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 internet browser on the LG BL40 Chocolate was as good as you'd expect it to be, browsing in full HTML swiftly over Wi-Fi and HSDPA connections.

Not only are we treated to some intelligent smart-fit technology, but there's the now standard LG pinch-and-zoom. It might not be quite up to the level of the iPhone 3GS, but it's certainly a lot closer than it was before, with more accurate touch recognition.

LG bl40 chocolate bookmarks

HOMESCREEN BOOKMARKS: The LG BL40 Chocolate brings thumbnail bookmarks to the homescreen

Web browsing might be fairly speedy in terms of navigating from one site to another, but the rendering of the heavier sites, particularly those with Flash, caused the LG BL40 Chocolate to slow down quite considerably at times, even to a freeze at one point.

However, pressing links worked better than it has done in the past with other S-Class devices, although it lacked the easy precision of the Android range or the iPhone, which seem to almost instinctively know which element of the page you're after.

LG bl40 chocolate browser

One thing we do like is the visual history, with each page laid out as a thumbnail to be scrolled through, meaning it's easy to find the page you were browsing last week or similar.

RSS feeds, so often included in mobile web browsers yet so hard to use most of the time, were much easier to use on the LG BL40 Chocolate, with the phone automatically discerning any present on the page.

LG bl40 chocolate rss

BASIC RSS: The LG BL40 Chocolate has an average but functional RSS reader

All you have to do then is choose to add it, and you can view those feeds via a menu item on the browser when you fire up the internet.

Another cool trick the LG BL40 Chocolate brings to the table is the notion of being able to save pages and view them later, like the offline files you can use on your PC at home. This is particularly useful for the common commuter who goes underground and out of signal regularly, as they can set up regular pages to be looking at when in signal.

LG bl40 chocolate landscape internet

Overall, we were mostly impressed with the browser. It renders quickly for most sites, is easy to flick around a web page with and generally shows more of the page thanks to the widescreen view.

It's still not the most accurate under the finger though, and if you're zoomed out of any web page, forget about trying to hit any fiddly bits like drop-down menus as it simply isn't happening.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCellular Phone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
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.