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Review: LG Chocolate Touch

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The Chocolate Touch has a full HTML browser. Even with EVDO, I found mobile browsing to be on the slow side. The first place it takes you to is Verizon's landing page, which has quick and easy access to the typical sports, weather, and business information. While you can browse in either portrait or landscape mode, I found landscape to be a bit easier to manage most of the time.

The default view is an "optimized" version of the mobile web. If "optimized" means "really sucky", then LG nailed it. This so-called optimized view of the web is supposed to make things easier by placing everything into a single column view. It looks like a ridiculous mash-up of WAP and HTML. Phone Scoop looked like a disaster when using the browser in this configuration. Changing the view to "normal" is where its at. Everything appears as you expect it to when the view is set to normal.

The browser's menu can be accessed via a little icon at the bottom which pulls up a tray of icons and the address bar at the top. These controls let you do different things with the browser, such as go back/forward, zoom in/out, go to your home page, go to your bookmarks, etc. These are no-brainers to figure out and use. The full menu, which is the right-most button, lets you do some nifty things such as automatically include the current URL in a text message.

For the most part, web sites were sluggish to load. Sometimes the resistive screen's unresponsiveness gets in the way of the browsing experience. For example, if it fails to register a touch. In all, I was disappointed with the browsing experience on the Chocolate Touch.



The Chocolate Touch lets you change a number of features to make it more your own. It comes pre-loaded with several themes, some wallpapers, and other images. You can adjust the menu fonts (as in LG Serif, LG Script) and dialing font size. This means making the fonts just a tiny bit bigger. Almost every function can be assigned a vibration, bleep, blip or burble of some sort.


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