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      22.07.2012 14:14
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      Not one of LG's best products

      The LG Chocolate was released in the UK in May 2006 and when it was released it was available in Fuscia Pink and Black only. Later other colours were introduced to the brand which included Lilac, Burgundy and White. The phone was favoured by many females at the time due to the Fuscia Pink version (I will also admit the colour sold the phone to me as well!) as well for its partial touch screen (which at that time you didn't see on any other mobiles) and compact appearance.

      I remember having this phone on contract a couple of years ago when my daughter was a baby. Unfortunately the phone didn't actually last long which was the fault of my daughter not LG... she picked it up one day, as babies do - put it in her mouth and drooled all over it. Sadly it died and never worked again. These days, the phone is still in our household and my now 6 year old daughter uses it as a "pretend mobile".

      At the time LG was a relatively new make and now you see the brand everywhere - my main TV in the house is a LG 42" Full HD and now I don't think I will go to any other brands if I need to replace it in the future.

      Although at the time I had no experiance in LG products I liked this phone because one of the available colours is a really bright fuscia pink - and I just love pink! I also liked the style of the phone itself - as pictured the phone looks very small and easy to store in your pocket everywhere but the phone slides up to reveal a keypad under. To give you an idea on the size, the dimensions are the following :

      95 x 48 x 15.2 mm

      And the phone weighs in at just 83 grams.

      Although this is not a modern phone anymore and the newer phones tend to have a lot better features to me this phone would suit someone who likes a decent amount of features but doesn't want to pay over the odds for an iPhone or other brand.

      At the time I bought the phone soon after it came out, it was only available in black or pink - now you can also buy in bergundy, lilac and lilac. The KG800 has now been discontinued from LG but you can still buy second for around the £20-£30 mark online, if not cheaper.

      Now on to the actual features that the phone had. As previously mentioned part of the screen was touch operated and turned on when you slide the slider up on the phone, and like iPhones is operated by heat on your skin - so like other phones you couldn't tap it with a pen to operate. Although it was a great feature back then, like all new features it could be tempermental ie - would not recognise when you were using the touch buttons and would become slow and laggish as a result. When in use, the partial touch screen and keypad buttons would light up bright red. For its time, it carried a decent internal camera which shot images at 1.3MP with a flash.

      Inside the phone you had all your general phone features such as internet (which didn't work very well on this phone), messages, email, MMS, A couple of games and facilities such as calculator ect... But the phone features in my opinion weren't anything special compared to other phones at that time.

      Picture

      Compared to phones these days the quality of the picture of the screen was not the best but barable. The picture resolution was 256K colors, which you will know from adjusting the settings on a general computer is not good.

      Sound

      The phone could hold a variety of ringtone types which were polyphonic and MP3. As you will remember the polyphonic ring tones were decent around 10 years ago but not used often these days. This was the first mobile I had which could hold MP3's and use them as ringtones which I was very impressed with. You could also download shortened ringtones in the form of MP3's from LG directly. Another thing great thing when you had a text or a phone call was the vibrate option which could be turned on and off... I wasn't too impressed with the vibrate option however because it only vibrated lightly which was no good if your phone was turned on silent. I also have to add there is no loud speaker on the phone so if you are a Chav who likes to blast your music on the back of public buses this will not be for you!

      Memory

      The phone holds a total of 128mb internally - and unlike some other phones did not have the feature to insert a memory card for extra. The phone book memory could hold up to 1000 entries which was quite good for this time, and would suit someone for a personal or business phone for this reason.

      Battery Life

      The battery is located to the back of the phone and you press in the tab and it pops out very easily. The battery type is a standard Li-Ion 800 mAh and gives you up to 6 hours talk time.

      My Verdict

      In all the phone looks great, has great features of its time and is very easy for anyone to use.

      My main issue with this phone is how fragile it is - a bit of baby drool and mine was put out of action permenantly... I have dropped my iPhone in water and knocked it round more times than you can imagine and it still hasn't died on me. I had dried the phone out and nothing I did made it work again - including replacing the battery.

