LG KG800 Chocolate Review: Camera, USB Communication, Connectivity

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A steady hand does miracles

The capturing camera has a 1.3 megapixel matrix and offers resolutions of up to 1280x960 pixels. The capturing camera application itself is rather slow and it takes above 10 seconds in order to fire it up, hold a shot at the maximum resolution and save it.

Using the display as a capturing camera viewfinder

There is a Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash which is there to assist you in poor light conditions. Speaking of poor light conditions, the capturing camera has a night mode which does it job very well and compared to night modes in similar cameras produces relatively low photo noise. It offers 4x digital zoom which is not available at the maximum resolution though but this is not that remarkable of a loss since it produces a mere crop & resize of the original image. The capturing camera menu offers option such as picture resolution, brightness level, the white balance that has several presets according to the available light conditions, and some color effects such as sepia, black & white, negative, etc. The capturing camera has some fascinating shoot modes besides the regular still shot and those are Multi shoot mode and Frame mode. Multi shots are only available when the pixel resolution is set to 320 x 240 or 640 x 480, while the Frame shots are only available with the pixel resolution set to 176 x 220 which is the display resolution in fact.

Various capturing camera settings

Otherwise the picture quality is fine if you managed to hrecent the phone perfectly still during image capturing. As we already said, the capturing camera is awfully slow. There is a delay between the press of the button and the actual capturing of the photo. That means that most of the time the composition you want to hold a shot at has already changed when the actual photographing takes place. Generally, you are could be easily misled by the long time it takes the capturing camera to create the picture and deciding that it should have already taken the picture you could go a bit. That way you would turn the picture into an unrecognizable blur.

An fascinating thing is that the capturing camera view finder, similar to that of Samsung D600 we should add, doesn't display the full picture that the capturing camera actually takes. In a way the viewfinder somewhat zooms the image and the left and correct sides of the picture are slit outside the viewable area. You can only see the whole picture after you hold it and save it.

Generally speaking the capturing camera is not very user friendly and its usability suffers from the shutter lag and the cropped image view finder.

LG KG800 Chocolate sample photos

Two low light samples • well lit scene vs. using flash in complete darkness

The capturing camera also captures video in maximum resolution of 176 x 144 pixels and the output format is the usual .3gp. The menu of the video capturing camera is pretty much the same as the one we already described for the still capturing camera with few exceptions. It offers both limited and unlimited recording.

Video samples

Universal Serial Bus (USB) driving license

The phone features full Universal Serial Bus (USB) support and the LG Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable comes along in the retail box along with the phone itself. The remarkable thing about the Universal Serial Bus (USB) support of the phone is that when connected it appears in the Windows explorer as a removable drive just as your regular Universal Serial Bus (USB) flash drive would and no drivers are needed. If you receive a call whilst in mass storage mode, the call will be rejected but after you disconnect the handset, you will see the information about any missed calls.

Standby display while in Universal Serial Bus (USB) drive mode

Opening the Removable drive allows you access to the Music, Photos, Videos, Text and Others folders. The Others folder is used for general file storage. You can upload any kind of files here - images, audio, or even files not specifically supported by the phone when you just want to carry them with you and download them later to another PC. Once again when saving content to the phone don't create subfolders since those won't be recognized and read by the phone file system. Interesting enough, the Photos folder is reserved for the pictures taken using the phone's capturing camera and the access to it should be used only to transfer the pictures taken from the phone to the PC. Even though photos may be uploaded to this folder from the PC, they will not be available on the phone's photo album or Photos folder even if those pictures are the same ones you downloaded a minute ago.

If you need any other type of synchronization between the phone and the Personal Computer (PC) like for items such as the phonebook and the schedule you should utilize the dedicated LG software LGPCSync that comes on Compact Disk (CD) along with the phone.

Who needs mobile Internet?

As much as connectivity is concerned, the phone features 3-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) 900/1800/1900 and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) support for quick data transfers.

It also features Bluetooth with the following profiles: Headset, Handsfree Kit, File Transfer, Image printing, Dial-up networking, Business card transfer, Browsing other devices, and Serial port profile.

The integrated Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) browser doesn't have full HyperText Markup Language (HTML) support and managed to open only simple HyperText Markup Language (HTML) pages such as Google. It's a regular Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) browser used in older phones and its presence here makes us think that again the sell point of the LG Chocolate phone definitely won't be its multimedia or connectivity capabilities.

The clumsy browser



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