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Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers

0. phoneArena 25 Jul 2008, 08:43 posted on

There’s no denying it, touchscreens are the latest trend in the mobile world and with the iPhone on the forefront of technology and fashion they show no sign of going away anytime soon. The iPhone was not the first phone to feature a touchscreen- they have been around since last century in fact- and it wasn’t even the first fashion phone to ditch the keyboard; that distinction goes to the LG PRADA...

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posted on 26 Jul 2008, 13:38

73. hankmutkiss (unregistered)


I did read the original article and I think they initially intended for this to be a feature review. They already did reviews on these phone that addressed call quality, battery life, etc. I got the impression that this was more of a feature showdown. I appreciate that they a) revised it and b) listened to the comments and had a heavily revised version up just a day later, and think this comparison is very good. Having used all of these phone except the Vu I would agree with most of what they said, and don't see a real bias towards any phone.

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 09:04

101. (unregistered)


the Problem is, you don"t do a review of a group of phones and half ass it, then when people complain you put out another review with further information, but get rid of the origonal review... there is no common sense involved... Combine them or don't put it up beyond that, even if you were to take the first, now missing part of this review, into consideration there is still a I-phone bias in here that cannot be explained away under any circumstances, unless you're a I-phone fanboy

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 21:43

119. hankmutkiss (unregistered)


Nothing was deleted from the review. They added a few sections, and rewrote a bit of the ending with the new results, but nothing was taken out. Again, I hate Apple, but to bash the iPhone as relentless as it gets bashed in these comments is nothing but (Verizon) fanboyism.

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 09:36

124. (unregistered)


ABSOLUTELY TRUE!! Verizon children ruin all the comments here... One day they will grow up and probably commit suicide :)

posted on 26 Jul 2008, 22:26

84. (unregistered)


the thing i don't get is inconsistencies in the individual reviews of each of the phones to this one, for example in the dare review they say that the qwerty keyboard had very good response and little problems, and in this reviews they say they had difficulties with it. just curious as to why it's such a differernt response.

posted on 26 Jul 2008, 23:09

85. (unregistered)


id imagine there isnt one person reviewing all the phones. i know at gizmodo they have writers from all around the world

posted on 27 Jul 2008, 10:03

86. (unregistered)


I have review and played with all 4 of these phones and the onlything the iphone would lack is the comfort of the text keyboard, it is not better than the instinct in that catagory, and mobile tv the VU has it hands down, everything else falls to the IPHONE. Ask the question to yourself, why do i need a data device? FOR THE INTERNET AND EMAIL.... WHO HAS THE BEST PHONE, IPHONE, what else do you need it for? MUSIC.... IPHONE.... APPLICATIONS... IPHONE.... enough said.

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 11:59

105. JunkJugget (unregistered)


You forgot to mention: Turn by Turn navigation (I use that): NOT iPhone. Stereo Bluetooth (I use that): NOT iPhone. Taking Videos (I really do a lot of that): NOT iPhone. MMS (I do this the most): NOT iPhone. Song ID then download it right there on the spot, over the air (I'm a music nut and I always do that): NOT iPhone. "enough said" my ass!

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 19:47

112. (unregistered)


Well said bro! Those are the reasons why I passed up on iphone and I even had more. I can't stand the bulk of iphone compared to Dare. Dare IMO has the best form factor... needless to say I am very happy. Verizon always treated me like VIP over the last 10 years.

posted on 27 Jul 2008, 15:46

87. (unregistered)


this is the most biased review i've seen. when it comes to gps service, i love how the instinct is mentioned to have the gas finder and the event times, but what is not mentioned is that w/ vz navigator there is also gas finder, movie/event times, live traffic reports, etc. and the dare which is rated more highly by this site than the I-phone is on here rated lower. how does that make sense? i think someone needs to preview what they write on here.

posted on 27 Jul 2008, 22:40

96. kuroshio (unregistered)


