Review: LG Chocolate Touch
The music player on the Chocolate Touch makes only modest improvements over what was offered on the Dare. The player itself can be launched from the dedicated music key, a home screen software button, or through the main menu. As you'd expect, it has the typical links to Verizon's V CAST music store and Rhapsody music service, where you can download songs. Navigating the V CAST Music Store is still as clumsy as ever. The basic way Verizon's software operates hasn't changed in like seven years.
The player itself has a slightly refreshed interface, with new icons and buttons designed specifically for the Chocolate Touch. The main screen in the "my music" app hosts a number of different buttons. Across the top are four big buttons: play all, shop, sync, and FM radio. It is pretty obvious what they do.
Below them are buttons that allow you to sort through your library via artist, playlists, albums, etc. You can also find the music player's settings menu buried at the very bottom of this screen. Oddly, this menu only lets you alter the repeat/shuffle settings and toggle on/off the airplane mode.
Once you've started playback, the player shows album art, and has easily used buttons for jumping forward/backward and play/pause. Above the album are four software buttons for looping and shuffling music, as well as an EQ and "extras." The first two don't offer any surprises. The EQ button pulls up a set of pre-set equalizer settings that users can choose from. There are only a handful. One of them, thankfully, is user adjustable. It's only a four-band graphic EQ, but it let me shape sound the way I like it.
The "extras" button is the feature that really sets the Chocolate Touch apart from other music phones on the market. There are three options here. The first is "Join the Band." Pressing that button brings up a software drum kit on the screen that users can play along with the music. You can also switch this to a mini piano screen. Neat! One of the other selections is "rhythmical beat." The basically makes use of the phone's vibrate feature in time with the beats of the music, giving the device a more, well, rhythmic feel to it. Last is a visualizer that will appear behind the album art. It's not as robust as others I've seen, but if you're looking for some fancy artwork to go flying across the screen while you're listening to music, I suppose it's cool.
If you happen to go out to the home screen with music playing, a little progress bar appears at the top of the screen that tells you what you're listening to and acts as a shortcut back to the music player.
The sound quality was very good through both my regular wired headphones and via stereo Bluetooth headphones.
Phone Scoop spent some quality time with Verizon Wireless' line-up of holiday devices, including the HTC Eris, Casio Brigade, LG Chocolate Touch, Samsung Convoy and BlackBerry Curve 8530.
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