LG Chocolate 3 User Reviews
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posted on 31 Oct 2008, 14:53
I am on my second LG Chocolate 3 and will be taking it back tonight. Haven't decided what to try instead. I was very upset that I had to leave Nokia phones behind when I came to Verizon (the 6205 for Verizon got very bad reviews, the phone doesn't play nice with the Verizon software and it is rumored that it wasn't even made by Nokia, so it is not an option). I was especially upset when I found out that Verizon puts their own software on ALL of there phones. So no more Nokia OS!! BOOO Verizon!!!
Anyway...I was looking forward to being able to use the phone calendar and having the ability to change the themes (choice of only four colors) and I had heard the battery life was excellent and the call quality was great. What a Disappointment!!! The first phone's battery didn't even last eight hours and the call quality sucked! Add to that, the software had major glitches. The phone never died on me but it still had major issues.
This second phone has improved software, or so it seems for now, and the battery life lasts about a day if I don't talk on it much. But the call quality still sucks!! It is improved over the first phone, but many people have told me that they can't hear me and I definately can't catch all of their words. This will never do!!! I am so disappointed in the choices of the other verizon phones and upset that I may leave Verizon altogether...because right now it isn't the "BEST" wireless service you can get for the money!!!Design 7/10Features 8/10Performance 7/10
- 1. NOT a fingerprint magnet like the black one.
- 2. Comfortable in the hand
- 3. Has newer version of Verizon software
- 4. Can use up to an 8GB memory card
- 5. Speaker and ring volume are loud (though distorted)
- 1. Call quality SUCKS!!
- 2. Battery life
- 3. Limited personalization
- 4. Speaker distorts on loud volume
- 5. Microphone is on inside bottom flap, but speaker is on outside of top flap. If you want to use the speakerphone, you have to talk into the microphone and then turn the phone over to the back side of the top flap to hear the other person.
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posted on 23 Sep 2008, 12:57
Bad call quality
It seems like I'm in the minority here but I had this phone for a few weeks before I returned it. I had several of my friends/family say they could not understand me over the phone and I had a few times where the person on the other end sounded garbled (sounded like an electronics issue, not in the same way as it does with a bad connection). Maybe I just got a bad phone but I returned it and have since gone back to my old phone (LG VX8300) and it's even more noticeable how calls sounded more muffled on the Chocolate 3. My other complaint is that the front screen had several scratches after just carrying it around in my pocket for a few weeks. I may not handle my phones with kid gloves but it seemed to get scratched way too easily.
I'm still eligible for my "new every two" phone but I'm not sure what I'll try next.Design 8/10Features 8/10Performance 4/10
- Overall look and feel of the phone
- Call quality
- Easily scratched
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posted on 13 Sep 2008, 16:19
Decent phone with a few minor issues
Overall I like the new Chocolate. My Chocolate never switches off as I have heard other people say. There are a few other issues though, most of them minor but annoying none the less. For whatever reason, this phone has no reminder beep or vibrate if you miss a call. (If you get a voice mail or text message the phone will beep/vibrate every couple of minutes.) Also the vibrator on this phone is fairly weak. I put my phone in the pocket of my jeans usually, and if I am walking I don't feel the vibration.
The option to use the front screen for music, pics, texts etc is nice, but I rarely use it do to the fact that the turn wheel is too sensitive, and also you must unlock the keys. I understand the necessity of locking the keys, but you have to press a small button on the side (even if you get a new text), and its ultimately easier to just open the phone.
My final complaint is that the phone runs slow. When you get a call and open the phone, its easy to start talking before the phone clicks on. Also the music takes a few seconds to load.
Other than that I love the phone. The camera is decent, battery usually lasts me 3 days or so, and of course it has a GB of memory. It also has the regular size of jack for headphones. Not the best phone, but pretty good.Design 9/10Features 9/10Performance 6/10
- GB of memory
- Runs a little slow
- Not well thought out, as has been said
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posted on 11 Sep 2008, 21:01
OK phone, but with flaws (compare to VX8550)
I got the new Chocolate 3 (8560), but my wife got previous generation Chocolate (8550). I am struggling to find the reason why I paid $100 for it (after rebates) and my wife got hers free after rebates. The only difference is 8560 is a flip and 8550 is a slide. Comparing the two yielded few advantages.
