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LG Chocolate VX8600 Review

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Performance:

Even though the phone has an internal antenna, we were quite pleased with the reception that the phone got. When using the phone in fringe areas, it had problems picking up a signal and would occasionally drop a call.
The earpiece sound is clear, as long as the volume is not turned up past medium. Call quality is good and sounded like we were using a landline phone. The VX8600, Chocolate, and VX8300 all excel in this area, but it still does not sound as good as the A990.

The quality of the speakerphone on the VX8600 is as bad as the one on the Chocolate and is almost unusable. First you must dial the number and then press the Voice Command button (located next to the camera button) to activate the speakerphone. The flip must remain open, because closing it will end the call. Volume can be adjusted between 8 levels, but level 1-3 are the only usable settings. Raising the volume any louder produces so much distortion in the speaker that it is next to impossible to understand what the person is saying. Once the call is ended, the speakerphone turns must be reactivated to be used again. Because of the poor quality of the speakerphone, we don't see anyone using it on a daily basis. LG should of used a better quality speaker in this phone. The speakerphone on the A990, VX8300, and KRZR are much better.

The battery provided us with 2hr 45min of Talk time, or 4 days of Standby time. This is far less than the claim that LG makes of 3hr 40min talk time and 16 days of Standby time. We have never seen any phone get 16 days of standby time and feel that this is an extreme exaggeration on LGs part. Charging time took 3 hours.

Conclusion:

The VX8600 is a combination of all the good the Chocolate had to bring, yet is in a slim flip phone that is the size of the RAZR. The body construction and looks of the phone are very stylish, the music player works well, camera is adequate, and call quality is good. However, the speaker that is located on the front flip is the major caveat of this phone. As a speakerphone it can sound distorted, and for music playback it sounds thin and “tin can” like. We believe that since the VX8600 is so thin, that LG had to use a lower quality speaker that could fit in the space provided. We were also disappointed that the VX8600 does not use the same higher quality QVGA display that is on the Chocolate. The FlashUI Menus are a welcome change from the standardized VerizonUI that we've all become accustom with, and the stereo Bluetooth is an added bonus. Since the VX8600 and Chocolate are practically the same phones, it basically comes down to if you prefer a flip phone or a slider phone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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Pros

  • Slim design that is the same size as the RAZR
  • Good Voice and Call Quality
  • Internal Antenna
  • Large External Display
  • MP3/WMA Music Player
  • MicroSD
  • Bluetooth Stereo A2DP support

Cons

  • Internal Display is not QVGA like on the Chocolate
  • Speaker on flip is low quality, causes distortion in Speakerphone and “thin” music playback
  • Camera quality is not as good as other phones
  • Keypad is flat and smooth with no tactile feel
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. bob (unregistered)


I like the 8600, it looks nice

posted on 31 Jan 2007, 10:40

2. phil (unregistered)


Really nice, detailed review. Best phone review I've read in a long time, thanks.

posted on 14 Mar 2007, 15:33

3. Skykid14 (unregistered)


Thanks for posting such in-depth reviews of these phones. Very very helpful!

posted on 12 May 2007, 02:43

4. neesk (unregistered)


I've had it a month and it's the best looking phone out there. The battery life is excellent and the sound quality and signal strength are fine. The cons: 1. I have big fingers--too big for the tiny slippery buttons. 2. Speakerphone is barely louder than the regular phone level. 3. External touch-sensitive buttons can be activated easily while phone is in my pocket, then the music can start to play or just slowly drain the battery. If you never use speakerphone and have small or med. sized fingers, this is a great phone. I think I need the 8300.

posted on 19 Jun 2007, 23:54

5. brenden (unregistered)


Ditto. This review was really thorough and helpful. Thanks for the depth.

posted on 17 Jul 2007, 12:24

6. tsantsa (unregistered)


nice reviewit's a good (as in so so and okay) phone nice flash interface

posted on 04 Sep 2007, 15:46

7. cvs (unregistered)


Real nice n pretty. The touch thing on the front was cool to mess with. I lost my beloved vx8000 to water and upgraded to this. The buttons are horrible to press when open and I'm forever pressing the wrong buttons because it's so flat. They placed the other buttons on the top flap which is the hardest to reach in the world. Plus it feels flimsey like it will break. i dont like it anymore.

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Display176 x 220 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.89 x 1.93 x 0.58 inches
(99 x 48.5 x 15 mm)
3.26 oz  (93 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3.66 hours talk time

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