LG Optimus Black 3 Stars

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Look and feel

The screen responds really well and we enjoyed using the gesture controls – but we did have some problems with screen lock. The menus too, proved somewhat tricky.

Ease of use

Under the chassis sits a 1GHz processor, which punches out enough power for the A-GPS, Wi-Fi and five-megapixel camera. The 4in screen sports LG’s NOVA technology.

Features

The Optimus Black is definitely slender, and looks good with its glossy black finish – just be prepared to be let down by the Teflon covering on the back.

Performance

It seemed odd that the 1GHz processor was so sluggish – plus we kept losing our Wi-Fi connection, But we loved the screen and the images we got from the snapper.

Battery life

A charge will be needed every day – even though LG claims that its NOVA screen uses less power than the usual LCD displays.

Pros:
The NOVA display is impressively vibrant and is easy to see even outside.
Cons:
Android 2.2 is out of date, loading webpages is slow; unreliable Wi-Fi.
Rating:
  • Look and Feel 4 Stars
  • Ease of use 3 Stars
  • Features 4 Stars
  • Performance 3 Stars
  • Battery life 4 Stars

Final verdict: 3 Stars

You’d expect a smoother experience if paying this kind of money, but we were impressed by the display.

Review by Mobile Choice