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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: 3.52 ounces
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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 in 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 (requires Flash).
The phone features an 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 the navigation device featured on the ever-popular 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. Learn more about V Cast Music (requires Flash).
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 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
Learn more about where EV-DO coverage is offered.

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: 3.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B000LNC8D8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,181 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Jacquie on January 8, 2007
I've owned the phone for about 3 weeks now, and I'm pretty happy with it. Granted, I had a 5-year old brick of a phone before. I got the Cherry (red), my friends all love it and I still love to play around with the buttons when I'm bored. Overall, I would recommend this phone if:

- You want something small, sleek, stylish (and are willing to sacrifice some minor flaws in order to make your friends jealous of your phone)

- You are pretty comfortable with fancier phones and you have a medium level of technology knowledge

- You aren't a huge fan of flip phones

- You are willing to take the time to get used to how to hold the phone, use the touch-sensitive pad, the arrangement of buttons (for example, the "end call" button is located on the side... although you may also hang up a call simply by closing the phone) - At first it felt funny but now I'm completely comfortable with it.

- You use your phone as more than just a "phone" (camera, mp3s, alarms, etc.)


- Sleek design, nice and fun to use

- Camera nice with sharp quality

- Screen is crystal clear!

- Has a speakerphone that works well

- Clear reception

- Having the slider is nice; it both locks the keypad and acts as a "hang-up" button. It is very satisfying to end a call by sliding the phone shut


- Since I have a Mac computer and the Music Kit & memory card are kind of pricey (you need this to play music unless you plan on spending $1.99 per song downloading through VCast), I can't play music on my phone.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Maria Valencia on January 26, 2007
I absolutely LOVE this phone. I was skeptical about purchasing a phone with verizon since the menus are usually not that great on phones *coughrazrcough*, and I'm REALLY picky. But since I get a company discount I couldn't say no to the mp3 phone. I do not regret this purchase at all.

*** ON DESIGN ***

+ PROS: I love it's slick, slim design, the screen is crystal clear and has great quality. I'm not very much into flip phones, but I loathe the huge, tacky alternative phones. All four colors of the chocolate look beautiful, but cherry won me over.

- CONS: The buttons need a litlte getting used to. I was so confused at first as to how to actually work the chocolate, but after a quick glance on my manual I mostly got the hang of it. I'm not sure if it's my stupidity to blame, but just recently I figured out how to actually RAISE the volume. :')

Also, the controls are EXTRA sensitive, so if you tap too hard you'll probablly end up making a lot of undesired phone calls or something. A little tap will do - you only need a couple of minutes to get used to it.


+ PROS: Button built in on the side of the phone to take quick snapshots for that surprise ocassion! The quality of the pictures is very good for a phone (yes, it's a phone not a camera, so I'm not having expectations for a 10MP SLR digital camera or something) and I love the options it has. When it's too dark, just raise the brightness, change the size, ect.

- CONS: None found yet!


+ PROS: Fantastic reception! My first phone call was while I was waiting for the bus on a very busy road at peak hours, where usually I can't hear myself talk but yet it had one of the best phone quality I've heard in a while.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By WhtDragon on December 13, 2006
I got this phone as an early Christmas present and I absolutely love it. First, the color is beautiful, and the keypads large and easy to navigate. I love it with my Bluetooth headset. The menus are easy to read and navigate, and the open SD slot allows you to add your own media to customize the phone or remove media stored to the phone. Calls are clear and sound is good on both ends. On the other hand, for some reason they did not add flash to the camera on this phone, and the MP3 sound is high and tinny without other speakers. The touch keypad locks to keep you from accidentally activating it, which can be somewhat of a pain. Overall, though, this phone is small, sleek, attractive, and easy to use. It's about time Verizon came out with some decent phones!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany T. on January 22, 2007
I love the phone...but this is a tip for all of you chocolate lovers out there!!! If you don't want to pay 3 Bucks for ringtones and make your own...just record your own sound...send it to yourself...then when you receive it, go to options and select "save as ringtone"....Voila...sinfully sweet and simple! Verizon is the best ever!!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa on January 7, 2007
First of all, the phone is georgeous. The cherry red color is rich and dark. The display screen is vibrant and crisp. The red-lit buttons are, well, sexy. :)

Personally, I think the touch-sensitive buttons are awesome. It took me a whole 10 minutes to get used to them. I even adjusted the sensitivity to "high". You just touch the pad ever so quickly and gently, and the phone responds with lightening-quick speed.

I haven't played with the music, yet. Although, I have downloaded a ringtone. It was quick and painless---except for the $3 it costs. Which brings me to the ONLY thing that I don't like about the phone....Verizon nickels and dimes you for nearly every extra phone feature. *sigh* I know that's part of the game, but, it's still disappointing.

On to call quality. So far, every call has been consistantly clear. I've read in other reviews that the call volume is a bit low??? They must need a Beltone 'cuz I put this sucker on "high", and it nearly blasted my eardrum! I've actually set the call volume on low, and it's perfect.

Overall, I am relishing this cherry chocolate treat. I've become a complete "chocoholic". Thanks LG for making such a beautiful and fun product!
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