Specs summary

Screen
4"

The LG New Chocolate's screen is 4 inches with 345 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
1024 MB

Internal memory is 1024 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1000 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 16.5 days standby time, 360 minutes (2G), 300 minutes (3G).



Throw its exceptionally thin profile and pleasingly unobtrusive, non-florid overall design into the deal and what you get is a real eye-catcher.

- PhoneArena Team , PhoneArena 

Reviews (4.6/10 Avg. rating)


Softpedia

Everything about this phone seems to be great, starting with its amazing bar design and finishing with its reshaped S-Class UI

from Softpedia

It seems that the New Chocolate is an important step forward for LG, which gathered all its high-end technologies and included them in a device that should rock our world. It has an unusual form, it looks exquisite (when it's not dirty), it's an all-rounder when it comes to features and it's not expensive at all.

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It seems that the New Chocolate is an important step forward for LG, which gathered all its high-end technologies and included them in a device that should rock our world. It has an unusual form, it looks exquisite (when it's not dirty), it's an all-rounder when it comes to features and it's not expensive at all.

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HowardChui

It looks cool

from HowardChui

The BL40 sat on my desk for sometime while I tried to forget it. Still, I gave it some thought every now and then when I finally got it. People will buy the New Chocolate because it’s a cool looking phone. Just like how people bought the original LG Chocolate. The original Chocolate was a h...More

The BL40 sat on my desk for sometime while I tried to forget it. Still, I gave it some thought every now and then when I finally got it. People will buy the New Chocolate because it’s a cool looking phone. Just like how people bought the original LG Chocolate. The original Chocolate was a horrible phone which was hard to use but it still sold. So that’s the thing, you carry your phone everywhere you go – so it’s important that you like how it looks. Just like how people wear clothes that are too small. It may not be comfortable but they do it anyways.

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PhoneArena

Exceptionally thin profile and pleasingly unobtrusive, non-florid overall design

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It´s painfully clear the LG New Chocolate BL40 is stunningly sluggish. The S-Class 3D interface itself looks nice, but all the animations and transition effects make it rather heavy. We would have liked it better if it looked less eye-catchy, but was more functional and easier to use. Well, it seems we will have to wait a bit more until we finally get there.

It´s a good thing we don’t rate cell phones based on in-call quality only, because the BL40 would have been just a member of the crowd that doesn’t stand out with anything in particular. Flat out, the in-call quality is mediocre. During our tests, the sound was slightly muffled on our end and we were unable to understand the other person at times. Things seemed quite better on the other end, although people claimed we sounded sharp and distant. Ultimately, come to phone calls, we rate the BL40 6/10.

LG has done a great job rolling out a handset with such a great design as the New Chocolate BL40. We do appreciate the risk the manufacturer has taken by choosing not play it safe, but come up with bold, truly innovative device with design far off the beaten track. Yes, the BL40 has its drawbacks, but it looks amazing and will certainly catch the attention of anyone around you. And this is the most important aspect of a device like this. We didn´t like the BL20, the light-weight sibling of the New Chocolate, because it fails to offer anything else other than cool overall design. The BL40, however, comes with more extra features and looks even more attractive, which we believe will ultimately make it appealing to a lot of people.

If you, however, feel unwilling to put up with the shortcomings of the BL40, consider the LG Crystal GD900 that comes with a much different, but by no means less stunning design. The Samsung UltraTOUCH S8300 is a great option as well – it delivers rich functionality (save Wi-Fi) and looks dainty and personable....

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It´s painfully clear the LG New Chocolate BL40 is stunningly sluggish. The S-Class 3D interface itself looks nice, but all the animations and transition effects make it rather heavy. We would have liked it better if it looked less eye-catchy, but was more functional and easier to use. Well, it seems we will have to wait a bit more until we finally get there.

It´s a good thing we don’t rate cell phones based on in-call quality only, because the BL40 would have been just a member of the crowd that doesn’t stand out with anything in particular. Flat out, the in-call quality is mediocre. During our tests, the sound was slightly muffled on our end and we were unable to understand the other person at times. Things seemed quite better on the other end, although people claimed we sounded sharp and distant. Ultimately, come to phone calls, we rate the BL40 6/10.

LG has done a great job rolling out a handset with such a great design as the New Chocolate BL40. We do appreciate the risk the manufacturer has taken by choosing not play it safe, but come up with bold, truly innovative device with design far off the beaten track. Yes, the BL40 has its drawbacks, but it looks amazing and will certainly catch the attention of anyone around you. And this is the most important aspect of a device like this. We didn´t like the BL20, the light-weight sibling of the New Chocolate, because it fails to offer anything else other than cool overall design. The BL40, however, comes with more extra features and looks even more attractive, which we believe will ultimately make it appealing to a lot of people.

If you, however, feel unwilling to put up with the shortcomings of the BL40, consider the LG Crystal GD900 that comes with a much different, but by no means less stunning design. The Samsung UltraTOUCH S8300 is a great option as well – it delivers rich functionality (save Wi-Fi) and looks dainty and personable.

