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LG VX8500 Chocolate Review

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Interface:

One nice aspect about the Chocolate is the new User Interface that it features, which has two FlashUI Themes called “Rock'n Roll” and “Jazz”.  The Rock'n Roll theme is selected as default, which shows the menu in a circular fashion and is red-colored.  We decided to change to the Jazz theme because of its Blue color.  Both themes operate with good speed and are very responsive.  Despite the two new themes, the phone still has the older Verizon Standardized UI themes that you can use.  A new option is that you can select six different color choices for the top and bottom bars (Red, Blue, Orange, Green, Silver, and Black).  We were glad to see that Verizon is now offering more choices for their menus, but only the LG VX8300 and Chocolate have the new FlashUI menu system.

LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review


Phonebook:

Adding a person to your Contacts is very easy to do.  With each contact you can enter the Name, Mobile 1 number, Home number, Work number, E-Mail 1, Group, Picture ID, CallerID Ringtone, TXT Message alert tone, Mobile 2, Fax, and E-Mail 2.  With Ringer ID and Picture ID you can assign a specific ringtone and/or picture to each of your contacts.  When this person calls, the Chocolate will play the ringtone that is assigned to them and display the picture.  Once contacts are added, you can then assign them to speed dial and groups.  The Chocolate allows a total of 500 contacts and 98 assigned speed dials.

LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review


Voice dialing is speaker independent and works by pressing the Voice Command button on the left side on the phone.  You can say “Call Work”, and the number stored in the contacts list under “Work” will be dialed.  If you just say “Call”, the phone will ask you for the number.  You then speak the digits for it to dial.  The Voice Command calling feature works a majority of the time without any problems.  The Digit Dialing is a useful feature when driving and can be used with handsfree earbuds or Bluetooth earpiece.  Other functions of the VoiceCommand allow you to send a message, go to a specific menu, and check the phone's status.

LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review


Organizer:

An easy way of keeping track of appointments is by using the built-in Calendar.  After a task is added in the Calendar, the phone will alert you with an audible tone and display the information on the screen.  There are three standard alarms and one music alarm that can be programmed separate from the Calendar.  You can choose the date, time, ringtone, and how often (Once, Daily, Mon-Fri, and Weekends).  The music alarm is different because it will play a MP3 song. 

LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review


Everything that is downloaded from Verizon, such as ringtones, music, wallpapers, TXT/PIX Messages, and Get it Now applications are all stored in the phone's 68MB of internal memory.  The Chocolate comes with a MicroSD slot which will allow you to install a MicroSD card for additional memory.  We recommend going with a card with the largest amount of memory, because any pictures that you take with the phone, and all MP3 music files that you transfer from your computer will be stored on the memory card.

LG VX8500 Chocolate Review
LG VX8500 Chocolate Review

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Chris K. (unregistered)


This is an awesome phone inside and out. It only took about 1 full day to get used to all of the soft touch buttons. The only real complaint that I have is the battery life. It's only natural for a phone that plays videos, music, sounds, etc. , to have only mediocre battery life. I thought that my phone was the only one that had an 8 hour battery life (with extended battery). Sometimes I would just look at the clock on my phone or took pictures once or twice a day and by the end of the day, my phone would be dead. Sometimes it would just die in my pocket....I have an easy fix for all of you. If your wallpaper is being run off of your mini SD card, that means that your mini SD card is being run continuously all the time which results in the battery being drained faster. To fix this, just switch your wallpaper picture to your "phone memory" and run it from there. I hope this helped.

posted on 07 Oct 2007, 19:43

2. (unregistered)


grand phone if you want it to make phone calls with out you. Or if you want it to freeze up and the screen turn white

posted on 03 Jan 2008, 17:40

3. Rikimaru (unregistered)


The lg-vx8500 is a cool innovative phone.. however its software and physical flaws overwhelm is nice look... aside from it calling randomly.. this phone has been know to have white screens of death and keypad issues up the wazzu.. most phones stay in circulation for over a yr.. look at the razor. however this phone was being sold for barely 6 months when lg realized there booboo and realized the child lg8550 choco.. which in its right is a much better phone, eliminating alot of the software issues and the keypad issue

posted on 21 Sep 2008, 18:14

4. (unregistered)


yo is there ny way ta fix da fone if dat happens

posted on 26 Nov 2008, 10:04

5. (unregistered)


This is the worst phone a have ever had!!! 1st it wouldnt work (so verizon gives me a new one) 2nd My camera on it breaks 3rd 4th My screen goes white and a cant use it 5th it wouldnt hold charge 6th it went white again IT SUCKS!!! Dont get this phone

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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Size3.80 x 1.88 x 0.69 inches
(96.5 x 48 x 17.5 mm)
3.53 oz  (100 g)
Battery800 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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