LG Chocolate KG800

Despite its Chocolate moniker, the LG KG800 is a glossy piano-black slider phone with glowing touch-sensitive red controls below the screen.


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Design
Before we ponder LG's "Chocolate" moniker, it's the novel design of the KG800 that sets the it apart from anything we've seen before. It has an innovative touch-sensitive navigation keypad, which is inactive when the phone is closed and locked, but glows vibrantly red when you slide the screen up. Alternatively you can access these keys by unlocking the phone with two presses of the volume key when slid shut.

There are nine touch-sensitive buttons in total: two customisable shortcut keys below the screen, call and cancel keys, four-way navigation and a selection button. It's a shame the screen isn't touch-sensitive as well, but we still applaud LG for their fresh approach with the Chocolate's design.

So why Chocolate? We simply have no idea, really. LG tells us "Chocolate" is their pet name for the phone and that they thought it was about time a mobile phone came out with a name that's easy for people to remember. Before seeing the phone we thought it might be due to its colour, but there's no hint of brown on this phone. The high-gloss, black case with silver detail, while smooth, is prone to smudges and fingerprints. LG provides a small polishing wad in the case that you can attach to the upper right corner of the phone but we found it easier just to give the case a quick rub on our jeans or shirt every once in a while for a buff.

Most people we gave the Chocolate to seemed very impressed with its design and surprised to see the the quirky operation of the keypad. Others commented that it looked quite plasticky compared to what they thought it would look like. Each to their own when it comes to fashion phones, we guess.

Other characteristics of the phone include a black-and-grey checkered keypad, MP3 player and camera shortcuts on the side, and a USB port that doubles as the headset and power connection -- you can't listen to music while charging the phone. It's a rather petitie phone, too, measuring 95 x 48 x 15mm and weighing 83 grams.

Features
It's certainly a case of style over substance with the LG Chocolate phone, although there are some average mid-range features onboard.

Multimedia highlights are a 1.3-megapixel camera, video recorder, MP3/AAC player and a reasonably bright 2-inch 256K-colour TFT display (176 x 220 pixels).

MP3 files can be set as ring tones and LG pre-installs a range of polyphonic tones. Travellers will benefit from the Chocolates tri-bad connectivity, but real globetrotters will benifit more from the Motorola RAZR V3i's quad-band.

The KG800 is limited by its 128MB of internal memory, with no expansion slot for external memory cards. Still, with Bluetooth onboard and LG bundling a USB cable in the box, it's easy to download your photos and video clips before running out of memory.

Performance
Looks aside, the glowing red navigation keys are a little awkward due to their sensitivity. Training yourself out of the habit of pushing clickable buttons feels a little bizarre at first, although LG includes a couple of sound schemes so that everytime you press a key, the Chocolate produces an audible typewriter or piano sound, a chime or a blip. You can switch this off but we like the variation in pitch different keys produce.

The touch keys also de-activate when the display's backlight times out, which can be set for 10, 20, 30 or 60 seconds. You then need to hit a numerical button or a side key to illuminate the screen and use the navigation again. Or you can just shut and re-open the slider.

LG states the Chocolate KG800 is good for 2 hours of talk time or 200 hours of standby. With Bluetooth switched on and average use of the phone for voice calls and SMS, we found the Chocolate's battery to last around two or three days. Turning the phone's power save function on and killing Bluetooth generally secured us a full three days but we struggled to push past four.

The KG800 Chocolate is the first handset in LG's premium Black Label Series of mobile phones. While no release dates have been specified for future models, LG hinted there might be a 3G Chocolate in the works, among others.

If your thumbs aren't too large, you don't mind fingerprints and can live without cutting-edge geeky features, we wouldn't hesitate recommending the Chocolate KG800.

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Too Cute posted a comment   

The Good:Colour

The Bad:Screen easily scratched, no super features.

Not a bad phone overall, but the screen is easily scratched, kets don't really work, battery life and picture quality is poor...

 

Ana posted a comment   

The Good:Performance, pretty hardy.

The Bad:My keys won't read unless I jab them really hard

I like its design, I like what it does. It's simple, sleek and does what I need it to do.

Though it seems due to age the keypad doesn't read very well when I press the buttons, I end up having to jab the 0 button about 5 times before it reads it.

I've had this phone for about 2 and a half years now.. The battery life is getting pretty low, lasts around 2 days max before running out. All in all, it does its job but txting is almost impossible for me now. If it had an SD slot or something I think it would be even better.

 

Noor posted a reply   

thats true, even i get these problems and further more my phone turns off by itself after each 5 to 10 minutes or whenever i press the 0 key..i really hate that, whenever am in the middle of an sms and it goes off, i have to retype everything once again which is really exasperating but in overall i LOVE it, its the best mobile phone i've ever had and seen!!

 

lalit kumar posted a comment   

The Good:good

The Bad:bsnel

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pammyrules posted a comment   

The Good:touch keys, slide is easy headphones

The Bad:NO MEMORY CARD SLOT (Lost USB Cable)

This phone would be really good if it had a memory card slot. The USB Cable is really slow and also it is not as complex as other phones. Plus, it's really expensive!

P.S- This is my cou's phone but he let me use it a lot so I know what it can do

diba
6
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diba posted a review   

The Good:the colour

The Bad:its havng a problem when i slide back,its turn white on the screen.en whats that?

aye its jas gud en gud shape..

Blahzy
5
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Blahzy posted a review   

The Good:Small, flash camera

The Bad:Touch buttons cause problems

The touch buttons make it very easy to go into the internet browser when you're just trying to slide the phone up.
Concealed camera means it's less likely to scratch.
I hate this phone because it's too easy press the touch keys unwillingly and get into the wrong place, even when you're just attempting to open the slider.

 

BB posted a comment   

The Good:good looks, good texting

The Bad:chips and scratches easily, features arnt very good

I have had two of these phones and both have been good. It chips really easily though and the silver on the screen simply scratches off. The touch screen is good and doesn't bother you once you get used to it. Not many features though you can't really do much with it. Its not amazing but its a good little phone and can last. Not too durable though. Don't drop in water, thats how my last one broke!

pacman
7
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pacman posted a review   

looks good, bad battery life, no load speaker, but thats what you get for a cheap phone ebay $80AU, would be good for ppl who loose phones alot

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**** posted a review   

The Good:best

The Bad:asdf

luv it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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User Reviews / Comments  LG Chocolate KG800

  • Too Cute

    Too Cute

    "Not a bad phone overall, but the screen is easily scratched, kets don't really work, battery life and picture quality is poor..."

  • Ana

    Ana

    "I like its design, I like what it does. It's simple, sleek and does what I need it to do.

    Though it seems due to age the keypad doesn't read very well when I press the buttons, I end..."

  • lalit kumar

    lalit kumar

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