LG Optimus Black Review

Straight Talk Optimus Black Review

The LG Optimus Black (L85c) is being offered by Straight Talk for under $400. This Android uses CDMA either Sprint or Verizon services and was considered at one point the thinnest Android phone available. It is an all black shiny very good looking and light weight candy bar style phone.

Carrier Straight Talk

Release Date March 15, 2012

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LG Optimus Black Specifications


Android OS
Gingerbread Android version 2.3

1 GHZ (single core processor)

4.80 x 2.52 x 0.36 inches

4.9 (Ounces)

Form Factor
Full Touch Screen

Screen Size and Resolution:
4.0" Diagonal, 480 x 800 pixels


Battery Life:
Up to 6hrs talk time, Up to 12 days stand by


Camera resolution:
5 Megapixels

v 2.0

Charge/data cable
Micro USB

Headphone Jack

Micro SD card
4gb card included, Up to 32Gb support

LG Optimus Black Features

Android Google Play upgradable, 2 MP Front facing camera, HD recording 720P, Proximity sensor, Rotation sensor, WiFi, Bluetooth, and everything else offered by Android

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What's in the box

What's in the box

  • LG L85c Optimus Black
  • 4gb micro sd (pre-installed)
  • Charger Plug
  • Battery
  • Battery Cover

First Impression

The LG L85C Optimus Black is at the top of the most attractive Android phones around. It's sleek shiny all black design makes it so attractive, just carrying it around is a pleasure. Put aside that it packs a 1 GHZ processor that can handle just about anything any other Android phone of its caliber can and you have the best Straight Talk phone available to date.
Get a protective stylish cover for Optimus Black

Usability and Features

The Optimus Black features a super fast 1 GHZ processor and we put it to the test. First we loaded and set Gmail to push and let all emails get downloaded while watching a video and then received a call (all on WiFi by the way) and the phone handled it very nicely. We only saw one crash while using the camera and sending the picture but after a short force close, the phone was purring again. The battery life is not the best and we had to charge it on a daily basis but if you limit the data and make sure you don't have any location services running, you should be able to get a full day of use out of it (not continuous though). The other thing we noticed that was not the most attractive, is the battery tends to get hot. Not burning hot but you can really tell that there is some heat coming out of it especially during full use. This might be normal since the battery cover is not very thick and this could be a sacrifice in design to make the phone as good looking as it is.

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After putting this phone to the test and considering what it can do with its 1 GHZ processor, we are pleased to report that for a CDMA phone, it is worth the $329 Straight Talk is asking for. Put together with the unlimited $45 plan and we are set with a high end hot looking Android phone.

Be careful with the data usage and try to use WiFi to prevent Straight Talk from getting upset and cutting you off for the month. Other than that, we give the LG Optimus Black a five star rating.