LG Chocolate Phone Review

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‘s much talked about Chocolate phone made its UK debut on Wednesday to the popping of champagne corks and a flurry of excited LG execs. Tech Digest was invited along to the launch and what do you know? – we only managed to squirrel away our own handset to play with!

If you haven’t heard the hype already, the Chocolate (aka the KG800 if you prefer codenames) is being sold as the next fashion sensation in the mobile phone world. LG has every right be optimistic having already sold 300,000 Chocolate handsets in Korea, receiving general all-round approval for its slim, black, sliding design complemented by extremely slick, glowing red buttons.

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It boasts a generally pretty standard set of features:  a 2″, 256k colour display, 1.3 megapixel camera and 128MB memory. The pleasant surprises come in the form of its smaller than expected dimensions (9.5 x 4.8 x 1.5cm) and particularly light weight (approximately 85g). You may also have read about the “hidden LCD” screen which had us confused for a while. It turns out that the red buttons on the front aren’t buttons at all but in fact a touch-keypad section which lights up when you slide it open.

The looks you can pretty much judge yourselves from the pictures, but it is most distinctive for the very subtle and minimalist style – interesting touches like the universal power/USB/headphone socket shows off the effort made to give it that cool, elegant design. As an LG spokesman observed, it is unusual in that it appeals to both men and women alike, however all the rest of the packaging suggests an expensive bottle of perfume or similar – a perfect present for the ladies.

But no phone is perfect and so we must get on to the handset’s admittedly few failings. One annoyance is that you end up getting greasy paw prints all over the front screen; this polished surface also looks like it has the potential to scratch easily, although we haven’t managed to do so yet.

The internal memory seems a little bit limited at 128MB; normally manufacturers tend to stick MP3 support on as an afterthought but the Chocolate is actually better than most. The sound quality is pretty impressive but what really appeals the most to us is the 3.5mm headphone socket attached to smart, matching remote. Digital audio support (MP3, WMA, AAC) and playback quality is surprisingly good  but we can’t help but wish for a little more capacity, maybe even a card slot.

The phone’s interface retains a hint of LG’s tendency to overcomplicate things slightly, but it is more simple to use than previous handsets like the U880. As you’re still getting used to using it you may find that you’ll bring the handset up to your ear too quickly and thus set off all manner of weird functions as your face presses all of the touch-keypad at once. Once you’ve got to grips with it things do get a lot easier though.

The verdict: We like this phone a lot and LG has good reason to expect the Chocolate to fly off the shelves. While it might not appeal to those who want their handsets to come brimming with technical goodies, there is no arguing that it looks fantastic and is sure to succeed on that factor alone.

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71 comments

  • wooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww
    Wat a features ,really this mobile is queit better than remaining mobiles.Bcz less cost comparing to it’s features.
    Common…… Hurryyyyyyyyy up guys…………..Don’t miss it…..

  • all you people who are saying it’s rubbish are wrong. its a good phone. it has video, camera, mp3, bluetooth, good display. and whoever is saying “it scratches”, all phones get scratched. you just need to keep them in a case and they’ll be fine. at the end of the day, a phone is for calling and texting, and this phone does the job fine.

  • I got an lg pink phone.. i can’t hear it when it rings or if some one txts me…Volume is turned up full whack…can’t have own music for txt alerts..phone is useless..

  • I had this mob for nearly 18 month, but I will never buy one again. Its freeze up and my LCD its just white. Can anybody tell me why?

  • I had this mob for nearly 18 month, but I will never buy one again. Its freeze up and my LCD its just white. Can anybody tell me why?

  • i connected the phone to the pc then i removed the phone without the “safe remove hardwear” so the phone turned of and didnt turn on again so why is it the battary or the prosseser is not working? what i must do?

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  • This phone is SHITE. Had it for about 5 months and it was great, didn’t really mind about the scratches, then the screen randomly turns white or the bottom half freezes and the top half turns into 2 mini screens. Then the Lg warranty is only 5 months so i have to repair it myself. DON’T BUY Lg.

  • Sarah b you should have got a usb link cable that goes into your pc and a cd with it so install the cd into the pc and connect the usb to your phone and pc and then that way you will be able to get things like music/pics on your phone

  • does anyone know how to get rid of notifications that tells u how much credit u have after u’ve sent a text message

  • i just bought this phone the other day. only cost me £58, thats only because they had put £10 on it. even though its only a 1.3 mg pixel camera, i have still taken a couple of good pics with it. but how to i put my music from my computer onto it?

  • I’ve got this phone now and I urge you NOT TO BUY IT it looks amazing, but since i’ve had it (Christmas 2006) it’s broken twice and is now unusable because the strap on the inside has broken twice. Sometimes it turns itself off, sometimes the touch screen pad doesn’t work, the keys on mine are faulty, the USB cable didn’t want to know.. It doesn’t really do much apart from look nice

    JUST DON’T BUY IT.. unless you have money to waste of course.

  • haha, mine seems ok,it only cost me £59.99, that included £10 credit, not had it long tho-but it seems good enough for me, but after reading all these comments im a bit worried now! damm!

  • This is a shocker of a phone, it looks good, but underneath the nice pink packaging its rubbish!
    its freezes, turns itself off while im half way through writing a text, sometimes the touch screen doesnt work!
    i really wouldnt recommend buying this phone! im definatlty considering getting a new one!

