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Kim M
Dec 08
Kim M
Overall
4.6
Kim M

"Very Good!"

The good: Great call quality; easy to use music interface; two big displays, including functional external display; nice features for a mid-range Verizon phone

The bad: Unimpressive picture quality; spin wheel feels a little cheap

Summary: I have had this phone for about a week and am so happy this is the purchase I made. The most important features for me were call quality, text messaging, and mobile web primarily for email access. The call quality is spectacular--very clear and based on most of the reviews and comments I've read, beats the call quality of other popular Verizon phones. With 3G and the internal speed of the phone, I've found using mobile web to be a good experience again. My last phone (a 3G capable Motorola) had such a slow response time when pressing a button and while checking email via mobile web, it was always a frustrating experience. But, it's no issue at all with the Chocolate 3. I've also had NO issues (freezes, slow responses, etc.) opening browser sites such as Phonedog, Amazon, Google, and other mobile phone review sites. No, it's not Wi-Fi or full HTML, but if you're like me and don't really need that type of access while on the go, but still want/need to make the occasional web connection for email and quick info, this phone works great. Not to mention, the phone is 3G and if you're in an areas where 3G access is readily available, I don't think you'll miss not having Wi-Fi for basic functions such as the ones I've mentioned.

Texting is easy and using the "Word" mode on the phone has been a positive experience. I do miss iTAP from my old phone, which predicted which word you were typing before completing it. As far as I can tell, you don't have that option with the Chocolate 3. However, I've found the "Word dictionary" to be better than my previous phone. While it won't predict the word before you complete typing it, it does a great job at choosing the correct word after you've made each tap (if that is making sense!).

I own an iPod, so I wasn't certain how much I would use the mp3 functionality of the phone. While it's no iPod, I am finding that it's a very good music phone and the 1 GB out of the box dedicated music memory allowed me to start playing with the mp3 player right away. I've loaded many albums via bluetooth (no problems at all, although I suspect there is an easier way to have it interact with my Mac) and have been happy with the experience of listening to music on the phone. While it won't replace my dedicated mp3 player, it will be very useful for those days when I don't want to carry an extra gadget, but want music for a walk around the city or a ride on the subway. My guess is that those who spend more time in the car will find the phone's FM transmitter useful for a similar reason.

I love the large external display, with easy access to your messages inbox, camera, calendar, photos, and music. It looks great and allows you to do simple things without opening the phone.

My one problem thus far is the camera quality. It's not a deal breaker for me, since I almost never take pictures with my phone. But, while the interface and functionality are impressive, the lack of flash combined with


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