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. Sure, we can monologue all day about how Verizon neuters their phones, from the user interface, to the software you can run, to how you can use it with your computer. However, those aren’t flaws with the VX8550. The VX8550 works, works well, and does everything it advertises.
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.
Summary: The LG VX8550 Chocolate is definitely a big improvement over the original Chocolate, with a beautiful yet functional design plus a host of impressive features to boot.
Pros: The LG VX8550 Chocolate has a much improved design over the original Chocolate, with a mechanical scroll wheel that has a trace motion light, a touch pad that vibrates, and an overall sleeker look. It has an impressive multimedia feature set that includes a megapixel camera, a music player, and access to Verizon's V Cast service.
Cons: Even though we liked the vibrating feedback of the LG VX8550 Chocolate's touchpad, we still missed the feeling of tactile keys. You also have to get the Music Set, which costs more, if you want the microSD card and USB cable along with the phone.
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 The Touch-Sensitive Navigational Pad has been replaced by a Navigational Wheel, but moving the wheel for accessing menu selections can be troublesome. Because of this, we recommend pressing the wheel in the up, down, left, and right direction.
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. The iPhone, various Nokia GSM phones, and even LG themselves have whipped up more choices including the LG MUZIQ , VX8600 and the Shine series.