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.
Excerpt: The LG Optimus Black is a candybar smartphone featuring a 4-inch, 400 x 800 pixel resolution touchscreen display, a 5MP camera with LED flash and an additional 2MP front-facing camera (for video calling), video record, MP3 player, along with native apps for Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. The LG Optimus Black offers A-GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI, DLNA and a 3.5mm headset jack.
LG Optimus Black review: The standout feature of the Optimus Black is what LG calls a 'NOVA' display
Good Gear Guide.au
11 October 2011
Summary: The LG Optimus Black possesses a great design and a good quality camera, along with a screen that offers superb sunlight legibility. The Optimus Black isn’t as fast as the latest dual-core smartphones, but if you’re after an Android phone with style, this should be near the top of your list.
Pros: Tapered, lightweight design, Good quality camera with flash, Excellent display
Cons: Back cover scratches easily, Not running latest Android software, Performance is not blazing fast
Excerpt: The LG Optimus Black is a smartly designed Google Android phone that features a nice-looking display, a simple and clean user interface, and battery life that would make some far-more-expensive smartphones envious.
Summary: The Optimus Black is a solid smartphone, but one that might get lost amongst the competition. The NOVA display is great outdoors, but many will find that it's a feature they will not often need.
Pros: Good smartphone experience, Nice tweaks in LG Android UI, Great battery life
Cons: Average camera only, A few too many gimmicks, No HDMI
Excerpt: About six months back, I was suffering from a serious case of Android fatigue. There were almost a dozen mid-range Android phones waiting in the wings to be reviewed and there was virtually nothing to separate them from each other. Not that these phones were bad; they just all appeared to take the same middle-of-the-road approach which left them undistinguishable.