I had an Instinct. I now have a Dare. I do NOT like Apple. But I will give credit where credit is due by acknowledging they have set the standard in touch screen interface, mobile web browsing and multimedia playback. That being said to establish a little credibility, I will no longer come to this website for anything phone related. The bias shown in this comparison makes it no longer a credible source for information when it comes time for me to choose between phones and carriers. I actually find the Dare's keyboard easier to use than the Instinct's, tho none of them compare to the Iphone and will not be able to compare due to different technology. I'm about twice as fast on the Dare's qwerty keyboard than the Instinct and the only place I have issues is clicking links in the web browser, an issue the Instinct has as well. Given the reviewer's issue with the interface, I'd have to ask if he tried calibrating the Dare at all. The major reason I'm dumping this website however is located in the title of the article: "Touchscreen PHONE comparison..." Apple's superb touchscreen interface cannot compensate for the dismal failure of its network. And its failure to fulfull its primary function regularly: phone calls. To speak specifically about the Iphone 3g, I cannot see it receiving any review when it barely improves on the 1st gen Iphone due to its 3g failures. Good night and good luck

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 04:09

99. (unregistered)


yo, whoever wrote this review is wack! i have not experienced half the problems listed on the iphone and dare, so i dont understand why the instinct was the top rated overall if it has more problems that you couldnt list them in one year! and who cares bout the vu, no one has alltell or w/e

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 09:02

100. (unregistered)


The Instinct is the best PHONE on the market. Price, GPS, on screen keyboard, monthly cost, speed, and most bang for your buck. All this Dare talk is making me laugh. I had that phone for two days and take it back. If your keyboard sucks on a all touch screen phone you got to go back to the drawing board!!!! And whats up with what comes out of the box basicly nothing. 3g Iphone is a ok but I would rather have the first gen iphone. At&t's 3g network is a joke so why somebody buy a 3g iphone and you can update the first gen iphone. I got a first gen iphone off of ebay for cheap and dont see to enough of a difference between the two.Im not going to waste my time on the vu what a joke. Good review phonearena not perfect but what is?

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 11:55

104. JunkJugget (unregistered)


One thing I've noticed, unless I totally missed it, was the video capability of these handsets. Did I miss the spot where the reviewer mentioned that the iPhone cannot even record video, while the Dare can record video at 640 X480 resolution? It also can record video at 120fps then playback at 30fps to give a cool slow motion effect. I didn't see either mentioned, yet the Dare was rated the lowest in the video comparison. And the user interface on the Dare is very easy to use. It maybe different than an iPhone, but it is easy to use. Also, before I forgot, and again, the iPhone CANNOT record video, yet it still won. Biased? I'm starting to think so myself. But hey, that's just me.

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 21:47

121. (unregistered)


yes, you did miss it, its under camera, where the dare wins. the video section is for video playback (sideloaded, tv, etc.) you might want to make sure you have a valid point before being so smug.

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 13:15

106. (unregistered)


This was a REALLY REALLY BAD review. I'm surprised this web-site would publish such a "piece of crap." Did Apple send them this review to post themselves. All relevant categories that were not tested that would have hurt the iphone were conveniently skipped. DONT TRUST THIS REVIEW!!!!

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 19:08

108. (unregistered)


booo PHONE ARENA for this BS! you guys suck now.

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 19:55

113. (unregistered)


I wonder what happened to my post I posted yesterday? I wonder if this site is sponsored by APPLE? Dare is so much better of a phone when comparing phones and not games! Who gives a crap about games and playing videos etc. most normal people use phone as a phone as far as I know unless you are a hip scumbag teen with no life and need to find a job and stop riding your parents type. In my opinion iphone is not even a weak contender to a more robust phones.

