Product Type: LG Electronics Smartphone
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Seems like I disagree with everyone else!
Member Name: cbmcfc123
Date: 16/07/11, updated on 11/09/11 (31 review reads)
Advantages: Nice appearance
Disadvantages: Terrible touchscreen, constant 'freezing'
I have had this phone for around 8 months since my Sony Ericsson K550i finally succumbed to being dropped onto my steel toe caps too many times to mention!
I was on a budget and I wanted the initial cost of the phone plus line rental to total no more than around £35 when spread over the life of the contract. I decided upon the LG GT540 with O2, largely because I got a PS3 that I managed to sell for £200 and the net effect was that the phone plus line rental would work out at around £24 a month. With the desired amount of minutes, data and text I thought "Bargain!" but how wrong I was.
First things first, when I received the box and excitedly opened it the phone looked great. Nice and sleek, good size screen and slightly narrower than the iPhone.
Next step, was the initial set-up, screen configuration etc and I was shocked at how bad the touch screen is. I also own an iPod touch and the difference is absolutely enormous. The phone seems almost resistant to navigating with any speed or dexterity and hitting the right key on the QWERTY keyboard is actually quite difficult.
With regards to the main aspect of any phone, the call quality etc then I have never had problems with this. I can hear the person at the other end and they can hear me. However, when ending calls I seem to have to press the end call button 5/6 times to get it to respond. This is a general problem with the phone. Not only is the touch screen unresponsive but the phone as a whole seems to freeze a lot. The amount of times I've had to press a button for a number of seconds to get the screen to come up is ridiculous.
Network signal is also lost frequently and for no reason I am presented with an 'Emergency calls only' alert despite anyone else on the same network having no problems. Turning the phone off and on again invariably sorts out the issue but it's another negative.
The battery indicator is also wildly inaccurate. Often I am told to charge the phone only for it to decide it doesn't need it a couple of minutes later. Other times the battery has died without a word of warning.
Overall, I have probably not even scratched the surface with regard to features and apps because the phone is just so frustrating! I can get all the same apps via the superior wi-fi of my iPod and so this is what I do and the better touch screen etc means they can actually be enjoyed whereas I doubt this is the case on the GT540.
*This review is my own work although I may post it elsewhere on the internet.
Summary: Avoid and pay the extra for an iPhone!
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