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 LG BL40 Chocolate is chock-full (sorry) of cool applications and games to be getting on with when you're bored when out and about. Admittedly, you'll tire of most of them quickly and then not know what to do, but some are really cool and all make use of the phone's capabilities.

For instance, there are a whole host of options under the Games and Applications icon, in the 'Fun Stuff' section. We're talking about things like Bubble Breeze, where you have to blow bubbles by blowing into the microphone. Apparently there's some kind of game to it, but we actually fell off our chair at one point because we got so light headed (sadly true).

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There's a variant on arcade favourite Bubble Bobble, a spot the difference game that gets far too hard too quickly in our opinion, and the coolest of the lot, a piano that you can play using the touchscreen.

Admittedly, some of these aren't super accurate (such as the piano - sadly) but they're still very much worth messing around with in idle moments... although we suggest you steer clear of Bubble Breeze in public.

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LG has decided to put a very good racing game in the LG BL40 Chocolate, Asphalt Elite 4, then another one, presumable of its own making, called Racing Time 2. The former is very cool - the latter is very slow paced and akin to walking round a race track and throwing your arms left and right to steer.

Monopoly, Tetris and Brain Challenge are all there too, although these are all only available as demos, which is why you can see the reasoning behind LG putting a load of fun little games in there too.

Other applications include the full Google Mobile suite under an icon in the menu, with Mail, Maps and Blogger all available, with YouTube also present, although this is merely a link to the recently upgraded YouTube Mobile.

LG bl40 chocolate piano

WisePilot for LG is also included, and serves as a pretty good mini-sat nav when Google Maps fails you. The GPS signal is found very quickly considering (just over a minute from being switched on, and much faster after that) and there are points of interest, directions and more onboard for the average lost-in-the-woods scenario (we're assuming you're lost in woods near to a town, as that's what would likely happen to us).

LG bl40 chocolate google suite

There's also the Movie Maker application which LG has insisted on putting on its phone for years now. It's basically the chance to cycle through a load of pictures to a musical track - can somebody please tell LG this isn't a movie maker, it's a glorified PowerPoint on the mobile?

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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.