LG Chocolate Touch VX8575 Preview
Since 2006 Verizon has released a new LG Chocolate series phone each year (VX8500, VX8550 Chocolate 2, VX8560 Chocolate 3) and we are now at the 4th iteration with the LG Chocolate Touch VX8575. Even though this device is rumored to be released by mid-October, we were lucky enough to get an early sample. From what we are told the phone will be sold with a 1000mAh battery with two covers, 3.5mm earbuds with FM antenna, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user manual.
If you recall, the first two Chocolate models were sliders and were then followed by a clamshell design. This time around LG has went with a touchscreen design, hence the name “Chocolate Touch”. The entire phone has a shiny mirror finish to it, and there are two included battery covers: black and purple. Both of them continue the mirror finish, but have geometric designs with a soft-touch coating. Using a standard ruler, the phone (unofficially) measures 4.25”H x 2.15”W x 0.40”D and feels fairly light. In fact, the Chocolate Touch might be the thinnest touchscreen phone for Verizon this year.
The touchscreen continues to use resistive technology, but it works rather well and responds to even the slightest touch. Furthermore, the screen doesn’t flex much when pressed upon, unlike the LG Voyager. Using our handy ruler, the screen size is about 3” diagonal, which is the same size as the one found on the enV Touch.
Above the screen is the light sensor, which automatically adjust the display’s backlight level, and the proximity sensor, which turns the display off when it’s next to your face. On the bottom are the oddly shaped Send, Back/Voice Command, and End/Power keys. On the left side are the volume rocker, microUSB port and speakerphone button, and on the right side is the dedicated lock, music, and camera buttons. The 3.2MP camera is on the back and you have to remove the battery cover to access the microSD memory card slot. There is also a 3.5mm headset jack on the top, which comes in handy as the phone will include stereo earbuds with an FM antenna.