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LG Updates the Chocolate for Verizon

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Jul 5, 2007, 8:19 AM   by (staff)

LG announced a new version of the Chocolate today. Like the original, the Chocolate VX8550 is a music-centric phone that plays MP3s and WMAs. The new version has a new keypad that provides micro vibration feedback (haptics) and an upgraded navigation wheel. The wheel has what Verizon is calling trace motion light, that appears when you move your finger around the wheel. Other upgrades include a boost in the camera from 1 Megapixel to 1.3 Megapixels, microSD support for up to 4 GB and a slightly slimmer profile. The new Chocolate carries over stereo Bluetooth and EV-DO data capabilities. It will come in three colors (black, black cherry, blue mint) and will be available starting July 9th for $99.99 after rebates.

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Jul 5, 2007, 11:15 AM

verizon are still hoping to beat the iphone with their chocolate


What? You're comparing PDA vs non-PDA phone.
Umm... no, this phone was not intended to be an "iPhone Killer" so yeah... you're wrong.
apples and oranges...
I have said this before, but I will say it again.

If VZW thought the iPhone was going to be this groundbreaking, earth-shattering, panty dropper,of a phone all you fan boys seem to think it is; then Verizon would have signed the contract when Appl...

Jul 11, 2007, 4:31 AM

The camera

I was always under the impression that the VX-8500 (VZW's old Chocolate) had a 1.3 megapixel camera and it even says that under the features page for the phone on verizonwireless.com.

I've always been big on cell cameras. Next to the ability to just make and receive phone calls (which they all do), the most important function of a cell to me is making it so that I don't have to carry a camera and camcorder with me everywhere. I've looked long and hard at practically every camera phone sold in the states and I have to say that the original chocolate was my favorite. It has a 1.3 megapixel camera that can adjust its sensitivity to take pictures in very dark settings without requiring a flash and it has almost no shutter delay. It may no...

Jul 5, 2007, 2:01 PM

Having played with this new chocolate...

I must say they have improved a lot of things from the original (which I didn't think was too bad).


Scroll/touch navigation
UI themes, fresher look
Speaker sound quality at high volumes
Send/End buttons moved to keypad
Sleeker style
Camera quality
Can now support 4gig card
Better sound/music control settings

For $99 you shouldn't be disappointed with this at all. Very fair price.
From my experience LG has the worst reliability. Lets hope this one's better. So far the most reliable that I've seen was the Fusic and it had its flaws. Hope they improved it to the original. I've spent countless, total hours returning and hearing co...

Jul 5, 2007, 1:09 PM

Next should be the Shine phone... THE SLIDER ONE!!

I'll be waiting...
til November.


P.S. : I saw the iPhone and it's pretty good looking. I might actually have to change the carrier if I need to. But probably not. It's Apple's FIRST phone. hmmm...
Is that another major carrier (not Verizon) is getting the shine slider... But I'm not gonna say who... ๐Ÿ˜›
Don't bother with the Iphone, Idid, Itookitback. Im waiting for the new HTC smartphone coming out in August. At least it has voice dialing and everything else they left out of Iphone. Since their are rumors surrounding "fixes" with the Iphone I don'...

Jul 5, 2007, 9:29 AM

Update, Not Upgrade

The adjustments here are only minor so I don't think they're going to knock anyones socks off. The Chocolate is a good looking handset. Hopefully the updates to the D pad and the keypad make it work better. But then again, I have at&t so I really don't care ๐Ÿ˜Ž .
I played with a GSM one the other day. Pretty cool phones. I like the smaller charging port than prior LGs. It looks like a sturdier design than Sammy's new charger.
Me too. What do you use?
I got to play with the new chocolate pretty hardcore yesterday, and even though I liked (not loved) the original chocolate, this thing BLOWS it out of the water. People who didn't like the last chocolate should give this thing a look.

Jul 5, 2007, 8:59 AM

I just hope its a bit more reliable...

Maybe the touchpad will be less prone to breakage... I've seen too many people have theirs die on them.
I say weak sauce I would like to see something fresh out of verizon, no more chocolate please ๐Ÿ™„
There is a manufacturing plant in our town that makes the circuit boards for the chocolates, and one of the managers there told me that given the quality of components, you can expect malfunctions in 1 1/2 to 2 years. I hope that gets fixed, as he sa...
JSK, there is not a US plant building anything for LG phones.. Where are you gettign this from ?

They are all being built in Asia 100%.. The phone would cost 5000 if the circuit boards were built here..

What are you talking about ?
well they moved the send button of the touch screen and the scroll is much better, just those two changed should help a lot

Jul 6, 2007, 3:29 PM


do you think this phone is worth buying.

Jul 5, 2007, 11:52 AM


Will the Bluetooth OBEX still be crippled as hell?
Seriously... you can Bluetooth your pictures to a computer or printer, you can bluetooth tether, and of course A2DP support.... what more would you honestly want to do? ๐Ÿ˜•
as a verizon customer i do think its pretty dumb that u cant get other peoples ringtones from blue tooth.....i mena u can id music on there new lg phone but you cant transfer ringtones to one another...come on verizon ๐Ÿคจ

Jul 5, 2007, 7:45 PM

Repost good but not worth it.

I know from Verizon employee's that they were e-mailed a response to compare the iphone to the chocolate. The Chocolate is horrible. And not reliable. The iphone is not a great phone, its a status. Here is my Repost:
I love Apple, but in this case can't defend them. The only innovative part of the iphone is the dual touch LCD. The Internet browser is sub-par because of At&t's Internet service. Even their high-speed is 5 times slower than Sprints or Verizons. The talk quality is rated poor in every review and the keyboard is horrible. You have to change keyboards just to put in a period. There is no end or talk button which will get annoying. All in all its not a great phone. Its not even a great video player. So for the price I'd buy a grea...
Ok, we'll see ya in a few when Verizon buys Sprint. Later...

Jul 5, 2007, 11:52 PM


99$ and its 3g.

Jul 5, 2007, 8:36 PM



Jul 5, 2007, 8:06 PM

Throw me a Curve

I recently moved over to AT&T for a few reasons, the curve being one of them. Verizon is going to have the Blackberry Curve soon. Don't know how much they will cripple it (like they do to many of their phones) but let me tell you (and look at the reviews) this is one great phone, best I have ever had. Note: I can set any of my songs on my micro sd card as ringtones - does not matter how long it is and can use mp3 files (no conversion necessary). Wonder if the new chocolate can do that? Also, I don't understand why they did not put a 3.5mm headphone jack on this new chocolate. With any earphones you can get as good stereo sound on the curve as on the ipod (I have the video ipod too). I also wonder how you can connect the chocolate to a...
most of the new phones don't require conversion to wmas anymore. most play mp3, wma and this choc will be the first to allow unprotected AAC files too.

Bluetooth has been opened up a lot on most of the new phones too. only thing you aren't allowed...
The King of Kingz

Jul 5, 2007, 5:16 PM

the camera is an upgrade?

i thought the vx8500 was also 1.3mp
yeah it is 1.3. must just be a typo. dont know of many phones with a 1.0 mp camera so not sure where that idea even came from.
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