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LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

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The LG New Chocolate BL20 sports a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and Schneider-Kreuznach optics. Similarly to all other physical buttons of the BL20, the camera shutter has no perceptible travel.It registers two levels of pressure – a slight press to focus and a stronger one to take the picture itself. We thought this rather peculiar at first, since the button wouldn’t budge, but we must say the guys at LG certainly know what they do, because we felt at home taking pictures with the BL20 after just a few attempts.

The camera interface is rather simplified and doesn’t sport any eye-candies. It delivers a satisfying number of functions, including white balance, effects, night mode, ISO sensitivity etc. On the overall, it feels really easy to handle.


The camera interface - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
The camera interface - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

The camera interface



Pictures, however, are of mediocre quality. Even images taken in broad daylight lack enough details. Colors look realistic indeed, but as a whole, the result is far from what decent 5-megapixel cameras deliver.

Things are, by far, not coming up roses in the case of indoor pictures either. The flash itself manages to provide enough light to nearby objects, but the images are blurry and yellowish, especially if taken in darker places.



Outdoor samples shot with the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the LG New Chocolate BL20


Strong light - Indoor samples shot with  flash set on auto - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples shot with  flash set on auto - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Low light - Indoor samples shot with  flash set on auto - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
Darkness - Indoor samples shot with  flash set on auto - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness

Indoor samples shot with  flash set on auto



The handset captures video at a maximum resolution of 320x240 pixels. The image is so blurry and the frame count so low, that we hesitantly qualify them as fit for being shared in MMS. As for all people who hope to make it big as Hollywood-based cameramen, guys, you better go for a real digital camera or at least, a camera phone with decent video capture functionality.

LG New Chocolate BL20 video sample at 320x240 pixels resolution

If you happen to like taking pictures with you cell phone, we would advise you not to let the relatively high megapixel count of the LG New Chocolate BL20 mislead you or you are sure to end up pretty disappointed.

Although the manufacturer claims the BL20 handles H.264 videos, all we could play was our own MP4/MPEG-4 files coded at a resolution of 320x240 pixels and even at such a low resolution the phone skipped frames. That is just too bad… not that the 2.4-inch display would have been great for video playback anyway.

The MP3 player of the New Chocolate BL20 filters content by artist, album and playlists, but can also show a list of all available tracks. It has a pleasing interface, visualizes album art properly and sports several equalizer presets to alter the way your music sounds.

Video player - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

Video player

The MP3 player of the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
The MP3 player of the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review
The MP3 player of the LG New Chocolate BL20 - LG New Chocolate BL20 Review

The MP3 player of the LG New Chocolate BL20



We have to admit we like the loudspeaker and the way it plays audio tracks. If you happen to be one of those people who simply cannot help sharing their music preference with the people around them, even if the latter aren´t particularly thrilled at the perspective, the LG New Chocolate BL20 is the cell phone to have. The sound is loud indeed and the environmental will not drown it out.

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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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