Specs summary


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


There is a 1 GHz processor (CPU).


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

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.
2 GB

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


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 7 days standby time, 360 minutes (2G).

A perfectly acceptable Android phone - but that's not enough these days.

- Ben Sillis , Electricpig 

Reviews summary

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.

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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

from Softpedia
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 amazing NOVA display and stylish design... Full review

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

from MobileBurn
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 might lack dual-core power, but it will run much longer than LG's own Optimus 2X - even though both devices use the same capacity battery.I'll take battery life over benchmark scores any day of the week. The Black is a winner in my book... Full review

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

from TechRadar
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 well enough in other areas to stand as a competitor to the Apple iPhone 4 for those who prefer Android phones... Full review
Digital Versus

Sleek design with decent build quality

from Digital Versus
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 mobile. It does a more than satisfactory job at everything it tries its hand at... Full review

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

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

from T3

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

Know Your Mobile

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

from Know Your Mobile
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... Full review

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

from PhoneArena

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

from GSMArena
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 updated their droid lineups, and Samsung are busy churning out Galaxy S spinoffs. The Optimus Black has a key feature to market itself on and looks classy without overdoing it... Full review

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

from Engadget

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

Dr sheriff

Beautiful phone

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 spe... More
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 as long as u dont fill up ur screen too much of widgets. It came out of the box shipping with gingerbread 2.3 android. This version uses more memory than foryo yet its more nice.The only drawbacks in my opinion are: battery life is hardly one day, voice quality in the normal phone speaker is mediocre at best. Camera is ok , very good close range , bad at night if its further than 3 meters 'cause flash is single led but its still ok. So its a wonderful phone better than I phone in my opinion espicially with a price less than half of the I-phone or samsung galaxy s3 or nokia n8 Less

Freezing issue's

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.
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. Less

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Full Specs

Release date April 9, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada, Europe
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
900/2100 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo (Update Available: 2.3.4 Gingerbread)

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Processor 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
2 GB
RAM Unknown
ROM Unknown
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.27 W/kg
Body: 1.43 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
360 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 cm
(4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 109 grams
(3.8 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Unknown
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Unknown
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out Yes
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Zoom Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info 2 Mpx
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Unknown
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Unknown
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No
Included Software / Apps Yes
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): LG B, LG Optimus Black Skype Edition

HDMI port
Skype edition available for Telus, comes with 60 minutes of Skype international calling credits
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