LG Optimus Black Review


We got our hands on the new LG Optimus Black last week, which is LG’s latest Android smartphone, and we have been testing it out over the weekend, so we thought it was about time to let you guys know what we thought of the LG Optimus Black.

The LG Optimus Black is an Android 2.2 device, it comes with Android 2.2.2 out of the box, although LG have said that they intend to updated it to 2.3 shortly after release. The Optimus Black is due to launch in the UK and Europe later this month and it is scheduled to launch in the US next month.

LG Optimus Black

Specifications

The LG Optimus Black features a 4 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, there is also a 5 megapixel camera on the back, which has a range of features that include a dual LED flash, autofocus and Geo-tagging.

The camera is capable of recording HD video in 720p at 30 frames per second, and you also get a 2 megapixel up front for video chat. processing is provided by a 1GHz TI IMAP 3630 processor.

LG Optimus Black

Other features on the LG Optimus Black include a built in FM Radio, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, DNLA, and the Optimus Black can be used as a mobile hotspot.

Design, Display, UI

The Optimus Black measures 4.8 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide, and it is pretty thin measuring just 0.23 inches at its thinnest part, it is also very light weighing in at just 3.84 ounces, it does fell like a wall made and well designed device.

LG Optimus Black

The Display on the Optimus Black is excellent, it uses NOVA technology which is designed to provide you with a much brighter display, without using up your battery, and everything looks sharp and crystal clear on the Optimus Black display.

LG Optimus Black

The Optimus Black Display is designed to give you a much brighter screen for outdoor use, and this works pretty well, and it is definitely a lot easier to use outdoors than some of the other devices available on the market.

The User Interface on the Optimus Black is very good, LG have kept things to a minimum and haven’t added a lot extra widgets, and it makes the UI very nice to use and easily customizable to suit your needs.

LG Optimus Black

Hopefully this should ensure that LG will be able to upgrade the Optimus Black to future versions of Android without too much trouble.

Processor And Camera

The Optimus Black features a single core 1GHz OMAP 3630 processor, and it seems pretty snappy, there we no delays or lag when launching apps, watching videos, browsing the web, and the processor seemed to handle the majority of tasks very well.

LG Optimus Black

The main camera on the Optimus Black is a 5 megapixel one on the back, it features a dual LED flash, and ge0-tagging, there is also built in autofocus, and the camera does a good job, exactly what you would expect from a five megapixel camera on a smartphone.

LG Optimus Black

The rear camera is capable of recording HD video, in 720p at 30 frames per second, and just like with the still photos the Optimus Black gives you exactly what you would expect from a decent smartphone camera.

You also get a two megapixel camera up front for video chat, which is a lot better than some of the other smartphones available that come with a VGA camera on the front.

Battery Life

The Optimus Black features a 1500mAh battery, and with the bright 4 inch display I was expecting the battery life to suffer a little on the Optimus Black, I was quite surprised with the results. LG’s NOVA technology, obviously does exactly what it was designed too, give you a bright and crisp display without sacrificing battery life.

LG Optimus Black

Conclusion

Overall I was quite impressed with the LG Optimus Black, it has an excellent display, and I really like the user interface, it is good too see a manufacturer just adding the bare minimum to Android, although we would have liked to see the Optimus Black come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box.

LG Optimus Black

It does a good job with videos and gaming, and it well designed and light, and has a number of cool features, plus a decent camera, I would definitely recommend you take a look at the LG Optimus Black if you are in the market for a new smartphone.

We are expecting the Optimus Black to go on sale in the UK next week, and then in the US next month, we don’t have any information on pricing as yet, as soon as we get some more information we will let you know, make sure you check out the Optimus Black gallery below. Take a look and our article on Android vs iPhone to see which smartphone and mobile platform is best for you.



  • Benis

    Does it have mulit touch? can I zoom on maps like I can on an iphone

  • Preet

    Yes Benis, it has a multi touch screen. It also has the G-Button which is a new technology from LG which can be used for many things such as, in your situation, zooming into maps by one click on the G-Button.

  • Xekas954

    I couldn’t make a video call through skype (only call mode available) PLS any help?

  • Aks473

    AMAZING phone ..really loved it.. much better than samsung galaxy S i9003 which is at same price. Had been using it from past 3 weeks and really impressed with it.

  • Andrey Tupkalo

    Android version of Skype doesn’t support video call, simple as that. 

  • N05ina

    When will this phone come available to Virgin in the US? My contract will be up soon with US cellular and I want to go with the 1200 minutes, and everything data/messaging for $45. My contact will be up at the beginning of Decemeber. Will this phone be available than?

  • http://twitter.com/jazzercrak07 Jas Allen

    How about the battery life? Usually how many hours if you use it for calls and internet only? I call a lot and use the wifi a lot. I hope it can reach the whole day of using both wifi and calls. I have android, it’s okay for calls but when I use the wifi I get to charge twice in a day.

  • Salman_a6

    It does supports Video Call….