LG Optimus GT540 Unlocked GSM Quad-Band Phone with 3 MP Camera, Android OS, Touch Screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth - Unlocked Phone - No Warranty - Black
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Product DescriptionThe LG Optimus (LG GT540) is a smart choice for the first-time Smartphone users with access to the exciting world of Android apps without compromising on style as the handset boasts a distinctive design that is both sleek and soft and is available in black and silver. The LG Optimus also allows users to enjoy automatic account synchronization with all Google mobile services and enhanced social networking functions in a high-powered multimedia environment. Wireless Personal Data Transfer - You can access your data from anywhere and easily transfer your data from your PC to your mobile via the web. Enhanced Multimedia - The LG Optimus GT540 is a multimedia powerhouse. Scroll through your photos, music and movies with intuitive shake control. Shoot with a 3MP camera, edit your photos with phenomenal face-recognition software and then upload straight to your favorite websites. My Style! My Widget! - At the core, LG Optimus GT540 is all about you. Change your home screen I you don't like it as there are four built-in themes to match your mood. There are also many widgets including news and reviews, weather or social networking services.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #151 in Cell Phone Accessories
- Color: Black
- Brand: LG
- Model: GT540EUBK
- Dimensions: 2.15" h x .50" w x 4.29" l, .25 pounds
- This unlocked cell phone is compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Not all carrier features may be supported. It will not work with CDMA carriers like Verizon Wireless, Alltel and Sprint.
- GSM 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS 900/2100, HSDPA 7.2
- Touch Screen: 320 x 480, 3.0", HVGA, 262K, TFT
- Wi-Fi, Browser, Speaker Phone, External Memory (MicroSD up to 32GB (not included)), MP3, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, Video Recording, 3.5 Audio Jack, Document viewer, Organizer
- Talk Time: Up to 5 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 20 min (3G). Stand-by Time: Up to 500 h (2G) / Up to 500 h (3G)
Customer ReviewsMost helpful customer reviews
81 of 81 people found the following review helpful.
By red CODE
Performance: fast & stable.
- It can run Raging Thunder II smoothly (need to download data to SD card separately in order to run the game. The data can be found easily on android forums).
- Web browsing: no lag when scrolling. No double-tap or one-touch zooming (as in Iphone and other capacitive phones) because this phone has resistive screen.
- Easy to config.
- Run smoothly.
Texting: not texting so no comment. However:
- Qwerty onscreen keyboard is not spacious (3" screen).
- Loudspeaker is good for pop, rap. Not good for metal + rock: I tried playing Tokyo (Resident Evil - Afterlife's OST)and it sounded awful.
- Always has good signal.
- No problem with making calls (voice is clear).
- Running Android 1.6.
- Can be upgraded to 2.1 (not officially supported).
- 1500mAh => long standby time.
- Run out quickly when running game + WiFi on (battery is drained 21% when running Raging Thunder II for 10 mins).
- One of the most cheapest WiFi & (A)GPS-ready android phone.
- Fast & stable performance.
- Long battery life (standby time).
- Good design (curves at the top & bottom, brushed-metal-like plastic case).
- Resistive screen => no double-tap zooming.
- Old version of Android (1.6). But upgradable to 2.1 (support Live Wallpaper).
- Install APNdroid (must use 3.0, 2.1 won't work) + 3G Watchdog.
- Install ApkInstaller to install applications from SD card.
48 of 48 people found the following review helpful.
Awesome, but a few minor problems!
First off, let me start by saying that I do love this phone, and despite the flaws it has I'm STILL baffled over it, and I still haven't gotten over that it's a phone, and not just a toy. (I came from a Blackberry, and this just has so many advantages over it)
-Quick! Much faster than my Blackberries -- I can send messages without any lag, there's generally very little delay between selecting programs and having it open.
-Sleek! I've gotten a few comments about it being a cool looking phone, and one person didn't want to stop playing with it!
-Surprisingly cheap! When I was looking at phones, I generally didn't want to spend over $150, but when I saw what this came with and the general reviews of it, I couldn't pass it up. This is cheaper than any Android upgrade T-Mobile would give me, and the cheapest Android phone I could find!
