"Good phone with a few quirks."3.0 starson by dliguori25
Pros: Great display, lots of usable features. Compact phone considering all the features. Camera is quite nice! Ignore the posts about a learning curve - there is one but who cares, you'll have this phone for a while so it's a non-issue.
Cons: Touch screen is too small and texting can be frustrating. Web browsing could be better but it could also be a lot worse. Overall, the touch screen doesn't lend itself to easy browsing or scrolling in any screen (text, web, email all suffer).
Summary: For starters, I have owned this phone for about a month now. I do not own an Iphone and I'm not speaking with any bias towards any phone. I may make a reference to the iphone or ipod touch but that's simply because it's the competitor so it's makes sence to compare the two.
Most of what I'm going to say has already been said, but I'll say it anyways. There are a lot of things I love about this phone and just a few that I hate. And I hate them with passion.
Camera - The screen is awesome and I'm very happy with the camera picture quality. I'm able to take pictures that I would actually keep. The camera does have a down side which is that several of it's many settings are not stored permanently. If I set it to "flash on" it will only keep this setting while I'm in camera mode. If I exit and come back to the camera I have to change the setting again. This is an annoyance but I assume issues like this will be easily fixed with the next software update. Also, while I complain that the functions don't save this is also a statement that there are a lot of great functions incorporated into the camera! It's better than any other camera phone I've checked out!
Sound Quality - Call quality is good and I must say the speaker phone works better than any prior cell phone I've owned (which isn't many because I keep the same phone until it breaks). One note on the speaker phone - after you hit the button it takes about 2 seconds to activate - until I figured this out I had several, "hello, hello, hello," "can you hear me?" "Yeah, didn't you hear me say hello?" conversations. Not a big deal once you figure out that you have to give it a second.
Email - It's a breeze. Hit a couple icons and you're in business. One downside is that scrolling in email requires repeatedly hitting the down arrow. You can't slide the slider or the page to move it. You can't even press and hold the down arrow; you have to keep hitting it over and over. This is no small issue - It's a pretty big inconvenience all things concidered.
Internet - Well here's another one that could be better but at the same time, it's not terrible. My biggest complaint about internet use is that the links are extremely difficult to click on. For some links I have to zoom in just to hit the button and then zoom back out to view the entire width of the page. Compared to my ipod touch the zooming and navigation features are pretty bad on the Dare. However, it is pretty fast to connect and load pages. Also, on any cell phone I'm not going online to dick around, I use it to get sports updates and other quick reference information. I'm not shopping on my phone so the web browsing can be substandard and still get the job done.
Texting - Well, I have mixed feelings because my old phone was a total piece of garbage so compared to it the texting is great. The predictive text function in standard mode is pretty cool, however it's not available when you switch to the quarty keyboard. Also, the text message function has NO SPELL CHECK in either keyboard mode. The buttons are small enough that it's easy to hit the wrong letter so a spell check or predictive text would help a lot.
My final note is on the touch screen in general. Frankly it sort of sucks for one major reason. It requires both a significant amount of pressure and you sometimes have to keep that pressure for a second before it registers. I will be typing a text message and even though I hit a letter (which it both highlighted and gave me tactile feedback on) the letter doesn't register in my text. What is the point of having tactile feedback and letter highlight if neither thing is a signal that the letter registered. This is extremely annoying because as I said the text message function has no spell check so misspelled words have to be corrected by hand which quickly destroys the convenience of the querty keyboard. If I have to scoll back and correct every other word then I might as well use the non-querty key pad in predictive text. This is a real shame because it's a waste to have a querty keypad that actually takes more effort to use than it's 10 key counterpart.
So there you go - I really like the phone but the things I don't like really bug me. If they made the touchscreen more sensetive it would be nearly perfect. Add a spell check function, predicitive text while in querty mode, and make clicking web links easier I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The tactile and visual feedback should ONLY be given when there is a possitive key stroke! There IS a learning curve but that's not the real issue. The issue is that the touch screen itself is not nearly as convenient as an iphone or my ipod touch. If you've used either of them you know how easy they are to manipulate the screen to do exactly what your hands naturally want to do in order to navigate. With the dare you won't be flicking or pinching the screen... just lots of tapping.