Sound quality and reception of 8260 is excellent. It feels solid and the keys have a good feel. They are large and easy to press. The wheel is relatively easy to operate. The previous generation Chocolate also has excellent sound and reception, but the keys are smaller and the wheel is a pain to use. Advantage: 8560
I got this phone mostly with an idea that I can use it with Bluetooth via my car's system and also be able to play MP3s. The 8560 pairs with my car fine, but has a flaw - it would not sync up the phone book. Interestingly enough the 8550 does sync up the phone book without any problems. Why did LG mess with the good system? The old Chocolate also sounds a little better via my cars Bluetooth. Advantage: 8550
Main idea was to be able to play MP3s through car's audio (my car has auxiliary jack). The MP3s do play fine, but the moment you plug anything in the output jack, your Bluetooth turns off automatically. This is the major flaw and should have been able to have a setting override. Basically now I have to choose if I want to listen to MP3s from my phone or have the phone connected via Bluetooth to my...Design 9/10Features 10/10Performance 9/10
- Sound quality
- Not well thought out functionality
- Crippled Bluetooth
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posted on 09 Sep 2008, 12:33
this device is just like the lg-vx8600 with some great updates. the fm transmitter is awesome. nothing like the other chocolates. camera is good. menue is new and cool. plays music and still can use the phone with out stoping.Design 10/10Features 10/10Performance 10/10
- size. color. design. features
- battery life needs longer life
posted on 03 Sep 2008, 01:22
Since August 7, I have owned two new chocolate 3s one black one blue both with version 4 firmware and they both have had the same four identical issues.1) During a call the phone will restart, soft reboot, power cycle; by this I mean the phone will actually power down to the black screen with the Verizon trademark logo and then power back up, of course dropping the call. This can happen within 30 seconds of the call being connected or it may happen 20 minutes into the call. It has happened while on the go or stationary, in town or out of town, it may not happen for two days then can happen for three calls back to back. So far I have been unable to find the cause or trigger for this and is happening now usually 3 to 4 times a day. BTW I previously had two LG VX8700 phones that did this exact same thing in addition they would power cycle during an email, text or instant message and sometimes during a V Cast session.2) Usually two to three times a day the key pad tones will stop working even though the volume level for the key pad tone is set at the maximum setting. Powering the phone off and back on will restore the tones for several hours.3) When using the VZ Navigator the key pad tones become muted and will not function till exiting VZ Navigator.4) About 20% of the time the phone will display â��This cable is not recommended for this phoneâ�� when plugging in the supplied AC charger. This message has never been displayed when using the cable plugged into a USB port...Design 7/10Features 6/10Performance 1/10
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posted on 30 Aug 2008, 14:42
This phone is awsome! the sound quality is crystal clear even when you are using the FM transmitter. I have used other external FM transmitters for ipod's and phone's, and this one was by far the best! The features are perfect for people that love to have tons of different options: like the videos, music, email...etc.
Oh, and to the fool that said "THIS PHONE IS HUGE, it reminds me of how the old phones used to look..." Ok...the phone that you had previously (LG 8300) is a nice phone, however in total size its BIGGER than the chocolate! So you must be saying that the Razr's are huge, the w755's are huge, and the v750....Obviously you just have no clue about phones and and didn't like this phone because there was too much on it for you...but other people like having those features alot, if you don't need them then stick to your...tiny...LG 8300..Design 9/10Features 9/10Performance 8/10
- Great sound quality
- Fm Transmitter works amazing!
- Dashboard launched with it as well,
- the overall quality of the phone is great!
- I wish it would come in more colors..
- Its not as durable as i would like it to be
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posted on 29 Aug 2008, 06:16
99% love it...
I've had this phone since DAY ONE and love it. I only have two MINOR issues with it....The lock button on the side should be able to be disabled. Everytime you close the phone, it locks. I would like to be able to unlock it when I know I'm going to be using the phone for a period of time. AND when I add items into the calendar, it automatically defaults to ABC mode (instead of Word) with no way to change that. Kinda ANNOYING when you are in mentally in WORD mode for everything else and then have to switch.
The sound quality is excellent. I've never had an issue with that at all.
Pictures great. Music mulittasking feature great.
OVERALL EXCELLENT PHONE!
Design 9/10Features 9/10Performance 10/10
- Good screen size
- excellent sound
- solid phone
- good music multitasking ability
- lock button
- calendar entry choices
posted on 16 Aug 2008, 18:25
This is a good phone! The front is actually a blue/black color. The FM Transmitter works pretty good. If you want to see the FM transmitter working go onto Youtube. I posted a quick video of me using it in the car.