-Android OS -- This is huge! So many people develop apps for this system, it's awesome. There is literally an app for everything that I've wanted so far, and plenty more that I haven't wanted, haha.
-Android 1.6 -- This is upgradable, but apparently LG had issues with the OS or something, so they took it down. You can potentially upgrade it by getting "root" access, which is essentially like jailbreaking an iPhone, or something like that. It gives you access to things that you normally wouldn't have, but not without its own issues. You can potentially "brick" your phone and have it be just that, a very expensive paperweight. I would do this but right now I'm just so happy with the upgrade I don't need it.
-Pain to set up -- When I first received it, I just popped in my SIM card and I could text/talk no problem. Picture messages were a different story. For some reason I could not receive picture messages despite normally being able to do so with my Blackberries. I was told I would need a data plan for it by a T-mobile representative. This did not fix the issue. I continued to talk to three total T-mobile reps and none of them could get me to receive picture messages (or web, after the data plan was added to test it). I only found out how to do this by browsing the T-mobile forums and finding the right Access Point Names (APNs) to use in order for it to work. I will post these settings at the end of the review.
-Steep learning curve -- I still haven't learned how to type on the virtual keyboard after 4-5 years of typing on the Blackberry keyboard! I make errors like crazy!
-I don't have a case for this yet (thanks to slow shipments..) so I'm afraid it will scratch easily as I always carry my phone in the same pocket as my keys (I -WISH- I could change this habit, but it's too awkward after years of doing this). I'm simply avoiding carrying my phone in that pocket until then, but that's not really the phone's fault.
-Sometimes it takes a little while to switch to the home screen. Simple fix is shutting the screen off and turning it back on. Really it's only once in a while, and the home screen DOES return, I'm just too lazy to wait those 5 seconds after being spoiled by how quick it normally is :)
APN Settings for T-Mobile -- I only pulled these off of the T-Mobile forums. I don't know what effects these settings will have if you have a different carrier or whatever, but these work for T-mobile so far.
For this we'll need 2 APN entries.
Create FIRST APN, set as below, leave as-is for all others not mentioned:
APN: epc.tmobile.com (or you can try others like wap.voicestream.com etc.)
APN type: default
Create SECOND APN, set as below, leave as-is for all others not mentioned:
Name: t-mobile MMS
MMS proxy: 216.155.165.050
MMS port: 8080
APN type: mms
Once it is done, you should have 2 APNs.
The APN "t-mobile MMS" does not have a clickable radio button on the right.
Best to restart phone.
Sending or Receiving MMS: Your 3G sign will first disappear for several seconds, then reappear.
Though not obvious, the 3G sign now is for "t-mobile MMS" APN.
Once it has finished doing all the sending and receiving, the 3G sign disappears again.
After several seconds, the 3G sign reappears again.
Though not obvious, the 3G sign now is for "t-mobile" APN.
You may resume your normal data connectivity/Internet.
-Huge thanks to CyFox on the T-mobile forums for writing this guide, I'm merely the messenger here.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful.
You'll love it if you know what you are getting...
Let me start by saying you will love this phone if you know what you are buying. And what are you buying? A/ Bang for your buck.
Externally, the phone looks great. I love the shape, the size, of both the phone and the screen, is perfect for my taste and the battery cap is both easy to remove and locks in securely.
As for the battery, it lasts 48 hours with moderate use (I don't keep wifi or APN on all the time).
As for the software, Android is great. The Android Market has LOTS of apps but it can be overwhelming at first. Also, most apps require access to a lot of personal data, which I feel is unnecessary at times.
The phone is fast, but as any computer it gets sluggish after a while and you need to restart it to clean your memory. Or get an app to do this, but I haven't decided on one yet.
At last, the screen. It won't win any awards, but it looks nice enough. You won't be able to make anything out in direct sunlight, but I don't usually use my phone outside during the day, I'm stuck in an office. The resistive screen is soft to the touch, but those used to capacitive screens will have a hard time getting used to pressing rather than brushing. (Light pressing, I mean, very light)...
Only con is It can't seem to get a 3G signal on my carrier, so I'm stuck with 2G for now.
Overall, I am happy with my purchase, you can't get any better for the price...
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