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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


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


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

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 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


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



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LG Optimus

LG Optimus

OS: Android 2.1 1.6
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
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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