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CNET

Stunning range of features, really looks the business

from CNET

Using the LG Chocolate BL40 is like watching your favourite football team play beautifully, but then lose the match by hitting too many shots wide. Despite packing a stunning widescreen display and an abundance of features into a gloriously slim and sexy frame, LG has dropped the ball when it com...More

Using the LG Chocolate BL40 is like watching your favourite football team play beautifully, but then lose the match by hitting too many shots wide. Despite packing a stunning widescreen display and an abundance of features into a gloriously slim and sexy frame, LG has dropped the ball when it comes to the user interface. The S-Class menu system is annoying and unresponsive at times, and generally feels over-engineered and too complicated. Consequently, despite offering way more features than the iPhone or HTC Hero, this handset just isn't as satisfying to use as either of those two models.

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Major disappointment

I picked the New Chocolate because of its available features. It seemed like a good idea, having Wifi, a camera, browser, video calling - it seemed to have a good thing going. However, from the beginning, the phone was sluggish to respond to commands, and the browser simply didn't work - it would launc...More
I picked the New Chocolate because of its available features. It seemed like a good idea, having Wifi, a camera, browser, video calling - it seemed to have a good thing going. However, from the beginning, the phone was sluggish to respond to commands, and the browser simply didn't work - it would launch but download was ridiculously slow (not because of my connection) and choppy and unresponsive. The browser often crashes the phone - it shuts down and restarts, or freezes to a point where I have to remove the battery to get going again. Also, it creates a funky interface that does not compliment the formatting of most websites I've tried to visit. I simply don't try the browser anymore. The video calling feature never worked, and the apps and games download site that LG said was 'coming' never has materialized, or at least I can't get to it! I frequently (a couple times a day) get an error message saying "Maximum limit of applications reached", which the support people at LG have "never heard of". This requires exiting everything you're doing and restarting it. Very inconvenient. The phone reception is pathetic. Calls don't connect and areas where I used to get reception with my old phone (same SIM card) are unavailable (including the downstairs level of my house, which is in an urban centre). The camera, though is does take decent pictures in 'idea' lighting and situations, is verrrrry slow - don't count on the phone to be a good camera option when you're kid is about to score his first goal or anything!!! If everything holds very still for a long time you might get a shot! LG support has been very disappointing - I've had to send the phone in twice, and each time, believe it or not, it came back with more issues than before I sent it! I know that sounds bitter and exaggerated, but all of the issues I listed above have continued, and with more intensity. It's not good. Now, I realise I may have a dud, and that all BL40s may not be this bad, but I've had a very negative experience. LG support is not 'planning' to do anything to help remedy this for me. They have offered a refurbished unit to replace this one - I have such a sour taste in my mouth that I simply do not want another BL40. Please beware of the glimmer and glitz this phone promises. Buyer beware... . I hope your experience will be better than mine! Less

Crystal_47136
I would have to agree with Steve. I have had nothing but bad luck with my phone since I got it.

I totally agree with Steve. When I first saw this phone,thought it looked nice and a nice alternate to the iphone..should have gotten the iphone..This phone has given me problems from the beginning. I have had the exact same problems as Steve. This is one chocolate I can live without.

Same exact problems! Wish I'd gotten ANY other phone. LG should have their asses sued for even making such a barely functioning product. Kid you not, I've had to wait up to 2 minutes to read a text after it came in, just waiting for the phone to chunk along. It says there's updates, but the website seems not to exist, and the softare it wants to install on my computer won't install. It freezes daily. The "too many applications" message pops up every other time I use it. I don't take pictures, store music on it, use the browser,etc...so I have no idea what this could possibly mean. I bought this phone because it was big, like my hands; I could press a key without pressing two or three others...most of the time. I use it to call and text, and I delete my texts every day or two. I can't imagine anyone asking less of this phone than me, and it STILL fails in every capcaity! Someone needs freaking shot for this degree of incompetance.

my friends call it my LG NEW PAPERWEIGHT

it's really cool but the telephone feature just doesn't work. I simply can't be used for telephone calls. It won't connect , if you do connect you get "call ended" enough times that you just give up trying to talk to that person, or my personal favorite ,in the middle of a conversation it suddenly so...More
it's really cool but the telephone feature just doesn't work. I simply can't be used for telephone calls. It won't connect , if you do connect you get "call ended" enough times that you just give up trying to talk to that person, or my personal favorite ,in the middle of a conversation it suddenly sounds like your having phone sex with an android. I know it sounds crazy but you have to hear it to believe it. I don't think anbody cares anyways cause i'm the only idiot who bought this piece of garbage. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 7, 2009
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 1024 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.22 W/kg
Body: 0.63 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 360 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 300 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 16.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.8 x 5.1 x 1.1 cm (5 x 2 x 0.4 in)
Weight 129 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 345 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
ISO, Night mode, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, DivX
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG Chocolate BL40

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