Say hello to the LG GT540 Swift Android smartphone. We've seen Android devices from LG before but none have reached the US, maybe that'll change with the GT540. The GT540 is a cute little device that seems to hit the midrange end of the market, especially catering to those who've yet to own a smartphone.

The build quality is mostly good, there's wavy ridges accenting the back of the phone, chrome rim outlining the sides and attractive color options. The GT540 uses 3 physical hardware buttons and 2 touch-sensitive buttons for navigation. The only potential hardware issue we saw was with the battery cover, it kept slipping off--but we're going to chalk this up as a CES show floor thing. The rest of the hardware is standard fare: 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3-megapixel camera and a 3.5mm headphone jack

We have no idea what version of Android the LG GT540 runs. Whenever we tried to jump into Settings > About Phone, it just gave us an error message. Either way, the lock screen looks like it comes from 2.0.1 but the icons look like their from 1.6.  On top of that, LG has added some of their special sauce, skinning a little bit of the phone, bumping the home screen to 7 pages wide, and a Motion UI player (?). Performance was just average, nothing super speedy so the processor must be your run-of-the-mill chip.

It's expected to hit stores in April 2010 but price and carrier are still unknown. We know it'd look like a good mid-range device for AT&T. What do you guys think about the LG GT540?

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Hands On With The LG GT540 Swift Android Smartphone


Yeah it kinda looks like a free matching wallet you'd get when you buy the purse. And I'm not diggin the iPhone style buttons reminds me of the corny iBerry BB themes><. The only good this about it is that it has 2.0.

The GT540 runs on Android 2.0 (aka Eclair) and comes with all the usual Google accoutrements (Maps, Market, Gmail, YouTube and Search). We think that the GT540 stands a good chance of doing for Android what the Cookie did for low cost touchscreens.
Although the design of this phone looks like the 90's indeed. Details:

I don't know if this helps at all, but i think the icons are modeled after the ones on LG's enV touch. Because my enV Touch has a similar dock and very similar icons except rounded. The blue square with the four dots goes to the menu i assume?

at the bottom, I see the call, home, and end. then above theres the menu I guess and the back. wheres the search button that all others have?

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