      Although it is a great basic phone for someone who is not too fussed about all the modern features that you get on the iphone to me things like how unresponsive the heat operated keypad work are a bit of a worry. For me these two things are literally the only bad things about it and I have to give a lower mark due to these. Be wary if you think of investing in one of these.

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        18.04.2012 18:16
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        Bad phone, DO NOT BUY

        I got this phone in the bright pink shade a few years ago as a present, and I must say I was very disappointed with it.

        First of all, it cost quite a bit of money for little to none outstanding functionality. Yes, the keys on the front of the sliding panel are touch screen and light up- but I found that this hindered the performance of this phone rather than aid it- for example at times it would be irritatingly unresponsive and I would have to press down with all my might on it several times in order to get it to respond, but at others, a slight brush of my fingertips would make a call to some random person on my contact book, and on its way, losing me several pennies of my credit.

        And back to the non outstanding functionalities: it could make calls. It could send texts. It could take horribly blurred pictures, short videos and maybe play a game or too. Nothing too out of a simple brick phone's league, apart from its touchscreen buttons (and I have given you my view on that). The internet, I found, was so excruciatingly slow and not worth the money you have to pay for it that I only used it once and never again.

        But the main problem that has made me so distraught about this LG product is its quality. After mere months of obtaining this phone, I found that it was slowly deteriorating... The phone's batteries lasted for a very short time, the buttons' response decreased and the screen and phone exterior scratched so much if I didn't know myself I would have thought it was a couple of years old AT LEAST. I hardly received any texts straight after they were sent (crucial messages reached me hours or even days after). Bear in mind that this had not been under heavy use- I did not throw this phone around on the floor or anything. I even took the trouble to buy a phone pouch for it. And then one day, it happened. The phone just... died. Completely. It wouldn't turn on, wouldn't charge at all. I even tried it with my friend's LG cookie (or some other touchscreen LG phone anyway) charger which fitted in this one, and, surprise surprise, no response. I didn't even try to get it fixed. I'd had enough of it. I bought a new phone which far exceeded its predecessor and the phone has been rotting at the bottom of one of my drawers or other.

        My advice? Don't buy this phone, I have been most severely disappointed by it. In fact, this has put me off the LG company's products completely. I would have been better off with my previous, sturdy old brick. This has been a complete let down for me and it cost over a hundred pounds (though it might be cheaper now, I got it when it was a relatively new product). What a spectacular waste of money.

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          27.01.2012 09:50

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          As cute and as utterly delicious as a bar of chocolate!

          I now own an LG Cookie (KP 500) after receiving it for Christmas a few years ago in order to replace my LG Chocolate, and it quite honestly doesn't hold a candle to this phone, the KG 800.

          This phone is beautifully designed, sleek, and very pretty! It comes in a small variety of colours (mine was the most gorgeous shade of pink imaginable) and everything about the phone was clearly thought about very carefully by it's designers in order to make this phone sophisticated and easy to use--and in my opinion, they succeeded! It's a tough, likeable little phone that is very durable and may as well be wearing armour since it takes knocks and drops like a champ and doesn't scratch!

          The screen is large and bright with an easy to use interface and simple menu and one thing about this phone that particular impressed me was how excellent the sound quality is--this phone can easily double up as an MP3 player on the go, and the earphones that come with the Chocolate are also of high quality.

          And for those of you like me who often check their phone at night in the dark to read messages/check the time/etc, the LG Chocolate has a handy button on the side that you can press to operate the phone without sliding it up and lighting up the whole room, which comes in very handy.

          I actually miss this phone a lot now that I have my new one, since it's a fun, cute, gorgeously designed and very user friendly phone. I treasured mine for years, and if you like sleek, vibrant, easy to use phones, this could be the one for you!

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          08.08.2011 16:20

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          You won't be disappointed if you're looking for a basic phone

          I had this phone before I got my Blackberry free with a contract, and at the time I thought this was brilliant technology and loved the phone. Looking back, I can see this phone was actually quite basic, although it did everything I asked of it at the time, such as texting and phoning people. It cost me about £100 at the time, as I bought it on a pay-as-you-go package because I didn't want to be tied into a contract. That was a few years ago though so I would expect they have come down in price a fair bit since then.

