LG Dare Review
posted by PhoneArena Team / Jul 03, 2008, 11:14 AM
This is a CDMA phone offered with Verizon.Introduction:
The Dare isn’t necessarily an upgrade to the Voyager, as both are targeted to different consumers. Unlike the Voyager, which has a large clamshell design with dual displays, mechanical QWERTY keyboard, 2MP Camera, and Mobile TV service, the Dare is much sleeker and sexier, with only one display, more robust user interface, multitasking, and 3.2MP Camera. It also comes on the heals of the release of the Samsung Glyde, which didn’t do so well under our testing last month. Not only is the Dare competing against those devices, but also with the Samsung Instinct for Sprint and Apple’s upcoming iPhone 3G for AT&T. The true winner here is the consumer, as they now have several options to choose from, with each new device trying to out-do the other.
The Retail Package includes the LG Dare phone, 1100mAh battery with cover, music management CD, and user manual. Instead of a standard wall charger, now included a new modular unit that plugs into the wall, but the cord can be disconnected, which turns it into a USB cable for PC connectivity. This is an interesting concept, but if you lose the USB cable, you can no longer use the wall plug unless you buy a new cable.
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The Dare is a slim and attractive candybar style phone, as it does not flip or slide open in any way, and is constructed mostly out of black plastic with chrome accents. The front is a fingerprint magnet, as one would expect, but the back features the same soft-touch coating that is used on the Voyager. Overall, the device it seems durable, with the exception of the rear battery cover, which is feels flimsy once removed. When holding onto the phone, it feels smaller and less cumbersome than the Voyager, and is also less noticeable and brick-like when placed in your pant’s pocket. This is a welcome change.
pixel count and color depth. There is also a proximity sensory that will turn the display off if the phone is next to your face while you’re on a call.
The only physical buttons located on the front are for Send, Clear/VoiceCommand, and End/Power. They have a classy look to them, with shiny chrome and white backlighting. Along the left side are the lock and speakerphone buttons, microSDHC memory card slot and microUSB data port, and on the right side are the volume rocker and camera button. There is a 3.5mm headset jack on the top, and the 3.2MP camera and flash are on the back.
No mention of the touchscreen's subpar performance? It is unresponsive at times, which especially makes messaging cumbersome. When using it I will touch the screen and it will vibrate and make a sound, but the action won't be taken. It only happens 10% of the time, but it is enough to frustrate you. My sister has the Venus and her touchpad does the same thing, which leads me to believe there is an underlying issue with LG's touch technology. Its annoying when navigating the menus, but it is utterly infuriating when trying to type messages and keypresses are missed despite feedback being given! Even if everything else was perfect (which it is not...very good, but not perfect), with the touchscreen issues alone I could not give this phone more than an 8/10. This phone is going back, I may have to give the Instinct a try or break down for the iPhone 3G.
posted on Oct 20, 2010, 1:55 AM 0
0.5s doesnt sound like much, but i doubt my fingers are on the keyboard for even 0.25s when typing. a minimum threefold decrease in efficiency to make the screen work as it should is unacceptable. try the instinct, itll accurately keep up with even the fastest typers
posted on Jul 03, 2008, 2:39 PM 0
im curious to see how this touch screen responds in person. very few people have complained about its responsiveness but im sure ill become one of them based on how picky i am. i think it just takes some getting used to before you should return the device. i know people that hated the iphone when they first got it and now they cant put it down (i mention that b/c i think the iphone has a great touch screen response). the learning curve should kick in soon and you'll be typing fast again. if not...just return it, buy a real qwerty phone, and wait until technology catches up so that touch screens are more bearable.
posted on Jul 03, 2008, 3:57 PM 0
I also calibrated mine with a stylus and have had none of the touchscreen problems described by Chocolategirl... i've texted my face off, set up mobile e-mail and surfed the net alot and have had touch problems less than 1% of the time, and those extremly rare issues only happened for the first day or so as i was getting used to my first touch screen phone...glad she managed to get that I-Phone plug in though, wouldn't be a good thread around here without it also, when the reviewer mentioned his dissapointment that Mobile e-mail didn't offer Corporate capabilities he apparrently didn't browse the phone applications for "remote Sync" which allows you to recieve corp e-mail on the Dare
posted on Jul 04, 2008, 9:00 AM 0
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I'm interested in getting the Dare. I've heard that it's a good thing to calibrate it with a stylus for better touchscreen accuracy...but do you HAVE to use it with a stylus or can you still use your finger or thumb and get accurate results? Thanks!
