Is Verizon’s Chocolate Sweet?

by on August 30, 2006 · 12 comments

I realize this is not a gadget blog, and that I probably should not be using it to seek out personal advice but…

I’m about to upgrade my cell phone and to get one with better multi-media capabilities, especially so I can avoid carrying around both a cell phone and my MP3 player everywhere I go. I’ve been looking at this new Verizon “Chocolate” phone made by LG.
VZ Chocolate.jpg
It’s getting mixed reviews, but it has a lot of nice features including expandable memory up to 2 GB, which is important because I want as much room for my music playlists as possible. (I wish cell phones could carry even more memory than that. I’ve already maxed out my 20GB Creative Zen player and looking to upgrade it too).

Anyway, here’s the one question I have not been able to get anyone else to answer for me about the Chocolate phone: Any idea if there is any screwy, ham-handed DRM issues to deal with on this phone? Are there any sites that look into this aspect of cell phone music players? I store most of my music in WMA but have some files in MP3. I just want an easy plug-play-and-transfer experience.

Any advice from TLF readers would be appreciated.

  • http://www.howardforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=295 Bill G

    Whenever I am in cell phone replacement mode I do research at Howard Forums. Although I didn’t check for your question specifically, they are a great source of information.

    Here is the Verizon LG phone forum.

    http://www.howardforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=295

  • http://www.howardforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=295 Bill G

    Whenever I am in cell phone replacement mode I do research at Howard Forums. Although I didn’t check for your question specifically, they are a great source of information.

    Here is the Verizon LG phone forum.

    http://www.howardforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=295

  • Scott Johnson

    I believe Verizon disables MP3 playback when updating/upgrading “their” phones for use with the Verizon Music/Vcast service:
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20060106/1826206_F.shtml

  • Scott Johnson

    I believe Verizon disables MP3 playback when updating/upgrading “their” phones for use with the Verizon Music/Vcast service:
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20060106/18262

  • Steve R.

    Ed Foster has had several columns on how the cell phone companies treat their customers. The most recent one, which happened to concern Verizon is: http://www.gripe2ed.com/scoop/story/2006/8/23/02853/0575

    This may not help with making a technological decision, but can help in terms of how the company may treat you should you have any concerns.

    My obligatory anecdotal cell phone statement: Sprint BAD

  • http://www2.blogger.com/profile/14380731108416527657 Steve R.

    Ed Foster has had several columns on how the cell phone companies treat their customers. The most recent one, which happened to concern Verizon is: http://www.gripe2ed.com/scoop/story/2006/8/23/0…>

    This may not help with making a technological decision, but can help in terms of how the company may treat you should you have any concerns.

    My obligatory anecdotal cell phone statement: Sprint BAD

  • http://beyondthecode.blogspot.com David

    As one who just bought a Chocolate, I’ll reassure you that you don’t have to worry about any DRM-only issues with it. I literally transferred the mp3s I wanted to hear to the miniSD card and plugged it in. The filenames had to be shortened, and there’s a little app Verizon gives you to check and truncate the names if you can’t do so already yourself. The files are sorted into genre and artist by id3. That works for me, because I listen to a genre at a time anyway. That said, I have no advice for you on how well the playlist part works.

  • http://beyondthecode.blogspot.com David

    As one who just bought a Chocolate, I’ll reassure you that you don’t have to worry about any DRM-only issues with it. I literally transferred the mp3s I wanted to hear to the miniSD card and plugged it in. The filenames had to be shortened, and there’s a little app Verizon gives you to check and truncate the names if you can’t do so already yourself. The files are sorted into genre and artist by id3. That works for me, because I listen to a genre at a time anyway. That said, I have no advice for you on how well the playlist part works.

  • dave

    i love this product

  • dave

    i love this product

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