LG Chocolate Update

Although there have been some negative reviews of the LG Chocolate (c|net) there are some good ones too (GSM Arena). With anything new, you will get polarized views stating that it is fantastic or terrible. I was given the opportunity to fiddle around with the touch-sensitive buttons, and… I kind of liked it. When you lightly touch the buttons, the device lights up in red. And then after a bit of non-activity, fades back to black, as if something alive is now hybernating or sleeping. When I found out the sleep feature of Apple’s iBooks caused the LED in the front to look like it was actually sleeping–a slow pulsing of the LED that made you think it was breathing or something. Now that was way cool.

Although Verizon launched the Chocolate phone in the US (meaning it supports CDMA), when I went to LG’s site, it states the network as being GSM Tri-band (900,1800, 1900) and GPRS Class 10. Hmmm. I then went to Verizon Wireless and checked out the Chocolate that it was selling for $149.99 with a 2 year service plan. And guess what? This Chocolate must have a different flavor, because it looks different!

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The main directional pad on the CDMA Chocolate is round whereas the GSM model is more rectangular. I think the rectangular version goes better with the rectangular body design. I’m sure many others have noticed this before, but it’s news to me!

The GSM Chocolate’s main display is a 2.0″ TFT LCD with 176 x 220 resolution and has 265,000 colors. The Chocolate has 128MB of internal memory, a 1.3 megapixel CMOS camera without AF support resulting in 1280 x 960 resolution images (of course it can go lower to 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 128 x 160, 48 x 48 with a multishot feature of 320 x 240 at 9 frames), and uses a white LED as a flash. Bluetooth is version 1.2 with BPP, FTP, OPP and headset support. Video supports MPEG4 H.263 at 15fps and a resolution of 176 x 144 or 128 x 96. Kind of low IMO. Music playback supports MP3, WMA, AAC/ACC+ and AAC++. WAP 1.2.1 and Java MIDP 2.0 and Java applets are supported as well.

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LG’s Chocolate mini-Flash site is very fluid or should I say milky as in milk chocolate milky. I enjoyed it along with the music. I thought the music was pretty fluid with a nice beat.

Engadget is reporting that LG is selling a Chocolate flip-phone (versus the regular slider in the 01 model) in South America for around $465. It is called Black Sapphire with a model number MG810. The main display is a 176 x 220 TFT LCD with an external sub-display that has 96 x 96 resolution. Very similar to the Motorola RAZR.

Not much info at Slashphone, but they are stating that the MG810 will be available in the US and sports GSM Tri-band (850, 1800, 1900MHz), a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a music player. The touch-sensitive keypad on the front is unique in the MG810. MobileWhack reported that the MG810 phone received FCC approval back in March, 2006.

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