LG Dare – Balanced Review

First, I really do like the LG Dare. It has had some quirks as the software is upgraded, but getting the latest software from a Verizon store will fix a lot of those problems.  Until I just got my phone updated it was restarting randomly and did not always connect when on the internet.  Since the upgrade this has not been a problem. LG Cell phone Reviews

Second, the camera on the LG Dare is really good.  It is not as good as having a digital camera with you, but it is a phone after all.  I actually went on vacation to Chicago last year and forgot my camera at home.  I thought I might as well use my phone to try and capture some of the time there.  When I got back I was really impressed with the picture quality!  Like I said, not like I had a stand-alone camera, but they were good pictures.

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Third, I really do not like how there are not any free apps for this phone.  You pretty much have to pay Verizon for everything.  This really stinks, and I wish it was not this way.  I am forced to use the VZ Navigator, which pisses me off because there is a GPS on the phone.  I wish Google Maps, or something like that, would work with the built in GPS. LG-Dare info

Fourth, the music player is actually pretty good.  You can use Windows Media Player to put the songs on your phone and it works great.  I use it in my truck if I forget my iPod.  It is a good back-up.  Unfortunately you cannot put any iTunes on there, but you can’t put them on any other mp3 player that I can think of either.  It is really easy to sync with WMP.

Fifth, the call quality is pretty good.  I can say that it is not the best in the world, but not the worst either.  I really do not get many dropped calls.  That being said, I am in the middle of a city, so I wouldn’t expect any phone to have a lot of dropped calls.

Sixth, the internet actually works pretty well.  It is decently fast.  I wish that it had a flash player so I could view normal YouTube, but I guess mobile is alright.  Maybe this will come in an update.  I can get to most pages that I want to view and they render pretty well.

Seventh, the touch screen is pretty responsive.  It does take a little getting used to.  It would be nice to be able to use more than one finger at once.  You really do need to calibrate it with a stylus to get it working well, but after that it is not bad.

Bottom Line:  I think the LG Dare is a good all around phone.  The camera is really nice and a good back-up. LG Dare is not a smart phone, so don’t expect it to sync with your home computer.  I think you can pay Verizon some more money a month if you want to do this, but I don’t.  It works pretty well to get emails with their mobile email service, but can be annoying when you get a message because it interrupts whatever else you were doing.  I am overall happy about this phone and plan to keep it.  For a basic multimedia phone I would recommend it.

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4 thoughts on “LG Dare – Balanced Review”

  1. Overall good phone, have been using it for two months. My two issues so far are:

    1. My music tracks seem to be limited to 60 minutes. This is a bummer for longer podcasts or audio books.

    2. I wish I could zoom with the point-and-shoot camera.

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