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With their large touchscreen displays all four phones offer a full QWERTY keyboard in landscape mode. In portrait mode the iPhone is also QWERTY, the Instinct has a stupid alphabetical keypad and the Dare and Vu have a much more logical traditional keypad layout, with the choice of either T9 predictive text or ABC multi-tap entry. The iPhone and Instinct both feature threaded text messaging, the Dare and Vu have the normal single-message-at-a-time view.

The iPhone and Instinct can interface with an Exchange server, which gives the user true push email. The iPhone also syncs with Apple’s MobileMe service, similar to Exchange. The Vu and Dare both have email clients, though the Vu is limited in which providers it can check.

Apple iPhone - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers
Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers
Samsung Instinct - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers
Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers

Apple iPhone

 

Samsung Instinct

 

The Vu and Dare both come with a preloaded IM client which provide access to AIM, Yahoo and Windows Live messaging. There is a free AIM client available via the App Store for the iPhone, though it is buggy and does not currently notify you of IMs when not running. The Instinct does not have an IM client available yet.

LG Vu - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers
Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers
LG Dare - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers
Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers

LG Vu

 

LG Dare

 

Samsung Instinct - QWERTY Keyboards - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers
Apple iPhone - QWERTY Keyboards - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers

Samsung Instinct

Apple iPhone

LG Dare - QWERTY Keyboards - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers
LG Vu - QWERTY Keyboards - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers

LG Dare

LG Vu

QWERTY Keyboards

The Instinct’s QWERTY is well ahead of the other three phones. There is not much to say other than it’s very accurate and has auto-correction software for the few times you need it. We still for the life of us can’t figure out why the portrait keyboard is alphabetical instead of T9/ABC. We’re holding out hope that this will be corrected in the next software upgrade.

The iPhone’s landscape QWERTY is nearly as good as the Instinct’s and has excellent auto-correct software. However, it can only be used when browsing the web and for messages you have to use the decidedly worse portrait QWERTY. The auto-correct software does its best to help you, but in the end the keyboard is just too cramped, not accurate enough and the software couldn’t overcome our many mistakes. We’d hoped Apple would make the landscape available in messaging with the new iPhone, but given that there have been several software releases since its original launch we realistically don’t see it coming. The iPhone loses some points for not being able to send or receive MMS messages.


Messaging - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers

Messaging

The Dare and Vu both have very similar, and fairly poor, keyboards. The 0.1” less screen real estate makes more of a difference than you’d imagine, as the Vu and Dare border on cramped when in QWERTY mode. Neither is particularly accurate, and compounding the problem is the responsiveness issues we mentioned earlier in the review. When typing it will simply miss key strokes, despite positive feedback (haptics, sound) being given. This issue is present both on the QWERTY and traditional keypads, making it slow to type with either. Typing with speed is impossible, unless you want to wade back through the message and correct several mistakes. There is no auto-correct feature present on either device.


Rating: Instinct 5, iPhone 3, Dare 1, Vu 1





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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)


whoever wrote this review is an idiot and an apple fan boy how can a phone get a perfect 5 in almost everycatagorey, no phone is perfect especially not the Iphone. WOW can i get an unbiased review please. this is just rediculus cell phone reporting/reviewing.

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 17:18

2. (unregistered)


i have been reading reviews from alot of different sites n everybody has rated the iphone as the best phone out of all touch phones....there is even like 5 youtbe videos that has all the phones ( iphone...instinct...vu...dare...) n all of them says that the iphone is the best...there are only 1 or 2 things that the iphne doesnt have n the things that it does have tops the other phones.....just stop hating and face it...the iphone is the best n no phone can beat it when its hacked

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 18:14

3. (unregistered)


i don like iphone and i don use iphone and i'm a big verizon samsung i760 fan.. but there's one thing i agree.. the iphone is the best touch screen phone out there.. so don be mad at this article #1..

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 00:27

18. (unregistered)


they are not saying it is perfect. they said the top phone in each category would be the standard. that means the top phone got 5 by default. it may have barely beat another phone in a category but it still beat it and got the boost to a 5.

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 13:09

41. (unregistered)


DARE is so much better than the other ones! No questions asked.

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 16:00

54. (unregistered)


i'm not going to get into a fanboy pissing match about the I-phone ruling the world and everything else sucking.... But what i noticed during this review, is when reviewed by itself the Dare was highly reviewed and 95% of the"issues" mentioned in this review were never brought up in the other one I'm not saying the Dare is the best phone in the universe or that the I-phone sucks, it just seems more than a little biased that the Dare is trashed in this review in order to make the I-phone and even the instinct look like much more superior products This lowers my opinion of this site's reviews considerably

posted on 27 Jul 2008, 21:01

95. (unregistered)


and im not saying that the iphone is the best in the world becuase there are some features i world take from the dare the vu n the instinct to make my perfect....to b honest there is no prefect phone it is all in who ownes it.....

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 11:12

103. (unregistered)


I dont think u all read the last page of the review. On a average score rate basis, the instict is the best of the four. Dumbasses learn to read before you start making judgements and all the iphone freaks are stoooopid.lol

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 13:31

107. lessthanzach1 (unregistered)


This review is a wonderful way to market the cruddy INSTINCT. We have the verizon GLYDE by samsung and if that screen is anything like the INSTINCT's then it is indeed no comparison to the lg or iphone touchscreens. This review sucks.

