LG Chocolate 3 Phone

The LG Chocolate gets serious. LG Chocolate let go of its youthful design, interface and its flashy dancing lights. Instead it improved on its music features is now better organized. However, fans of Chocolate 3’s predecessors feel that some of its personality had been lost in its transformation.

Design

LG Chocolate 2’s design is, over all, an improvement over the first two. However, the design is less fun than its predecessors. Its features are more advanced and reportedly addresses the concerns present in the older two phones. It has a polished exterior and is classy even without the flashing lights and the touch sensitive buttons.

However, the interior is quite dull. But the big-ish square buttons make typing easier. The interface is much more standardized, quite like the improved Verizon Wireless interface used in older phones such as the LG Venus. This standardized interface is quite an improvement over the "get it now" interface, but still, it could use some improvement in the organization area. Also, options seemed intended to create purchases rather than improve ease of use. For instance the Games option does not actually contain games, but rather a link to download applications.

The phone also relies heavily on its external screen. It is convenient because you can access music, photos, the 2-megapixel camera and also check text messages. The downside is that it locks very quickly. Also the semi-circular menu takes a bit of the smaller external screen, thereby obscuring the camera a little and blocking some of the images. On the plus side, you can play music without opening your phone. And also the music visualizer is reminiscent of the older phones.

Other Features

Calling – Calls made on the LG Chocolate 3 reportedly sound nice and clear. Though there were reportedly some noises underneath at times. The pone features a loud speaker. Though not the clearest of loud speakers, volume more than makes up for the tinny quality. Voice dialing also works well. Also the conference call is easier than it looks, and the phone has no trouble partnering with BluAnt Supertooth 3.

Messaging – there were no major improvements made in the messaging area of the phone. It features pretty much the same WAP-based email applications in the previous two models. Good news for Yahoo, MSN and AIM, for others not so much. The improvement is in the design with the keys now made more flatter, with wider spaces in between, plus you can read messages in the external monitor.

Music – since it represents the forefront of Verizon Wireless’ new partnership with Rhapsody, the LG Chocolate 3 music features had a vast improvement. It has 1GB of memory, features 3.5mm headphone jack which enables you to use any headphone available. It features an FM transmitter to broadcast tunes to a nearby radio. Though you can only choose from three frequencies, the low-band 88.1 frequency worked okay in NYC and surrounding suburbs.

The phone has a music button on the side so you can play music without opening your phone. The music player has all the basics: EQ, playlist creator, options for random shuffling and playback. A big minutes though, the Verizon music store is way behind the times. Downloading an entire album is out of the question so you have to download each song one by one. Though the store has a great selection, downloading can be quite slow. And non-subscribers are still stuck paying $2 per song.

Web browsing – LG Chocolate 3’s OpenWave wap is incapable of handling today’s websites’ content. The browser sometimes crashes, or if the pages did load properly, the interface looks outdated.

GPS Navigation – LG Chocolate 3 gets furnished with VZ Navigator 4. Though not the best navigation software available, it still has some fairly useful features such as receiving traffic updates, detour request, point-of-interest database (which shows useful features like movies times), being able to check the next turn on the external screen (though it would have been better if the entire VZ navigator map was squeezed into it), effective sensor even without direct sky view.

Camera – LG Chocolate 3’s 2 megapixel camera is just not up to par. There is a lot of noise. Sharpness and definition are low. Probably due to the built-in reduction, this causes loss of smaller details. But it does well with white balance on auto. Details are also almost lost when you zoom in.

Others – LG chocolate 3 features a microUSB jack for charging and data transfer. You can really appreciate being able to plug the phone into our laptop to charge. LG Chocolate 3 also got rid of its propriety wires and adopted the standardized USB format, making this phone more accessible.

The LG Chocolate 3 phone is now available at Verizon for $130.

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