  • this phone iz crap my mate had i and it keeps on freezing and turning its self off !!!! it iz the shittest phone u can get so plzzzzz dont get it or u wil be wasting ur money !!!!

  • this phone iz crap my mate had i and it keeps on freezing and turning its self off !!!! it iz the shittest phone u can get so plzzzzz dont get it or u wil be wasting ur money !!!!

  • this phone iz crap my mate had i and it keeps on freezing and turning its self off !!!! it iz the shittest phone u can get so plzzzzz dont get it or u wil be wasting ur money !!!!

  • this phone is the best phone.,, EVER!!
    BUT I HAVE A PROBLEM I GOT MY CHOCOLOATE OFF THE
    INTERNET IN SOME OTHER COUNTRY AND ALL THE INTRUCTIONS TO USE THE PHONE ( USB CABLE AND ECT,)
    IS IN THERE ON LANGUAGE SO I DONT WANT TO BREAK THE PHONE BY USING TO USB CABLE INCORRECTLY SO CAN ANY ONE HELP ME…?? LIKE SEND THE INTRUCTIONS THROUGH MY EMAIL..????????? PLEASE THIS PHONE IS SO AWSOME AND SEXY BUT I STIILL WANT MUSIC IN IT!!! PLEASE HELP ME!! THANK U

  • My lg chocolate Kg 800 is the most peace of shit phone made i cant hear anyone when they call me its so fucked and its so annoying. The lifes good company is nothing but a bunch of copy right idiots i wanna a refund NOW U SUCK Lg.

  • hi, thank you ‘spazzz’ for that comment. i am having the same problem. and i have looked in the manual and there is no notification about this annoying icon on the screen. i really need help. PLZZZZ HEEELLLLP!!!

  • you have to buy the music package. It has the software and the memory chip. The 2 gig one is 79.99 — but if you tell em no one told you you needed it to play music you can prob get it for 49.99. It includes — the software, the 2 gig card (enough for 400 songs?), headphones, and the usb cable you will need to zap the songs from your comp to your phone.

  • hi i want to put songs onto my lg chocolate phone but i dont know how to do that can you tell me please.

  • at first its so exiting after a while it gets boring im on contract and i havent had my phone 12 mouths and its boring and gets scrached easy

  • this phone is fuckin shit i had one then didnt because i put a sledg hammer to it because it is so shit it is the shitest phone ever made!!!!!!!!!

  • i waz thinkin about gettin a chocolate phone but i hav a friend who got it and it gets sratched up easily and the sreen freezes up etc…
    i wana nop if theres gona b 1 without the touchsreen?

  • Can any one help? I have a LG Chocolate phone and i seem to have placed an icon on my display and dont know how to remove it. It looks like a little purse with a coin next to it withthe number 10 on the coin and a number zero next to it! Can anyone help me with this. I have miss placed my instruction booklet otherwise i would have looked in there. Thank you

  • Screw all the people that called this phone ” shit”. it aint “shit”…i think its pretty good
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  • thx 4 all da avice but y cant u jst put a cover on it so it is protected and it dosnt break so easily im goin 2 buy 1 soon so can any1 tell me if it is worth the price that shops sell it for and how much is it?

  • okay, this phone may look totally amazing and you will be really pleased with when you get it. However, it breaks really easily if you drop it, both me and my friend have had to put it into repair. the touch screen is also so sensitive you find yourself having little spazums trying to do what you want sometimes and end up calling people. it scratches easily and after a while you really want that loud speaker when you call. so, think about this when you buy this phone.

  • hiya how do i get a disc for the kg800 ive losted the one i had i wnt 2 but pic on my computer will u let you no thank you

  • I was actually gonna buy this phone so thanks for the heads up!! now im not gonna buy it anymore thank you!!

  • PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS FINDING WAYS TO DISCOURGAGE PEOPLE FROM PURCHASING PRODUCTS. ALL PHONES GIVE TROUBLE AFTER A SPECIFIC TIME. THEY ARE BUILT TO LAST FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME AND THEN…KABOOM. SO WILL U ALL PEOPLE JUST KEEP YOUR NEGATIVE COMMENTS TO URSELF

  • I am having a problem with my chocolate phone, When I load the songs onto my SD memory card and try to load the music player, it will try to load and after a few minutes the phone will shutdown and restart, I can never load my songs. I have around 460 songs, all in MP3 format, and I have used 860 MB out of my 1 GB memory card. I speak to the ppl at Telus and they have no clue what is going on. Does anyone know what is wonrg and how to fix this problem?

  • I hate this phone, its the worst phone I have vere had and I wish I had never bought it. It keeps breaking, its hard to use, rubbish memory, loads of technical faults, gets scratched and looks tatty quickly, keeps turning itself off, very slow, rubbish camera. Just dont buy it, get a Nokia or Samsung they are much more reliable. Dont buy it!

  • this phone is not good at all i only have it 3 mnths and its freezin all the time n the screen keeps turnin ornage and black it sux

  • With the LG chocolate is there a way i can add photos to my contacts so that when someone calls their picture shows?

    x

  • Dammmm..this phone is off da charts. Sexxxxy Back..
    I have a razor/slvr and a pebl ..they look like *!%# compared to this..I got one yesterday..works great..I love it..LOVE IT

  • yea i agree, it looks pretty darn good but you’ve said nothing about a price og the chocolate?!

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