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LG Optimus Black
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Optimus Black

  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 64.0 x 122.0 mm
  • Weight: 109 grams
  • Screen Size: 4.0 Inches
  • Device Control: Touch
  • Talk Time: 360 Minutes
  • Standby Time: 375 Hours
  • Camera Resolution: 5 Megapixels
  • Music Player: Yes
  • GPS: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Bluetooth: v2.1 with A2DP
  • Available Colours: Black, White, Pink, Silver, Brown
 

Pros and cons

  • Thinnest and lightest android smartphone upon release
  • 9.2mm slim touch screen bar
  • 4 inch NOVA display with 700 nits of brightness
  • 5 megapixel camera with 720p video capture
  • Divx/Xvid video support
  • Single core processor
  • No dedicated camera key
  • Average audio quality
  • Slider interface not as smooth as expected
 

"BLACK and bright"

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The Nova LCD display is among the best and brightest touchscreens on the market today....


LG Optimus Black Video Review

Introducing the LG Optimus Black! By its name, LG has incorporated a lot of great smartphone features, optimizing user interface, design and functionality that truly cater to the busiest business professional. With its truly slick, black and stylish design, the Optimus Black is one handset to look out for. Running the latest Android v2.2 (Froyo) operating system and housing a 5 megapixel camera onboard the LG Optimus Black will give the leaders a run for the money.

Let us take a look at the much talked about physical features of the LG Optimus. For a start the handset is light and very comfortable to handle and at 109 grams, makes it the lightest android driven smartphone in the market today. Though it might not be as stylish as some of you may have hoped for, the LG Black could be given two thumbs up for its flawless execution. Don’t be thrown off by this lightweight, in fact this compact device is still sturdy enough to incorporate a huge 4 inch screen with NOVA display technology which is one of the brightest among the bright stars of smartphones with around 700 nits.

The handset’s 5 megapixel camera will not disappoint with its autofocus, geotagging, LED flash and face detection features, you’ll certainly come out with good enough photos that you can share with your friends and family. The Optimus Black’s music player may be familiar with those who have been following the progress of LG however it’s certainly has some tweaks along the way like the inclusion of an alphabet scroll which makes locating albums quicker, equalizer presets and a 3D wall of all the album covers (from your music collection) that lets you see a list of all songs by simply tapping on the album cover itself. Unfortunately the audio output quality is a bit below average which is slightly disappointing.

When it comes to the LG Optimus Black’s video player, it might be simple, but this certainly does not mean it’s inferior. The interface is fairly straight forward however it will play absolutely anything you try to feed it from the usual 3GP and MP4 files, to WMV, AVI with DivX and Xvid. It won’t play videos in 1080p resolution but 720p is OK. There are even additional and convenient features for subtitles with font size and setting. Now how convenient is that!

Conclusion
Is the brightest screen available to date enough to get you to buy the LG Optimus Black? Maybe, maybe not? However with optimum features like SNS integration, Adobe 10.1 Flash Support, Gesture controls, Document Viewer/Editor, FM radio with RDS and a lot more, the LG Optimus Black is a smartphone for smart professionals who want to be different and who want something new and exciting. LG is banking on the principle that a different approach will surely take the Optimus Black to the top of the market. Well, they may not get to the very top with this all rounder, but I’m sure they’ll get very close.

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