The LG Optimus Black was released to the public in May 2011. It is one of the lightest phones available, weighing just 109g. The touchscreen measures four inches and the phone has both a 3.5mm headphone jack and a loudspeaker option. For playing music there is internal storage of 2 GB but this can be expanded with the use of a micro SD card. The radio on the phone is a stereo FM radio.
Connecting to the internet is not a problem with the LG Optimus Black as it is compatible with a number of Wi-Fi options and the phone can also connect to a computer via the micro USB connection.
As many people are now using their phones to take photos the camera is a very respectable 5.0 Megapixels and has an autofocus feature as well as an LED flash. The camera also has face and smile detection modes, making it easier to take a great photo.
The phone is available in a variety of colours including black, silver, pink and white and the battery provides up to 6 hours of talk time.
Why not also check out the latest LG handsets with the LG Prada 3.0 review too before you make a decision.
Announced this year at CES 2012, with some fan-fare the Sony Xperia S does pack some punch, in a time where really few handsets have come out and made an impression on us the consumer. Sony have built on what they know, but moving forward from Ericsson. The handset still looks distinctly Sony, with its curved back and plastic strip separating its buttons from the main screen, plus the S has a real solid well-built feel to it.
The main gripe people have with touchscreen phones is the slow response, luckily this is now being considered important by manufacturers and more time and resource has gone into this. Luckily for Sony their Xperia S is very touch responsive, something Sony is exclaiming about this handsets and it does seem quicker than many of their rivals. The S comes with a 4.3 inch screen which offers 720p HD resolution and showcases videos really well. It also has a 12MP camera which again is up there with some of the best.
Inside you will find a 1.5GHz processor and 32GB of storage, which is up there with many of the top of the range handsets available at the moment. It also has a HDMI-out port and NFC support. On the operating side of it, the Xperia S when it launches in March will come with Android 2.3, however an update to 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, will follow shortly.
So far O2 and Three have stated that they will be offering the Sony Xperia S although other will probably follow suit nearer the time. There are other handsets out there if you cannot wait till march so why not check out some other mobile phone reviews.
Sony Xperia S
Nokia has finally released its weel-awaited windows phones-the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710.The Lumia 800 is Nokia’s “flagship Windows Phone smartphone” and is thought to be a direct competitor to phones such as Apple’s iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S II. Tough competition.
The phone has a variety of specific features, in a nutshell the Lumia 800 has: a 3.7-inch display, 1.4GHz single-core processor, Eight-megapixel camera complete with Carl Zeiss optics and an LED flash with a Windows Phone 7.5 operating system.
The phone has an up-to-date and fashionable look, as well as being light weight and can easily be fitted in your pocket.
The Lumia 710, however, is being pitched as Nokia’s more ‘affordable’ version of the Lumia 800 Windows smartphone. Due to the lower price, it has a less-impressive key features list. However, it is still fantastic.
The Lumia 710 also has a 3.7-inch screen, a single-core 1.4GHz processor and a Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. However, the camera is only five-megapixels. The Lumia 710′s camera doesn’t benefit from Carl Zeiss optics. This version comes with 8GB of on-board storage. However, this can be increased easily by adding a memory card.
Both phones have a dedicated sat-nav feature, as they feature ‘Nokia Maps’ and the’ Nokia Drive’ applications.
The Nokia phones also include impressive Music apps that include a feature called Mix Radio. This offers a variety of streamed playlists, updated weekly, that can be saved to your device for offline listening for no charge.
Nokia Pulse is also another new app that’s exclusive to Nokia’s Lumia range of phones, a type of super-text messaging. Messages can be sent to groups of friends and instantly geo-tagged.
This phone has also recently been referred to as a ‘gamer’s best friend’. If you’ve got an Xbox account, you can integrate your phone into it. This means that you are able to: check when your Xbox friends are online, make changes to your avatar and keep tabs on your achievements. Also, you can also download games to play on the move..
Both the Lumia’s combine all of your social networks, so Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and your chat and text messages all show up in the same place in a single conversation- it’s brilliant!
Nokia Lumina 800
Nokia Lumina 710