LG Optimus Black review

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

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Battery life

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The LG Optimus Black's 100mAh battery life is fair to average. We definitely had to charge it every day, which isn't ideal, although that was after heavy usage, including a few hours of Wi-Fi. It seems on a par with its more powerful brethren, the LG Optimus 2X and daily charging has become standard for most smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S2.

The battery is drained significantly by running games, even for 10-15 minutes. If the NOVA screen is saving battery consumption, we'd hate to see it without that technology.

On the upside, it charges quickly and if you're less of an internet browser and networks addict then perhaps you'll squeeze a little longer out of the battery.


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The LG Optimus Black is fairly full of connectivity options, including micro USB (but no HDMI port), HSDPA (to 7.2 Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and standard Bluetooth 2.1. The 3G is enough to keep you browsing at a decent rate if you're in a good spot for signal. The Wi-Fi is also strong and will speed up the browser upload rate no end.

The LG Optimus Black is also loaded with Wi-Fi Direct technology (just like the Samsung Galaxy S2), which in theory allows you to transfer files up to 20 times faster than Bluetooth if you can find other Wi-Fi Direct capable devices. The handset can also be used as a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

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Connecting the phone to a PC seems easy enough – just plug in the USB and be eased through the setup menus. It became a little tedious when we were guided through umpteen installation screens, but eventually we were set up and ready to go with a simple drag and drop.

Connecting the LG Optimus Black to a Mac was a little more difficult, as the Android File Transfer app only works for those devices running Android 3.0, whereas the Optimus Black runs 2.2. Once installed, however, it's a simple drag-and-drop game and is easy to transfer files.

One glitch we did come across, however, was with the microSD card. After adding a movie no problem, testing it and deciding to switch it for another one, we deleted the first film file from the SD card, only to be met with a series of 'Memory card full' error screens.

To remedy this, we had to remove all images and files from the card that we wanted to save to and then reformat it, after which it worked fine. This isn't ideal, especially if it were to happen every time you swapped the files around on your handset.

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.