Pros 3.5mm headphone jack, usb/wall charger included, touch screen very responsive, comes with two backings to swap out, nice music player, great themes.
Cons Homerow menu buttons have ugly colors that you can't change, phone's a little slow sometimes.
Summary Most of the complaints I've seen about this phone is that it won't live up to the Droid, Blackberry, etc. That's because it's not meant to. This phone does not require a data plan, and is really more along the lines of the original marketing of the chocolate line, which honed in on the music player and kind of a cute, candybar design.I'm adding an update to this review since it's been about a year since I wrote the original review.
I must say this phone is much more attractive in person, esp. without that goofy purple background. The downside is, the phone will always have those ugly primary colored menu buttons, I'm hoping Verizon will provide more options in future software updates.
The texting on this phone is a little hard to get used to if you're used to buttons, but it's by far the best non-iphone touch phone I've ever used. I have quite a few friends who have touch screen phones, and I feel like I have to jab at the screen just to get it to recognize what I'm doing - not with this phone.
Some nice things Verizon included are a 3.5mm headphone jack, so I don't have to go out and buy a converter just to listen to some music. It also comes with a usb connector that hooks into a wall adapter so you're good to go.
The interface of this phone is quite pretty, and with the theme and type face options, you can really make this phone look nice. The music player is especially good, this thing may just replace my iPod, and I usually hate using phones as mp3 players.
On downfall of this phone, is that since it's not as powerful as most "smart phones" it's a little slow sometimes. I notice it when I go into look at my pictures. Any images that are on my micro SD card take about a second a piece to pop up when scrolling through thumbnails, which can take quite a while since they're going one by one. :/
I can't say much for the internet features on this phone, because I don't pay for the additional data plan.
Overall, I am very impressed with this phone. For ages I have sworn I would never get a touch screen phone unless it was an iPhone, but this one really surprised me. I am very happy I decided to go with this phone.
Updated on Sep 9, 2010
All in all I'd say it took my about 2 months to really get good at texting on this phone. If you're a guy or a girl with very short fingernails I wouldn't recommend this or really any other touch-screen phone other than the iPhone, because it's not a heat-sensitive touch screen. When I text I use my thumbnails to hit the letters, not my thumbs. Texting is a breeze now though.
I also wanted to add that this phone is surprisingly sturdy. I've dropped it onto concrete and hard surfaces countless times and only have a few minor nicks to show for it. The back of the phone pops off 90% of the time I drop it, but it still works just fine. I didn't expect it to survive some of those falls since the back of the phone is sort of flimsy.
One year later and I've had no problems with this phone, still love it.
Pros size is great. thin, not too tall or wide. 3.5 mm headphone jack is really nice to have. The voice dialing is pretty good too. Maybe I just reverted to voice dial since normal dialing was hard with the touchscreen.
Cons The touchscreen is beyond bad. I quit texting people when I got this phone because it took too long to text. The phone is also buggy - Many things just don't work like they should. Will not sinc with Macs, even though Verizon will tell you it does
Summary This phone would be a 4-star phone if the touchscreen were as good as an iPod Touch. It would be a 5-star phone if the bugs were fixed. But the screen is so terrible that it outweighs any pros the phone has. I ended up taking it back and am glad that I did. Keep in mind though that Verizon will only let you switch out phones once ... so don't waste your time on this one.
Pros This phone is awesome if you don't want a data plan. It has a responsive vibrant touch screen. Voice and sound quality is superb! Texting is very easy to get use to. Very sturdy phone. Not toy-like with some phones.
Cons Other than the fact you can NOT change the menu buttons and has only 2 themes, which are ok at best. The only other thing I wish you could transfer pics like you do music with the data cable. Now I have send pics from my computer through a pic mess.
Summary I am extremely happy I purchased this phone. I had originally wanted the LG Dare. It was discontinued when I went so the Chocolate touch had just been released. I am very glad I went with this phone. It is so far the best phone I have had when it comes to voice & sound quality, the colors on the screen are amazing. I found the texting capabilites are very easy to get use to, the screen is very responsive, even better after calobrating it. I have tried out the LG Env-Touch, the LG Versa and the LG Dare and this phone tops them all. The music player is pretty sweet too! The camera is nice too with 3.2 mega pix. it does every thing but zoom, which would be nicer!
