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.


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.


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.

The NOVA display is impressively vibrant and is easy to see even outside.
Android 2.2 is out of date, loading webpages is slow; unreliable Wi-Fi.
  • 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