LG BL40 Chocolate review

LG's new Chocolate is the latest addition to its Black Label line. But is it any good?

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The camera on the LG BL40 Chocolate is a decent 5MP effort with a single LED flash, and the de rigeur Schneider Kreuznach lens set.

It's actually a decent snapper for a phone that's aimed at the style conscious, with a good range of photo options for a variety of snapping scenarios.

LG bl40 chocolate camera

We're never going to be convinced by the use of a beauty shot mode for helping make your friends look a bit prettier, but there are some useful things in there to help out.

The phone seems to want to automatically put the photo grid on at the start of any photo - we tried to remove it, but the BL40 Chocolate was having none of it.

Changing modes is as easy as ever, and the wide screen makes it much easier to hit the virtual scroll wheel to change the settings (such as increasing the ISO or messing about with the white balance).

Here's how the LG BL40 Chocolate compared with our Olympus SP565-UZ 10MP prosumer camera.

Shooting a variety of colours in shot is a little tricky for the BL40, with a washed out appearance compared to the Olympus:

LG BL40 Chocolate:

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Olympus SP565-UZ:

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The Chocolate struggles in bright light too, with the foreground almost completely obliterated:

LG BL40 Chocolate:

LG bl40 chocolate

Olympus SP565-UZ:

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We were surprised to see the digital zoom worked so well - it actually rivals the optical effort on the Olympus for short zooming in:

LG BL40 Chocolate:

LG bl40 chocolate

Olympus SP565-UZ:

LG bl40 chocolate

How LG has done this, we don't know, but it's managed to make the flash on the Chocolate a little brighter than the sun. The following picture is the best we could do - others were almost impossible to see any detail in at all:

LG BL40 Chocolate:

LG bl40 chocolate

Olympus SP565-UZ:

LG bl40 chocolate

The LG BL40 Chocolate also takes some nice pictures with the inbuilt modes, the art shot being one of the weirdest, as it seemed to simply blur out the edges, rather than fading in and out:

LG bl40 chocolate

The auto shots function also works very well with varying light levels - we were just shooting randomly around to see what came out and we were pleased with this photo:

LG bl40 chocolate

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory1.10 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, HSDPA, GPRS
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time6 Hour
Product ModelBL40 Chocolate
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Weight (Approximate)129 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), EMS, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height128 mm
Width51 mm
Depth10.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time400 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameChocolate BL40 Cellular Phone
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberBL40.AGBRBK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

The new LG Chocolate BL40 Cellular Phone has a 4.0-inch wide HD LCD screen with 800x345 pixel resolution to maximize visual experience. The wide HD LCD "Real VGA" screen presents a vibrant range of natural colours, allowing photos to appear sharper, videos more true-to-life, games naturally vivid and documents more readable.