LG Chocolate Touch VX8575 Review
The main menu is laid out well and shows 12 icons on a 3x4 grid: My Verizon, messaging, contacts, recent calls, media center, my music, browser, Bing search, email, VZ Navigator, tools, and settings. The only customization for the menus is the choice of two themes, three fonts, and seven clock styles. For wallpapers you can select one of your own or choose a preloaded animation.
Located on the Home Screen is a shortcut arrow, similar to the enV Touch, where pressing on it takes you to the dedicated Shortcuts and My Media screen where you can add icons of commonly used programs, pictures, songs and web bookmarks, but can also drag the icons directly to the Home Screen for one-click access.
There is also a dedicated music tab, which opens up the music player. 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 below it. On the top there is an icon for Dolby Mobile, where you can select from 5 predetermined equalizer settings, or select “Manual” and you can make your own customized settings. To the right of it is an 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 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 nice 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 Chocolate Touch, you have to plug-in your own set of wired 3.5mm headphones, as the wires are used as the antenna. 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 12 favorite stations as presets. Even though the headphones 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 information and say if it’s available for download.
The overall music playback quality of both MP3 files and FM Radio was rather good, even though there is only a mono speaker on the back, which means you’ll need to flip the phone over for it to not be muffled. We also like that the music player can multitask, so you can listen to an MP3 song or radio station while doing something else on the phone, such as messaging or web browsing.
The Chocolate Touch comes with a 3.2MP camera, but does not have autofocus or a flash. We took a variety of images and were pleased with the camera, as it does a better job than the preceding Chocolate phones. Outside pictures are crisp with mostly accurate colors; though there is a bit of over exposure in bright areas. Inside images are still problematic, as they look blurry in low-light conditions. Videos can be recorded with a maximum resolution of 320x240, thought they are best viewed on the phone, as playback on a PC reveals their low quality and shows a lot of pixelation.
Since the device comes with a 3” display, we tested the Chocolate Touch to see which video codecs it supports and how well the videos played. We first tried a variety of MP4 videos with H.264 encoding. We were unable to playback the ones with 720x306 and 640x272 resolutions, but the videos with 320x136 and 220x96 resolutions played just fine and didn’t have any dropped frames. Next, we tried to playback MP4 videos with H.263 encoding, but only the audio would be heard. We found this interesting, as most phones support the older H.263 format. Naturally, DivX and XviD video files aren’t even recognized by the Chocolate Touch. Based on our tests, you should be able to encode your own MP4 H.264 videos with a resolution of 320x136 and expect to it play on the phone without a problem.
The Chocolate Touch is also the first in the series to feature an HTML browser, but as we’ve come to discover, it is very limited. When going to a standard web site, such as PhoneArena.com, the browser completely altered the format of the page; displaying it in a single column and having it cut-up into smaller pages. This is known as Optimized View, and is the default setting for the browser. We didn’t care for this, so we turned it off, and in doing so we were able to view web sites in their intended layout. Unfortunately, since the device only supports EV-DO Rev. 0, web sites take longer to load on the Chocolate Touch than they do on Rev. A devices, such as the enV Touch. Also, some images will not load at all, where instead they show an empty square frame. It also didn’t come as any surprise that embedded Flash files were not supported, but we were able to playback videos by going to the mobile YouTube site, though their quality was not great. However, since the Chocolate Touch is designed primarily as a music-centric phone, and not a high-end web browsing device, its limited web capabilities are sufficient for the target audience.
The Chocolate Touch comes with standard features that are found on most phones today, such as text and picture messaging, saving contacts with 999 speed-dial locations, voice commands, calculator, appointment calendar, alarm clock, and world clock. There are also some Verizon services included, such as VZ Navigator for GPS guided directions, VCast Videos and Music, and the ability to download other programs and games.
1. sandalong (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Nov 2009)
Definitely underrated. I have had all the Chocolate phones, and this one is leagues beyond the other ones, though it didn't get that in these ratings. Also missed was the battery review. This phone goes on forever. My other phones needed to be charged every day in my reception area. It has been two days of heavy use and I am only down one bar on my battery level. This phone is so incredible for a non-PDA phone. The QWERTY keypad is very accurate. This reviewer definitely underrated it.
2. KingOfPhones (Posts: 41; Member since: 04 May 2008)
LG's touch screen phones are continuing to look and work less high end with each iteration in my opinion. They need to step it up a little and come out with something groundbreaking. Something more based on the BL40 would have been great, but maybe without the awkward length.
3. jtm1208 (Posts: 37; Member since: 16 Jun 2009)
I just got this phone in my store today and I was definetly not impressed with it. I thought the touch screen was much less responsive than the dare
6. jedi2000 (Posts: 31; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
What are you thinking the dare had a horrible touch screen this one is much better.
4. cjz78 (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)
This is a bastard phone...no way around it. I don't think it will sell well, the Env Touch has cleaner design. And this phone isn't nearly as good as the Rouge. I tried it in the store and the resitive touch is worse than my Voyager. I'd give this phone to my teenager..and that's about it.
5. Vandro (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)
Got shafted with this a couple days ago because VZN discontinued the Dare. In almost every way, LG took what made the Dare great and handicapped those features into mediocrity: same camera, but without autofocus and flash; same size screen, but far less responsive; similar form factor, but ugly as hell. Needless to say, I'm still looking for a Dare.
7. jedi2000 (Posts: 31; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
I've had this phone for 3 months and I'm very happy with it. The rating system is very flawed this phone deserves at least a 8.5 or 9 and was a large improvement over the dare. Not to mention the battery life is tight i use it about an hr a day and don't have to charge it for 5-7 days usually once a week. And if you want a camera get a camera cell phone's are not far enough along to take a nice cameras place, even though they are getting close.
8. ZoomZoom Diva (unregistered)
Having owned two generations of the Chocolate or Chocolate-type flip phones... I have to admit to being disappointed there is no FM transmitter on this one. It's great for playing trip music on vintage cars.
9. K-Love (unregistered)
im getting it in some days and hopefully it will work like the first girl said it has for her!
10. iwantrumortouch (unregistered)
Ive had this phone since October and I hate it! When ever I use the internet it frezzes and the only way it responds is if I take the batterie out and restart it. I also hate the fact it doesnt have a full QWERTY keyboard. When I text which I text very often it always registers the wrong letter and i have to delete it and retype it! Over all I wouldnt tell anyone to get it! I would much rather have the Rumor Touch.
11. Lg env touch covers (unregistered)
I have LG env touch and it really works well but i want cover on it to provide protection from scratches,dust and any other sort of damage.
Lg env touch covers
12. GODLYWOMAN (unregistered)
I have had this phone for a while now.......and i really liked it when i first got it. Since then i have had to get another one because the touch screen went out on me, when i would try to text a letter it would hit something else, so frustrating. Now my battery will not stay charged with the other phone. the battery last probably a minute with it having all four notches. I would not consider anyone buying this phone and you wont have to worry about because they are no longer selling them where i stay.