          This phone has the ability to make and receive calls, send and receive text and picture messages, take photos, play music and it has an alarm. It also has Bluetooth, and there are some limited games already on the phone if you like this kind of thing. There is the option to connect to the internet but I found this really slow and also I was on Pay-As-You-Go so it was using all my credit. I didn't really use the internet on this phone, as it was cheaper and quicker just to use my laptop.

          The phone is very stylish looking, and is probably a lot more slimline than some modern phones. It's black, with a good sized screen, and decent sized buttons which makes it easy for texting and typing in numbers. To use the phone, you just slide the top half up to reveal the buttons at the bottom. This made it almost impossible to accidentally phone someone when the phone is roaming round your handbag. The only bit that's like a touch screen is the arrows for scrolling through the menu, but these are a good size so it's easy to use.

          The camera is reasonable quality, I'm not sure what the exact technical jargon is for it pixel-wise, but you can take snapshots and they look fine when uploaded to your PC. I wouldn't say it's good enough to take all your holiday photos on, but then I don't really know anyone who uses the camera on their phone for this purpose.

          I had this phone for a couple of years, and never had any technical issues with it. I did have problems downloading picture messages at one stage but this was down to my provider and got sorted eventually. It has the ability to store a large number of text messages (over 100) which is unusual for a basic phone.

          As for the battery life, I think this got worse towards the end of my phone's life, as the battery was clearly struggling so I was charging it every day almost. Until then though it was fine, and only needed charging every few days. I did have to buy a new charger for it after a while as the one that came with the phone stopped working, I think the lead on it was bit flimsy so it broke as a result of me carrying it back and forth to my partner's house (this was when I lived on my own, and I used to carry the charger round in case my phone died and I was cut off from the world).

          One thing that really annoyed me about this phone was that when you slide the screen up, it displays the time, but it used to display the PREVIOUS time you'd checked your phone. This can be confusing in the night when you think it's 6am but it's actually 9am and the phone is telling you that you last checked the time at 6am. Sounds stupid, but don't rely on this phone too much for time/clock/alarm features. The alarm would also only work if I left my phone on overnight (not on silent) which was annoying if I had any text messages overnight as they would wake me up.

          Overall, this phone served me well, but I am much happier with my Blackberry as I have far fewer gripes and far more features. As a basic phone though, the LG Chocolate KG800 is pretty good.

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          29.06.2011 19:48
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          I liked it.

          - First impressions -

          In 2008 I had this phone bought for me as a gift from a good friend. At first I was impressed with it.

          The phone took "good" (pics weren't blurry/distorted or grainy) photos, the camera part of the phone had a flash you could enable, it had many photo effects; sepia, negative, B&W and you could change the aspect ratio of photos.

          The phone also stored loads of text messages - my other flip phone had, for some reason, only been able to store around 25 messages and this drove me crazy. All in all the memory that came with the phone was massively improved from most other models of phones I'd had before.

          - Using the phone -

          This phone is a simple slide phone; slide it up to reveal the camera, little mirror and flash plus the keypad. The phone has also got a headphone jack on the side. On the same side there is the MP3/camera button and a red button for hanging up calls. On the other side of the phone are two up and down arrows; perfect for controlling the volume on your music.

          There are other controls on the phone for when it's not in it's up-slide position but to use a keypad you will need to slide the phone up.

          There was also an MP3 player on the phone with a good storage ability.

          - Colour -

          My particular phone was black with a silver trim and I have found that having a black colour of phone means scuffs and bumps show up less (unlike my previous silver Razr.)

          - Add Ons -

          In the box:
          Phone charger.
          Software.
          Headphones.
          USB lead.

          - Summary -

          At the time I really liked this phone; the ability to store over 100 messages was great, the picture quality was the best at the time (I think it comes in at under 1 MP) and I loved having the MP3 player on the phone - it held around 10 different tracks so this was I was impressed at the time. Battery life was poor, however, and this really annoyed me. I would have to charge the phone every night if I was going to moderately use it the next day and being a bit of a party girl in 2008 I wasn't always at home every night, so maybe a spare charger would have come in handy?