I havn't had any problems with this phone one bit.Design 10/10Features 10/10Sound Quality 10/10Signal Strength 10/10Value for money 10/10
posted on 06 Aug 2008, 14:18
I had this phone for about a month. I'm a heavy user and the keypad got hot after only 20 minutes of use. The sound quality is not that great, I can hear my echo. It's a good size phone, larger than I thought. It has great features but, is not a phone for a heavy user. I switched back to the second generation Chocolate VX8550 and I'm very happy with that phone.Design 5/10Features 10/10Sound Quality 2/10Signal Strength 4/10Value for money 4/10
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posted on 04 Aug 2008, 10:06
I hate this phone
I initially upgraded to the Venus and after 4 days that phone stopped working, they say manufacturers defect. So I ordered this phone and I have had it for 2 days and I am sending this one back. I read alot of good reviews but I personally think the phone is horrible.
Where to begin, first it is not a very attractive phone. It looks better online then in person. What they call the color black is actually a navy blue on the front and black on the back, it is ugly! I was actually told by a Verizon employee that there were 3 colors, Navy, Black, and Light Blue, that is not true, it is just Black/Navy or Light Blue.
Next, I wish you could customize the menu on the front of the phone as I am a basic person and the choices when using the scroll wheel are not anything that I will use often, except my Inbox.
The sound quality is very weird. When having the volume all the way up, the people sounded somewhat robotic and when I was making a call, the ring would fade in and out. I tried to turn the volume down which took care of the robotic sound, however, it was now difficult to hear. The speaker isn't the best either, I had to hold the phone and put the front of the phone (which is where the speaker is located) almost to my ear to hear the other person, in which case, if I am holding it like this, what is the point of the speakerphone??
Lastly, the phone itself is huge! It reminds me of the cells phones from the early days, just big! It is thin but it's plastic...Design 3/10Features 5/10Sound Quality 3/10Signal Strength 2/10Value for money 2/10
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posted on 01 Aug 2008, 10:54
Excellent phone - but I stuck with the V9M
If you read the official phonearena review, they say that this phone replaces the Motorola v9m for voice quality and reception. I had a chance to buy this phone and the v9m for a week and use them almost side by side. I also had the LG 8350.
This phone is indeed an excellent phone. It had excellent reception - and since I live and work in fringe reception areas, I've had plenty of chances to test it out. It's not a miracle - in the really bad places (like the interior bathroom in my apartment, where I tested it side by side with the 8350 and v9m) I would have small dropouts in the conversation if I was moving around. My testing and usage suggested that it had equal reception to the v9m. They both had better reception than the 8350 - places where these 2 phones would drop out little parts of words, the 8450 would lose entire words. Again, I tested it several times, often with the phones side by side.
When I got my 8350, I thought that it's voice quality was excellent. Finally - a phone that I could hear what people were saying! I've been using cell phones for 5 years, so although I was used to the fact that you can't always hear all the detail in someone's voice. I figured it was just the limit of what cell phones were capable of - all my other phones had had the same thing. Then I got this phone (the chocolate 3) and the v9m. Holy cow. These 2 phones finally have that detail back in peoples voices that's been missing. As long as I have a signal, I never had to go "What?" because...Design 9/10Features 9/10Sound Quality 9/10Signal Strength 9/10Value for money 9/10
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posted on 17 Jul 2008, 20:36
Took me awhile to find the right phone...
...and this is it!! So my New Every Two was up in June. I started off with the Voyager, which I really did like. However, I knew the Dare was coming out, so I got the Voyager with the knowledge that I'd be trading in within a couple of weeks (my old VX8100 was on its last legs, hence the reason I didn't just wait for the Dare to come out). I traded up for the Dare, and the first unit I received had a broken lock button that messed with all of the phone's other functions. So I traded it in for another unit. After a couple of days of using it, I realized that the touch screen just was not good enough for a touch-screen-only unit. I hate to compare it to the iPhone, but unfortunately in this arena, their touch screen is still the best and makes it actually worth going to touch-screen-only. However, since AT&T sucks in my area, switching carriers to get the iPhone was out of the question. So I was planning on just sending the Dare back and getting the Voyager again, but I knew I would get annoyed with the touch screen after awhile. Then I jumped on the internets and found out this little gem had finally dropped. Wow, I am in love with this phone. It has a very solid feel to it, which I didn't feel the Dare had - I always felt like I could break it if I accidentally leaned on it while it was in my pocket or something - and the design is quite aesthetically pleasing. I also really enjoy the scroll wheel on the front as it reminds me of my old 4th gen iPod. The camera is...Design 10/10Features 8/10Sound Quality 7/10Signal Strength 9/10Value for money 10/10
posted on 16 Jul 2008, 18:47
VERY NICE PHONE!