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 20:03

114. what the hech (unregistered)


I just have to say that this is the worthless review I've ever read. I mean the LG-Dare got a 9 out of 10 in this same website only a few days ago. The I-phone got only 8 out of 10; So now that they are being compared how can the I-phone get all this praising. My faith in this website has just ended, I used to look up to them and to their reviews. I think what they just need to do is fire whoever wrote this and go back to honestly and interity. Thanks :)

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 23:57

122. (unregistered)


The only good thing about iPhone is that it is quad-band GSM and theoretically can be unlocked and used outside the US. Phones offered by Verizon and Sprint are CDMA and can only be used in the US on their respective networks.

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 09:34

123. (unregistered)


ONCE AGAIN Verizon commenters prove they are far from adulthood.

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 12:51

125. Sprintmgr (unregistered)


Is it just me or are all the comments written as if the iPhone won the comparison? I for one am impressed with the objectivity, as it usually seems like whatever VZ is pushing somehow ends up on top, and let's be honest, the Apple marketing machine is pretty much unstoppable. I for one am glad to see that a phone other than the iPhone ended up on top. I love the iPhone, and pray for the day that el jobso sees the light and releases it on CDMA, but let's all be honest - there are some shortcomings (GASP) that a few other phones have capitalized on. Ultimately, I have to commend Phone arena on what seems to be one of the more thorough and objective (although not perfectly so, admittedly) comparison of the iClones that are currently available. I generally criticize this site for being less than unbiased, but have to say that I have handled all 4 of these phones and agree with most of what is said. Nice work.

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 16:52

127. (unregistered)


this is the most biased piece of crap i've ever seen before. obviously written by an iphone fanboy. the iphone is nowhere near as good as they make it out to be on this review. horrible, don't trust this source. i know i won't be coming back here

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 17:48

128. (unregistered)


how about the flaws of the iphone? the horrible camera? the lack of vido recordng? no pic messaging? no replaceable battery? no explandable memory? no bluetooth? at&t's horrible service? the fact that you have to go to the store and activate it? the dare, vu, and instict all have those features and more but no..stupid apple fanboys make stupid reviews, just fess up. you messed up on choosing the right phone now get your mind right, sell your iphone to another fanboy, and buy the instict or dare or vu

posted on 29 Jul 2008, 19:26

129. (unregistered)


the instinct Won people the instinct not the iphone. Sprint came out on top not AT&T or Verizon. Hoorraayy Samsung instinct. Hoorraay Sprint.

posted on 30 Jul 2008, 05:04

134. (unregistered)


this review is pretty dumb. Nobody should choose what provider they are getting based on the phone. You might regret it in the end. The should have compared networks and services along with them. I bet the ratings would have been a lot closer then.

posted on 30 Jul 2008, 08:45

135. (unregistered)


You are correct that "Nobody should choose what provider they are getting based on the phone" but comparing the carriers ... you must be kidding :)

posted on 31 Jul 2008, 01:53

139. (unregistered)


This site makes no sense at all. I thought I could trust the review on the Dare, but as other people are saying, this comparison trashes it although it got a 9 by itself. It's unacceptable for a website to have such conflicting information. I know that I don't pay to view the articles here, but the operators of the site still profit through consumers because of advertising. This makes the site look really bad especially since the Dare is such a popular item right now, not some obscure, random phone and they can't even get their story straight.

posted on 31 Jul 2008, 10:25

140. (unregistered)


Unless one tries all these phones for months at a time, it's really hard to judge. No phone is perfect, the iPhone has come close.

posted on 31 Jul 2008, 10:55

141. goygacon (unregistered)


So...All in all, the Instinct wins out....Ouch...that must really ruin your day. Yeah, you guessed it, I own one (Instinct)... So, iphone isn't perfect...Man...that's gotta burn. Even with all the minor flaws the Instinct has, just likethe iphone. No comparison..... Voice anything, Video, T.V. he did forget to mention on our ever flawless keyboard, that you can handwrite the word and it comes up to...Voice guided GPS...and the list will only grow....picture/video share...oh let's not rub it in too much, just celebrate the victory

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