Review: LG Chocolate 3
The C3 has two displays. The exterior display is reasonably bright and has high enough resolution that the icons and other information look smooth. It doubles as a camera viewfinder, and when used thus, it looks very good. The smudge factor is pretty high, though, which gets in the way of visibility when used outdoors. The interior display looks fantastic. It has QVGA resolution, and it shows. Images look crisp and sharp, and colors look great. Depending on the theme you choose, it can be read easily in the sun.Signal
The C3 didn't have any problems making and receiving calls, though the signal indicators appeared to have no reflection on actual strength. In areas with one bar, calls came in with no problem and were not dropped. Other times, we'd have three bars, but receive missed call notifications even though the phone never rang. So, the signal indicators on the C3 my not be a perfect representation of the phone's actual connection to the Verizon network, which we know is strong in the metro NYC region.Sound
Ringers can be made sufficiently loud, though some might wish it could be louder. With the phone set to its highest ringer volume and placed in another room, I barely heard it over an AC unit in my office. Earpiece volume was decent, but also not great. Talking while in a car (in the passenger seat, obviously) could be problematic, depending on how noisy your car is. The speakerphone was just fine, no complaints there. Sound quality was superb on calls. Very little noise or interference of any kind.
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The battery did pretty well. Standard use (some calls, some texts, some browsing) let it run for 4 days. Adding in music playback, though, drops battery life faster. I used the C3 every day for about a week as my MP3 player when going for walks, and the battery level indicator was typically one notch lower after 45 minutes of playback. The C3 did match LG's published talk time of 270 minutes. It died at 273. Not bad.