          If I was looking to buy a phone then I am sure I could find something quicker, faster and better these days but at the time it was a good phone to have.

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          26.05.2011 22:15
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          I did like this phone for its looks, but theres no brains behind the pretty face

          I must admit I got this phone for its looks , being a child of the eighties I am drawn to the black and red look (think airwolf, knightrider and the A team). I also like the slide function on the phone, it looks and feels satisfying somehow. In truth I had two of these phones, because I lost one in a club. But that was a few years ago now and this is not my phone now.

          What strikes you is phones touchpad menu buttons, arrows, call which lights up red against the black backdrop 9 tic-tac-toe style keypad. The phones design looks streamline and it comes with a charger and one headphone which fits into the jack. On the phone itself the volume keys are on the left side,there is an off switch at the top of the phone which is actually on a button with a red phone symbol and there is a mp3 button on the right which allows for quick connection.But to be honest compared to todays phones this phone doesn't have the most amazing features. You have a USB lead to connect in media onto your PC and transfer to and from your phone. There is also an mp3 player, but it is a standard WMA file MP3 player so if you a sony or a philips mp3 player you canswap files to and fro no problem, but if you have an ipod, forget it...like all appleproducts you want be able to transfer fiels as there of two different formats. You can get 20 songs onto this phone because the memory capacity is very small, but you can keep many ringtones if your 16 or if thats your thing.

          You can keep photographs on this phone, put them as a background or simply just keep them to keep looking at, but this is a fairly normal and expected function. The camera though- a 1.3 MP (laughable by todays standards) isnt as youd expect great !! There are camera options to change the brightness, size, timer, quality, whiteness and balance, obviously to view album, mode and effect (different coloured tints etc), and there is a small flash, not particularly great and a zoom function. But the voice recorder and video recorder shoudl put a smile on your face, although the quality of the sound recording is not fantastic. The battery life is amazing if you use the power saving function which is a nice function. It takes roughly 3-4 hours to charge the phone after the initial long charge when you get the battery at first. The battery however doesnt not last long if you dont put it on power saver. The adaptor fits into a socket, there is also a small clip cover which can be easily unclipped to and from the phone.

          There isn't a lot of memory for photographs and songs though. And I find that should you try to access the internet then it isnt very good either. It can be extremely slow and so this means that should you be on a Pay As You Go arrangement, you're going to be charged regardless for time spent loading up pages, because the creen is fairly small, you cant see a great deal, there is no zoom option or 'font bigger' option as with internet capacity on blackberrys or Iphones etc. The phone memory allows for up to 200 messages in total (inbox and outbox combined)

          The navigation buttons can be quite insensitive depending on what mode you have it in, sometimes you have to press them so hard to do what you wnat to do. The light up 'buttons' and the slide function do look good and are touch-sensitive but are not good to use all the time, selecting things can be somewhat fiddly. 'OK' is placed in the centre where the silver button is and it takes time to get used to.

          In terms of colour this phone comes in balck and in lilac for the ladies I presume. Its sleek, slim and looks fantastic and you can get this for around £50 on a contract or PAYG, so its quite affordable.

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            15.11.2010 15:37
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            Not Lg's best effort

            I got this phone one christmas after telling my parents over and over again that I needed a new phone. It had only just come out when I got it and remember seeing the adverts on TV and wishing that I had this phone.
            It was an innovation in touch sensitive controls but that was as far as it went. My first impressions on the phone were it looked and felt amazing but these were obviously quickly lost when LG's software became my enemy. No matter what I did the phone would always do the opposite, I'd want to go to messages and it would take me to contacts and so on... Then the touch sensitive controls would just give up altogether and stop responding so after clicking lots of times to "attempt" to get them to work, it would just work all of a sudden and you'd end up ringing one of your contacts.

            Another problems was these controls were heat sensitive so you guessed it, it was almost impossible to use this phone on a cold day when you hands were freezing.

            Sending a text on the phone was ok, although you couldn't type too quick because the software would jump keys in order to keep up with what you were writing.

            The phone had a memory of 128mb and no external slot for any extra memory so once you had filled up all the room you were left to delete your stuff in order to add other things.

