LG Chocolate Touch VX8575 Preview

LG Chocolate Touch VX8575 Preview
Introduction:

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.


Design:

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.





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25 Comments

1. pddally

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

Boy,that was great information! I think everyone got all caught up in the bl40 ballyhoo while the choc.touch actually is just progressing along the chocolate series lines. I think it is a great upgrade for the music lovers but can't see why they would not offer a better camera and screen resolution? i guess you just can't have the best of both worlds.

3. ChiSooi

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

It's BS because we can have the best of both worlds and verizon is too stupid to give there customers that. They had the option to take the bl40 but they thought it was too good for there customers we could have that 800x380 res and the auto focus camera in there but it would be just to perfect soo nooooo verizon has to save money and use creeper ****. To keep their infamous name of "Nickel and Dimming *****".

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow chisooi.. i coulda sworn LG made phones and Verizon just sold the service to use it. wow, how could we all have been so dumb that it was really verizon this whole time!! thanks for opening my eyes!

13. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

I'm pretty sure that's what he's saying when he said, "They had the option to TAKE the bl40," which would insinuate that VZW didn't choose it from the manufacturer, LG. He never said they built it like crap, he said they didn't take, or choose the bl40.

2. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

this phone would have got me excited in 2007, but there is absolutely nothing about it that stands out. i take that back, the design is a huge eyesore.

4. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Im actualy glad this doesnt look like the bl40. I like this design

5. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I would get this phone just to annoy people with the drum set and the piano... THAT IS FUN!

20. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Haha!

6. vzwfann15

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 10, 2009

nice to see verizon incorporate more included games on new handsets and the addition of the music extras is a perfect for a music-centric phone

7. xmguy

Posts: 38; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

The FM Radio with RDS looks cool!

8. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

ok this isnt anything like the BL40 changed the design colors the screen is way smaller and the camera isn't 5 mp like on the original and BETTER BL 40 this is crap b/c vzw is just being cheap and not going with the real thing the one that actually stands out this is just kinda like a Dare 2 or something.....and i agree with mr. anderson b/c the only thing about it that actually stands out is the ugly-ass design. it would have gotten people excited in 2007, also agreeing with mr. anderson. to sum it up, average specs, hideous design, and not what the BL40 has to offer.

21. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Can you even imagine how awesome this phone would have been if it came out in 1986?

9. vaan144

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 24, 2009

wow they really messed this phone up. i see it as the uprgade to the Dare, which i have, and it looks a lot worse, on the outside and the UI. it is definetely not similar to the bl40... the inly interesting thing is the music options, but its not worth it.

11. MrSoandSo

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 28, 2009

Did anyone read the posts under the BL40 review? No one has made a positive comment about it. I talked to an LG rep just last week, who told me VZW ran a focus group with the BL40 and the VX8575 and 90% of the participants (a combo of existing and non-VZW customers) chose the VX8575 thus VZW going with that one and making sure they make money. Although I like the design of the BL40 better than this "Dare 2", I could see why Big Red didn't go with it. VZW doesn't take uncalculated risk. They don't want to get stuck with a warehouse full of phones that won't sell, such as the Samsung Trance.

12. vzwemp87

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

so how can i get a hold of that disney wallpaper

22. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Take a trip.

14. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

I always love the pictures they take on these phones... It's like getting a glimpse into a day in the life of a phone arena writer. "Here's my refrigerator, I like magnets as you can plainly see. Here's my neighbor Bob's building, he's a pretty cool guy, we throw back a beer or two on the weekends together. Here's my little garden, it's not much, but I do what I can to spruce the place up... Haven't had any ladies here in quite some time, so it keeps me occupied." Haha, at least, that's what I hear when I think of Cribs: Phone Arena.

15. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

keep in mind this phone is being released to take advantage of the new required data pricing...as it will be device #2 to require it... accrording to a trusted source...you will see a very very quick phase out of the versa, env3, env touch, and any other good phone that doesnt require data plans to put out ones that do....thats just smart business... the rouge is outselling the expectations, so they learned people will spend the money

24. rickwhoo

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 05, 2009

THERE IS NO DATA PLAN CHARGES ON THIS PHONE

25. beav

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 05, 2009

No data plan required, told this by VZ rep. Dare 2?, no. I heard there is a Dare 2 coming out also.

16. vmatikov

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 28, 2009

lol gayizon

17. vmatikov

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 28, 2009

OH MY MOTHERFUCKING GOD DON'T TELL ME PHONE ARENA CENSORS COMMENTS NOW... THAT'S SO FUCKING GAY

18. campka3

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 14, 2009

this phone looks hot

19. junx33

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 18, 2009

So...Phone Arena's anonymous tipster was wrong??? Today is the 18th and I don't see any VX8575 anywhere on verizon's site! Good job guys, way to give false hope...as usual.

23. rickwhoo

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 05, 2009

I just heard that verizon does NOT supply the ear phones with this phone. It figures, verizon probably just wants you to spend $50 or more for their own earphones. Verizon is replacing my Dare with this phone. Anyone see it yet?
Chocolate Touch VX8575
  • Display 3.0" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Storage 1 GB
  • Battery 1000 mAh(5.10h talk time)

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