LG New Chocolate BL40 Preview
S-Class 3D interface with the New Chocolate BL40. We have already examined it in great details in our reviews of the Arena KM900, Viewty Smart GC900 and the unique Crystal GD900. Well, there are some changes indeed, mainly due to the non-standard aspect ratio of the display. The 3D cube is now a parallelepiped and at the bottom you have a soft key to access the multitasking menu. The gestures to start applications while the phone is locked are still here as well as the cool transition effects on changing screen orientation and navigating through the phone menus.
There are 4 home screens once again, but the one dedicated to Multimedia has been replaced with a Browser screen, where you can place shortcuts to your favorite web pages like phoneArena.com. The other three remain unchanged and they are:
• Widgets – the screen hosts widgets. Our prototype came preloaded with just 10, but we couldn’t find an option to download more.
• Contacts – you can place up to 30 contacts of your own choice and they are visualized in a cool looking grid or as a really eye-catchy list.
• Shortcuts – up to 18 shortcuts to applications and functions to your liking are allowed.
The menu to activate the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functions, set an alarm, start the audio player, look at missed events and make changes to your sound profile pops up on pressing at the upper part of the screen (the band that provides information about the battery status etc.)
The main menu icons look more appealing than ever, but you can change the way they look via the settings if you need to them to appear in more boring and austere design. The category titles in landscape mode no longer show up above the rows, since they have been moved to the left. Other than that, everything else is the same and icons can be rearranged by pressing and holding.
The maximum number of contacts that can be stored is 1,000 and you can enter a lot of information, including birthday and anniversary, but the only to do it is via the standard screen numeric keyboard. The full screen QWERTY layout is only accessible when you get down to writing messages or browsing the Internet. It´s really huge thanks to the 4-inch screen, so making mistakes even if you type fast is unlikely.
The most significant changes in the interface relate to the phone messaging and we must say LG has come up with a brilliant solution on how to take advantage of the non-standard aspect ratio of the display. You can split the screen into two tabs on turning the phone aside to landscape position, no matter if it´s an SMS, MMS or email you´re looking at. The left pane shows the list of messages and the right – the message you´re reading. Moreover, the size of the panes can be changed to your liking as if working on a computer. If you double tap the message, you will see its contents in full screen mode and several options will appear at the bottom – reply, add to calendar, create a note etc. You can read emails in full HTML format and content gets visualized in the phone browser. Quite nice, really! As a whole, we do like the novelties and must congratulate LG on their innovative spirit.
Speaking of the World Wide Web, surfing feels really pleasing. We would rather withhold our comments on the performance of the browser, since we´re using a prototype. Still, we have to admit that browsing large web pages is not a problem at all and you will be able to see the entire page if you switch to landscape. Thanks to the multitouch technology, zooming in and out on things is as easy as pinching, just like on the iPhone.
1. Wifey_Ma (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Aug 2009)
It seems like a cool phone but I dont like how it looks, idk!
2. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
It seems like it would be really hard to use with one hand
3. shgam2 (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)
looks hella laggy not getting it if the phones this laggy
4. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
thats gonna be one awesome, cool, stylish, and expensive tv remote, !!! uh i mean phone........
5. Kain125 (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Sep 2009)
This thing looks like itll snap in two very easily.......
6. MrGQ (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Aug 2009)
Who's gonna buy this? It looks like a damn house phone...they need to call it the chocolate banana
7. redstu36 (Posts: 37; Member since: 28 Sep 2008)
It is pathetic how every freaking phone that comes out has to look like something out of Star Trek. I guess imagination is no longer a prerequisite to creativity.
9. kronos1 (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Feb 2009)
love the design "long body" think this will be nice substitute for LG Arena...looking forward to test it