Summary: I had an LG before and loved it but decided to "upgrade" to a Samsung Galaxy and had nothing but problems with it from the start. I was a little leery about going with the LG Optimus Black based on some of the reviews here but when it comes to cell phones I also realize just how picky people can be. Given my prior positive experiences with LG I decided to take the plunge. For $99 all I can say is, Wow......nice phone.
Summary: I started with a basic ZTE phone which was a great phone with some smart features. The LG Optimus Black adds a slightly larger screen, beautiful graphics, and plays all of my music and video formats (more than they quote in the specs). All at a sale price less than the ZTE! Battery life is average and phone is very thin/slippery so a case is advised.
Summary: Camera's great; love phone; received packaged well and in a timely manner. Second time I BOUGHT a phone; usually went with the free one throughout phone contracts, however, we tried Straightalk and their phones (hated phone; hated service). For a Smartphone, this wasn't such an expensive plunge from free, but with previous bad experiences, I was ready for a Smartphone; recommend getting unlocked (this was) as it wil give you freedom with whichever company you wish.