Like the original Chocolate phone, the LG KE800 Chocolate Platinum is ll about the design, with a glossy, jet-black finish and low-key silver trim. A silver band around the phone's middle etched with the word 'Chocolate' adds some bling, and it feels pleasingly tactile.
The LG KE800 Chocolate has a two-megapixel camera and auto-focus, a welcome improvement on the original. An MP3 music player is on-board along with a microSD card slot for expanding storage space.
The ultra-sensitive touch-screen on the KE800 Chocolate Platinum feels lovely once you have got used to it, but you will spend some time sliding around and missing your target. The operating system is icon based and easy to navigate.
Photos are nothing special, but perfectly passable, especially using the auto-focus. This is not a high-spec phone, and as such works just as well as we would want.
150 minutes of talktime isn't much, but the LG KE800 Chocolate Platinum doesn't really need much more. 200 minutes of standby will do you for a few days.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:48:55 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
LG has given the Platinum added bling with the silver belly-band and there's an enhanced set of features.
The touch-sensitive handling is so sensitive you may find yourself skidding around for a while.
Like its predecessor, the LG KG800 Chocolate, this new Platinum version is ultra-slim, but it's the phone's tactile quality that makes it stand out. While lying dormant, it boasts a glossy, jet-black finish with a low-key silver trim that gives it a sleek, minimalist finish. The obvious aesthetic difference between the KE800 and the KG800 is the bling. There's a silver band around the phone's middle etched with the word Chocolate.
As with the original Chocolate, when you slide the Platinum open, the soft keys and cursor keys light up in neon red, which transforms the phone into a handset with more flashing lights than Croydon high street on a Saturday night. In short, it's a phone you just want to stroke, which is just as well because that's exactly how you operate the LG KE800. Well it's more of a feather-light touch than a stroke, which is both a strength and weakness of this phone.
The LG KE800 Chocolate Platinum needs to be handled with care or you're in danger of sliding all over its icon-based menu system. In fact, LG is so concerned with its sensitive qualities that it devotes a huge chunk of its user manual to the handling required. These instructions sound fussy, but they're necessary if you want to avoid calling your boss when you're playing sudoku on the lavatory.In fact, such is the feather-light touch required to operate the joypad or select a menu option that the phone can be infuriating while you familiarise yourself with it. But once it clicks, it's very pleasant to use. Some will hate it, especially if you tend to be a little heavy handed, but this is a phone for aesthetes.
The LG KE800 Chocolate Platinum has an excellent display that a sharper resolution than the original and really does justice to the icon-based operating system. The menu is divided into three rows of three icons, and to navigate, a simple touch up, down, left or right will usually suffice.To save power, the display will black out from time to time if you haven't touched the phone for a few seconds and you have to slide the device shut and open and begin again, which can be frustrating. There is also a tendency for the screen to dim while playing the sudoku game and it can prove fiddly to get the backlight back on without disrupting the game. In fact, it's during gameplay that the phone's touch-sensitive operation proves annoying. One false press and you can exit a sudoku you've been playing and never get the chance to complete it.
Fortunately, there are hard keys on the side of the phone for operating the camera and MP3 player on the LG KE800 Chocolate. The camera is a two-megapixel snapper and is okay to use. It's won't wow you, but it features all the digital effects you'll find on most cameras in the two- megapixel bracket, including nine-frame multi-shot, 4x digital zoom and flash. Auto focus is an addition not seen on the original Chocolate.As a music player, the device enables you to store tracks in MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+ and AAC++ formats, and 60MB of built-in memory allows for storage of around 40 songs. There's also now the otion of expanding the memory with the microSD card slot.
There are very few phones out there that can compete with the visual and tactile appeal of the LG KE800 Chocolate Platinum. True, the touch-sensitive buttons will take some getting used to and you'll be snarling whenever you lose a game of sudoku, but if you like the beautiful things in life, the Platinum should prove to be to your taste.