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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 31 Jul 2008, 11:34

142. (unregistered)


Until the other touchscreen phones get screens as responsive and sensitive as the iPhone, they will always be crap. iPhone has multi-touch and is very responsive and accurate. NONE of the other touchscreens are as comfortable with drag scrolling. If you have used the iPhone for a while you know what I'm talking about.

posted on 01 Aug 2008, 04:43

144. (unregistered)


I had the Dare for one week, and really liked it ... i used an iPhone. The next day i stood in line and got mine. and haven't been happier. Everyone gets mad at the reviewers for comparing all the iclones, for the people who own an iclone (like I did) you probably disagree with the screen problems in the dare and vu. I watched all these reviews and thought there is no way this screen is really responsive. Its not, use an iPhone before you say that your phone is better. I said mine was better and now I have an iphone and see the glitches they are talking about. Some of the reviewers are apple fanboys, but chances are there is a reason for one, and they have used these phones and chances are you haven't.

posted on 01 Aug 2008, 12:42

145. (unregistered)


I love how pissed off people get on here when someone disagrees with their opinion of a what phone is the best. Everyone complains about phoneareana being bias and then turn around and give their own bias opinions. I thinks thats the pot calling the kettle black and it just makes me laugh. If you are happy with your phone.....great...but why must most people on here insist that everyone should run out and get a certain phone because they like it. Everyone of these phones has it's advantages depending on what you want out of your phone. If you are big on iTunes, want the best mobile browser, and need the ability to sync with Outlook calenders and view email attachments then the iPhone is for you. If pictures and video are what you want then get a Dare. If you want the ability to watch live TV then get a VU. If you want Navigation or you are a big texter (like me) go with the Instinct. I must admit there are quite a few features that the iPhone lacks that the other three have but if you have no need for stereo Bluetooth, MMS, Video, no landscape QWERTY for texting, or PAM then these will not break the deal. The iPhone still has the best touch UI hands down as long as your are not wearing gloves. The one thing I think they should have added to the review is a break down of the plans each phone needs and what those plans include or exclude. I currently have the Instinct and with exception to the garbage web browser I have been very pleased with the phone. The only other phone I would consider using would be the Dare but until VZW allows me to add what I want to my phone that is not an option for me.

posted on 01 Aug 2008, 12:44

146. magqcc7 (unregistered)


Just wait until the htc diamond and htc touch pro hit the shores at Sprint. Then we'll see. Iphone is having to many issues at this point. It sounds like they went the cheap route tosave money and it's showing.The diamond platform from htc will reign supreme.

posted on 01 Aug 2008, 15:39

147. (unregistered)


Why is it that on every site including this one the user ratings have the dare higher than the iphone yet the iphone still kills the dare in this review? On phonescoop the Iphone isnt even a 3 out of 5.

posted on 01 Aug 2008, 15:52

148. (unregistered)


thats because it sucks.....actually just the phone part, but that's an important part right?

posted on 02 Aug 2008, 08:22

149. (unregistered)


btw, to those that just recently read the review, all the flaming is because the ORIGINAL review scores made the Iphone win. they changed it after the blatant fanboyism was called out.

posted on 02 Aug 2008, 13:57

150. (unregistered)


thought phones were for making calls , doesnt score call quality???

posted on 11 Aug 2008, 02:36

152. (unregistered)


I have to say, despite the fact that the Instinct is the supposed winner in this article, the sheer amount of praise (unwarranted or otherwise) slathered on the iPhone is what truly makes that device the winner in this article. I guess this comment is directed to those who proclaim that "the instinct won not the iphone." I guess these people lack basic reading comprehension skills; specifically, inferences and tones in documents and articles. yes, the instinct won in terms of raw score, but its the iphone that's doled with praise.

posted on 15 Aug 2008, 10:46

153. (unregistered)


Why do I care about what any of you think about any of these phones? Isn't the most imptortant consideration (for me) which phone I like. One of you will say "They iPhone is the BEST!!!". For your needs and likes...it probably is the best. Why force your likes and needs on someone else? The Dare is not the best of these phones according to the comparison. For my needs and circumstances...such as network availability, it is the best choice for me.

posted on 16 Aug 2008, 18:36

154. Archdingo (unregistered)


I agree that the iphone is a revolutionary device, but I did notice that when it came to call quality they didn't really test these phones in areas other than bigger metro areas, I would have an iphone right now if it wasn't for att's crappy call quality and service and I live in san diego. I have never had a good signal from them and the amount of dropped calls was horrendous, I switchedto verizon after 4 years with att and cingular and have not had one issue with calls being dropped or not having any service with verizon. Not to bash the iphone but they should have compared it to other smart phones with touch screens since that is the category it is in. This is like comparing mac osx to windows 3.1. Sure would have loved however for verizon to have picked this up.

posted on 17 Aug 2008, 13:57

155. (unregistered)


Here's some general info about the different plans (i.e. ongoing monthly costs). Sprint's Simply Everything (Unlimited Calls) seems the best so far...everything for $100. Verizon's "everything" plan for $140 has a couple of loop holes (one being limited voicemail--only 20 per month unless you are willing to pay more). ATT's plan is $130, no obvious hidden loop holes. Another interesting thing...if you pick a minute plan (450, 900, or 1350) with Verizon or ATT the "Unlimited Nights" are 9:00 PM - 6:00 AM. Sprint's "Unlimited Nights" are from 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM. With Sprint and it's "Unlimited Nights" range, you could almost pick their 900 minute plan for $10 less ($90) and do just as well.

