Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers

Web Browsing:

Not only did the iPhone revolutionize mobile multimedia, it took mobile browsing to a whole new level. Mobile Safari set a new standard for browsing, and Apple’s implementation of multi-touch made it downright enjoyable. It’s as great as ever on the 3G, and only Opera Mobile 9.5 has given it true competition.

The Dare and Instinct both feature “full” HTML browsers, but neither can really compare to the iPhone experience. It’s true, they do render HTML pages just like you would see on your computer screen, but they are not nearly as smooth as the iPhone and lack of multi-touch makes it an unfair playing field. In terms of rendering the two are nearly identical. The Dare has a full-screen option the Instinct lacks, but the Instinct has easier to navigate controls and a better page overview feature (similar to Opera Mini.) Both run over EVDO Rev. A, but the Dare renders pages significantly quicker than the Instinct. Neither phone has a great browser, but they are both acceptable.

The Vu also has an HTML browser, but we got an error message when trying to load our homepage. After several attempts we were finally able to get it running, but it was slow, did not render properly and was generally unusable.





We ran several 1MB speed test on all four phones using dslreports.com/mspeedtest. All four phones were in 3G coverage, with strong signal. The iPhone recorded the highest single test speed, at 640 kbit/s, but its test average was 300 kbit/s. The Instinct was the fastest overall, averaging around 360 kbit/s with the Dare just behind it at 340. The Vu was the slowest, averaging around 220 kbit/s.
The iPhone of course supports Wi-Fi as well, which earns it some brownie points. Wi-Fi hotspots are rapidly growing, especially with AT&T and Starbuck’s agreement, but while it may work fine in your home or at the coffee shop, it does not afford you the true widespread high-speed data 3G does, especially on the CDMA providers.

Rating: iPhone 5, Dare 3.5, Instinct 3.5, Vu 2


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174 Comments

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.

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

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..

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.

41. unregistered

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

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

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.....

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

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.

117. unregistered

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

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.

173. soundofclocks

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 17, 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.

174. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

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.

27. unregistered

indeed. my thoughts exactly...

36. unregistered

Cause the dare sucks

42. unregistered

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

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....

98. LessthanZach

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 29, 2008

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

132. unregistered

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

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.

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.

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.

9. unregistered

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

10. unregistered

Just another example of American education.

14. motoman117

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 22, 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?

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

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

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...

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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