            One good thing about the phone was, it would get signal in places other people didn't have it, so I was pretty happy about that although considering the other problems I had it didn't stop me from wanting to change phone.
            It was as though LG spent more time in designing how the phone looks as to how it performed.

            I'd give the phone 2.5/10.

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            21.09.2010 20:08

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            Looks better than it operates.

            I had the pink version of this phone (limited addition)
            It came with a sock, a charm that acted as a screen cleaner, and headphones and charger.
            My first impression when i opened the box was wow, i was very impressed, its shiny and slick and looks the part. And i was even more wowed when i turned it on to see lovely screen resolution and sound.
            I used this phone for about 2 years, and i can say it was a little temperamental.
            It was fine for the first 6 months and then it would freeze alot and turn itself off alot. it didn't have an option for expandable memory so couldn't store alot of files. The keys were a little hard to press too so sending a long text could be quite painful!
            Also the touch buttons turned out to be a bit of a nightmare and had a mind of their own!
            All in all i would say this phone looks better than it actually operates. The features are not really great but it has the basics.

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            16.09.2010 12:37
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            Like an annoying hot girl. You will like how it looks but its not user friendly

            I bought the LG Chocolate KG800 as a short term replacement after my phone decided not to work. I was just wanting a simple phone which would allow me to text and talk with ease.

            This phone allowed me to do just that with its simple and intuitive interface and keypad. I do have alot of trouble using the touchscreen keypad that slides up as it is very sensitive and iy sometimes had problems recognising what I wanted it to do. The phone is also difficult to use in the dark as the keypad doesn't light up at all, making it difficult to send messages and type in numbers.

            The camera is good quality and so is the music player. The phone only has a standby time of 200 hours so you will need to charge it up every day.

            Where the phone really excels is that is so good to look at. Its sleek and stylish which is the phone's major selling point. Its still one of the best looking phones around - although i have never quite understood why its called Chocolate?

            Overall this is a very sleek and stylish phone which has some usabilty issues which means you will both love and loathe it in equal measure.

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            16.08.2010 14:19
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            Excellent brand, reliable and smart basic phone.

            When I first saw this phone, I thought wow and just had to have it. It is very sleek and stylish and this appealed to me instantly. It is a black phone and this gave the phone an air of sophistication.I needed a new phone and had been using a brick for a while and decided to splash out on it. I have had this phone a few years now and have no complaints. It does what it says on the tin and has been really reliable. If you just want a basic phone that you can use for phoning people, text messaging and other basic functions, this phone is for you. There is a great camera and an MP3 player as part of this phone. The phone held enough songs for me, it held about 30. The camera also had memory for quite alot of photos and video's. I have to say I have been really impressed with this high quality phone and I have found LG to be a company that provides trusted and reliable products. The only critcism is the touch pad numbers took quite a bit of getting used to and they seemed very sensitive at first.

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            14.08.2010 18:27
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            would recommend

            I have quite a few phones, the LG chocolate being one of them. I have this phone in white. I have owned it quite a long time, and I remember when I bought it that this phone had a real hype to it, however, in present day, this phone is obviously a bit behind the times!

            Firstly I will start with; I would recommend if you are looking for a phone that looks sleek and fairly stylish, and comes quite simple without all the unnecessary applications. You can also get this phone real cheap now, for about £30, so if you want a phone for calling, texting and voicemail, this phone is a fair choice.

            The fact that I have kept this phone tells me there is something about it I like. I think this phone is very easy to use, as when dialling a call the numbers come up very large on the screen, so if you do not have good eyesight (not really a problem for me admittedly) then this phone works in your favour.
            It is also very easy to navigate from one thing to another, as everything on the screen appears large and simple.

            This phone is kind of inbetween a normal, and a touch phone. It is not touch screen, however there are some touch on buttons, which personally I kind of like.

            As I have said, I have had this phone a fair while now, so obviously it is very reliable. It has never once broke.

            The only downside is that sometimes the volume of calls is not great, so for call quality it is not too outstanding, however for music etc, it is great.

            would recommend overall.

