Is The LG Optimus GT540 Worth Buying?
LG has made quite a name for itself over the past several years in the cell phone market; however, they have been reluctant to enter the Android fray. Getting their feet wet with the LG Intouch Max GW620, LG has followed up this early entry into the Android field with the LG GT540. Dubbed the Optimus, LG has added to what the 620 could do without going overboard. Android newbies and seasoned veterans alike will find the phone a delight to use. The Optimus’s construction is of high quality plastic and presents a 3.2-inch resistive screen. It is not the smallest phone on the shelf, but it still easily fits in the pocket at 109mm tall, 54.5mm wide, and 12.7mm thick. Although some prefer the ease of capacitive screens to that of resistive, the screen on the Optimus is very responsive and accurate. Images receive the support of 320 x 480 pixel resolution and 256K colors. The Android 1.6 operating system powers the Optimus and the phone works with and updated S-class interface. A home screen can be chosen from either the usual Android version or a customized LG version. The customized screen is attractive due to features such as available messaging right from the screen and part of the drag-up menu. Widgets, folders, and shortcuts are also found on the customized home screen. Keeping up to date on your friends is quite easy with the ability to import Facebook, Bebo, and Twitter contacts. The Optimus’s user interface is somewhat self-explanatory and is not hard to navigate. A camera is essential on cell phones today, and the LG Optimus provides a 3-megapixel camera complete with autofocus. Pictures are shown in 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. Additional features include face and smile detection. The camera’s interface is based on the LG Viewty Smart, so those familiar with past LG phone models will be happy. Another capability of the camera is the capture of VGA video at 17 frames per second. Cell phones have evolved far beyond the ability to provide a tool for conversation. They have become multimedia systems and the Optimus is no different. Xvid and Divx formats are supported by the media player. The music player is based on the same interface of LG’s other models and supports FM radio and has an RDS feature containing radio channels. The Bass feature adds some punch to the sound and the Optimus comes with 150 MB of internal memory. LG has created a smartphone that utilizes the Android system well even at this early stage of development for the company. Both those new to LG and those who have been customers for some time will find a pleasing experience with the LG Optimus handset. Its simple, yet capable performance utilizes much of what Android has to offer and presents it in an easily digestible manner.