Summary: The LG Dare is an innovative and feature-rich handset, with several surprises that set it apart from other touch-screen phones.
Pros: The LG Dare has an intuitive touch-screen interface, an advanced 3.2-megapixel camera, a full HTML browser, EV-DO Rev. A, and plenty of other powerful features. It also has excellent call quality.
Cons: The LG Dare's touch interface has a slight learning curve, and we weren't too pleased with the handwriting interface. Also, the Web browsing experience was quite disappointing.
Conclusion: Yes, it's no iPhone, but the Dare is a very good phone with strong reception, pleasing voice quality and a great collection of multimedia features. We love the 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, and Rhapsody's large selection of DRM-free music competes strongly with iTunes (if you use the more frugal desktop download option). The Dare makes a good MP3 player replacement thanks to good audio quality and its background playback capability.
Excerpt: Verizon has just launched the LG Dare VX9700, and Verizon sent us a unit to show you. Read more for a complete unboxing, and initial impressions. The LG Dare arrived in a standard Verizon box. Nothing special there… However, when you open up the box, one thing stands out (aside from how much the Dare looks like an iPhone). There’s no AC adapter! Instead, the phone comes with a USB charging adapter, and USB cable.
Conclusion: It is not difficult to see that the LG Dare will probably be the most popular device for Verizon this year, as it has almost all of the features you could want packaged into one slim and attractive phone. The large 3” touchscreen sets it apart from the Voyage and Glyde, with a more robust and easier to use interface.
Pros: Large 3” touch-sensitive display with interactive user interface, Light sensor, proximity sensor, and accelerometer, High quality 3.2MP camera with Schneider Kreuznach lens, HTML Browser, Music multitasking, 3.5mm headset jack, Signal Reception
Cons: Voice quality not as good as other devices, Ticking sound heard in the background while on calls, Lacks MobileTV
Excerpt: The LG Dare is a streamlined touch screen device with a robust user interface. It is a sleek, non-smartphone alternative that relies solely on its interface rather than a slide-out Qwerty or other such secondary input method. The outer shell is comprised of black plastic and chrome accents. The front of the phone is dominated by a large, three inch display (measured diagonally), offering an impressive 240 x 400 pixel resolution, supporting up to 262K colors.
Verizon's LG Dare Full Review (Verdict: Best iClone Yet)
1 July 2008
Excerpt: “Dare to be different,” the saying goes, but the LG Dare is really Verizon Wireless’s attempt to fit in, to offer a phone that’s more like the AT&T LG Vu and Sprint Samsung Instinct , not to mention Apple’s similarly priced iPhone 3G. The truth is, the Dare may not be as glamorous or well-priced as the Instinct, but it has a better browser, a motion sensor and some cool software tricks that make it a fine phone for people who choose to remain in Verizon’s walled garden.