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.
LG Optimus Black Review – NOVA Display Is Pure Awesomeness
5 August 2011
Conclusion: If you're attached to the LG brand and don't have the budget to purchase the Optimus 2X, the Optimus Black is a decent alternative. In fact, it's the only alternative for the moment, if you don't prefer Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform. The Optimus Black is an all-rounder with some pluses for the amazing NOVA display and stylish design.
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.
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.
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, isn't very precise, Still stuck on Android 2.2
LG Optimus Black – uber slim design and a very energy efficient display – user review
25 June 2011
Conclusion: The LG Optimus Black is now available worldwide, and it is definitely one of the best smartphones on the market, combining both style and functionality into one attractive package. If you want to buy a new smartphone, it may be worth looking at this model before making a choice.
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.