posted on Jul 10, 2008, 7:14 PM 0
Yeah, if it vibrated like it registered the touch but nothing showed up, that means you missed the button. Trust me, I've tested the hell out of that theory. If you hit the button on the side of the key, chances are as your finger pulls up, the last past that gets registered is an area outside of the button. Therefore, it acknowledges that you touched the screen, but since at the last moment you finger was no longer in the button, it do do what you though it would. This can vary a lot depending on your calibration. So try recalibrating and test it again.
posted on Aug 17, 2008, 4:24 PM 0
Does this phone have the ability to turn off Vibrate on touch like the Voyager? I wouldn't see a problem with the touchvibe and no response if I turned it off. You'd never notice anything except the fact that you have to touch it again.
posted on Jul 03, 2008, 12:44 PM 0
this faired better then i thought, but people will always complain about the touch technology in phones, there getting better but they wont be perfect for some time, not to mention this isnt a smartphone so it isnt going to have that awesome touch tech seen on smartphones...bet in like a year or 2 the touch screens will be near perfect
posted on Jul 03, 2008, 12:55 PM 0
having a heat sensitive touch screen does not depend on the phone beinng a smartphone or not. Most smartphones have almost dont even have heat sensitive touch. If LG probably can put it in but I think they are too sprung on the haptic feedack thing. The original chcolate was heat sensitive, and it wasn't a smartphone. I know that they are two different types of technology but I don't think that heat sensitive touch screen and heat sensitive keypad are too far off from each other.
posted on Jul 03, 2008, 5:12 PM 0
THE PROBLEM WITH HEAT SENSITIVE KEYS AND SCREENS IS THAT THEY LOSE CALIBRARTION WHEN DROPPED FROM ANY HEIGHT. AFTER HAVING TALKED TO MY MANAGER, THE DARE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A TOUCH SENSITIVE SCREEN AS OPPOSED TO A HEAT SENSITIVE SCREEN LIKE THE GLYDE. HOWEVER, LIKE ANY TOUCH SCREEN, PDA OR NON, ANY CRACK AND THE SCREEN CAN BECOME USELESS. THE SITES I'VE CHECKED FOR RESEARCH ARE GIVING NOTHING BUT RAVE REVIEWS WITH THE OCCASIONAL VERIZON BASHER. AND YES, THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE THE WORST RATINGS ARE USUALLY TRYING TO GET PEOPLE AWAY FROM WHATEVER COMPANY THEY DON'T LIKE. THE ONLY THING I CAN RECOMMEND IS GOING INTO A STORE AND TRYING ONE OUT. THATS WHY THEY HAVE DISPLAY MODELS.
posted on Jul 03, 2008, 6:16 PM 0
Only if it comes with Mobile TV, it'll be more desirable. I can trade Verizon network and employee pricing over the iPhone (although I covet the iPhone). As of now...I think I am sticking with the Voyager for its Mobile TV, QWERTY keyboards, and nice speakers. Oh well...there's always something better come out next month...and if you keep waiting for the better...you'll never be satisfy....just enjoy the one today.
posted on Jul 03, 2008, 2:08 PM 0
"just enjoy the one today" you couldnt have said it any better. i think everyone perusing these sites are obsessed with trying get the best phone that money can buy. in reality, once you get a device and become accustomed to it, you end up loving it. so do what 8lias said...just choose one and enjoy. im completely obsessed with tryin to decide between phones at the moment and im about sick of it. i almost want to buy the zach morris phone and call it quits, lol.
posted on Jul 03, 2008, 3:51 PM 0
I agree to an extent. My last phone purchase was the original Chocolate. It was so horrible I reactivated the previous phone I had only a year into my 2 yr plan. I decided to do more research before I buy next time, which is why I'm here. I have a month left before I can use my new every 2, and am leaning towards the Dare. If the rumors are true and it's out within the next few months, I'll probably be going with the touch diamond. It's always a good thing to stay informed on your purchases.
posted on Jul 03, 2008, 4:28 PM 0
agreed on being informed and well researched.....it's lucky to be me...i can purchase a new phone whenever and however many i want...no contract whatsoever...except we can't get them until a month later after it released...the Diamond looks great....but have you heard of the Diamond 2?...haha...teasing....
posted on Jul 03, 2008, 4:43 PM 0
i can get a new phone whenever, however many i want, and get them as soon as they are released in stores. i pay retail, but with 3k min, unlimited txt/pix vz nav and half off vcast and downloads, for about $20/month, they pay for themselves :)
posted on Jul 07, 2008, 12:18 PM 0
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- Display 3.0" 240 x 400 pixels
- Camera 3.2 MP
- Battery 1100 mAh(4.66h talk time)