The LG KG800 Chocolate is all about the design, with a glossy, jet-black finish and a low-key silver trim that gives it a sleek, minimalist finish. It opens smoothly and the soft keys and cursor keys light up in neon red. It is extraordinarily sensitive, though.
The LG KG800 Chocolate offers the basics, such as a 1.3-megapixel camera with helpful digital effects, and a multi-format music player. Bluetooth connectivity, a 265,000-colour screen and built-in sudoku complete the package.
The LG KG800 Chocolate does take some getting used to, as you need a feather-light touch. It's all too easy to race past the menu option you want.
That touch-sensitive operation can be frustrating, especially when while playing a game or sending a text. The laudable energy-saving feature of dimming the backlight can be too enthusiastic, and mean you starting all over again. Put in a bit of practise, though, and it's rather rewarding.
The LG KG800 Chocolate offers a respectable 200 minutes of talktime and 200 hours of standby - not bad for a design-led phone
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:49:47 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
A quite stunning design and finish. Ultra stylish.
A lack of expandable memory is a let-down. Some will struggle with the one-touch control.
We had been hearing rumours about the LG Chocolate phone for some time, so were preparing for an anticlimax. In fact, the LG KG800 Chocolate is stunning.Like the other phones of the RAZR generation, it's as slim as a bag of wafers, but it's the 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.
When the LG KG800 Chocolate slides smoothly open, the soft keys and cursor keys light up in neon red, which transforms the handset into a geek-boy's fantasy idea of modern technology. 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 KG800. Well it's more of a feather-light touch than a stroke, which is both a strength and weakness of this phone.
The LG KG800 Chocolate needs to be handled with care or you're in danger of sliding all over its icon-based menu system like a calf on roller skates. 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 KG800 Chocolate has an excellent display that 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 KG800 Chocolate. The camera is a 1.3-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 1.3-megapixel bracket, including nine-frame multi-shot, 4x digital zoom and flash.As a music player, the device enables you to store tracks in MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+ and AAC++ formats, and 128MB of built-in memory allows for storage of around 40 songs. There's no storage capacity for extra memory, but it's not bad for a few tracks on the train.
There are very few phones out there that can compete with the visual and tactile appeal of the LG KG800 Chocolate. 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 Chocolate should prove to be to your taste.