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LG VX8500 Chocolate Phone (Verizon Wireless)

by LG
3.3 out of 5 stars 172 customer reviews
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  • Stylish Slider Design With Soft-touch External Controls
  • First Phone To Play Either Downloaded VCAST Music or PC-transferred Music Files
  • Wirelessly Stream Music To A Stereo Bluetooth Headset
  • High-speed Data Downloads Let You Watch TV Or Listen To Streaming Music
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera Takes Print-quality Photo And Hour-long Video Clips
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Technical Details

  • Weight: 1.56 pounds
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 460 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 350 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

So what makes the Chocolate look so great? The touch sensitive keypad controls? The sliding number pad? Slim design? Beautiful screen? From R&B to Heavy Metal to Easy Listening, the Chocolate lets you download from over 1 million songs on the go with V CAST music.

LG's newest mobile treat, the VX-8500 Chocolate offers minimalist-inspired style and a silky-smooth slider design. Deluxe features include support for V Cast Music, glowing touch-sensitive navigation keys, a powerful integrated music/video player, a 1.3 megapixel camera/camcorder, stereo Bluetooth capabilities, and a microSD memory slot for extra storage. If you value extreme style mixed with powerful substance, this is the phone for you.

The Chocolate's sliding keypad keeps it hidden until you need it. See the phone in 3-D.
The phone features a seriously attractive open-faced design with an internal antenna and a vibrant 240 x 320 pixel, 262,000-color TFT/TFD display. A touch sensor click wheel, similar to iPod, and sliding design set the phone apart stylistically. Opening the slider reveals a numeric keypad, as well as the 1.3-megapixel camera and LED flash, which are housed on the rear of the phone. The volume and voice slide keys are on the left of the phone, while the music, camera and "end" keys are on the right side. A memory card slot is provided for MicroSD/TransFlash memory cards of up to 2 GB capacity. The phone includes 512 MB of internal memory.

Calling Features
The Chocolate boasts powerful calling functions, such as speaker independent voice dialing, which makes it easy to call contacts by simply saying their names. No prior voice training is required and you can even speak individual digits to the phone for quick dialing of numbers you know by heart. And because the Chocolate is Bluetooth enabled, wireless headsets can be configured with the phone for total handsfree operation.

The Chocolate's internal memory can hold up to 500 contacts for quick access to email addresses and phone numbers. The phone lets you easily assign pictures as well as ringtones to your most common callers. In addition to vibrating alerts, the phone supports polyphonic ringtones, and a number of ringtones come preloaded on the phone and more ringtones can be downloaded from Verizon's Get It Now service. Lastly, the Chocolate's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911.

Diminutive size and incredible music functionality make this phone the complete mobile companion.
Messaging, Internet, and Tools
The phone's support for multimedia messaging means that text, photos, video and audio can be sent with ease (Verizon messaging charges apply). When used in combination with the Chocolate's built-in camera, MMS opens up a whole new world of messaging fun. There's also a built-in web browser for downloads and mobile web browsing. Verizon's optional Mobile Web 2.0 package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. You can check your e-mail, trade stocks online, compare prices while shopping, access flight information, get movie listings and find directions to the theater. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, the Chocolate is fully compatible with Verizon's V Cast service. With V Cast, you can download and stream high-quality video. Need news and weather? Get the latest Accuweather forecast delivered right to your handset, or stream CNN news headlines. ESPN sports updates, entertainment news from E!, and even Sesame Street content for the kids, are all available. V Cast also serves as a portal for enhanced 3D games, making it possible to have more fun with a new breed of realistic games.

Verizon's music service is another EV-DO-powered service that makes the Chocolate all the more desirable. With V Cast music, your phone is a music player, letting you jam out wherever you are. It's also a music store, and you can download songs instantly to your phone. Save your songs to a memory card with a capacity that's right for you. You can even pause to take a call without missing a beat.

A number of handy software tools are bundled with the Chocolate including a voice memo recorder that can record calls, a calculator, a calendar, and an alarm clock. You can even set the alarm to wake you to your favorite music. Also included with the Chocolate is Verizon's VG Navigator software, which allows you to get real-time, turn-by-turn audible directions as you're driving.

Imaging and Entertainment
The Chocolate's is a 1.3-megapixel digital camera features a flash, as well as digital zoom, self-timer, night-mode functions, and brightness and white balance controls. The camera also offers up to one-hour of video capture. A built-in music player with stereo speakers and an equalizer, offering MP3 and WMA playback, lets you keep your music playing in the background. You can also take advantage of the Chocolate's Bluetooth wireless headset capability, allowing you to hook up a pair of Bluetooth stereo headphones.

