Review: LG Rhythm is what the LG Chocolate 3 should've been

We reviewed the LG Rhythm, available only from U.S. Cellular and Alltel, and we think it's definitely the best music phone from LG. Too bad it's not available from one of the four major carriers.

LG Rhythm
LG Rhythm Nicole Lee/CBS Interactive

LG's flagship music phone thus far has been the LG Chocolate line of phones from Verizon Wireless, and we've given it some mixed reviews. The original LG Chocolate annoyed us with the touch-sensitive wheel, but the second LG VX8550 Chocolate impressed us with the mechanical scroll wheel and the much sleeker design. The downer of the lot was the recent LG Chocolate 3. Yes, it's a decent music phone with an FM transmitter, stereo Bluetooth, and a 3.5-mm headset jack, but the overall design seemed boring and did not look at all like the other Chocolate phones.

So when we saw the LG Rhythm, we were surprised that this wasn't also a Chocolate phone. It has that slim slider design of past Chocolate handsets, and we were very impressed by the music player. Not only does it have a great user interface, it has preset equalizer settings programmed by none other than Mark Levinson, maker of high fidelity audio equipment. In short, we think the LG Rhythm is what the LG Chocolate 3 should've been. We're just disappointed that the Rhythm isn't available from a national carrier (it's only available from Alltel and U.S. Cellular), plus it would've been better if it was tied to an online music store like Verizon's V Cast for example.

Check out our slideshow and our full review of the LG Rhythm to see if you're part of the Rhythm Nation.

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