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Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers

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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.

iPhone browser - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers
iPhone browser - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers
iPhone browser - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers
iPhone browser - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers

iPhone browser


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

LG Dare browser


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

LG Vu browser


Samsung Instinct browser - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers
Samsung Instinct browser - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers

Samsung Instinct browser


Web browser - Touchscreen phone comparison Q3 - U.S. carriers

Web browser

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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