LG Chocolate Touch Review

LG sent this Chocolate Touch to me for reviewing purposes – so, without further ado, I give you my review of the LG Chocolate Touch. Instead of crafting long paragraphs that you’re not likely to read, I’m going to break down the “Good” and the “Not-So-Good” into separate lists for you to digest.

Before you continue, please understand that no phone is perfect – not even the iPhone.

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of LG Chocolate Touch. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Good

  1. The LG Chocolate Touch has a Dolby Mobile sound system built into it, providing superior quality in audio playback. Consider that most mobile devices have lackluster hardware to accompany their software features. This is probably the Chocolate Touch’s most outstanding asset.
  2. The camera records video and still shots (3.2MP).
  3. There’s an FM tuner on board. I’m honestly surprised more mobile devices don’t have radio capabilities.
  4. The phone vibrates whenever you touch the screen – like a force feedback mechanism. I quite appreciate that (more than hearing just a click from the speaker).
  5. The home screen is quickly customizable. You can drag and drop the apps onto the dashboard without having to first go through a series of complicated menus. Bonus.
  6. I can’t believe it: there’s a tip calculator! No joke.
  7. 2GB worth of storage on the included memory card – adequate for the casual media consumer.
  8. Visual Voicemail. Again, this is something that once you’ve used it, you wonder how you lived without it before. I used to hate checking my voicemail because it was cumbersome to navigate. At least now, messages can be managed by sight rather than by audio prompt.
  9. It feels solid in my hand. I don’t get the feeling that it’s going to snap apart – there’s some weight to this device (which may not sound good to some of you, but I find it reassuring to find that it’s going to rest well in the palm of my hand rather than fly out of it with the wrong motion). It’s 4.23oz according to specs.
  10. It comes with a replacement plate for the back of the device. For those into customization options, LG gives you a small head start. Personally, I prefer the black it

The Not-so-Good

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  1. While the home screen will accommodate your favorite apps, they’re not organized in any fashion – leaving a haphazard array of shortcuts that would need to be meticulously aligned manually if you’d like to have any semblance of balance on your primary dashboard.
  2. The video camera is only able to shoot at a resolution of 320×240. This seems relatively small by today’s standards. 176×144 is good for SMS, but anything less than 640×480 doesn’t seem prime for YouTube publishing anymore.
  3. Touching wasn’t as precise as I’d hope for it to be. I’d often find myself tapping an option a few times before it would activate. Maybe my thumb needs to lose weight?
  4. No WiFi. Sure, it’s got BlueTooth for local connectivity, but since the device was sent to me unactivated, I was unable to use all of its network features. What happens when you’re out of range of a network (and yes, that can even happen with Verizon)?
  5. V CAST Music Manager is Windows-only. Mac users like myself are pretty much out of luck. Yes, I could use a virtual machine and connect the device via a USB bridge, but that’s rather cumbersome. If a company is going to offer software for its device, they owe it to the user base to offer it on both platforms. This may not be a “negative mark” for you, but it was for me – and this is my review. Even if it’s made by a third-party (like Rhapsody), it’s still a sticking point for those of us who have already made choices about what we want for technology solutions.
  6. While I appreciated the ability to change the wallpaper on the home screen (animated!), I couldn’t read the icon text (dark) on darker backgrounds. There didn’t seem to be a toggle, or (better yet) automated way to reverse the text color.
  7. Argh! Another seemingly-proprietary USB cable to label. I’m happiest with mini-USB, which is the “standard” for thousands upon thousands of gadgets.
  8. Side buttons for camera, music, and locking.Okay, maybe you don’t mind these feature buttons on the side of your phone – but I can’t stand them. Nothing worse than being in the middle of something, squeezing too hard (or in the wrong place), and being kicked into another app. I don’t want to think about how to hold my phone.
  9. Battery meter was only represented in the toolbar by an icon – not by the actual percentage of battery remaining. At least, by default (I couldn’t find the option to toggle if there was one).
  10. Did not come with a gift certificate to buy chocolate. Ha! Just kidding. I was checking to see if you were actually reading this review. I’m not done yet, either.

The Contest

Aha! You weren’t expecting this part, were you? 🙂 I’m giving away an LG Chocolate Touch. Yes, you have a chance to get one through me if you follow these simple steps:

  1. Leave a comment below – tell me about your very first mobile phone.
  2. Tweet out a message containing a link to this blog post and the hashtag #VX8575.

That’s it! Be sure to read the contest rules if you want more information. Good luck!

Kissing My Surface Reflection

Kissing My Surface Reflection

Playing with the Surface that Microsoft is bringing to Gnomedex. They’ve even developed an application that will allow attendees to exchange contact information in real-time – not to mention, watch a live Twitter and Flickr stream of the latest content tagged with “gnomedex” online.

A still photo doesn’t do this Surface app justice, however. What you’re seeing is a monochromatic LIVE shot of the other side of my face as it was pressed against the Surface. Don’t worry, though – they’re going to be bringing it to Gnomedex where you can play with it in person.

I’m assuming you’re coming to Gnomedex. Then again, I’m assuming that you’re a geek like me who loves conferences with unlimited food, beverages, power, and wireless Internet access. I could be wrong to assume such things, however.

Would you rather watch a video demonstration of what the Surface will surface at the conference?