- Ben Sillis , Electricpig
A perfectly acceptable Android phone - but that's not enough these days.
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.
Reviews (6.6/10 Avg. rating)
An all-rounder with some pluses for the amazing NOVA display and stylish design
It does most everything really well, and looks great while doing it
An efficient, easy to use device that's easy on the eye and light on the pocket
Sleek design with decent build quality
There are a number of irritating problems with the Optimus Black which doesn't offer quite the complete experience you'd expect
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 nice widgets and some enhancements like weather. On the whole the phone runs smoothly and delivers the core Android experience with minimal fuss. But then we come to the strange situation with HD video capture, the slightly awkward gesture button and battery life that falls below what we expecte... Full review
The lightest, brightest phone steps out to battle the big boys
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 S2.
The battery life is something of a worry at times, and you could almost call the phone TOO light at times, with the lightweight feel not bringing a premium sensation in the hand.
The Optimus Black is a fine handset in a vacuum, and will pro... Full review
It's a perfectly acceptable, if slightly average, offering
A slim Android device that will be a pleasure to look at and at the same time prove to be quite capable
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 on its vivid NOVA display. TI's single-core OMAP 3630 chipset is powerful enough for casual web browsing and will even run less demanding 3D games at good speeds. Thanks to its Adobe Flash-enabled browser, the smartphone delivers an enjoyable web browsing experience, although it can get cho... Full review
Solid smartphone feel and subtle but classy look
The Optimus Black feels like a phone that has missed its window of opportunity
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 been a unique feature to promulgate. Now? Now we have phones with qHD resolution, multiple processing cores, and slim profiles to match and even better the Optimus Black. So why would you want to buy the Optimus Black with all the other options crowding the Android smartphone marketplace?<... Full review
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- LG Optimus Black Manual (PDF)
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