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            11.08.2010 23:07

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            Small, light and very user-friendly

            I've never been big on phones but I wanted something more stylish than the brick I owned, and this little gadget has turned out to be an excellent choice. It's compact with out losing quality, the screen is relatively large and great quality with a tough plastic coating that means even hard knocks leave it unscratched. It plays MP3s to a good standard and takes photos much the same. The phone operates by sliding it up, but as long as you aren't texting, calling or taking a photo, you can press a button on the side to keep it small but accessible. This comes in extremely useful if you don't want the entire thing to light up when you just need to check the time in the dark. Just below the screen are buttons that are not exactly touch-screen but are not visible when the phone is on standby. These do look very cool, they are a little too sensitive but once you are used to them are a very quick way of moving from application to application. Very pleased, if you don't expect too much this is definitely an all-round good quality phone with a simple-use camera to match.

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            28.01.2010 07:21

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            Overall, the phone turned out to be unreliable in my opinion. LG could have done so much more with t

            When I first saw this phone, I thought, "wow, I would really like one!" So, I went out and got one. The phone worked okay, and had some nice features, like the touch screen and slide effect. But, it was unreliable. The screen would often go out or just close. The battery did not last more than 4 or 5 hours which for a university student is not very helpful. Also, the Bluetooth option would turn it self on and off by itself while I was trying to send a file to another phone via Bluetooth. Signal Strength also was often poor, and often when I would make a call, they would be canceled for no apparent reason.

            Overall, the phone turned out to be unreliable in my opinion. LG could have done so much more with this phone! For example, they could have added a microsd slot, and they could have made the sound quality during the phone calls much better!

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            15.12.2009 16:27

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            Others have had no problems, but mine was very unreliable. Definitely not worth £129.99 now though.

            I bought this phone purely on the looks. The sleek, stylish front is the phone's selling point. I believe it was one of the first to integrate touch screen 'buttons' into a phone. For the first few months I was in awe of it. So simple to use, an interesting array of features and did I mention the good looks?

            Unfortunately things went a bit downhill. The touchscreen buttons started to get a bit tempramental on me, and eventually stopped working all together. Also, the screen wouldn't engage when you slide the phone up, as a flex board between the 2 parts had snapped. I look after my phones, so it wasn't something I had done to damage it.
            The phone was sent for repair and came back fine, but a month or so later it happened again!

            In the end I threw it in the bin and used an old Nokia I had lying about. I was gutted to be honest, as when it worked it was great. The battery life wasn't awful for an LG and the pure simplicity of the menus meant I could move around the phone with ease. Oh and yeh, it looked great!!

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            19.10.2009 18:01
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            cute cellphone

            I had the lg chocolate phone as the phone it self looked nice and it has been said the phone was very sexy and made for a lady. Dont get me wrong it was a really nice phone and i did enjoy using it.. i had it on contract for 12 months. I have now had the phone six months and the battery is died and its in my bag and for the last 4 months i have been using a brick phone.
            I did not get the lg to pay so much, then much to use a ugly heavy brick phone. The reason my lg is in my bag after a couple of months of using my new lg i found the touch screen was not actually working. That was my first problem the next problem i had was when it was switched on it was a pure white screen no writing or welcome note poped up, then when i did get a screen to come on it was upside down and in dutch.. now when you have no numbers and you can't understand dutch that well its hard to try and phone or text anybody.It was getting to the point as when i slide the phone up the screen and writing would slide to the left.
            The problem prosests so i took it to a phone shop where they told my that the slide had a golden band that connects the screen that had actually snapped and was coming apart when slided up, funnily enough the only way to pick up the phone is to slide the phone. Apart from these promblems which is a technical fault they have with the phones. its all very nice but from my experience i woulnd't be having another lg phone like this as if they have problems like this whats to say the problems wont crop up again.

            that review is put on ciao now.

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          Unique, Articulate, Exquisite - these are just a few words that will enter your mind when you first take a glance at the KG800's luxurious look and feel. The KG800 is a mysterious thing concealing a screen and a heat sensitive touch pad that glows red to show you exactly where to gently press. Not only that but if you slide the phone open it will reveal even more: a keypad and 1.3 megapixel camera with flash! Let the KG800 arouse your senses.