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 21:37

117. (unregistered)


the glyde and instinct use completely different screen technologies. glad you based your opinion of the review off of your ignorance.

posted on 07 Aug 2008, 22:33

151. (unregistered)


Ok, because VZW has a crappy phone from Samsung, then this review sucks. Makes a lot of sense. How about you at least check the Instinct out before you spout idiotic comments. If you did, you would see there's no comparison between the two.

posted on 17 Dec 2008, 15:36

173. soundofclocks (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Dec 2008)


Actually, the person who wrote this article is an idiot b/c the Dare is the ONLY one of the 4 phones that uses a resistive screen. The iPhone, Instinct, and Vu ALL use capacitive screens. Try using a stylus on any of the phones but a Dare and see if it works.

posted on 24 Dec 2008, 15:29

174. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


The Instinct comes with a stylus and it works on it...only the iPhone has a capacitive touchscreen of the four phones.

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 18:23

4. (unregistered)


this review is hilarious. this same site gives the iPhone 3G a rating of 8 and the LG Dare a rating of 9 in their individual phone reviews. Yet, when they compare the two, the Dare scores below a 3 out of 5 in most categories??? That doesn't make any sense.

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 08:53

27. (unregistered)


indeed. my thoughts exactly...

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 10:58

36. (unregistered)


Cause the dare sucks

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 13:10

42. (unregistered)


iphone sucks! DARE kicks everyones A@@ BEST PHONE hands down :-)

posted on 26 Jul 2008, 20:57

75. a1016neo (unregistered)


BYE BYE TROLL! STOP POSTING THIS GARBAGE ALL AROUND PHONE ARENA! I will look into a Dare once it gets a proper browser & E-mail, multimedia, 3rd party apps, and exchange support....

posted on 28 Jul 2008, 03:52

98. LessthanZach (Posts: 106; Member since: 29 Apr 2008)


its not a pda you moron, so I suppose you wont be looking into it...

posted on 30 Jul 2008, 04:47

132. (unregistered)


they gave it a 9 out of 10 in their review. That's usually a good score

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 18:52

5. (unregistered)


Why did the iPhone always comes out on top in these sites? It's because all these so called news blogs are AMERICAN websites. They will hype up American junk more than Asian excellence. These stupid Americans lost out in the auto industry with their sub par build quality so now the only thing they have is the iPhone. Apple is the one American company they think will save them from their reputation of mediocrity. It's so sad really.

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 19:29

6. (unregistered)


The iphone was built in California... but manufactured in "el Asian Excellence of China", where nearly all the cheap crap in America comes from. YAY!!!! This site is full of Verizon Wireless fanbois' and Verizon Wireless Employees, iPhone Reigns supreme.

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 20:47

7. (unregistered)


So you are saying that Americans are so inept that they can't even make their own junk? They have to use slave labor? Where do you Americans get your money to buy your horrible Iphones, Starbuck's, Big Macs and gas guzzling SUVs? Can't be from selling your houses. Oh that's right, the credit card companies.

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 20:51

9. (unregistered)


As Jeremy Clarkson said, "California, the land of fake teeth, plastic breasts and plastic houses" "Built in California...but manufactured in..China"

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 20:52

10. (unregistered)


Just another example of American education.

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 22:30

14. motoman117 (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Jun 2008)


you guys are so pathetic. get over yourselves. the first comment is just a moron. You see, if you were SMART, and you did RESEARCH you would see that American cars actually DONT have sub par quality. but no, all you morons go out and buy your priuses....the hidious, expensive, japenese prius. When guess what, the saturn aura hybrid costs $10,000 less and gets same fuel economy. Saying that this review is biased is just crap. I hate the iphone, have posted it many times, but the fact is, its the best touchscreen phone on the market! Hey man, which would you have picked to win the comparison. Jeez, get real. I hate apple, and the phone is way overhyped, but is still good. Of course, you throw in a touch diamond and Xperia X1...hehe, forget it. What are you anyway, french?

posted on 23 Jul 2008, 23:20

16. (unregistered)


Hey #14 you need to do some research on cars. The prius base price is 3000 less than the aura hybrid, and the prius can get nearly 50mpg in the city, the aura will be lucky if it can get over 30 on the highway. lol always good to have your facts straight before you make a big post like that. Oh and btw im american and i have a japanese car so i must be a moron. Anyway, ill agree that the iphone is prolly still the best touchscreen phone, but that doesnt mean i like it :D

posted on 24 Jul 2008, 02:17

23. (unregistered)


#14 - about the cars ... american cars are way too huge on fuel consumption u cant ever compare it with a european car or a japaneese... america is the most poluting country in the world big cars, big engines, big fuel consumption, low performance i hate american cars... i dont have anything with american people but the cars.......... it makes no sense

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 10:05

31. (unregistered)


ya good luck getting your iphone 3 g to work.... i have 3g service everywhere i go east west north south you get here and there its sad really, i have an ipod touch that has everything an iphone has and it still runs better...

posted on 25 Jul 2008, 10:42

34. (unregistered)


ya number 23 america isnt the most polluted country its asia...i mean they have to shut down half the city over there when the olyimpics are goin so people with asthma can actually compete haha they def didnt do that over here

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