LG Optimus GT540 Review

Performance and Conclusion:

Transferring your voice over the wireless network with the LG Optimus GT540 is really a pleasant experience. The Optimus' earpiece sounds perfectly fine, with voices being quite audible, but on the other side things are even better, with even higher loudness and easier to comprehend voices. Calling is near perfect on the LG Optimus GT540.

The 1500mAh battery powering the LG Optimus manages to provide some serious standby time - about 21 days, while talk time is rated at 5.5 hours. A pretty satisfying performance on the overall, at least for today's smartphone standards.

Concluding whether a phone is a decent investment is (almost) always a difficult task. Of course, it all depends on the user's preference - whether or not they like the design, whether or not they need certain features, or would sacrifice them for others... it's obvious that there isn't a perfect phone. So, is the LG Optimus GT540 a good investment according to us? Yep, it is. That's purely one of the fastest mainstream Android smartphones we have ever seen. Sure, it has a nasty resistive screen, but if this particular drawback is not that much of a problem for you, then we guarantee that you won't regret the reliability and responsiveness the LG Optimus GT540 will offer you.

Among the possible alternatives to the Optimus is the older HTC Hero, which relies heavily on its Sense UI and sexier teflon-coated body (if you get the white version). It benefits from a capacitive screen, but falls short when it comes to performance. The HTC Legend should also be considered, because it sports a spectacular design too, and adds the needed horsepower that lacked in its predecessor, plus the latest OS version. The Optimus is made of plastic and runs an older build, but still outpaces the Legend, so it all depends on whether you'd prefer design and some extra features to a seamlessly smooth performance.

We can't really compare the LG Optimus GT540 to higher-tier smartphones like the Desire or Nexus One, because it isn't meant to be stacked up against those beasts. However, the Optimus is a pretty decent mid-range Android handset, which, if priced correctly, can prove to be the best in its class.

LG Optimus GT540 Video Review:


  • Superb performance
  • Good call quality
  • Plays Xvid


  • Has a resistive screen
  • Does not play most of the popular video formats

PhoneArena Rating:


User Rating:

5 Reviews



1. jaypee unregistered

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

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.

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

2. ian allen unregistered

Hi can this mobile be upgraded to androud 2.2 ?

17. qwerty unregistered

The highest it has been upgraded to so far is 2.1

3. rinda unregistered

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

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

5. jugal unregistered

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

8. Daz0001

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 21, 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?

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...

9. tofs unregistered

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

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. :)

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

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........

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.

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???

15. bo1974

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 02, 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!!!

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 :)

16. Random unregistered

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

19. johnm unregistered

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

21. pauline unregistered

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

22. desi unregistered

the phone is fantastic is very beutiful and thin

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..

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.

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!

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....!
  • Display 3.0" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Storage 0.12 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(4.33h 3G talk time)

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