Product Type: LG Electronics Smartphone
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A very average budget phone
Member Name: jkr1711
Date: 02/08/11, updated on 02/08/11 (33 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, Android OS, Good Warranty
Disadvantages: Bad software updates, Cheaply made, Terrible Battery, EXTREME lag
The LG GT540 is an Android smartphone that is designed for the budget consumer and as the name suggests it isn't the worlds quickest or best phone.
The phone itself:
The feel of the phone is fairly plasticky and the back cover is a bad imitation of a metal cover. The screen also is plastic and sometimes feels like it is pulling away from the phone, this is because it is the cheaper (and older) style of touchscreen called a Resistive Screen. More expensive phones have Capacitive Screens that support multitouch and other fancy iPhone style features.
Battery life on the GT540 is in my opinion very poor lasting only a day with moderate use. The battery is Li-Polymer which is found in the iPhone 4 but is no where near the same quality or capacity. The battery is rated at MAh.
The GT540 comes preloaded with the out-dated version of Android that is 1.6 (donut). But it can be updated to version 2.1 update 1 through LG's update tool, however as at August 2011 the tool has been removed from the site due to a large amount of phones being bricked (including mine!). On both 1.6 and 2.1 the phone lags terribly making things such as playing games (especially angry birds) an absolute pain!
The camera on the GT540 is a fairly standard 3MP with no flash. The video quality is a painful 480p compared to the HD capabilities of some other handsets.
As said in the above paragraph the phone was bricked from the LG Updated tool and it was subsequently sent for repair.
The standard warranty repair was excellent and I received my phone back 7 days after being sent (via Free Next Day Delivery).
Summary: A good starter smartphone but there are several better phones in this price range.