LG feeds us more chocolate

LG Chocolate BL40 is the fourth handset in its Black Label series

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LG feeds us more chocolate LG Chocolate 2 sports a 'Real VGA' HD LCD display with an interesting 21:9 aspect ratio.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  November 11, 2009

First impressions? Tall. Very tall. You can't help but be visually impressed by LG's BL40 aka Chocolate 2 handset.

The generous 'Real VGA' touchscreen display comes with a 21:9 aspect ratio and I haven't seen anything quite like it. It's intuitive so you can flip easily from landscape to portrait, but the display size means that interface elements jumps from taking over the entire screen to being squished to the top when the phone's vertical again. It's not really a massive downside but it can take some getting used to. Watching videos on this beaut helps ease that worry considerably.

Sticking with the topic of usability, it can get a bit tiresome searching for applications. There's a funky rotating 3D cube that displays some, a shortcut menu that has a few others, and a full-length line dancing version that I found myself going straight for. I really think LG needn't have tried so hard.

The one thing that does stand out in this phone is its 5MP camera and a panoramic mode that stitches different shots together. It also comes with autofocus and an LED flash, taking crisp photos regardless of lighting. The battery life is also not bad for its range but if you forget to charge it at night, it'll definitely die on you early the next morn.

The one thing I can't get over is its size. It's like I'm walking around with a classy remote control. I had to get into an in-depth discussion with my two year old niece, convincing her that it couldn't operate the TV or play cartoons. She did pick up on the word ‘chocolate' though...and then tried to bite it.

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