LG Optimus Black review

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

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Connectivity-wise, the LG Optimus Black is decked with Wi-Fi, 3G (7.2Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA) and Bluetooth. Attached to Wi-Fi, the browser speed is excellent, and while the 3G speeds aren't by any means instantaneous, they're not painful either.

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Connectivity-wise, the LG Optimus Black is decked with Wi-Fi, 3G (7.2Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA) and Bluetooth. Attached to Wi-Fi, the browser speed is excellent, and while the 3G speeds aren't by any means instantaneous, they're not painful either.

Thanks to the NOVA technology, websites look sharp and gorgeous, with colours really popping on the screen, whether zoomed in or out.

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Double tapping will auto-zoom out to refit the whole website to the screen.

Web pages are quick to navigate on the LG Optimus Black, except for a slight juddering when scrolling through image-heavy sites.

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Reflow is supported, instantly fitting the text to the screen, whether in portrait or landscape mode, which makes image-heavy sites (such as say, your Sunday dose of PostSecret) a pleasant browsing experience.

We think the pre-installed browser is more than adequate, but if you're dead set on downloading another, Mozilla Firefox and Opera are available from the Market.

Flash is supported. However, the single core processor means viewing isn't entirely smooth. The BBC iPlayer app, for example, loads quickly but occasionally stutters while playing, and is far too pixelated. Flash inside websites gave the LG Optimus Black no pause for thought on a Wi-Fi connection, but a little trouble on 3G roaming.

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Bookmarking is easy on the LG Optimus Black – clicking on the star symbol next to the current URL takes you to an attractive thumbnail bookmarks page, including a Most visited and History tab.

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In the browser, they're easily reached through the Menu button. Simples.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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.