Here it is in all of it’s glory, the LG VX8500 for Verizon, better known as the Chocolate phone. We were able to snag one before Monday’s releases date (July 31st), and as always wanted to offer a peep show of the super hot handset. Read on for more images of this heat-sensitive, music playing, slider phone.
The handset came with a power adaptor, rather slim battery (that is covered in the same black glossy plastic), a headphone adaptor jack, and the regular manuals.
We also got the V-Cast music pack from Verizon that came with a USB cable, headphones, and all the necessary software, allowing you to download V-Cast content to your PC and phone as well as sync your own music to your phone. Finally, we popped in a 2 GB microSD card, with storage for plenty of music, pics, video, and more.
The handset has a 4 way jog dial on the front. The buttons are clearly labeled up, down, next, forwards, and OK…like almost every MP3 player interface. Once on (see below) there are two soft-keys as well as a send and clear “button.” I say “button” because none of these are buttons, they have no tactile feeling to them, all “buttons” are heat-sensitive points that are activated when your finger taps them — very cool. The right side of the phone as a dedicated end/power button, music button, and camera button while the left has volume up and down as well as a multifunction microphone button. Finally, once you slide open the phone you have access to a slightly cramped keypad on the front and a 1.3 megapixel (still and video) camera on the back. There is a mirror for self-portraits but no flash.