posted on 18 Aug 2008, 08:29

157. (unregistered)


there's no limited voicemail on the the verizon plan, way to lie your way through your sprint endorsement

posted on 17 Aug 2008, 22:57

156. Pinguino1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Aug 2008)


I have never seeing together in one place so many inmature, fan-boys, haters, and idiots and stupids like each one of you call each other. The review was objective (any one of you know what this word means), technical, very extensive , complete and results all documented. The proof is in the fact that each phone fan-boy claimed it was unfair to their phone. HOW COME THIS REVIEW CAN BE AGAINST EACH PHONE AT THE **SAME TIME?** My only question is: what's wrong with Phone Arena that attracts this kind of crowd?

posted on 18 Aug 2008, 08:33

158. (unregistered)


first off, the only phones that were treated unfairly were the Dare and instinct...there's no one complaining about the I-phone and certainly no one complaining about the Vu this was a very technical, extensive review if you completely overlook battery life, call quality and service in multiple locations. These were all overlooked to give the I-phone the highest rating possible. Them when they get three pages of people calling them out, the review is changed and the instinct now wins...yeah, very efficient review if they can change results that easily to cover their asses I don't own any of these 4 touch phones and i could give a crap about owning one, but a biased review is a biased review

posted on 20 Aug 2008, 03:02

159. (unregistered)


When you own an iPhone or an Instinct, you will see what it's all about, omg... Dare and Vu are horrible phones, trust me.

posted on 22 Aug 2008, 10:21

160. (unregistered)


Well if they would have given the i-phone all 5 u wouldent have said no phone is perfect So its all about how people feel about phones and I my self think that the iphone is wack so is at&t they have the worst plans make themself to be the best and there the worst i cant stand em.

posted on 23 Aug 2008, 22:50

161. (unregistered)


PS: all of this is irrelevant because Sprint is launching the Touch Diamond in 2 weeks. And for all of you VZW fanboys out there, get over it, Sprint has exclusivity on this for at least 60 days, and the vzw version is stripped down. no g sesnor, half the ram, slower processor. Sprint wins, with a larger EVDO revA coverage area than vzw, and twice the options, that phone will be the best available. period.

posted on 25 Aug 2008, 21:22

162. (unregistered)


i say all four phones are great phones. im on sprint and i dont want to switch so im getting the instinct. the review rated the iphone and instict pretty well, but i think they trashed the dare and VU a little too much. if i had to choose my fav out of the four it would be the instinct, but that might just be because its the only one i can get

posted on 22 Sep 2008, 01:32

164. sp3cialkw (unregistered)


I love this review/contest. I was having doubts about getting an instinct but now im sure. Yeah, there are much better phones coming out, but im only 18, i think i can wait 2 years to get a better phone. But i think it's funny that instinct dominated in this review when this site has sprint advertisements all over it.lol [im not suggetsing anything, just thoughtit was funny]

posted on 06 Oct 2008, 20:02

166. (unregistered)


RE: Instinct: The Instinct is a fairly new phone yet it (and it's apps) have received a number of updates since it's release. One of the best is due out soon... a keyboard I/F to make it fully MIDP 2.0 compliant which will allow it to run the Opera browser and other JAVA apps not specifically built for the Instinct. (Most "in the know" Instinct owners are waiting for that Opera support!) The results of an app developer contest are due out soon. Outlook Web Access email support is built in already and OWA Calendar support is in the works. One other thing that might have been mentioned as a side note (not an actual phone feature) is the cost of data service to use all the great features of the phones. Sprint's Family Talk/Data Share plan makes it affordable for multi-phone families! BTW... Not knocking the other phones. Each has it's place depending on the user's needs and preferred network :-) B.J.

posted on 09 Oct 2008, 21:48

167. (unregistered)


I got the instinct and it SUCKS!!! keeps freezing up so im trading it in for at ouch diamond tommorow!!

posted on 20 Oct 2008, 14:40

170. Mighty Mike (unregistered)


Did these iphone haters and iphone fanboys misread this article, so many people are saying its biased towards the iphone or that iphone won the reviews....I read the article thoroughly and Instinct is coming out as the winner of this review. Also I have handled each of the phones reviewed in this article and I find it to be a spot on analysis. Yes Iphone does look prettier but in terms of value Instinct delivers in all categories.

posted on 15 Nov 2008, 14:32

171. webman (unregistered)


Its the Network! I can not afford an iffy network. Do I want a GSM Phone? Hell Ya! But its the Network! If you don't need a the Phone to work, then argue all you want. I hate Verizon. They are over priced and carry a lousy array of Crippled Phones, but its the network. I just want a camera phone. Is there a decent camera phone out there? Hell ya! just not on Verizon (3MP get real) and if it is not on Verizon I cant Afford it! (oh oh 3.2MP my hart is thumping, how about 7 or 10) For school kids and home bodies get T-moble or ATT or Metro or..., but if you NEED it to work. Its The Network. Please ATT catch up so I can jump ship. Europe is GSM they have ausome phones and camera phones that will all work on ATT but I need my Phone to work. so its a Dare or a u900 and god knows I will just crack the screen on a Dare with no Hard Protector cover, so what should i do. Cry my self to sleep and go buy a louse Flip Phone one more time. Dame this network.

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