The announcement was followed by two months of silence and then a couple of weeks ago the reserve pages where replaced with pages promoting the LG Optimus Q which isn't new. If you call Straight Talk support and ask about the 2X you will be told that it's not available and that there's no information on when it will be.
Then today another LG Android phone, the LG Optimus Black, popped up on straighttalk.com with no fanfare. It runs on the Sprint network so you will only see it in Straight Talk Sprint markets. If it's now showing up for you use zip code 94103 to see it. Don't order it unless you have solid Sprint coverage in the areas where you plan to use the phone. Use the Boost Mobile map to check Sprint coverage as Straight Talks map's don't show enough detail to be useful.
The Optimus Black is a nice enough phone, definitely a cut above Straight Talk's other Android phones. However it's no 2X and has decidedly lower specs in a couple of areas; single core rather than dual core processor and a 5 MP camera in place of the 2X's 8 MP shooter. On the positive side, the Black is very light for its size and has an exceptionally bright screen.
Straight Talk's Optimus Black is priced at $329.99. I consider that price to be on the high side. The specs aren't that great and Boost Mobile sells the LG Marquee, which is the same phone, for $279.99.
Like all of Straight Talk's Android phones, the Optimus Plan requires the $45/month unlimited talk, text and data plan.
The Optimus Black's specs are:
- Weight, size: 3.95 oz (112 g), 4.8" x 2.52" x 0.36" (122 x 64 x 9.1 mm)
- Battery: 1500 mAh, 5.5 hours maximum talk time
- Screen: 4 inches, 480 x 800 pixels
- Cameras: 5 MP main camera with single LED flash, 720P HD video capture, 2MP front facing camera
- OS: Android 2.3 "Gingerbread"
- High Speed Data: EV-DO rev A
- Processor: 1 GHz TI OMAP 3630 (ARM Cortex A8)
- Internal Storage: 4 GB
- Ram: 512 MB
- Maximum SD card size: 32 GB (2 GB card included)
- Model Number: LG L85C