Unlocked LG Optimus Black (LG Optimus P970)

The LG Optimus Black was released in the second quarter of 2011. It has received the name “B” and is also occasionally referred to as LG Optimus P970 Schwarz. It is known for the creation of the G key which will be explained later in the article.

The Black is actually an interesting name for a phone that is available in so many colours. You can get this device in black, pink, silver, white and brown. The phone is 112mm in height, 64mm in width and 9.2mm in thickness. It weighs approximately 109 grams which is lighter than most smart phones that average at 117 grams. The phone is thin and light so it is easier to carry in your pocket. The back also has mild ridges so it will not slip out of your hand easily.

There are not many exterior buttons on the Black other than the front home keys, which increase its attractiveness. The intriguing button on this device is the G key. The G Key, or Gesture Key, allows the user to conveniently switch through multiple home screens. This device is the first to create such a key and is highly acclaimed for it.

The screen is a 4”IPS Nova display. It has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and is known for having one of the clearest display screens to date. The screen is made of Gorilla Glass which is scratch and smudge resistant. The Black is built so there is no gap between the actual screen and the glass covering it. Reviewers claim that this is why the Optimus Black has such clarity. The screen has a sensitive auto-brightness which is great for saving battery life. The image on the Black is not distorted by the sun and has large viewing angles. The large viewing angles are appealing for anyone who enjoys watching videos on their phones.

The LG Optimus Black has a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, a PowerVR SGX530 GPU and TI OMAP 3630 chipset in terms of CPU. It comes with FroYo as an operating system; FroYo is an Android OS version 2.2 which is not the latest operating system that Android has released. After many debates, LG decided to make the Optimus Black upgradeable to Android 2.3. Gingerbread.

The camera on the Black is 5MP. It is inverted in to the back of the camera in order to avoid scratches to the lens. The camera has effects such as geo-tagging and face and smile detection. It also has the ability to take 720p video, which is considered high definition. There is a front-facing VGA camera which is 2MP. A 2MP front-facing camera is a quality that is above average. Most smart phones have front-facing cameras between 0.3-1.3 megapixels.

The battery life of the LG Optimus black is also above average. Reviewers claim that you could get 12 hours of avid use out of its 1500mAH battery. LG promises at least 6 hours of talk time, so for a review to get 12 hours is quite significant.