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LG Chocolate 3 is an Awesome Music Phone

Verizon is really starting to get its act together on the music front. The new Rhapsody + V CAST offering is exponentially better than the previous V CAST store and the user experience on the phones is starting to rival standalone MP3 players.

For example, check out the LG Chocolate 3. This phone proves that the third time really is the charm. Previous Chocolates were trendy and did pretty well but never really felt refined enough to recommend. The Chocolate 3 changes all of that.

First off it’s a classic flip that’s easy to tuck away. The buttons feel solid and it has dedicated music buttons. We tried one of the new SanDisk slotMusic cards with this phone and had the music playing in 2 clicks. That’s faster than you can access music on some dedicated MP3 players.

The chocolate includes a full size 3.5mm headphone jack making it easy to plug it directly into the aux input on a car stereo head unit. If that’s not an option it also has an FM transmitter to broadcast the music to your car stereo. This probably won’t be great for battery life but in the car you can have the phone charging anyway. In standalone mode playing music on the built in speakers it sounds like a decent clock radio. Plug in headphones and you’re rockin.

Other features include Bluetooth®, 1GB of internal memory, a 2.0 megapixel camera and a microSD slot for adding more memory, up to 8GB or about 2000 songs. By the way we were able to grab some images from the slotMusic card and use it as wallpaper on the phone.

Best Cell Phones: The Funky Five

If you're looking for a new cell phone this summer and you want the best, check out our funky five.  It's hard to go wrong with any of these phones.












Depending on your carrier you won't have many options but if you were choosing solely on the functionality of the phone and user experience this is our ranking. Phones are pictured  1-5 From Left to Right.

1.  iPhone 3G - With AT&T's healthy subsidy how do you you compete with this? The Interface isn't for everyone however.

2. Nokia N95 - Aside from a goofy power button this brick does it all.  Looking more like a camera than a phone it's a true entertainer.

3. AT&T Tilt  - For those who like the tactile feedback of actual keys.

4. Samsung Instinct -  We never liked that stinkin Blackjack but this isn't bad.  Sprint customers rejoice.

5. LG Dare - Apple and Nokia are the kings of handheld UI but LG isn't half bad.  Can you hear me now?

LG Voyager Review

LG just keeps rolling out the hits for Verizon. The new LG Voyager is one of the first phones to incorporate both a touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard. It includes all the latest toys and features such as Bluetooth, a 2MB camera, MP3 player, and an eight GB SD slot for more storage.

The Voyager is obviously inspired by the iPhone. It doesn't have the ease of use or the elegance of the iPhone but once you play around with it a bit all the functionality is there. Plus something the iPhone doesn't have is real buttons. Having a touch screen in addition to the full QWERTY keyboard is really nice.

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