Conclusion: Being installed with the older Android version of 1.6 seems to be the phone’s biggest plight, with the OS lagging at times and newer features like an updated browser missing. A flash-less browser only gets you so far while surfing, though connectivity wise the phone has got its basics down pretty well, with Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth nicely snuggled in the homepage’s pull down top bar.
Summary: One of the big news stories for 2010 is the continued growth of Android powered devices.The LG Optimus GT540 HVGA (320 x 480) 3-inch Android handset is finally entering the Android 2.x stage which might be a big step forward to the owners from Donut.It is a product that is designed to be an introduction to touchscreen based smartphones for consumers, which would indicate an accessible price, especially for the prepay market where smartphone penetration is still rather...
Cons: Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1, quad-band GSM/EDGE, 3G, HSDPA, HSUPA, microSD / microSDHC card support, FM radio with RDS, Auto-integration of Facebook, Twitter, Bebo accounts, 3-megapixel camera with no flash, runs on Android 1.6 version, no Flash support for web browser
Conclusion: LG GT540 Optimus can be easily advertised as “a smartphone for everyone”. Besides its good looking design and ergonomic layout, GT540 is a complete Android device, which offers all the standard features that a person would want from its mobile phone. It doesn't matter if you're a techie or a non-smartphone user, as GT540 can meet most of your demands.
Pros: The positive aspect of the device is that it's a very cheap Android smartphone, that includes a wide range of features, some of them also specific to high-end smartphone. I would enlist here: HSDPA support, accelerometer for auto screen rotate, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and GPS receiver, hot-swappable microSD card slot (supporting card with capacity of up to 16GB), SNS (Social Networking Services) integration, DivX/XviD video support, Stereo FM radio with RDS, excellent music ...
Cons: I think the resistive touchscreen could be much better, even for an entry-level device, but this is not really a downside if you have never used a smartphone with capacitive touch display. The only negative aspect is the fact that the display is not eligible under the sunlight. Other small downsides of the phone could be: lack of Flash support for the web browser, no voice dialing, as well as the low quality video recording feature.
Summary: I had no complaints about the reception quality of the LG Optimus during the test period. The speech quality during phone conversations is not bad; the speaker volume is good, there is some reserve for the noisy settings there. The loudspeaker is actually not that loud, which is compensated for by very clear standard ringer tones. Hence if you don't want to miss an incoming call, you'd better pick a standard tune.
Excerpt: The LG Optimus GT540 is one of a number of recent phones to run Google’s Android mobile operating system (see also the Nexus One reviewed this issue). This budet model has a compelling feature set compared to anything else on the New Zealand market at this price point. However, the mobile phone and especially the smartphone is a device that is becoming increasing complex and a frustrating user experience can destroy even the most promising specifications.
Excerpt: This slender, rounded handset feels good in the hand and fits well in the pocket. The touch-screen is very responsive – perhaps too much at times. You can choose between Android or LG home screens, both of which are simple to get to grips with.
Excerpt: The LG Optimus GT540 aims to bring the Korean mobile maker’s new found skills for sharp phone design to the lower end of the Android arena, where it hopes to do battle with the likes of the HTC Wildfire, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and T-Mobile Pulse Mini.