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LG Optimus GT540 Review

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LG Optimus GT540 Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with AT&T and T-Mobile USA, but without 3G.


LG has been relatively quiet on the Android market. We have already reviewed its first device with Google's mobile OS, the GW620, and were left with rather mixed feelings. The LG Optimus GT540 is the second smartphone with the platform by the manufacturer, and it comes in a quite futuristic form, kind of reminding us of the Batmobile. However, functionality and experience quality often come first in the users' wish lists. Get ready to see if the Optimus GT540 will ultimately rise victorious like a true Optimus Prime, or will eventually fall in the battle for the love of customers.


There's no doubt that the LG Optimus GT540 has some distinct Transformers-like looks, due to the specific curves of the top and bottom. The handset is by no means among the smallest ones, but feels very natural in the hand. It can be easily operated with one hand only, similarly to most of the Android phones of this caliber.

The LG Optimus GT540 is made of plastic, textured like brushed metal. It feels fine in the hand, and due to the phone's weight and solidness, doesn't feel cheap.

The LG Optimus GT540 is made of plastic and feels very natural in the hand - LG Optimus GT540 Review
The LG Optimus GT540 is made of plastic and feels very natural in the hand - LG Optimus GT540 Review
The LG Optimus GT540 is made of plastic and feels very natural in the hand - LG Optimus GT540 Review

The LG Optimus GT540 is made of plastic and feels very natural in the hand

LG Optimus GT540 Review

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LG is really walking a knife edge with these resistive touchscreens it places in its smartphones. First the GW620, now the Optimus. The 3" panel in the GT540 is definitely one of the better resistive screens we have used, but the experience can by no means be compared to that of the increasingly popular capacitive displays. Anyway, at least the image quality is very good, not only because of the utilized HVGA resolution, which works great on that screen size, but also thanks to the very rich and saturated colors. We even wondered if it is not AMOLED at one point, but once we looked at it from an angle, we realized we were dreaming.

The South Korean manufacturer has utilized both touch-sensitive and physical keys for the control scheme of the LG Optimus GT540. Right below the display you have resistive menu and back keys, while below them are situated the physical send, home and end buttons. Thankfully, they are all nice and easy to use. The same goes for the search key and camera shutter on the lower right, but the volume rocker, which is situated on the left is just a bit on the harder-to-press side. That is in case you don't use your fingernails to press it. The back only has the 3MP autofocus camera with no flash.

The sides of the LG Optimus GT540 - LG Optimus GT540 Review
The sides of the LG Optimus GT540 - LG Optimus GT540 Review
The sides of the LG Optimus GT540 - LG Optimus GT540 Review
The sides of the LG Optimus GT540 - LG Optimus GT540 Review

The sides of the LG Optimus GT540

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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
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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