Verizon is killing the Chocolate!
As a followup to LG Chocolate Arrives in the US entry, let's see how Verizon is showcasing the US version of the LG Chocolate phone.
Now, a few of my colleagues were considering getting the phone, but it seems the US phone is somewhat more tackier than its European version. One of two co-workers ventured over to the Verizon Wireless shop to check out the phone, then compared it to my phone (which I bought in Vienna, Austria).
European version: 83 grams (2.92 oz)
US version: 99.22 grams (3.5 oz)
What did they add in there? It could be the internal slot for external memory.
European version is very slightly thinner though it could be rounded off, but a few colleagues did notice the difference anyways.
Verizon then goes ahead and offers different bundles with the phone. Of course it fails to let the customer know that the usual accessories are already added, and tries to trap the customer into buying the $199.99 and $249.99 packages instead of the base $149.99 version. I doubt you would need the leather case or the music essentials kit. The microSD 2GB card can be bought at Best Buy at a cheaper price. The worry about converting music files is overexaggerated. Just plug the phone USB cable into your computer and it will just open a normal explorer window, and you can drop pictures or mp3's into the appropriate folders.
It is really much easier to handle regardless of what CNET thinks about it.
Again, the phone is much more known for its stylish design and red-lighted touchpad. Having a speakerphone for calls seems unnecessary because the mobile phone is not meant for it; you can find the proper accessory cable to attain it; you do not want to annoy other people around you; and it is better for playing songs.
Standby time and talk time are decent. I think CNET's beef is with the rest of the features, you may not have enough battery power left. I don't really see it as your mp3 player replacement. I would leave 20 songs or so on it so you can customise your ring settings, but if you want to play mp3's, get an iPod.
People should probably wait until the phone becomes available at Cingular or T-Mobile. I am sure it won't be too long. T-Mobie is also a provider in Europe, so the Chocolate phone is more available over there. Besides, they are already releasing different colors in the European market.
It seems to me that Verizon is trying to do a hype overload on the Chocolate since they are the only provider offering the phone, and by doing that, they are giving the phone a bad name. Two-year agreement, and the usual $175 termination fee. Still a rip-off unfortuantely.