LG Optimus Black

AKA: LG B, LG Optimus Black Skype Edition

Available at: Koodo Mobile, Telus

7/10 AVG.
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A perfectly acceptable Android phone - but that's not enough these days. - Ben Sillis, Electricpig  
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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 15 reviews

The LG Optimus Black is a candybar smartphone featuring a 4-inch, 400 x 800 pixel resolution touchscreen display, a 5MP camera with LED flash and an additional 2MP front-facing camera (for video calling), video record, MP3 player, along with native apps for Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

The LG Optimus Black offers A-GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI, DLNA and a 3.5mm headset jack. The Optimus Black runs on Android OS 2.2 (upgradable to 2.3), and has expandable memory via microSD up to 32GB.

Specs summary

Screen
4"

The LG Optimus Black's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1GHz

There is a 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo (Update Available: 2.3.4 Gingerbread) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.
Storage
2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a 1500 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. LG's performance ratings are: 7 days standby time, 360 minutes talk time.

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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 15 reviews

The LG Optimus Black is a candybar smartphone featuring a 4-inch, 400 x 800 pixel resolution touchscreen display, a 5MP camera with LED flash and an additional 2MP front-facing camera (for video calling), video record, MP3 player, along with native apps for Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

The LG Optimus Black offers A-GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI, DLNA and a 3.5mm headset jack. The Optimus Black runs on Android OS 2.2 (upgradable to 2.3), and has expandable memory via microSD up to 32GB.

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Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)

An all-rounder with some pluses for the amazing NOVA display and stylish design

from Softpedia (over 3 years ago)

If you're attached to the LG brand and don't have the budget to purchase the Optimus 2X, the Optimus Black is a decent alternative. In fact, it's the only alternative for the moment, if you don't prefer Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform. The Optimus Black is an all-rounder with some pluses for the... More

It does most everything really well, and looks great while doing it

from MobileBurn (over 3 years ago)

The LG Optimus Black is a fantastic device. It has the best non-AMOLED display available on an Android device, it features and attractive and functional design, and it runs both quickly and smoothly. I also really love how unbulky the phone feels, and really like the user interface work that LG has done. It... More

  8/10

An efficient, easy to use device that's easy on the eye and light on the pocket

from TechRadar (over 3 years ago)

If you're both a fan of the black bar aesthetic that seems to be the current go-to design of smartphones, and a fan of lightweight machinery that does exactly what it ought to, then the LG Optimus Black will suit you great. While its only truly outstanding feature is the NOVA display screen, it performs... More

  8/10

Sleek design with decent build quality

from Digital Versus (over 3 years ago)

The LG Optimus Black combines a sleek design with an ultra-light handset to make what is certainly one of the best Android smartphones currently available. It might not pack the same punch as its rivals, but it's affordable enough to be a hit with a wide range of users who don't need a super-powerful... More

  8/10

There are a number of irritating problems with the Optimus Black which doesn't offer quite the complete experience you'd expect

from Pocket-lint (over 3 years ago)

The LG Optimus Black is something of a mixed bag. Eye-catching design and a great screen are paired with a phone that isn’t a great performer on the multimedia front. For the most part we like LG’s light touch with Android: it still leaves you with that Android feel, but does offer a few... More

  6/10

The lightest, brightest phone steps out to battle the big boys

from T3 (over 3 years ago)

The Optimus Black has a hard place in the market – upper mid-range in the phone rankings is a hard one to convince consumers to go for. It’s comparable on contract price with the more powerful LG Optimus 2X and better looking Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and not too far off the cost of the Galaxy... More

It's a perfectly acceptable, if slightly average, offering

from Know Your Mobile (over 3 years ago)

The Optimus Black is cheaper, smaller and lighter than the 2X, and it offers a great experience and performance. But, it does risk being lost amongst the competition that consists of handsets with equal specs and nicer designs.

  6/10

A slim Android device that will be a pleasure to look at and at the same time prove to be quite capable

from PhoneArena (over 3 years ago)

Although it is not the best shooter we've ever seen, the LG Optimus Black takes satisfyingly good looking photos and videos with its 5-megapixel camera, assuming it has been given the optimal conditions. When you have some time to kill, the Optimus Black can come in handy allowing you to watch 720p video... More

  8/10

Solid smartphone feel and subtle but classy look

from GSMArena (over 3 years ago)

It would be unfair to compare the Optimus Black to the new generation dual core phones. But it’s not a phone to write off either. It gives LG a boost in confidence and that’s more than welcome, considering the highly competitive bracket it falls in. Both HTC and Sony Ericsson have recently... More

The Optimus Black feels like a phone that has missed its window of opportunity

from Engadget (over 3 years ago)

Had it been immediately available upon its announcement at CES in January, its omission of Gingerbread may have been considered forgivable, its unimpressive performance would have been less harshly judged in the light of what else was on the market at the time, and its thinness would have actually... More

  6/10

Beautiful phone

(about 1 year ago)

My previous phone was a nokia c7 belle upgrade, and its a great phone. The Lg optimus black is nothing less. Its even more. The screen is an ace much brighter. Overall performance is very good. After a few days if it becomes sluggish just reboot to clear cache. Its ram is very good, its nice and speedy... More

  8/10

Freezing issue's

(over 2 years ago)

I have this phone and it freezes constantly when I am texting. I had to send it in to Koodo for repair but it still freezes. I text a lot, so if texting is your thing, this is NOT the phone for you.

  2/10

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