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Review: LG Chocolate Touch

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The Chocolate Touch has SMS/MMS, IM, email, chat, visual voicemail, and even some rudimentary social networking services on board.

Punching the messaging icon on the home screen opens up the main messaging center. This is your inbox. All unread messages (SMS, MMS and voicemail) are filtered into this spot. The basic screen here lets you start a new message, or sort your existing messages by sender, size or time received.

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Above the messages are the back/options buttons. Below each message are buttons that let you reply, erase or access the options menu. To the right of each message is a little circle. Touch it to reply.

At the top of your inbox is a big button that says "Messages". Touch it, and a drop-down menu will appear, showing you the folders for your sent, draft and voicemail messages. This is a nice, tidy way to keep the screen as uncluttered as possible. Thankfully, SMS messages are threaded.

All message types arrive with a large notification on the home screen. The notification lets you choose to view the message right away, or later. If you choose later, there is a status bar that appears just above the five main icons at the bottom of the screen. In this status bar, you'll see that you have messages, missed calls, and voicemails.

As for email, you can use the browser to access POP3 email accounts, Exchange accounts, or Verizon's mobile email product. Setting up POP3 accounts is so easy a child could do it. Simply pick your provider, put in your username and password, and hit enter. The phone does the rest. New emails appear periodically. You can also check for them manually.

The real interesting thing is that the Chocolate Touch has the ability to post updates to Facebook and MySpace. There's a section that allows you to configure some SMS/MMS based methods to update your Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Use the on-board client to sign in to each service and it will then allow you to update your status via SMS/MMS to the social network of your choice. It's not the best solution for social networking by a long shot, but it provides at least the most basic feature of being able to share what's on your mind.

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