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LG Dare VX9700 review

6.9/10 AVG.
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6.9/10
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The LG Dare VX9700 currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 143 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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. An integrated light sensor automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness based on external light levels.

The Dare offers a wonderful minimalist design, with only three physical buttons on the front of the phone for “send”, “clear/voice command” and “end/power”.

The main menu is a simple and easy-to-use collection of colorful icons. From this position users can get launch applications or dive into menus for other tasks. Either way the interface is very intuitive and thoughtful.

One concern is that when a phone relies entirely on its touchscreen, sensitivity and responsiveness become an important concern. You may want to play with a Dare before making a decision as it does not function with the same smoothness as an iPhone.

Among the Dare’s exceptional features are a 3.2MP camera with slow-motion video, customizable interface, built-in accelerometer and a 3.5mm headset jack.

The Dare offers 275.4MB of internal memory and is microSD expandable. It is rated at 4.7 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time.

The Dare is a compelling phone that has received a considerable amount of attention. It will definitely come down to your feelings regarding its touch interface and how comfortable you feel interacting with it.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
3"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


MobileBurn

While the LG Dare has some tough competition in the all-touchscreen multimedia division, it's one of few such options for those reliant on CDMA technology, and I'm pleased to report that it doesn't disappoint. The user interface is very friendly and visually appealing, the music player is an absolut...

- Ricky Cadden, MobileBurn


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LG released the Dare VX9700 on June 11, 2008.


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LG backs up the Dare VX9700 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3"

The LG Dare VX9700's screen size is 3 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
148 MB

Internal memory is 148 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1100 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.

Dare VX9700 Specs

Overview
Release date June 11, 2008
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 148 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.95 W/kg
Body: 0.64 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Colors Black with silver accents
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.4 x 5.6 x 1.3 cm (4.1 x 2.2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 107 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Screensavers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact 5 numbers, Email address
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols Webmail
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Face detection, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels), 120 fps, up to 60 minutes
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG Dare, LG VX9700

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Critic Reviews


MobileBurn

Feature set stands strong against even the most high-end smartphones

from MobileBurn

While the LG Dare has some tough competition in the all-touchscreen multimedia division, it's one of few such options for those reliant on CDMA technology, and I'm pleased to report that it doesn't disappoint. The user interface is very friendly and visually appealing, the music player is an abso...More

While the LG Dare has some tough competition in the all-touchscreen multimedia division, it's one of few such options for those reliant on CDMA technology, and I'm pleased to report that it doesn't disappoint. The user interface is very friendly and visually appealing, the music player is an absolute pleasure to use, and the feature set stands strong against even the most high-end smartphones. The battery life is plenty long enough, and the LG Dare's touchscreen is pleasantly responsive. However, there are a few inconsistencies in the interface, and the lack of included PIM synchronization software is an issue for me. Regardless, I had an incredibly fun time with the LG Dare, and was sad to see it leave, resulting in a 'Highly Recommended' rating from MobileBurn.com

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User Reviews


Amazon

Worst Phone EEEVVVVEEEERRRR

from Amazon
This is the worst phone in the history of the world. The battery won't charge the messaging is terrible battery lasts 2 hours and here is how i scale it- Battery life: 0/10 Failure Messaging: 1/10 Terrible Sound: 4/10 Not very good Call clarity: 3/10 Very bad Touch screen: 5/10 O.K. Camera: 8/10 Very good (only good thing)
This is the worst phone in the history of the world. The battery won't charge the messaging is terrible battery lasts 2 hours and here is how i scale it- Battery life: 0/10 Failure Messaging: 1/10 Terrible Sound: 4/10 Not very good Call clarity: 3/10 Very bad Touch screen: 5/10 O.K. Camera: 8/10 Very good (only good thing) Less
Amazon

Decent phone, but unhappy with its touch screen...

