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LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

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Software itself is not of crucial importance when it comes to a device that relies on its outer appearance to appeal to customers. Certainly, this doesn’t mean we should snap back to the last century and end up being unable to take pictures or organize our daily grind using calendar and task manager. Despite the fact the interface of the LG New Chocolate BL20 doesn’t deliver anything unheard of, it covers the bare minimum of functions typical of modern cell phones and even tries to improve on certain aspects.

Once you get to the main menu, you will see the same cool-looking icons that we already know from the New Chocolate BL40. If you venture forth, however, you will find yourself in a relatively boring submenus visualized as lists. Unfortunately, there is no way you change this via the settings.

Home screen - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

Home screen

Main menu - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Main menu - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

Main menu



The phonebook stores up to 1,000 entries and each one can be assigned a picture, several telephone numbers and various details like home address and office position. The phonebook is easy to use, although we believe the one found on Samsung devices is a bit more intuitive.



Phonebook - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Phonebook - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

Phonebook





In terms of organizer functionality, the BL20 features mandatory applications like Calendar and Tasks, but adds a new function called Photo Memo. It will allow you to take legible photo notes by using the phone camera. You need to take a picture of the text (any text really, be it something printed or handwritten), then the phone will process the image so as to make the background as white and the letters as black as possible. The function works great and the result in 90% of the cases is a pretty easily readable text. It´s of utmost importance that you get the text in focus before making the photo note itself.

The Photo memo function of the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
The Photo memo function of the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
The Photo memo function of the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

The Photo memo function of the LG New Chocolate BL20



The calendar allows entry of various events, you can determine their type, start and end dates, recurrence pattern and the precise moment for the alarm to go off.

The fast menu makes for a nice extra feature and stores shortcuts to overused functions.

Calendar - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Calendar - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

Calendar

Fast menu - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

Fast menu



The idea of the mini-applications, as implemented on the LG KC780, has been improved on. The BL20 comes with more of these and they are referred to as “widgets”. Our unit sports six (alarm, notes, calendar, VIP contacts, weather and RSS). Being able to call them up from any screen with the dedicated widget button is not only a nice extra feature, but makes the widgets handier and more useful.

The mini-applications of the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
The mini-applications of the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
The mini-applications of the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
The mini-applications of the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
The mini-applications of the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

The mini-applications of the LG New Chocolate BL20



There is no way we leave out the fact that the interface of the LG New Chocolate BL20 is really snappy. You will notice really eye-catchy transition effects on switching between menus - they all play smoothly and without any hang-ups.

A standard microUSB cable and Bluetooth 2.1 functionality deliver local connectivity, while the phone built-in browser and fast HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s kick in when you need to access the Internet. We have to admit the browser manages to visualize both simpler and more complex websites properly and as a whole, is completely usable. Our major gripe relates to the slightly unhandy zooming…

Browser - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Browser - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Browser - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

Browser




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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.21 x 2.00 x 0.48 inches
(106.9 x 50.8 x 12.3 mm)
4.20 oz  (119 g)
Battery900 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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