"One of the best touchscreen phones available!!!"4.5 starson by techgeekdude
Pros: * Very responsive scrolling and moving from screen to screen
* Screen is very colorful
* Feature rich and very customizable
* Comfortable to hold
* Adequate speaker for casual listening of tunes/vm
* Clear calls
* Great battery life
Cons: * A bit of a learning curve for those who haven't used a touchscreen before
* Menus aren't intuitive; no spellcheck when texting
* Can't download 3rd party apps (then again, this isn't a smartphone)
* Flimsy covers for the ports
Summary: I've used the Dare for 3 months and I have to say that it's one of the most reliable phones I've ever used. Previously, I've used a Treo, various Blackberrys and the iPhone. At my company, we have the option of getting an iPhone or a Blackberry, and 90% of the company chose the Blackberry. So I carry the Blackberry Curve and the Dare. One thing I suggest is you check to make sure the Dare firmware is V05, and if not, go to a VZW store to get it updated. It makes the screen more responsive and the browser easier to use. Don't forget to get a screen protector as well...the screen is plastic and you don't want stuff banging into it too often.
I've read some of the reviews here, and the #1 complaint i see is that you can't text as fast with the Dare. That's not really the Dare's fault. In fact, that's generally the case with touchscreens, and my advice is if you're a heavy texter, go the qwerty keyboard route. I find the Dare touchscreen keyboard better for me than the iPhone keyboard but that's me.
In general, the phone makes clear calls, and the speaker is adequate for calls and for listening to music. Compared to the iPhone and iPod Touch, the Dare speaker is actually better...not stereo better, but you can leave it on your desk while playing your tunes.
Moving from menu to menu takes a little getting used to since it's not the most intuitive, but you do get used to it after a day or two. The camera which is supposed to be the big selling point is kind of iffy for me since you have to press down twice to take the picture. Press too hard and you end up in video mode.
Browsing the web is good for what it is. I've found it responsive and it comes in more handy than the browser on my Blackberry. For those with big fingers, you can use a stylus to access links.
Uploading photos, videos and music is a simple and straightforward, but make sure you get an SD card. Install the driver that VZW provides, plug in the USB cable and connect to your computer, and it automatically shows up as a drive on your computer. Then all you have to do is drag your files over the appropriate folder. One thing that would be nice is for more 3rd party apps like on the iPhone. For now, you have to buy everything through VZW which isn't cheap.
All in all, the Dare is a great phone, but try it out in the store before you buy. The iPhone is a smartphone and the Dare is a featurephone...different classes of phone so people should keep expectations in check. The iPhone is great for downloading apps and I know it's the hottest thing right notw, but the Dare is an excellent phone if you want an affordable, yet stylish phone. Keep in mind, a smartphone isn't exactly cheap when you consider the phone plan and the data plan which can easily run more than $100 a month. A featurephone is more phone with Internet which makes it a little more manageable. Just make sure you know what you want and need.