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LG VX8500 Chocolate Review

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Messaging:

The Chocolate is not only capable of sending and receiving text messages, but also pictures and video.  Text messages are created by using T9 input, but since the keys are small and slippery, we made several T9 errors that had to be corrected.  Sending a picture or video message works in the same way as a text message except for the fact that you can attach a picture or video from either the phone's internal memory or from the MicroSD card.  Picture and video messages can be sent to other capable Verizon phones or to any E-Mail address. 
The Chocolate also comes with a Mobile Instant Messaging application that works with AIM, MSN, and Yahoo.  We were able to use it with AOL IM (AIM) without any problems.  It woks in a similar fashion as sending a text message, except it goes to people you select on your Buddy List.  When they send you a message, it will be displayed on the phone's screen.

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


Connectivity:

Bluetooth has become an everyday tool for cell phones and it is nice to see that it is built into the Chocolate, even though Verizon has limited the Bluetooth functionality.  The Chocolate only supports Wireless Headset, Handsfree, Stereo Audio (A2DP), Serial Port, and Dial up Networking.  Not all OBEX profiles are supported.  We feel that Verizon should not block any Bluetooth profiles in their phones.
For a complete list of BT Profiles, please see the Verizon Bluetooth web page: http://support.vzw.com/pdf/BT_Chart_Handsets.pdf
When using the Chocolate with a Bluetooth earpiece, it will integrate with the Voice Command feature to allow voice dialing.  Another nice feature is using a Bluetooth Stereo A2DP headset, which will allow you to listen wirelessly to MP3 audio files using the Music Player.  The Chocolate supports Bluetooth version 1.1 and allows up to 20 pairings, despite phones from other carriers now use Bluetooth version 2.0.

LG VX8500 Chocolate Review


Internet:

The Chocolate has a standard WAP 2.0 browser that will allow you access to Verizon's Mobile Web site where there is a lot of useful information (News, Weather, E-Mail, Sports, Entertainment, Shopping, and Account Services).  WAP sites load fast thanks to Verizon's EVDO coverage, but in a non-EVDO area the phone will use the slower 1x network.  The Verizon Mobile Web page will load in 5 seconds when using EVDO.  Normal HTTP sites will take longer depending on content.  Overall, the Chocolate's WAP browser is easy to use and works well, despite its limited capability with HTTP sites.  Mobile Web is available for $5 a month or is included in the $15/month V Cast service.

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


Music can be downloaded from Verizon's V Cast Music Store.  You can select “What's New” and “What's Hot”, or browse by Genre, Artist, Album, and Song.  The easiest way to find what you are looking for is to use the Search feature.  You can listen to a free 20 second preview of each song before purchasing it at a cost $1.99 to download.  The song can be saved to the phone's internal memory or to the MicroSD card.  A 5MB song only took 40 seconds to download when in an EVDO area

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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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