LG Chocolate BL20

The LG Chocolate BL20 is the second of LG's "new Chocolate" phones after the impressive BL40, and this particular model is very closely inspired by the original KG800 "Chocolate" phone that was launched in 2006.
 LG BL20 Chocolate

In retrospect, the KG800 was something of a design classic, and it was followed by a number of other quite similar "glossy" phones from other manufacturers, and it also helped to establish LG as a major player worldwide.

Despite the similar concept, the LG Chocolate BL20 is a thoroughly modern phone. This is a 3G slider with support for HSDPA high-speed downloads, it comes with a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, a flash and Schneider Kreuznach optics, a 2.4" 320 x 240 pixel display, a multimedia player, FM radio, microSD expandable memory and Bluetooth.

In all honesty, there's nothing radically new about the BL20's basic specifications - this is a fairly standard slider phone. However, the hidden navigation and shortcut keys, glossy finish and slim design mark this out as a very attractive handset to look at.

The five megapixel camera looks good when it comes to stills photos, but sadly the BL20 is a little disappointing when it comes to video recording, capable of just 320 x 240 pixels at 15 fps. The BL20 also lacks a 3.5mm audio connector, so you'll have to use an LG headset instead.

The Chocolate BL20 measures 107 x 51 x 12mm and weighs 115 grams. Talktime is 4 to 5 hours with around 12 to 24 days standby time, depending on network configuration. It's a dual-band UMTS 900 / 2100 MHz device with tri-band GSM support which varies depending on region.

LG indicate that we should start to see the BL20 available in Europe from October onwards, on a wide variety of networks, at a suggested retail price of around €269 SIM-free. We can't quite make up our minds if that's expensive for a straightforward 3G handset, or cheap for an attractive fashion phone.. we guess that it depends on how much you like the way it looks.

We think that this is a welcome update of a memorable handset, and we strongly suspect that this will be a very popular phone this Christmas.

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