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LG Chocolate Touch  

LG introduced the latest in its music-centric devices for Verizon Wireless, the Chocolate Touch. This version of the Chocolate ditches the clamshell and slider form factors and goes to the mono-block touch phone model. It is very light weight and has reasonably compact dimensions. The materials aren't a classy feeling as some of the other phones Verizon announced today, but it still managed to avoid feeling cheap.

The front has an average resistive touch display. It seems to work fine, but I felt the resolution was a little on the low side. There are three physical buttons below the display, the send key, back/mic key, and end/power key. All three stand out easily, but they are lacking in the quality department. The keys felt somewhat loose, and travel and feedback wasn't very satisfying.

The user interface (in fact, the whole phone) is very similar to that of the LG Dare and Versa, which is the LG touch interface for Verizon Wireless. There are set applications stored at the bottom of the home screen and tabs on the side for accessing user-defined shortcuts. It works well enough, though we'd have liked to see some evolution here in light of all the new capabilities being offered by competing platforms.

The stand-out feature is the new music software that lets you interact with a virtual drum kit and piano keyboard. You can play these along with your music tracks, which I suppose could be fun if you know what you're doing. It also has a full HTML browser.

The controls on the sides of the Chocolate Touch work well enough. I didn't formulate a negative opinion of the volume toggle, the lock/unlock key and the camera keys. The hatches all peeled back easily to get at the ports.

For the music-loving Verizon customer, this is an easy pick.

Here's a video tour so you can get a better look at it:


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