LG Optimus Black

None more black. In a nutshell, that's how to describe the LG Optimus Black, one of the new crop of Android smartphones it unveiled earlier this year. Remember that black obelisk in Stanley Kubrick's "2001"? There you go. This is one sleek phone. But for all this "black" talk, it's also one of the brightest and most colorful phones around.

So what do you get with the Optimus Black? Start with a 4-inch touchscreen at the usual 480x800 resolution. But this isn't any regular display. This is LG's new "Nova" display, which boasts 700 "Nits" of luminosity. LG says that "is the critical figure required to achieve perfect outdoor visibility, allowing users to see the screen clearly under strong sunlight." And this Florida blogger certainly agrees.

Beyond that? The Optimus Black also has a cool little G-Key which in conjunction with the accelerometer can do so pretty cool things like let you cruise through the UI without tapping. Or you can shake to launch the camera from the lock screen. That's just scratching the surface.

The Optimus Black has LG's custom UI, which may look a bit familiar if you've ever used an Android phone by a company that rhymes with Ramrung. But LG's got a bunch of great little tweaks that we've been enjoying ever since the Optimus Z (read our full review). And it's gotten better since.

But enough talk. Check out pics and video of the Optimus Black after the break.

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Reader comments

LG Optimus Black initial review


looks sharp, was hoping the G2X would have came with this LG U/I rather then the vanilla android but that's just me....

yeah I think that's pretty much just you (with 2.3 the G2X is gonna be even more awesome than it is now)

I know it's been asked before but can you PLEASE stop adding that "music" to your videos. I've never once watched a video on another tech side and wished it had music. Please please stop.

+1 to that. The music really needs to go. There's a time and a place, and throughout your whole demo is not it.

never heard about this "Ramrung" company, but LG looks like they are doing a great job. Those gesture features look really useful.