EV-DO Wireless Broadband Coverage
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Vital Statistics
The LG VX-8500 Chocolate weighs just 3.53 ounces and measures 3.80 x 1.88 x .69 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 384 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the CDMA 850/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Note: The LG Chocolate supports the Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, Advanced Audio Distribution, and Object Push for vCard. It does not support all Bluetooth object transfer (OBEX) profiles

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B000H7GVA4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,556 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I really wanted to like this phone. The look of it is very sharp and the screen is nice and clear, with great graphics. It's small and fits well in the palm of my hand. The interface is slick and intuitive. It has a decent internal memory (60 MB) as well as supporting microSD cards. Most quibbles were minor enough to ignore (like button sensitivity). I liked almost everything except the reason I bought it. More on that shortly.

Some minor gripes:

As has been mentioned in other reviews, the interface is always a little touchy in some way, particularly the OK button, even after adjusting the sensitivity.

I'm not sure if this is an LG decision or Verizon, but the phone isn't fully capable out of the box. They advertise a music phone, but in order to be able to use it to its full capacity you'll need to get their Music Essentials kit for another 30 bucks, and all you get is a proprietary USB cable and some mediocre headphones. Anyone who buys Nokia phones knows this stuff is almost always included, especially if it's proprietary or required for specific features on the phone (like playing music).

The main reason for purchasing this phone, however, was to have a remote storage device along with being able to play MP3s. My previous phone was a Nokia 3300, which was billed as an MP3 phone, and worked great for that. I could put in a memory card, plug the USB into the computer, and it pops up as a removeable disk, and i could copy files to and from the phone like any other USB thumb/flash drive, no special software required (not even drivers, depending on the OS). This is great for me, because I work and go to school and am constantly shuffling files back and forth between the two and home. The Chocolate does not offer that versatility.
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If you get this phone, it's definitely important to buy Verizon's Music Essentials Kit as well. It comes with a headset, a USB cable, and drivers for the cable. Then you can upload MP3s from your collection using Windows Media Player, although the phone only holds 60MB of music without a MicroSD card. But also, if you download the free open-source software BitPim from bitpim dot org, you can create your own MP3 ringtones and also backup your pix and phonebook. For now, BitPim has to be set manually to LG VX8300 until it has support for the VX8500.
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I usually buy Motorola flip phones, and I was originally going to get a Razr, but I was attracted to this phone because of its ability to play mp3s. I've been using it a little over a week and I am for the most part very impressed. I'll discuss the phone first, then the mp3 capability.

The phone is definitely very attractive, sleek and glossy black (not dark brown as one might expect from the name). It's a little longer and wider than a flip phone, but still fits easily in my pocket. I find sliding the phone open to answer it actually easier than flipping one open, and you can also answer calls with it closed. In fact, most functions are available when it is closed, unless you need to use the keypad. You can access menus, dial from your phonebook, etc, all with the phone closed.

The sound and screen quality is very good, and the camera takes very decent photos. It took me a while to get used to the touchpad, but I now love it. Overall, I'd say it is more attractive and stylish than other phones with similar functions, and compares well quality wise. It seems pretty sturdy so far, too.

It's the mp3 capability that really makes this phone shine. The phone's speaker is not terribly loud, but the sound quality is good, and if you attach headphones the sound quality is very good. There is an adapter enclosed to use regular headphones, but I would suggest buying Verizon's Music Essentials Kit (about $30), which comes with headphones which allow you to quickly pause the music and answer the phone while you are listening to music. I find this very useful while commuting as I used to miss calls when I listened to my ipod. The kit also includes a usb cable to connect the phone to your computer.
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I've been using this phone for about a week, and just thought I'd give a little review. (Yes, I know, it's not in stores yet. It's been available online since July 30 at

I probably wont ever use the phone's mp3 functions, so I won't/can't comment on that. I just like sliders because they are easier to open with 1 hand.

First off, the phone is gorgeous. I think it's the best looking phone available. It highly resembles a black IPOD nano, just not as thin and more slick looking due to the mirror finish that hides the screen when not in use. It looks and feels a lot smaller than the pictures or dimensions make it seem. Everyone who has seen my phone loves the touchpad style "buttons" and how sleek it is.

THe user interface and included animated themes are very nice as well. The LCD is very crisp and bright. Recieving text messages never looked so pretty. Verizon/LG have done a nice job on the software. Some other people that have this phone have been saying there's some UI lag, about 1 sec. I notice no lag at all. I tap a button and the UI responds instantly, usually. On occasion when i hit "OK" it does take about 1 sec, but it's rare, maybe 1/20 times.

THe phone is built very well. It feels very sturdy and solid, including the sliding mechanism. It's actually heavier than it looks. The finish, although high gloss, and prone to fingerprints, seems to have a hard coating. Lightly scraping with my fingernail the phone appears to be relatively scratch resistant. (knock on wood)

The buttons on the side are a little hard to push, but the touchpad and dial pad are easy to use. Keep in mind I have slender fingers.

As of now there's no speakerphone, a possible dealbreaker for some.
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