from Amazon
I purchased the LG Dare a year and a half ago, and the phone has lasted longer than I expected. Besides a few minor scratches on the screen, the phone is in pretty decent condition. This was my first completely touch screen phone, and I am pretty dissatisfied. It does not have a good touch screen...More
I purchased the LG Dare a year and a half ago, and the phone has lasted longer than I expected. Besides a few minor scratches on the screen, the phone is in pretty decent condition. This was my first completely touch screen phone, and I am pretty dissatisfied. It does not have a good touch screen response. It freezes and usually takes a longer time than other touch screen phones to open various menus. The phone fits well in your hand, but the screen size is too small to be a touch screen. My biggest complaint has to be texting. It is horrible to text with this phone in my opinion. The QWERTY virtual keyboard is too small and I barely use it because of the higher risk of typing errors (and I have really small hands!) The camera was alright. Nothing special. I usually use the phone for mostly web browsing, checking emails, phone calls, and texting. It's kinda like a very simple smartphone. The good news is that the phone quality and the battery life are great. I don't have many dropped calls..maybe once or twice. I am due for an upgrade and looking at the Droid 2 with it's physical keyboard or the HTC Incredible. Definitely, a leap from the lg dare. Both phones include touch screens, but there is the swype function now available, which I've heard is SO much better, faster, and easier to text with accuracy. Overall, the LG Dare offers a little more than the average multimedia phones by Verizon. However, I would not recommend this phone to anyone. Less

Meh

I had the LG dare for about 11 months, but throughout the year, when I scrolled through the texts the phone would short out and turn off. I sent it into the phone company to get fix, and when I got it back the problem still persisted. There are ALOT of problems and bugs with this phone, which makes it...More
I had the LG dare for about 11 months, but throughout the year, when I scrolled through the texts the phone would short out and turn off. I sent it into the phone company to get fix, and when I got it back the problem still persisted. There are ALOT of problems and bugs with this phone, which makes it very fustrating to use, especially when you type a message with more that 200 hundred characters there is a huge lag. The touch screen is alright, but with so many other touch options I would no recommend the screen. Overall I was not impressed and unfortuantly I have this phone for another two years, that is if it lasts that long... Less
Amazon

good touch phone

from Amazon
This was my first touch phone. I got it 2 years ago. ever since than it has been a good phone. I would recommend getting a HARD cover and a screen protector. I love what you can do with this phone. the camera is good. though you can't really get apps but other than that it is very good phone. PARENTS...More
This was my first touch phone. I got it 2 years ago. ever since than it has been a good phone. I would recommend getting a HARD cover and a screen protector. I love what you can do with this phone. the camera is good. though you can't really get apps but other than that it is very good phone. PARENTS: you can lock the phone and chose who your children talk to through the phone and not have to deal with the company. Less
Amazon

Good phone, but only lasted 10 months

from Amazon
The phone has a lot of features. Cool looking, cool touching screen, cool qwerty keyboard when you hold it horizontally, good voice calling features, easy to use, good quality calls. We love this phone when we just got it. We could install flash games on it. HOWEVER, after 10 months of smoothly worki...More
The phone has a lot of features. Cool looking, cool touching screen, cool qwerty keyboard when you hold it horizontally, good voice calling features, easy to use, good quality calls. We love this phone when we just got it. We could install flash games on it. HOWEVER, after 10 months of smoothly working, the screen started to crack for no reason. The cracks would spread over time until the screen was totally black (probably 2days-1week). My husband also had the same phone. Mine started to break first, and I thought maybe my phone just one in a million that broke. Then a month later, my husband's one broke too. It is too much of a coincidence. We were quite careful with it, we have cover on it, rarely dropped it.... I still do not know why it cracked. So if you like to change your phone every year, it might be fun to try this one out, it can rival iphone anytime (not as chunky, camera with higher pixel etc.). For me, it is not good enough because it doesnt last for the 2yr service i have to stick with. Less
Amazon

Don't get this phone

from Amazon
I'm on my 5th phone this year. The problems I've had have been with the touch screen on one, the camera on the the second, the blue tooth on the third and the memory card door was broken on the 4th. Verizon just keeps giving me their remanufactured junk and will not allow me to switch to another model....More
I'm on my 5th phone this year. The problems I've had have been with the touch screen on one, the camera on the the second, the blue tooth on the third and the memory card door was broken on the 4th. Verizon just keeps giving me their remanufactured junk and will not allow me to switch to another model. So, guess what, when my contact is done next August, we are moving to ATT or one of the other companies. Oh yeah, they do not respond to your emails either !!! Less
Amazon

