Conclusion: Although we liked the monolithic stylings of the Optimus Black, it may not be to everyone’s tastes and may attract jeers of being, 'just another iPhone clone.' But the Optimus Black is a solid smartphone, and it gives a solid performance across apps, email, internet and phone-calls. It may not stand up against fastest smartphone, given the recent batch of dual-core smartphones; there’s no HDMI-out, no full high-definition video recorder.
LG Optimus Black P970 review: Style and substance for the new LG Optimus Black
22 September 2011
Excerpt: At the CES 2011, alongside numerous gadgets and smartphones, LG presented it's latest project: Optimus Black, an Android-based smart phone, bringing some impressive specs to the table. The phone is by far one of the coolest ever made by LG, impressing the audience with bright display, which is nicknamed 'Nova' and by measuring just over 9mm thick, being one of the thinnest phones out there.
Conclusion: The LG Optimus Black may have a few drawback such as its poor build quality and bad battery life but overall I feel that for the price it’s simply an amazing device. A fast processor and an amazing screen is what sets this device out from the rest of its single core rivals; all I wish is that LG will update the software to Android 2.3 meaning it can bask in the full glory of the latest Android software.
The LG Optimus Black: Is it really worth it – review
16 July 2011
Conclusion: To sum it up, the display, camera and general functioning of the LG Optimus Black are what you could have expected from the best smartphones a couple of years ago. However, since technology is advancing at a high rate, the features provided by this phone can be considered rather outdated.
LG Optimus Black Review – NOVA Display Is Pure Awesomeness
8 July 2011
Excerpt: The first smartphone to embed LG's innovative NOVA technology for mobile displays, the Optimus Black breathes pure elegance and arouses Android fans' interest through a minimalist look and powerful enough hardware. Built around the large mobile display, the Optimus Black offers users the same level of functionality as the last year's high-end Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Desire.
Pros: Obviously, the strong point of the phone is the NOVA display, along with the elegant look. However, this is not everything that the phone can offer. I would also like to mention the LG Home launcher 2.0 and Gesture UI 2.0 that adds a personal touch to the stock Android Froyo interface, the DivX/XviD video support, as well as Wi-Fi Direct technology.
Cons: The most disappointing aspect of the phone is by far the audio quality. In addition, the mediocre camera and the out-dated operating system may also be among the negatives. Sales Package LG Optimus Black handset 1500 mAh Li-Ion Battery Compact Charger Manual Stereo Ear Microphone USB Data Cable 2GB MicroSD Card
Summary: The LG Optimus Black offers good system performance, solid build, a sleek form factor and a very good IPS LCD display. However, the bad battery life, outdated Froyo OS, camera shutter lag and precision problem with on-screen keypad in portrait mode show that the phone does have its share of issues. The Samsung Galaxy S feels faster in terms of raw performance, and you can check out the Samsung Nexus S, and get the latest Android 2.3 version with it.
Pros: Solid build & sleek form factor, Good display that works even in bright sunlight, Steady performance, with no slow downs, Gesture key is an added feature
Cons: Camera has lot of shutter lag, Battery barely lasts a day, On screen keypad, in portrait mode, isnï¿½t very precise, Still stuck on Android 2.2
Summary: The LG Optimus Black offers up the sort of specs that where considered high-end in 2010. The advent of dual core devices, higher resolution displays and cameras has created a superphone category – occupied by the sibling LG Optimus 2X for example – leaving the Optimus Black to slot into a sub high-end position.
Pros: The brightest display on a smartphone today, Very slim profile, Excellent sound quality
Cons: Offers weak hardware for its price range, Comes with Froyo instead of Gingerbread
Summary: There is no complaint regarding the communication quality. Ringtones are loud, but a vibro can be missed at times. The sound is good during the conversation as well. Interlocutors will always hear you well.
The model seems to be nice despite some stability issues. They are not vital for the majority of users. Some amends can be made if you give up on preinstalled Facebook and Twitter clients.
Conclusion: The LG Optimus Black is not the brightest bulb in the LG Android portfolio. Fair enough, it has no problem with authority. It claims to have the brightest screen on a phone to date, and that’s a good enough selling point. The Nova display is among the best LCD screens on the market. The performance aspects aside, the technology favors extra slim phones and that’s a great advantage for the Optimus Black. It’s a real looker of a phone and impressively well-built too.
Pros: 9.2 mm slim touchscreen bar, 4” NOVA display at 700 nits of brightness, 16M-color WVGA capacitive IPS LCD unit, Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, Android OS v2.2 Froyo (upgradable to v2.3) with LG Home launcher 2.0 and Gesture UI 2.0, TI OMAP 3630 1GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, face detection and geotagging, 720p video recording at 30fps, 2 MP front-facing camera with video calls, Wi-Fi b/g/n...
Cons: HD video clips come out with distorted aspect ratio, Single core processor when most of the high-end has gone dual-core, The blacks of the NOVA display are not deep enough to impress, No dedicated camera key, No Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, Disappointing audio quality