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  1. 1

    Parag

    Hey Arun,

    This is a pretty nice review.

    Could you tell how is the battery for this phone with 3G service enabled?

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  2. 2

    arun

    Hey Parag,

    Its a 1500 MAh battery, which is standard. If you are very heavy user of 3g, the battery may die before the day is over…but if you are moderate user – it gives very decent 1 to 1.5 day of usage… The battery life is neither great not bad…its average..

    Hope that helps..

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  3. 3

    Suhas

    Hi Arun,

    What store did you get this phone from?

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  4. 4

    arun

    I bought it from a Shop on JM Road in Pune called New Digital Zone. This shop is next to Panchali hotel…

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  5. 5

    Ramesh

    Hi Arun,

    Is it upgradeable to 2.3 gingerbread ? and any problem with camera like stills getting shaked or with recording video ? wont the brightness of the display eat up battery power ? i read a review http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/11/lg-optimus-bla… its says battery backup is worst is that true ?

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    1. 5.1

      arun

      Yup, It says upgradeable to 2.3 gingerbread, But I tried doing it at home and it just upgraded to Froyo 2.2.2… I will have to go to LG dealer and find out about the upgrade…will update once I know about it..

      About Battery…after 3-4 days usage, I think battery is on the lower side but cant call it worst by any standard. I have been using it heavily so battery discharges before the day ends…but SGS and other phones in same league are equal… I think after gingerbread comes in, battery utilization should improve as there are lot of inbuilt optimizations

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  6. 6

    Ramesh

    Thanks for your reply. what about camera stills and video recording any problem with that ? even thought nova display reduces power consumption to 50% why its eating up battery i mean to ask what are the things which eat up battery ?

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  7. 7

    chetan

    Hi Arun…

    Today I went to mobile shop line near panchali hotel. I am not sure it is Digital mobile, but the guy there told me the price min 19,800/-

    Can u help me for getting the same for u paid..

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    1. 7.1

      arun

      Hey Chetan,

      Please click on this link – http://bit.ly/iZxGGH . The mobile number is given. Please tell him I had come 4 days back to pick up Optimus Black and want the same price…and he will give it..

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  8. 8

    Deepak

    hey dude plz tell me how the audio quality of the phone is?does it have nice bass?

    I am looking for smarphone with good music and web browser as i heavily use internett

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  9. 9

    Sarah

    Hi Arun

    Thanks for the post. I just had one query…. does it have a word, excel editor? if it does then i m surely buying it… coz thats the most imp feature for me.Waiting for ur response…

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    1. 9.1

      arun

      Dear Sarah,

      Yes, it has an inbuilt office editor…called polaris office – https://www.infraware.co.kr/eng/01_product/produc… . if you dont like it…you can also download few apps available in Android market… I think it should not disappoint you…

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    2. 9.2

      Sarah

      thanks a ton arun for a quick response.

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  10. 10

    andhrababu

    Hi Arun,

    It is nice review.. I am planning to buy this mobile this weekend, but have a question…

    in some reviews it is mentioned that audio quality is poor and no bass at all.

    Can you please confirm how is the audio quality??

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    1. 10.1

      arun

      Audio Quality is not poor – but average. The Audio quality is good, but the volume is a little lower. It does play high, middle and lower notes well…Bass is not like woofer offcourse…but for a such a sleek phone it is good enough for me.

      "Good" is a perception – What may be excellent for me may not be necessarily as good for you…

      Bottom Line – It has average speakers…and as far as I can they are similar to nearly all 4 inch android phones available in the market…

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  11. 11

    The Gadget Fan

    arun says
    Andrababu . i would not say that audio is bad , but the volume is on slightly lower side. Again.. high, mids and lows are clear….

    i would rate audio as average

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  12. 12

    shabhrish

    hi buddy,

    Thanks for your review over the phone , can you please help me find the store where you bought it at 18,800/- even i am planning to buy 1. Kindly reply soon possible. i stay in bangalore.

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  13. 13

    sumedh7r

    Will wait for 4-5 months….the price seems to go down till 17999/-

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  14. 14

    RAJESH

    ARUN I HAVE CHECKED IN IGYAAN VIDEO REVIEW OF THIS BLACK,,,,,,HE HAS CLEARLY SHOWED THE WEAK SIGNAL CATHCHING ABILITIES OF THIS CELL,,,,,,IS IT TRUE

    R U FACING THE SAME PROBLEMS

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    1. 14.1

      timelife

      To be honest I have not faced those problems as yet….having said that I have not tried using the phone in bad conditions… One thing though… I have used mobile properly in closed elevators / lifts and have still managed to speak without any issues….so I am not sure if it has signal catching problem…

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  15. 15

    Vaibhav

    Hi Arun,
    that was really good detailed review u wrote abt this the way u sorted out Opti Black is same i have gone thru ……….its just like BAAP in specs …but just little worried about battery life yaar …since i m too lazy to charge my phone………so as u would had a good long experience of using it ….so please frankly share with us Did it got any low battery life problems because even official LG website shows its talk-time of 250mins ( 4.4 hrs )….w8ing for ur reply as after clearing this query i m gona buy it……….!!!!

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    1. 15.1

      timelife

      Like I said in the post – it all depends on your usage. If you keep 3G on all the time, the battery will finish before the day is over. If you use 3G judiciously or use one of the many apps that help you to keep juice in you android phone battery, then it will go over a day. IF you shut of 3G and use edge/ gprs only…it should easily got for 1.5 to 2 days…

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  16. 16

    Swanidhi

    Hey ! Nice article. I will probably order this cell phone tomorrow. Getting for 18250 on flipkart.
    MY QUESTION IS ABOUT THE SCREEN.. Is the screen resistant enough towards scratches? if not, i would have no choice, but to go for Samsung G S i9003. Do lemme know at the earliest, because I have'nt read any suck specification about its screen anywhere.
    http://swanidhisingh.com

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