LG Optimus Black Review, A Shift in LG Mobiles

August 21st, 2011 | Gadgets Reviews | by RaniDababneh

I’ve been impressed by the huge shift in LG Mobiles Technology, as I’ve been reviewing and actually using the latest LG Optimus Black P970, after facing couple of limitations and glitches while reviewing the previous LG Optimus One P500, where you can skim through in the brief below.

[LG Optimus One P500 Review: Dialer not displaying synced gmail contacts names upon calling (android issue that is linked with hardware and software customizations done by providers) that could be avoided by rebooting the device after each sync operation, i.e. one cannot sync all accounts at once. Screen size has pros and cons; pros: portability, cons: too small for a capacitive touch screen, i.e. one can't text properly and quickly, though I like the LG developed keyboard that helps a lot within such small space. Processor, response time and performance have been almost satisfactory, same for wifi connection, fundamental android applications, and battery lifetime. Yet price is so affordable]


As for the impressive LG Optimus Black P970, it has been ranking high almost on all levels, along with only couple of serious limitations centered at the battery life time, which lasts for 24h only in a regular usage at low brightness, and relatively limited basic internal memory. It’s Android 2.2 Froyo OS based yet upgradable to 2.3 Gingerbread, 1Ghz TI OMAP 3630 processor, 4-inch NOVA display with 800×480 resolution, 5-megapixel camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 2GB of internal storage, that weighs 109g only, as one of the lowest weights and thinnest smart phones.

Compared to Galaxy S series I guess LG Optimus Black P970 is close to Galaxy SI and following SII. Following the latest smarphone fashion LG Optimus Black has its own Gesture Key [G-Key], that is similar to Galaxy S II Motion Feature, you can hold down the G-Key to navigate between homescreens by simply turning the phone or alternatively shake the device twice to enter the camera app, or simply flip the phone over to snooze the alarm or mute incoming calls (only if ringtones set to sound).

LG Optimus Black Specifications Review

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100, HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2011, January
Status Available. Released 2011, May
Size Dimensions 122 x 64 x 9.2 mm
Weight 109 g
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches
- Gorilla Glass display
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Touch-sensitive controls
- Optimus UI 2.0, Gesture UI 2.0
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 2 GB storage (1 GB user-available), 512 MB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB
Data GPRS Up to 48 kbps
EDGE Up to 237 kbps
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, face and smile detection
Video Yes, 720p@30fps
Secondary Yes, 2 MP
Features OS Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), upgradable to v2.3
CPU 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Black, Pink, Silver, White, Brown
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
- SNS integration
- Digital compass
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk
- MP4/DivX/Xvid/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
- Document viewer
- Organizer
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
Stand-by Up to 375 h
Talk time Up to 6 h

LG Optimus Black Price in Jordan

Around JOD 300, i.e. $420 US Dollars

LG Optimus Black Review, A Shift in LG Mobiles