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LG Chocolate GiG review

4.3/10 AVG.
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4.3/10
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The LG Chocolate GiG currently has an Informr score of 4.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

From slider to flip, the latest incarnation of the extremely popular LG Chocolate, the Chocolate 3 / GiG, has moved further in the direction of its intended audience.

The new Chocolate boasts an FM radio, 3.5mm headset jack and an improved camera, three features that are clear 'builds' on prior versions of this device.

While some reviewers have criticized the sub-par browser, I believe LG has a firm grasp on their target demographic and has decided that making a music phone a better music phone is better than finding ways for teenagers to access the New York Times. Call me crazy.

The new Chocolate supports 8GB microSDHC cards so you’ll have no problem with those monster road trip playlists. The external screen allows you to view text messages without having to flip open the phone, and provides access to your music and camera.

A charming minimalist look clearly dominates the exterior, with the display on top and an improved navigation wheel just below.

Inside you’ll find a two-tone alphanumeric keypad which is on the slippery side, unfortunately, and navigation controls just above.

Overall it’s an overhaul, and though it bears little resemblance to earlier iterations, the Chocolate 3 will no doubt be scooped up by many savvy, teenage music fans.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
2.2"
Camera
2+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phone Scoop

The Chocolate 3 is an easier phone to use on a day to day basis than the Chocolate 1 or 2. The clamshell form factor alone contributes a lot to this. Also giving a lending hand is the nicely proportioned keypad and D-pad nav controls. The scroll wheel on the outside of the phone may not be perfect,...

- Eric Zeman, Phone Scoop


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Screen Size
2.2"

The LG Chocolate GiG's screen size is 2.2 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
140 MB

Internal memory is 140 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 800 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 14.5 days standby time.

Chocolate GiG Specs

Overview
Release date July 13, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System No
Processor
Internal Storage 140 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.26 W/kg
Body: 0.37 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 14.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Colors Black, Light Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.8 x 5.0 x 1.8 cm (3.9 x 2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 100 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Standard / 12-key Numeric
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Night mode, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG Chocolate 3, VX-8560, VX8560

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