LG Optimus Black review

Super thin, feather-light - but can it rival the new dual-core brigade?

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Messaging capabilities on the LG Optimus Black include SMS, MMS, email and Twitter/Facebook for LG with the options of downloading additional apps from the Android Market such as Google Voice, Skype and Meebo.

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The messaging interface is bright and aesthetically pleasing, if nothing new. The messaging widget sits on the home screen, taking you into the inbox where your conversations – rather than singular texts – are listed, with the option to create a new message at the top.

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QWERTY keyboards abound prove LG is keeping up with the simple details (unlike the similarly priced Nokia E7). In portrait mode, a small text input box and QWERTY keyboard sit below a visual of previous messages above.

Or landscape mode is designed for those who prefer to see the entire text they're typing, without a view of the message they're replying to.

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The LG Optimus Black can be a little slow to move from portrait to landscape, but otherwise the keys are nicely spaced and easy to type with. The one complaint would be the space bar, which seemed somehow less responsive than the rest of the keyboard – which could be because of the thinness of the key or just us not having the hang of it.

The messaging app includes predictive text and spellcheck, while attaching media files and converting to a multimedia message is as easy as clicking the menu button and selecting 'Attach', in either portrait or landscape mode.

If you see something while you're messaging that just can't wait, you can open the camera from the Attach menu, snap a picture and insert it into the text you were typing.

There's a crowbar separation between MMS/SMS and email inboxes via the appropriate apps, but this may be something you prefer. A gesture for flipping between the two would certainly come in handy here.

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In terms of email, if you're a Gmail user, the droid app for this is pretty sweet, giving you both Priority Inbox and Inbox view. It's also easy to find your organised folders and label emails. Setting up the app is as easy as signing in – you've got to love it, and on the 4-inch screen, it's a nice view indeed.

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Long-tapping an email brings up various editing options, including Delete, Mark unread and Report spam.

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And clicking into the email itself brings up the reply button and, of course, allows you to read the full email.

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Setting up the pre-loaded email app is just as simple – just follow the on-screen instructions and add the accounts you'd like to see in a combined inbox.

IM isn't included in the LG Optimus Black's list of apps, but the Market is nicely stocked and apps such as Meebo and AIM are easy to download. All in all, it's an easy to use messaging system with plenty of features and nicely laid out.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.27 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product ModelOptimus black
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)109 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging, EMS
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height122 mm
Width64 mm
Depth9.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time375 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameOptimus black Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberLG-OPTIMUSBKP970
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

One of the world's thinnest and lightest Android smartphones, the LG Optimus Black has a dramatically brighter 4-inch LCD screen, creating a one-of-a-kind user experience unlike anything before. By using LG's very own NOVA display technology, the screen is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens. The crystal-clear display not only lets users see the screen in direct sunlight but also provides a more natural web browsing experience by displaying truer colours. In addition, the LG Optimus Black comes with the latest technology, such as Wi-Fi Direct, a 2MP front-facing camera, lower battery consumption and launches on Android 2.2 to access over 150,000 apps.