LG Chocolate Touch VX8575 Preview
The User Interface appears to be based on the enV Touch, not the Versa, as it has as similar Shortcuts arrow on the right side where you can drag icons to the desktop, but there is also a dedicated music tab that opens up the player. Being a “Chocolate”, the music player is the main selling feature of the device, and LG does not disappoint. Music files are categorized by All Songs, Playlists, Artists, Genres, and Albums. We are also glad to see that ID3 tags are properly recognized.
When playing back a song, the screen shows the cover art in the center, with a progress bar and buttons for rewind, play/pause, and fast-forward on the bottom. On the top there is a Dolby icon, where you can select from five predetermined equalizer settings, or select “Manual” so that you can make your own custom EQ settings. To the right of the Dolby icon is another icon that looks like a drum, which takes you to the Extras menu. The first choice here is Join the Band, which will show a drum set or piano that you can (attempt) to play along with the song, or you can pause the song and play solo. The drum set was fun to use, but the touchscreen piano can be a bit tricky. The Rhythmical Beat option will vibrate the phone based on the tempo and music volume, and the Visual Effects show animations on the background behind the album art. There is also a setting to manually change the album art to any stored picture on the phone or memory card.
Another new feature is the inclusion of an FM Tuner, where the Chocolate 3 had an FM Transmitter to send music to a nearby radio. In order to use the FM Radio on the LG Chocolate Touch VX8575, you have to plug-in the included 3.5mm headset, as the antenna is part of it. The screen shows a digital tuner at the top, where you can press the left and right arrow buttons to tune to a strong signal station, or use the manual wheel in the center if you want to try and pick up a weaker station. You can also save your 6 favorite stations as presets. Even though the earbuds have to be plugged in to use the FM Radio, you can still play the music through the rear speaker, but not via Bluetooth. There is also a link to Verizon’s Song ID program, which will listen and analyze a song on the radio and show a screen with the song’s info and say if it’s available for download.
The overall music playback quality (MP3 and FM) was rather good, even though the Chocolate Touch only has a mono speaker on the back, so you need to flip the phone over for it to not be muffled. We also like that the music player can run in the background, so you can listen to an MP3 song or radio station while doing something else on the phone. It supports up to 16GB microSDHC memory cards, but also comes with 1GB of internal music memory.
The Main Menu on the LG Chocolate Touch VX8575 has 12 icons for My Verizon, Messaging, Contacts, Recent Calls, Media Center, My Music, Browser, Bing Search, Email, VZ Navigator, Tools, and Settings. There are two themes included: Hi-Fi and Shooting Star, and you can also change between 3 font styles and 7 clock formats. For wallpapers you can select one of your own or choose a preloaded animation.
Since our sample unit was not activated, we could not test certain features, but the browser is HTML and uses Polaris 6.2 Alpha. Also preloaded is VZ Navigator, Microsoft Bing mobile, along with Rock Band and The Sims 3 games.
The Chocolate Touch comes with a 3.2MP camera, but does not include autofocus or a flash. We took a selection of pictures and were pleased that the camera does a better job than the preceding Chocolate phones. Outside pictures are crisp with mostly accurate colors, through there is a bit of over exposure in bright areas. Inside images are still problematic, as they start to look blurry in low-light conditions. Videos can be recorded in 320x240 resolution.
Overall, the new LG Chocolate Touch VX8575 is a nice improvement to the LG Chocolate series, as it builds upon the previous models’ strong points, but also includes some new menu features that we saw on the enV Touch. We still wish it was more closely based on the LG BL40, but the Chocolate Touch is definitely geared more to the music lover. Once the device is officially released and we have an activated unit, we will run it through our normal tests and have a full review posted.
1. pddally (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Sep 2009)
Boy,that was great information! I think everyone got all caught up in the bl40 ballyhoo while the choc.touch actually is just progressing along the chocolate series lines. I think it is a great upgrade for the music lovers but can't see why they would not offer a better camera and screen resolution? i guess you just can't have the best of both worlds.
3. ChiSooi (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)
It's BS because we can have the best of both worlds and verizon is too stupid to give there customers that. They had the option to take the bl40 but they thought it was too good for there customers we could have that 800x380 res and the auto focus camera in there but it would be just to perfect soo nooooo verizon has to save money and use creeper ****. To keep their infamous name of "Nickel and Dimming *****".
10. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wow chisooi.. i coulda sworn LG made phones and Verizon just sold the service to use it. wow, how could we all have been so dumb that it was really verizon this whole time!! thanks for opening my eyes!
13. WKlingbeil (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
I'm pretty sure that's what he's saying when he said, "They had the option to TAKE the bl40," which would insinuate that VZW didn't choose it from the manufacturer, LG. He never said they built it like crap, he said they didn't take, or choose the bl40.
2. mr. anderson (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Apr 2009)
this phone would have got me excited in 2007, but there is absolutely nothing about it that stands out. i take that back, the design is a huge eyesore.
4. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)
Im actualy glad this doesnt look like the bl40. I like this design
5. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I would get this phone just to annoy people with the drum set and the piano... THAT IS FUN!
6. vzwfann15 (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Jun 2009)
nice to see verizon incorporate more included games on new handsets and the addition of the music extras is a perfect for a music-centric phone
8. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
ok this isnt anything like the BL40 changed the design colors the screen is way smaller and the camera isn't 5 mp like on the original and BETTER BL 40 this is crap b/c vzw is just being cheap and not going with the real thing the one that actually stands out this is just kinda like a Dare 2 or something.....and i agree with mr. anderson b/c the only thing about it that actually stands out is the ugly-ass design. it would have gotten people excited in 2007, also agreeing with mr. anderson. to sum it up, average specs, hideous design, and not what the BL40 has to offer.
21. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
Can you even imagine how awesome this phone would have been if it came out in 1986?
9. vaan144 (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Jun 2009)
wow they really messed this phone up. i see it as the uprgade to the Dare, which i have, and it looks a lot worse, on the outside and the UI. it is definetely not similar to the bl40... the inly interesting thing is the music options, but its not worth it.
11. MrSoandSo (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Sep 2009)
Did anyone read the posts under the BL40 review? No one has made a positive comment about it. I talked to an LG rep just last week, who told me VZW ran a focus group with the BL40 and the VX8575 and 90% of the participants (a combo of existing and non-VZW customers) chose the VX8575 thus VZW going with that one and making sure they make money. Although I like the design of the BL40 better than this "Dare 2", I could see why Big Red didn't go with it. VZW doesn't take uncalculated risk. They don't want to get stuck with a warehouse full of phones that won't sell, such as the Samsung Trance.
12. vzwemp87 (Posts: 18; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
so how can i get a hold of that disney wallpaper
14. WKlingbeil (Posts: 215; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
I always love the pictures they take on these phones... It's like getting a glimpse into a day in the life of a phone arena writer. "Here's my refrigerator, I like magnets as you can plainly see. Here's my neighbor Bob's building, he's a pretty cool guy, we throw back a beer or two on the weekends together. Here's my little garden, it's not much, but I do what I can to spruce the place up... Haven't had any ladies here in quite some time, so it keeps me occupied." Haha, at least, that's what I hear when I think of Cribs: Phone Arena.
15. WnnaFghtAboutIt (Posts: 149; Member since: 31 Aug 2009)
keep in mind this phone is being released to take advantage of the new required data pricing...as it will be device #2 to require it... accrording to a trusted source...you will see a very very quick phase out of the versa, env3, env touch, and any other good phone that doesnt require data plans to put out ones that do....thats just smart business... the rouge is outselling the expectations, so they learned people will spend the money
24. rickwhoo (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Nov 2009)
THERE IS NO DATA PLAN CHARGES ON THIS PHONE
25. beav (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 2009)
No data plan required, told this by VZ rep. Dare 2?, no. I heard there is a Dare 2 coming out also.
17. vmatikov (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)
OH MY MOTHERFUCKING GOD DON'T TELL ME PHONE ARENA CENSORS COMMENTS NOW... THAT'S SO FUCKING GAY
19. junx33 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2009)
So...Phone Arena's anonymous tipster was wrong??? Today is the 18th and I don't see any VX8575 anywhere on verizon's site! Good job guys, way to give false hope...as usual.
23. rickwhoo (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Nov 2009)
I just heard that verizon does NOT supply the ear phones with this phone. It figures, verizon probably just wants you to spend $50 or more for their own earphones. Verizon is replacing my Dare with this phone. Anyone see it yet?