You may have seen my semi-rant posts on my Samsung FlipShot. The main reason I got the phone was the camera which turned out to be iffy at best. The killing factor on the phone was it’s refusal to accept incoming calls about 80% of the time. It would send the calls to voice mail before I could get the darn thing open. Made me crazy.(crazier probably) After nearly a year of complaining to Verizon and one replacement of the phone for the same model, Verizon came through and said they would replace the phone for me with a different model. (In fairness to Verizon, their customer support people were always friendly, courteous and very pleasant to deal with under trying circumstances.)
My replacement was the LG Dare. It has a better camera and it really does a nice job with the photos. The Touch Screen is terrific. It has tactile feedback which lets you know it really did feel your command. (I go all the way back to the original HP PC touch screens in the mid 80’s which were cool but you never knew for sure if your touch was registered.)
There is a standard headphone jack which would seem to be a no brainer but first phone I have had that has one. I hooked up my pc stereo speakers to my phone and was knocked over by how good the music sounded.
It was a piece of cake moving the photos off of the phone to my pc and moving mp3s over to the phone. LG included the cable to connect to the usb port of the computer which was a $20.00 extra from Samsung.
A good review of the phone is at Cnet.
There is also a video of the phone at YouTube.
Overall, I LOVE THIS PHONE! It actually accepts calls and gives me time to answer them. Data, music and photos transfer easily. The photos are terrific.
The specs are below, if you don’t want an iPhone then look at this baby because it is SWEET.
Manufacturer:LG Electronics U.S.A. Part Number:DARELGBLKVZW General
Cellular technology CDMA2000 1X Band / mode CDMA2000 1X 1900/800 Weight 3.76 oz Wireless Interface Bluetooth (A2DP) Combined with With digital camera / digital player Phone
Service provider Verizon
Wireless Vibrating Alert Yes
Voice Recorder Yes
Polyphonic Ringer Yes
Alarm Clock Yes
Additional Features Handwriting recognition,
Touch-screen Digital Camera Camera highlights With a resolution of 3.2 megapixels, this camera phone will give you better pictures than other phones. Still image resolution 640 x 480 Messaging
Voice Mail Capability Yes
Short Messaging Service (SMS) Yes
Internet Browser Yes
Messaging / Data Features Text messages 3G Services / Included Services VCAST, VZ Navigator Digital Player / Recorder
Digital player supported digital audio standards MP3, AAC Digital player/recorder type Digital player Display
Display Type LCD display
Display technology TFT Display Resolution 240 x 400 pixels Color Support Color Color Depth 18-bit (262000 Colors) Power
Talk time Up to 280 min
Audible Battery Alert Yes
Cellular Phone style Candy bar Automatic Redial Yes
Call Divert Yes
Call Barring Yes
Call Timer Yes
Caller ID Yes
Call Waiting Yes
Volume Control Yes
Ringer Control Yes
Conference Call Capability Yes
Computer Link Yes
Height 4.1 in Antenna Integrated Warranty
Service & support type 1 year limited warranty
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