Easy Listening on LG's Chocolate

The mobile phone opened in the U.S. to mixed reviews. We like its user-friendliness and excellent music quality

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Chic, elegant design; music and other features easy to master

The Bad: Some touch screen keys too sensitive

The Bottom Line: A sweet song, with precious few sour notes

LG's Chocolate mobile phone was preceded by its reputation when it became available in the U.S. in July, exclusively from Verizon Wireless(VZ). The music-playing handset was a hit in Asia (see BusinessWeek.com, 7/19/06, "LG Chocolate: Will This Cell Phone Hit The Sweet Spot?") But on this side of the Pacific, it left a bad taste in some reviewers' mouths. For instance, Chocolate "doesn't quite live up to the hype," quips ZDNet.

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