antenna - it struggles to get reception in the same location other phones I owned have a good - full bars - signal.
The phone I'm currently using is Nokia 5230. There is always a full signal on 3G. The Optimus gets about 2 bars at best on 2G. This is when using the same sim as the Nokia.
I tried phoning the mobile from a landline to test it's responsiveness - out of 6 calls spaced about 5 minutes apart, 3 of the calls didn't cause the mobile to ring but went straight through to my network's answerphone - I know from experiece this is due to poor signal.
Having such a weak antenna means this phone doesn't suceed in it's most primary function so it's hard to see how any website could possibly recommend it.
I've experinced the same problem with many HTC phones.
What would be useful to see here on this website is an accessment of each phone's ability to receive a signal because it's clear to me that there are large differences between 1 phone's ability to receive a signal and another. And what use is a phone that is incapable of connecting unless you happen to always be in a strong signal area?

posted on 03 Apr 2011, 16:48

20. pivec (unregistered)


have you tried to switch the sim card? i've had the same problem with the iphone 3g, but i've switched sim cards and it worked fine for me...

posted on 24 Oct 2010, 10:31

9. tofs (unregistered)


can LG gt540 excel, word, and pdf file enable?

posted on 07 Nov 2010, 00:35

10. mia (unregistered)


i wanna know if anyone of you did have a problem regarding receiving messages? coz my lg optimus is kinda annoying me. i did receive messages but it were just on the notifications but no where to be found on the inbox. is it probably because of the phone or the network?? thanks for the reply. :)

posted on 18 Nov 2010, 04:18

11. the man (unregistered)


i have had this phone for 6 months now and i travel all over the country and have never had any problems with the signal/reception and its still 3g, so i think you must of had a dud handset mate

posted on 07 Dec 2010, 13:11

12. samuel (unregistered)


Hi guys, I am severely confused coz sum say this is good one to handle & some others saying the opposite. I am interested in this mobile. Plz give your comments for my question. Plzzzzzzzzzzzz........

posted on 08 Dec 2010, 02:01

13. abi (unregistered)


this is a cool phone.., i'm in indonesia..
i have no complaint about this phone, the signal, GPS and othrers is good..
it can preview the document (doc, xls, pdf, ppt) and can edit that kinda file too, but with pro version application (buy). about the messaging, it very cool. you can read all of the message from whom u re SMS with.
for the contact, it can sync with gmail, facebook etc. (like another android) or import it from SD card (u must export contact to SD card first, from ur old phone).

the camera is great, for 3mp camera.

it can upgrade to eclair (2.1), n now in progress to 2.2 (froyo)
with "customize" it, u also can root n app2sd.

posted on 10 Dec 2010, 03:26

14. nepaliguy (unregistered)


my lg gt540 is not giving that talk time it says....whats the problem with it ...??can any one help me out on this???

posted on 02 Jan 2011, 05:14

15. bo1974 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jan 2011)


can anyone help me i got an lg gt540 on the 29th december 2010 on tesco mobile i had £40.00 credit on it i went onto android market market and downloaded some FREE apps anyway by the 30th december i had £0.00 credit left and i never used my phone for a phonecall,message or anything other than downloading these free apps the next day i put £10.00 credit on and went onto one of the apps i downloaded some background picture thing looking through for new wallpaper and then after around 10 mins i had no credit left again!!! im furious and confused i dont get how my phone is eating all my talktime soooooo quickly, has anyone got any ideas as to why this keeps happening and how i can stop it......i love the phone but hating the running cost!!!

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 11:30

18. qwerty (unregistered)


If your on wi-fi then I don't know but it sounds like your using data roaming. If you are using data roaming and you're downloading lots of things its going to use a lot of credit because you are charged with every megabyte of internet you use and downloading uses a lot.

To stop this go into the settings and onto 'Wireless and Networks' then in 'Mobile network settings' un-tick Data roaming. This, however, turns of text messaging. If you want an easier way which keeps messaging download 'APNdroid' from the marketplace. I have it and it works fine on my Optimus. Hope this helps :)

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 20:24

16. Random (unregistered)


people need to be careful when downloading things, it can eat your credit away

posted on 28 Jan 2011, 09:05

19. johnm (unregistered)


How can I get audible delivery reports on my LG GT540 Optimus?

posted on 12 Apr 2011, 23:57

21. pauline (unregistered)


can anyone tell me how to down load from my phone onto my commputer

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 04:08

22. desi (unregistered)


the phone is fantastic is very beutiful and thin

posted on 26 Jul 2011, 05:08

23. maller (unregistered)


I'm sorry to agree with the guy with the weak signal..
I own this phone for 2 months and the signal is awful, so there's nothing to review other than that..I would sell it but from what i saw in my country i'll only get about 100€ so it's not worth it..

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 06:00

24. RV (unregistered)


Its good phone almost provides every facility u need. but some problems like not able use mark all options to send via bluetooth & not able to use internet through PC from Phone.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 19:37

25. brandonfiggins (unregistered)


i have this fone and it is the most best phone in the world i rate it a 10 / 10 it is awesome!it might freeze occasionally but still it is awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 09:31

27. sujeetpangal (unregistered)


i m using this phone frm last 1 month all r gud bt thr z battry problem..
whn i use phn fr songs or play ny applns is battry goes low frequntly,
so plz any one can tell mi how to utilize phone to increase bttry timing...
ny other sugetion or shud i contact support care....!

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LG Optimus

LG Optimus

OS: Android 2.1 1.6
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Display3.0 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (192 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
600 MHz
Size4.29 x 2.15 x 0.50 inches
(109 x 54.5 x 12.7 mm)
4.07 oz  (116 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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