Review of LG BL40
Chocolate 4" 16:9 wide screen Camera Phone OCWorkbench 7 Dec 2009
LG BL40 is the latest phone in the chocolate series. Finished in black piano and
with a large long candy bar form factor. It is definitely one of the phones that
will capture the eyes of on lookers.
With the S-class interface, it easily deceives the user
thinking that it is a windows mobile or android phone. In fact, it is powered by
it's own OS. Measuring 128 x 51 x 10.9 mm, it is a
bit tall and slim but it offers a 4" 16:9 widescreen screen. For a feature
phone, the BL40 seems to be heavy at 129g.
The phone comes with a 5 mega
pixel camera and comes with microSD slot. For high speed data access, the phone
supports HSDPA and wireless LAN for connections.
Although not powered by OLED, the tempered glass finish gives
brilliant display of pictures and video playback in good contrast ratio.
The New Chocolate BL40 features a wide screen 16:9
display ratio but it does not stop there. The screen can be further adjusted to
2.35:1 cinematic wide view for vivid and realistic video contents play at any
time and place. The wide display ratio applied to the camera's viewfinder and
photo gallery makes photo taking & image searching more dynamic and enjoyable.
The 4" screen of 345x800 pixel
also makes it easy to browse the web in landscape mode. Zoom in and out on
pictures and web pages with the help of multi touch technology. On top of that,
it can easily do one touch copy & paste of text.
For the busy executives, you can configure your email to be
read in a dual screen UI. Just like Outlook Express, Dual Screen UI splits the
screen into two and shows email subject and contents in one view. Instead of
searching the email subject then open a new window to view contents, subjects
and contents can be quickly cross checked simultaneously.
With the New Chocolate BL40's Gesture Shortcut, you can access menus by drawing
simple icons on a touch pad. You can set up each of your frequently used menu
items to be accessed by one of the twelve gesture icons stored in the handset.
Dimensions (H x W x D)
128 x 51 x 10.9 mm
GSM frequency bands
3G, HSDPA, microUSB, WAP, Bluetooth, A2DP, WLAN
Display and Text Input
Max. standby time (in hours)
Max. talktime (in hours)
6 hours talktime
Maximum camera resolution
Onboard flash, Autofocus, LED
MP3 playback, WMA playback, Voice recording, Built-in speakers
Audio jack type
Additional multimedia features
Dual-screen user interface