No iphone but great anyway

from Amazon
This phone is no iphone but it is great for those of us who can't afford an iphone but still want something cool. The touchscreen is nice and responsive. Overall good choice. (The reviewer was compensated for posting this review. However, the opinion stated in the review is that of the reviewer and...More
This phone is no iphone but it is great for those of us who can't afford an iphone but still want something cool. The touchscreen is nice and responsive. Overall good choice. (The reviewer was compensated for posting this review. However, the opinion stated in the review is that of the reviewer and the reviewer alone. Further, the reviewer independently selected this product to review and has no affiliation with the product maker/distributor, Amazon or the review requester.) Less
Amazon

long-lasting quality phone

from Amazon
I have had the LG Dare for almost 2 years now and I have virtually no complaints. I have never needed to replace it and I intend to keep it for awhile longer, seeing as technologically it's still up there with newer phones. Call quality is good, but who uses phones for just calls anymore? Battery lif...More
I have had the LG Dare for almost 2 years now and I have virtually no complaints. I have never needed to replace it and I intend to keep it for awhile longer, seeing as technologically it's still up there with newer phones. Call quality is good, but who uses phones for just calls anymore? Battery life is pretty good, compared to past phones I've had. This phone is also the perfect size. The screen is large enough to text efficiently with little scrolling and to perform simple internet functions, but the phone is not so large that it is bulky. It is small enough that it comfortably slides in and out of my pocket. The touch screen is fantastic and the functions are very intuitive. The "favorites" function is especially useful. I keep 9 of my most called friends under the favorites button so that I can reach them very quickly without hassle. You can even add a picture for each person and press their face to call them. Another useful feature is being able to drag icons right to your "desktop." For example, I commonly use a calculator and calendar, so I set them up so that they are accessible right from the home screen. The quality of the camera is great, especially for a phone. The pictures it takes are just as good as my boyfriend's digital camera. When texting, you have the option of using the traditional number pad or the QWERTY key pad. I have no problems with the QWERTY. There was a small initial learning curve (although I'd never had an on-phone QWERTY before) but I quickly was able to type out full text messages with few errors. There is also an option to use the touch screen to draw letters with your finger instead of normal typing, and although it's a cool feature I don't know why anyone would use it. I also use my phone to check e-mail, Facebook, etc. The screen is a bit small for extensive internet browsing, but works perfectly fine for sites that are already set up for mobile devices (like Facebook). The internet can also be a bit slow at times, but nothing unreasonable. The complaints I do have are that on occasion it has "unlocked" and dialed someone from my pocket. This is the downside to the unlock button being located on the touch screen. On occasion it also works a bit slowly, taking a moment to respond to something I press. Neither of these issues have been a huge problem. One problem with the camera is that the shutter time is very slow and I've gotten a lot of blurry images. But like I said, the picture quality is very good when you hold the phone still until it takes the picture. Overall, I think this is a great phone and a perfectly reasonable alternative to more expensive smart phones. (The reviewer was compensated for posting this review. However, the opinion stated in the review is that of the reviewer and the reviewer alone. Further, the reviewer independently selected this product to review and has no affiliation with the product maker/distributor, Amazon or the review requester.) Less
Amazon

Great! Wonderful battery life!

from Amazon
I've had the LG Dare for nearly a 1 1/2 years now, and it still seems like it's brand new and right up there with the new phones! It has an amazing camera - better than my old digital camera. The videos are very nice too, but you can't send videos in the highest resolution. At first, the QWERTY keyboa...More
I've had the LG Dare for nearly a 1 1/2 years now, and it still seems like it's brand new and right up there with the new phones! It has an amazing camera - better than my old digital camera. The videos are very nice too, but you can't send videos in the highest resolution. At first, the QWERTY keyboard took some getting used to..but with practice, I have now mastered texting and constantly text all my friends. The visual keyboard and a regular keyboard are hardly different! Everything is very easy-to-navigate and user-friendly. I have yet to try out the mp3 player program.. PROS: Great keyboard! Very responsive touchscreen Outstanding camera Amazing battery life Sleek design Very durable Nice recording system CONS: Sometimes I'm sent back to the home part when I'm taking a pic Less

Lucky I Guess

So far so good. I have had this phone since last summer ( I was skeptical at first). Battery life is fantastic, great service, tons of storage. The audio on video playback is poor but that's it. Love it.

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