Product Type: LG Electronics mobile phones
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LG Chocolate KG800
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LG Chocolate KG800
Advantages: small + great choice colours + cheap + great features for its time
Disadvantages: dies completely when in contact with liquids + tempermental touch screen
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Not one of LG's best products
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