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LG VX-8500 Chocolate

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The LG VX8500 (better known as the Chocolate) is a premier music phone, with good sound quality and MP3 support in the V CAST Music player. The quirky, touch-sensitive interface takes some getting used to, but it is worth it. The Chocolate's beautiful design has a learning curve. Sliding the phone open lights up the touch-sensitive soft keys beneath the bright, super-sharp 320x240 color screen. It also reveals a numeric keypad of small, clicky buttons that are set far enough below the slide to make tex…

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The LG VX8500 (better known as the Chocolate) is a premier music phone, with good sound quality and MP3 support in the V CAST Music player. The quirky, touch-sensitive interface takes some getting used to, but it is worth it. The Chocolate's beautiful design has a learning curve. Sliding the phone open lights up the touch-sensitive soft keys beneath the bright, super-sharp 320x240 color screen. It also reveals a numeric keypad of small, clicky buttons that are set far enough below the slide to make texting relatively easy. The Chocolate's buttons take some time to get used to. The “send” key is where it usually is, left of the cursor pad, but the “end” key is on the side of the phone. The cursor pad, meanwhile, looks like an iPod-style scroll wheel but isn't – it's just a cursor pad. And the cursor pad and soft keys are touch-sensitive, with no tactile feedback.

Reception was good, with calls sounding loud and clear on the VX8500 (even over Bluetooth). However, users can't make conference calls, and the battery lasted for a mere 3 hours of talk time. SMS and MMS messaging options for the VX8500 are par for the course, although IM and e-mail fanatics will have to settle for using the mobile Web. LG and Verizon Wireless made some long-overdue changes with the media player on the Chocolate; there's now a separate music player that plays tunes in the background. The VX8500 has a roomy 68 MB of on-board memory, accepts MicroSD memory cards up to 2 GB, and can play both WMA and MP3 files natively in Verizon's V CAST Music player. One drawback, however, is that there are no dedicated music buttons. The flashless, 1.3-megapixel camera is about average in its field, and it takes pretty sharp photos. The camcorder mode takes the usual 176x144 novelty videos. One final note, the phone doesn’t come with earbuds and USB cables – users have to buy them separately. Overall, the LG VX8500 is a very nice-looking phone with the ability to take advantage of Verizon’s VCAST music service. For those looking for a stylish multimedia option, this may be the best bet.

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