LG Electronics Optimus Black Review

The LG Black Optimus Android phone is a sleek design that has a nice-looking display, a user interface simple and clean, and battery life that would make some great envy smartphones more expensive

I spent a day with the phone and found to be reliable and easy to use, even though their hardware and features are far from the top of the range, between Android phones.

single-core processor of the phone was modest enough for the tasks I tried to make with your Android 2.2 (Froy) OS. LG said that the Optimus is easy to upgrade to Android 2.3 (gingerbread).

The 3G phone uses the GSM / UMTS phone, so it works with a SIM card from AT & T or T-Mobile.

Optimus Black is sleek and black with rounded corners and no hard lines or buttons that stick out. Is 4.8 inches tall by 2. 5 inches wide. Is thickness of 0.36 inches thin at 0. Of 23 inches on the sides at the bottom, creating an illusion of even smaller size.

The Black Optimus weighs only 3.84 oz. That may be impressive from a design perspective, but the phone felt a bit too light for me, a little too insubstantial (and droppable) on the hand. In comparison, the iPhone 4 takes up less desk space but weighs almost an ounce (4.83 ounces).

The front of the Black Optimus is completely smooth, with a 2 megapixel camera first address at the top. At the bottom, just below the window on the screen are the menu, home, back, and search buttons, which are based on contact and built in the body of the phone.

The top of the phone houses the headphone jack, micro-USB port and power button. In the upper back are the 5 megapixel camera and flash. The right column is smooth and has no buttons or ports.
The processor

According to middle-tier components in the rest of the phone, Black Optimus uses a single-core 1 GHz processor from Texas Instruments OMAP 3630. The chip is not dual-core power, but it seems very appropriate for a moderately priced 3G phone.

When launching applications, browsing the Web, and video content opening was not impressed by the rapid response capability, but did not notice any significant time lapse between touch or gesture of my finger and the implementation of the device of the task.

The phone's 4-inch WVGA screen (480 by 800 pixels) using NOVA technology, which LG says it requires much less energy (for indoor use) of the LCD and AMOLED other smartphones use, during use outdoors, however, produces a large screen brighter and more visible. I found that the screen represents the content of high-definition video reasonably well: the images looked sharp and had the exact colors. But blacks were deeper and whites were brighter than I've seen on the screens of smart phones using Super Samsung AMOLED technology, for example. And when I had the Optimus under direct sunlight with an iPhone 4 and one 18 months old, HTC EVO 4G show Optimus did not seem to be much more visible.
User Interface

I liked the simple look and feel of the user interface. Unlike the more expensive smartphones I've seen recently, the Black Optimus was not overloaded with every conceivable brand widget and application. Since the phone is not tied to a specific company, LG managed to hold these items to a reasonable number, which should make it easier to find things I use on a regular basis.

The Black Optimus uses a superposition of LG modest design of user interface software called 2.0, which allows the user to access specific contents, without having to unlock the phone. For example, you can see and access phone messages and e-mail directly from the home screen locked. You can also move two fingers out of the screen to see the seven screens in your home (LG apparently borrowed this trick Sense HTC overlay user interface).
"Shake" and "Tap" controls

The Black Optimus has a trick up his sleeve navigation I have not seen elsewhere. On the left side is the volume control is a button just below that LG calls the G key '3 D motion gesture "or" Key. The G-Key works alone or in combination with movements to perform various functions. Press and hold and the phone switches to camera mode. Press and hold again in the camera mode, and shake the phone from side to side a few times, and the phone displays the photos you just shot. You can tilt the phone this way or that, while holding down the G key to move between the seven different home screens, provided by Android.

You can also tap the sides of the phone to do things like skip forward or backward in a song while in the music player.

5 megapixel camera The Black Optimus is about what I expected: not the camera's highest quality smartphone out there, but not a disappointment either. The characteristic shape resembles that of many other Android phone cameras I've seen. On the left side of the interface are the zoom, light balance and flash controls, along with a switch between looking back and front of the cameras. On the other side of the screen are the trigger and toggle between camera and video camera.

The still images taken with the camera seemed quite clear on the phone, and looked even better when viewed full size on my computer screen is not perfect, mind you, but not bad for a smartphone camera . I also found the light balance of the photos to be quite accurate with no adjustment. When I shot the person in front of a bright light source, the image of the person darkened a little, but did not lose all the details, as with many low-quality cameras. The camera, however, has autofocus problems quickly in fast moving objects in the frame, in this case, the oncoming traffic.

I have almost the same results when shooting video in the Black Optimus. The results seemed sufficiently detailed and accurate color when I saw the pictures on the phone, and again in the PC. But I did not like not being able to use the volume control for the zoom while recording video, and I could use it to zoom in pause mode the camera. Odd. The G-Key could have been a good use of the still image and video mode, too, but no dice.
Speed ​​Details

The Black Optimus is not the fastest phone in the world. The radio chipset inside uses technology to HSDPA 7.2 and HSUPA downloads 5. 76 loading technology, which means that the highest (theoretical) download and upload speeds that can reach the phone to 7.2 Mbps and 5.76, respectively. Both the T-Mobile and AT & T networks (GSM networks that Black Optimus can run in the U.S.) are capable of speeds far higher than the highest radio is the Optimus can support. Unfortunately, our test device came without a SIM card, so we could not test the radio.

LG says the screen in the Black Optimus NOVA "reduce energy consumption by 50 percent for general use indoors compared with a normal LCD [screen]." Although we could not perform formal tests of the Optimus 1500mAh battery, its battery burn rate for my test looked promising. I charged the battery completely, and then began the test, which involved the use of various aspects of the phone, including battery-intensive tasks like video viewing and recording HD video. The test system includes a night of pure waiting time as well. But 24 hours later, I still had 63 percent battery left. Compared with many other smartphones I've tested, this is very good.
Call Quality

To test the chops of the voice phone calls, I placed several calls to landlines in a busy street. The people who called said my voice was loud enough, but sounded a bit distant and hollow. The voice he heard in the ear speaker on the Optimus was not strong enough, even with the volume set up. noise cancellation phone seemed to work well, however, people who called said he could hear the traffic noise (which was moderately strong for me) just a bit and the phone seemed to separate the noise from the sound of my voice and suppress .

The Black Optimus is a compact, nicely designed, Android phone nonsense that might work well for users who do not need a model top-of-the-line or prefer not to buy the phone from a wireless service provider.

Optimus Black LG announced at CES in Las Vegas last January, saying the phone would come in the first half of 2011. This means that the show online and possibly in a box a few large traders technology very soon. From now on, you know the details of prices beyond the fact that the phone will not be sold (subsidized) through a carrier.


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