Review: LG Chocolate Touch
Making a touch phone that stands out from the crowded field is becoming harder every day. These monoblock devices are always rectangular, with few buttons and a front surface that is dominated by a large display. Most of them are black, chrome, or some combination thereof. The Chocolate Touch falls into the chrome camp.
It feels really solid in your hand. The weight is enough to lend the phone an air of quality, and the materials match. The fit and finish of the Chocolate Touch is good and it is firmly pieced together. The back surface of the Chocolate Touch has some soft-touch paint elements that make it easy to grip. It has a comfortable footprint, not too tall, wide or thick, and it slips easily into a pocket.
The front of the Chocolate Touch has only three buttons: Send, Back/Mute, Power/End. All three buttons are oddly shaped, but stand out nicely from the surface of the Chocolate Touch. They have solid travel and feedback, with a nice clicking action to them.
There are a few controls on the left side of the Chocolate Touch. At the very top is the hatch covering the microUSB port. Just below it is the volume toggle. The volume toggle switch is a little bit difficult to find by feel, but it has excellent travel and feedback. There is also a voice / application key wedged onto the left side of the Chocolate Touch, very close to the bottom of the phone. It is similarly hard to find, but also has good travel and feedback.
On the right, a lock key is closest to the top. This button was easier to find and had good travel and feedback. Below it is a dedicated music application key. Pressing it launches the media player. It, also, was easy to find and had good travel and feedback. Last is the camera key. This button was easily found, but it was rather mushy.
The 3.5mm headset jack is on the top of the phone. LG has included an extra battery cover if you don't like the one that comes pre-installed. Unfortunately, LG stuffed the microSD slot under the battery cover. This makes it somewhat cumbersome to get to and is a no-no in my book (considering that this is a media-focused device). It's not actually under the battery itself, but still... The battery cover comes off easily enough, though and snaps firmly back into place.
In all, the Chocolate Touch is easy to use, and that's what matter most when it comes to design.