Upgraded to this phone on my 2 year renewal and also received an online discount. For the price, it's a great phone so far. Some consider it large in size but I find that it's perfect with the larger screen size. I spent quite a bit of time going back and forth between this phone and the DARE but wanted something that had more features than my old phone but also an actual keypad.
Set up was easy and I had no problems customizing options, pairng with bluetooth, etc. However, the USB cable drivers (VCAST Music-Rapsody) are not yet avaialbe for download and I was able to resolve this with downloading the LG DECOY drivers (they're the same). Customer service was very helpful and spent quite a bit of time trying to resolve this problem.
Overall, I would rate this as a great entry level phone and pictures don't do it justice. Once Verizon updates its website to include downloads for drivers, wallpapers, and a few other add-ons, it should have everything I want and need until my next contract renewal.Design 10/10Features 10/10Sound Quality 9/10Signal Strength 9/10Value for money 9/10
posted on 16 Jul 2008, 15:25
I'm so happy!!!
I too was the first to buy the new Chocolate in my Verizon store.
Due to the fact that I'm no youngster anymore, I use reading glasses.
So a large screen was very important to me as I don't alway have my glasses near-by. This screen is amazing and the ability to adjust the font size is perfect.
Also, I live out in the country. Although Verizon has a really good coverage area, certain cell phones don't have a very good signal out here. Especially inside my house. This phone is GREAT. Even inside.
And on top of all that it came in this beautiful shade of blue.
Couldn't be happier.Design 10/10Features 10/10Sound Quality 10/10Signal Strength 9/10Value for money 9/10
posted on 15 Jul 2008, 22:24
A Great Phone, no ifs ands or buts!
I just got this phone in my store and have spent a couple hours playing around with it. I am very picky about my phones but this phone seems to have it all...
Very nice looking and great design.
The buttons aren't too small and have a nice solid feel to them.
2.0 MP Camera (not a 3 but still not bad)
3.5 headset jack
Internal Memory and Expandable memory up to 8gb card
I'm coming from a Chocolate 2 and I like it but it definately has it's annoyances (small buttons, small navigation wheel, occational unresponsiveness to touch buttons) This phone is excellent and definately needed for Verizon. Better than any other flip phone around!
The only cons I can think of are...
not very customizable UI (a couple options, but not many)
large (not for me, I like the size, but it is a large phone)
Design 10/10Features 10/10Sound Quality 9/10Signal Strength 9/10Value for money 7/10
posted on 15 Jul 2008, 12:01
I was the first to purchase the LG 8560 from my local Verizon Wireless store on Sunday, July 13th. Having now used it for the past 48 hours or so, I'm happy to offer a preliminary report that this is an excellent phone, as I have come to expect from all my LGs.
This phone replaced my LG 8300. I've waited six months for another flip phone of the quality of my 8300, and this is the one. Phone is solidly built, slim and fits very nicely in my hand. Pictures of the black version of this phone do not do it justice -- go see it in person. The finish is a mirrored, smokey black hue that is very attractive. Finger prints abound, but I'm happy to wipe them off with a soft cloth to keep this phone looking beautiful!
Call quality is excellent and battery life is comparable to my 8300. Speaker on this phone is truly amazing. New Verizon UI is very intuitive. I especially like the In Case of Emergency feature, including personal information notes, now available.
This is a mid-level phone. If you're in the market for a great flip phone and don't want or need the added functionality of the LG Dare and other touch phones, this is the phone for you!Design 10/10Features 9/10Sound Quality 10/10Signal Strength 9/10Value for money 9/10
posted on 13 Jul 2008, 19:56
Better than the other Chocolates.
This by far is the best music phone made by LG for Verizon. It has all the same features as the previous Chocolate phones with a cool new look.
It has more on board memory, which not many use, but is nice to have. The outside screen is phenominal. The phone has better reception than my previous Motorola Z6c World Phone, which I returned for this. Just like most new phones, it is a finger print magnet. I have the black version, maybe the blue will show less finger prints. I am just speculating. I really like Verizon's menus on this phone, they look a lot like the new LG Dare menus. It is capable of using 8gb of micro SD memory. I just ordered mine for 39.99 from Merit Line. Overall, the build quality is as good or better than most phones on the market. It is not a small phone. The size is larger than I thought it would be, but very manageable.
External Wheel.....very nice
Feels very well made
3.5 headphone jack
List goes on, this is for now.
Got it for 29.99 with new every two credit.
Only two colors....for now, so I got the black one, would like something a little more masculine than baby blue in a color besides black, but that is just me....
Overall....I would give this phoneDesign 10/10Features 10/10Sound Quality 10/10Signal Strength 10/10Value for money 10/10
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