Optimus 2X, the first smartphone to feature a dual-core processor and the Optimus 3D, the world’s first 3D handset. With the Optimus One line, LG redefined our expectations for a low-end smartphone by offering smooth performance at an affordable price. The Optimus Black slots in between those devices, and is the stylish one of the bunch. Originally announced back in January, the Black is now making its way to the US via Sprint as the LG Marquee. This sleek device offers a 4” NOVA display, 5 megapixel camera and Android 2.3. Included with the Marquee you’ll get the microUSB cable with AC adapter and a 2GB microSD card.
When you look at the LG Marquee it appears to be just another black slab device, but when you pick it up you realize just how small it is. It makes its name by being ultra-thin at just 9.1mm, and with tapered vertical edges the phone almost melts into your hand. The fashionable battery door is showy and the phone’s thinness makes it feel comfortable in the hand despite the lack of soft touch paint.
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The 4” WVGA NOVA LCD display is extraordinarily bright and readable in all lighting conditions. It does not have the super high PPI of the iPhone, but the NOVA panel sets itself apart with exceptional brightness and clarity. It is a pleasure to look at and outperforms high-end handsets like the HTC EVO 3D or Motorola Photon. For more about the NOVA display, see it compared here.
Around the Marquee you’ll find a volume rocker and customizable key, 3.5mm headphone jack, power button and a microUSB port that slides closed. The side buttons are raised enough to find by feel, but the power button is a nearly flush along the top. Still, they all offer good tactile feedback so there is no doubt when you press one.
The 5 megapixel camera and LED flash sits along the top of the battery door, and the Marquee’s single speaker sits towards the bottom. The door features vertical stripes overtop the chromed finish, giving the LG Marquee its fashion sense. Another cool touch is that the capacitive navigation keys glow white while the display is lit, but when touched they momentarily change to blue. We appreciate these small touches and in general we like the feel of the Marquee. It sits comfortably in the hand and slides into your pocket with ease.