The LG Optimus Black was launched as a direct competitor for the Samsung Galaxy S. It was launched a year after the Galaxy S appeared.
Now let’s see what goodies the Optimus Black has to compete with the Galaxy S. At a glance it has a 4 inches display with 233 ppi pixel density and a resolution of 480×840 pixels. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass and has the Optimus UI and Gesture UI. Nothing special until now but if we look closer at its specifications we can see that it has NOVA display.
The Optimus Black is the first and only phone with NOVA display. LG says that this new display it’s brighter than SuperAmoled and is consuming less energy from the battery and they were right. The Optimus Black has better legibility in direct sun light than SuperAmoled and browsing on the internet isn’t consuming so much battery like SuperAmoled displays.
When it comes to dimensions and weight the Optimus Black is a little bit smaller than the Galaxy S and slimmer. It has 122x64x9.2 mm and just 109g.
The internal memory has 2GB (1GB user available). You will say: “Galaxy S is better; it has 8GB internal memory”. Well, you are wrong the Galaxy S has 1,24GB memory for apps, 4GB storage memory and the rest is used by the system. The storage can be expanded with a microSD card up to 32GB. The processor has 1GHz Cortex-A8 and the chipset is TI OMAP 3630. The GPU is one generation older than the GPU from the Galaxy S, is PowerVR SGX530. But don’t worry it catches up with the camera. The 5 MP camera has LED flash. The LED from the Optimus Black is very white and bright. The Galaxy S doesn’t have a LED, which is useful. The secondary front camera has 2 MP. Camera features are: autofocus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection; it also can record 720p videos.
The Optimus Black come with Android OS version 2.2 and LG has announced that it will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update in third quarter of 2012.
The phone features a gyro sensor which Galaxy S doesn’t have. Also it has accelerometer, compass, light and proximity sensors. Its 1500 mAh battery that can stay about 2 days of use without charging; a reasonable time for and android device with a 4 inch display.
USB connection is made by a microUSB slot. Bluetooth is v2.1 with A2DP + ERD. Wi-fi supports Hotspot and Direct Wi-fi and it has the b/g/n protocols. 3G data traffic has HSDPA at 7.2Mbps and HSUPA at 5.76Mbps. In 2G mode it can download with a speed of 237 kbps via EDGE.
Instead of making a review only about The LG Optimus Black I’ve made a small comparison with the Galaxy S. but all I wanted was to show that the Optimus Black is a good smartphone and a good competitor. Of course, it’ not a smartphone for those who have high expectations. I let you decide which phone is better and to review the specifications. I would choose the Optimus Black (what? It has LED flash).