The new LG BL40 Chocolate: iPhone killer?

Honestly, can anything kill the iPhone? Users are entrenched, they’ve “invested” loads of cash in apps from the Apple App Store, and even though there are constant complaints about the quality of AT&T’s network, iPhone users aren’t likely to move.

LG BL40 Chocolate Menu
LG BL40 Chocolate Menu

But the new LG BL40 Chocolate, due for release in 54 countries in late 2009, looks like a smartphone that could convince those considering a move to the iPhone to stay with their current carrier (if it’s not AT&T).

LG BL40 Chocolate
LG BL40 Chocolate

According to the official press release, the new Chocolate will have a 4.0-inch wide screen high-definition LCD with an 800 by 345 pixel resolution. This is a wide screen with an unusual 21:9 aspect ratio (3:4 is “traditional” TV, and 16:9 is modern HDTV). The screen is overlaid with curved tempered glass and is encased in a glossy (“piano”) black finish with red highlights.

LG BL40 Chocolate
LG BL40 Chocolate

If someone at LG USA happens to be reading this and would like a hands-on reviewer (on Verizon Wireless), I’m available…

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Icesnake, known to Law Enforcement the world over as Rich Tietjens, retired from the US Army in 1992 and has spent the intervening years attempting to die with the most gadgets, and thus, win. To this end, he has written software both as a freelance programmer and a paid consultant, tested network products and built driver disks for Intel, operated a Web hosting service for ten years, built more personal computers than any sane man would ever want, collected seven cats, and finally settled down in Oregon as the Information Technology Training Coordinator (fancy talk for "help desk and PC tech") for a small manufacturing firm. Rich started playing Dungeons and Dragons in 1976 and has never given up the RPG habit, progressing through Diablo, Everquest, Asheron's Call, Diablo 2, and World of Warcraft. Most evenings you can find him on Trollbane-US playing his mage, Icesnake - who is an Engineer and is trying to collect all the cool gadgets in Greater Azeroth... And so it goes.

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4 Comments

  1. While I agree that it’s a very nice looking phone, we still don’t know how it looks/feels in-hand, how the UI actually works, etc, etc.

  2. I don’t think it’s just the hardware that’s needed to beat the iPhone into submission. Without the apps store to go with it, no hardware will beat it. Verizon has great coverage and reliable phones, but keeps a death grip on all the apps and ringtones. Simple games that cost me $2 on my iPod touch cost me $6 for my Verizon LG (and aren’t nearly as good). The minute AT&T hits Montana I’ll be switching to iPhone.

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