Rounding out the flurry of interesting Verizon Wireless launches today
are the BlackBerry Curve 8530
and LG Chocolate Touch
(pictured). The 8530 is pretty much just the Verizon edition of T-Mobile's 8520, but the LG Chocolate Touch bears closer examination. Basically it's just a war on the eyeballs of anyone who's ever seen the BL40
, with the front, back, materials and interface of the device all falling incredibly short of aesthetic pleasure. However, the $80 phone does have a relatively responsive and usable touchscreen interface for a "dumbphone," and we've used worse touchscreen keyboards on Windows Mobile. So it's not a complete tragedy, but we really feel sorry for someone who skips over the DROID ERIS
for this just handset just to save $20.
LG Chocolate Touch
BlackBerry Curve 8530
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