updated 10:50 am EST, Thu November 5, 2009
Verizon offering LG Chocolate now, Convoy later
Verizon on Thursday introduced two new handsets, including its first touchscreen Chocolate handset from LG, the Chocolate Touch, along with the rugged Push-To-Talk Samsung Convoy flip phone. While not as advanced as the Chocolate BL40, the Chocolate Touch is being billed as a capable music phone, sporting Dolby Mobile sound processing, an integrated FM radio with 12 presets and song ID, as well as a dedicated key on the side of the device for quick access to music.
Its stereo Bluetooth A2DP support allows users to wear wireless headphones or headsets, while a Join the Band feature lets users pretend they're in a rock back by tapping their fingers to the beat on a virtual drum kit. The piano version lets users play along with a tune on a full scrolling keyboard. More traditional features include a 3.2-megapixel camera that can capture videos. There is also an editing mode that lets users zoom, rotate, crop and add frames, messages and stamps.
The Samsung Convoy is a rugged phone that meets the US military's 810F specifications for resistance to dust, shock, vibration, salt, fog, humidity and temperature extremes. It uses Verizon's EVDO Rev. A 3G network for its two-way Push-to-Talk functionality. There is otherwise a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.1 and access to VZ Navigator for mapping. A 1300mAh battery gives it a long life.
The Chocolate Touch is now available and costs $80 after a $50 mail-in rebate and signing a two-year contract. The Samsung Convoy ships November 15th and will be priced at $50 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract.