Conclusion: The VX8550 Chocolate fixes our primary complaints about its predecessor. In fact, aside from not raising the bar with Bluetooth 2.0, we can’t find anything to complain about with the VX8550.
Conclusion: LG deserves heaps of applause. It has discovered the scroll wheel, along with force-feedback touch keys, and Verizon's latest high-profile music phone is much, much better for it. In fact, the new Chocolate is Verizon's best music phone yet.
Pros: Thinner and prettier than original Chocolate, with better navigation wheel and touch buttons.
Cons: USB cable sold separately. Video playback is jerky.
Conclusion: We are overall pleased with most of the changes that have been incorporated into the new VX8550. The phone has a more stylish look to it and weighs slightly less. The Touch-Sensitive Navigational Pad has been replaced by a Navigational Wheel, but moving the wheel for accessing menu selections can be...
Pros: Improved look and style, compared to VX8500, Buttons are designed and laid out better, Better camera and more memory, 2.5mm stereo jack, Menus are more responsive
Cons: Moving the navigational wheel in a circle by your thumb doesn’t always work well, No Camera Flash or AutoFocus, Glossy Fingerprint Magnet Exterior
Conclusion: When the first-gen LG Chocolate came to market, a cell phone was never so appetizing. Though still looking good in three delicious colors, the new LG Chocolate faces stiffer competition in the music phone market this year.