My only grip would be not being able to change those ugly menu buttons to something more simple or classy, just aggervates me and I haven't found a way to upload pics through usb like you can music. If LG would make a software update for that I would rate it the best phone ever without needing a data plan.
Pros Great touch interface
Excellent call quality
Great for texting, easy to use virtual keyboard
Screen landscape switches when phone orientation is changed
Excellent Battery Life
Cons Internet usage requires using a stylus for best accuracy
Slow browser can make internet/email frustrating
Scrolling takes time to get used to
Zoom is too sensitive in the browser
Phone really needs a trackball to complete it
Summary Overall, I was very surprised by the LG Chocolate Touch. I previously was using the LG Chocolate VX8550, and was looking for a phone that I could text on, use the internet on, but still keep the high quality calls that I was used to. I also wanted to avoid the high per month fees that Verizon charges for their smart phone data plans. My choice came down to Chocolate Touch and the LG enV Touch. I had read enough bad reviews about the poor reliability and battery life in the enV touch, so I decided to go with the Chocolate and take advantage of the 30 day exchange if necessary. I'll go through several areas of the phone in my review.
The look of the phone is sleek. It feels very comfortable in my hand as a phone and as well as a media device. There is a handy speakerphone button on the side of the phone that makes switching to speakerphone mode a snap. There is also a button to lock the screen as well, in addition to side button for the camera, music player, and volume.
The screen is bright and has quite a bit of clarity. There is a sliding screen lock on the touch screen that prevents accidental phone dialing and screen selecting if you carry the phone in your pocket. The screen changes orientation when you turn the phone sideways, giving you a full keyboard for texting or a wider view for web browsing. There is also a proximity sensor in the phone that shuts the screen off as you bring it close to your face to talk on the phone.
I've found texting to be a breeze on the phone. I really wasn't a big texter on my last phone, since it didn't have a keyboard that was easy to use. This phone really makes texting fun, and the virtual keyboard is much easier to use than I anticipated.
Call quality on the phone has been great. The Verizon service has always been pretty good, but sometimes the phones don't take full advantage of it. This phone has performed well - voices sound clear and not mechanical.
The dialing buttons are exceptional. They are big and easy to hit. You are presented with many options on the screen when you connect a call, such as adding them as a contact, etc. which you can do if you are using the speakerphone.
Email and Internet Access
This is the one area that the phone struggles. It should be no surprise, as most phones in this category aren't going to be as smooth to use as their Smartphone/Blackberry cousins. I found both to be slower than I liked. However, I've found that using a stylus has really improved the experience. One issue is that the areas to select things on web pages are really small, so that then you go to click on it with your finger you either miss or zoom in by mistake. Using a stylus makes for a much smoother experience, and allows you to click more accurately. I am not a heavy internet user, so I don't mind this so much, but the power user will want to go with a smartphone or blackberry. especially if you want a lot of apps and the like.
This takes some time to get used to. I was used to the Ipod touch scrolling feature, which does a great job of differentiating between a scroll and click. On the Chocolate, you need to place your finger down, then keep in down as you scroll. Scrolling up with your finger makes the page go down, and vice versa. You can make the scroll go fast by placing your finger down and moving it quickly up/down, sort of like the ipod touch/phone.
The zoom in the internet browsing is much too sensitive. I find myself zooming when I don't want to. This happens mostly when trying to drag the page to a new area. As I get used to the phone it happens less and less, so there is a learning curve, and it does get better with time.
Overall, I love my new phone. I realize it isn't the top of the line, but for me and my needs it fits perfectly. It's got great features, a nice price, and is just fun to use. It also looks great and gets the "oooo and ahhs" from my friends, which is nice as well! If LG ever creates another model in the future, they should include a trackball for scrolling around the web pages more smoothly.
Pros THIN!!! Much thinner than my Dare, and HALF as thick as the Samsumg Rogue and no data plan is required! I loved my Dare and I love this phone more. Nearly everything is improved from the already awesome Dare.
Cons None...besides the name! I insist on calling it the LG Dare2!!!
Summary This is basically the LG Dare with a thinner housing and lots more music features, and I love it. I loved the LG Dare, tried the Alias, tried the Touch, tried the Samsung Rogue, and here I am with the Dare2....opps...I mean Chocolate Touch. WARNING....YOU MUST LIKE OR ADJUST TO VIRTUAL QUERTY. Once you do...you'll never go back.