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LG New Chocolate BL40 Review

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The S-Class 3D interface the LG New Chocolate BL40 runs brings forth several new features alongside of the previous models utilizing the same software (LG ARENA, LG Crystal, LG Viewty Smart). We have already told you about the novelties in our preview of the New Chocolate BL40, but let´s go over them briefly. The home screen features four pages dedicated to Widgets, Contacts, Browser and Shortcuts, each doing what its name suggests.

The home screen of the LG New Chocolate BL40 - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review
The home screen of the LG New Chocolate BL40 - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review
The home screen of the LG New Chocolate BL40 - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review
The home screen of the LG New Chocolate BL40 - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review

The home screen of the LG New Chocolate BL40



The motley elements are also present in the main menu. It sports icons that are large enough, look great, are depicted in great details and come in any color imaginable – red, green, yellow, blue, violet and what have you – truly eye-catchy indeed. Everything in life comes at a price though and in this case you can see no more than three of them in each separate category with your phone in portrait mode, meaning operating the phone involves some extensive scrolling. The problem is as easy to deal with as turning the phone to landscape, which we cannot say feels exactly comfy. Still, if you feel like taking full advantage of the beautiful screen and use the phone in landscape mode, you can at least rest assured everything works just fine thanks to the snappy built-in accelerometer.

The main menu sports icons that are large enough, look great and are depicted in great details - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review
The main menu sports icons that are large enough, look great and are depicted in great details - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review

The main menu sports icons that are large enough, look great
and are depicted in great details



There is one major issue that plagues the interface of the LG New Chocolate BL40. It´s not been properly optimized, so everything runs slowly and the animated effects tend to stutter. Even uncomplicated actions like finding a contact entry can prove to be rather annoying, especially if you don’t have the patience of a saint. Don’t take this amiss, there´s nothing wrong with you, it´s… LG. Even typing letters in the search tab is really sluggish.

The phonebook - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review
The phonebook - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review
The phonebook - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review

The phonebook



We faced the same problem when using the calendar. Everything seems just fine until you get round to creating an event. This involves some extensive scrolling - to pick the necessary start and end time, relevant date and location etc. We don´t really mean the application is totally unusable, but there is simply no way of getting this done quickly. You will have to patiently wait for the lagging and stuttering animation to end, put up with the inadvertent mistakes you will unavoidably make, courtesy of the inadequately operating interface, before eventually managing to create a calendar entry in under three to four minutes. Well, just don’t forget make sure everything has been entered properly and the date hasn’t jumped from 11th to 10th in the last second.

The calendar of the LG New Chocolate BL40 - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review
The calendar of the LG New Chocolate BL40 - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review
The calendar of the LG New Chocolate BL40 - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review
The calendar of the LG New Chocolate BL40 - LG New Chocolate BL40 Review

The calendar
 of the LG New Chocolate BL40



The LG New Chocolate BL40 delivers rich functionality to make your daily life easier. Let´s start with the alarm. “Great”, we told ourselves, “because our routine would come to standstill without proper alarm function!”, so we decided to take a closer look. You can set an alarm in three different ways – by turning the hour and minute hands manually, spinning rollers or using the numeric keypad. The most enjoying of them all is, of course, turning the clock hands yourself – the whole thing looks great and its interface is not lagging. You can set quick alarms in case you need a reminder that is to go off in a short time, i.e. less than an hour.

The other organizer functions include notes, world clock app that takes full advantage of the multitouch technology, voice notes etc.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. CHEFJEFF (Posts: 143; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)


It's not available in the USA, so who cares.

posted on 29 Oct 2009, 16:42

3. pathmarkpolice (Posts: 102; Member since: 05 Feb 2009)


People who have money to buy it unlocked and people who don't live in the US.

posted on 29 Oct 2009, 15:35

2. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


Overhyped.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 09:12

4. shgam2 (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)


this phone seems bad tho lol so damn sluggish and still gets a 9. For touch screen phones, sluggishness is a HUGE thing I'd say.. And for those who have not watched the review videos, this phones so slow and sluggish..

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 16:47

5. JVII (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)


Phonearena's reviews are flawed, my favorite part about them is giving them all the lowest rating on youtube.

posted on 05 Nov 2009, 12:24

6. idiotwind13 (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


The review keeps talking about how beautiful this phone is and how great it is... I think this is one of the dumbest and least useful looking phones I have ever seen. I really can't see myself ever having a use for a 21:9 aspect ratio screen.

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 15:13

7. luistoluca (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


that bad review, that is not supposed to if you add the scores for each item and divided by the number that are leaving a score of 8 non 9 you do not know split jajaj

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 15:24

8. luistoluca (Posts: 13; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


too bad review is not suppossed to be that if you add the scores for each item and divide it by the number that are in total the score is 8? and you guys show 9 nine as result hahah you don´t know how to divide

posted on 14 May 2010, 14:44

9. RAMG (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)


Reviews from this site are a joke.

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Display4.0 inches, 345 x 800 pixels (218 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size5.04 x 2.01 x 0.43 inches
(128 x 51 x 10.9 mm)
4.55 oz  (129 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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