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  1. #101
    TurboDiverArt
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    Re: RealTime LG DARE REVIEW

    First off, thanks for the review. I found this to be one of the most informative reviews of the Dare.

    My question revolves around the music player. How is the quality of the MP3? I've seen some reviews say the music controls are poor. I usually such reviews with a grain of salt as the average user never uses most of the controls. My current MP3 player I have on “shuffle repeat” and other than skipping songs I rarely do much more than listen to the music that's randomly selected for me.

    It says it has stereo Bluetooth. Has anyone paired the Dare up to a Bluetooth receiver? My car stereo has Bluetooth audio and I'm interested to know if anyone has paired the Dare up for MP3 playback? Is the quality good?

    Thanks for any real life experiences.
    Art.


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    Re: RealTime LG DARE REVIEW

    I haven't tried a bluetooth link for music... good Idea though.. I didn't even know if it would do that.

    If you have any details as to how to do that ... please post them... I have a jack that will tie into my sound system.. but bluetooth would be much nicer.


    But thats quite comical that Kodak is making a lawsuit... as if they own the camera industry or something? LOL!... maybe kodak should go in the phone business!

    I don't know the details, but whats the difference if a phone does good pictures verses another camera competitor?

    What I like about a phone is that I have it with me everywhere... if kodak wants to turn their cameras into phones, then they can talk.. until then, its not about what Kodak wants that makes the world go round, its what the consumer wants.
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  3. #103
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    Re: RealTime LG DARE REVIEW

    very nice cellphone. i want one in christmas!!!



  4. #104
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    Re: RealTime LG DARE REVIEW

    Another couple of questions.

    Calendar Functions - My assumption is that the calendar function is a full function calendar? Reoccurring events with alarms, snooze functionality, etc?

    Notepad/Memo - Does it have one?

    Synchronization/backup - Can you synchronize/backup the information in the phone to your computer?

    After you have backed up to a computer, can you access the information from your computer? Is there an application that allows access to your contacts from your laptop?

    Data Migration. I have a Palm Treo right now. Will I be able to migrate the contacts, memos and calendar events from my Treo to the Dare? I don't mind exporting to excel or delimited format and then importing to the Dare.

    If you haven't figured it out yet I'm trying to see what functionality if any I'll have to give up moving from my Treo to a Dare. The main reasons I’m looking to upgrade are because of the MP3 player with Blue tooth audio and the camera quality.

    One more about the MP3. Has anyone found a review of the music quality of the Dare? Signal to Noise Ratio, Harmonic Distortion, etc.?

    Thanks in advance,
    Art.



  5. #105
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    Re: RealTime LG DARE REVIEW

    I can't answer all of these because I am not a true geek.. only "geeky" and this phone is one of my many toys.



    Calendar Functions - My assumption is that the calendar function is a full function calendar? Reoccurring events with alarms, snooze functionality, etc?
    You can choose to repeat an event... "Once, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Yearly"
    Yes it has alarms, but no snooze...
    you didn't ask, but the alert times "Before the alarm happens" are as follows.. it goes from "none" to "on time, 5min, 10min, 15min , 1 hour, 1 day or 2 days"

    Notepad/Memo - Does it have one?
    yes it does have one.. but its not attached to any contact or person.. simply a place to jot notes and save each one as a file as sorts.

    Synchronization/backup - Can you synchronize/backup the information in the phone to your computer?

    After you have backed up to a computer, can you access the information from your computer? Is there an application that allows access to your contacts from your laptop?
    It will Sync, but I've never used it.. I think it only works with the software provided "Rhapsody" and its for music. I'm not aware of any sync abilities with contacts etc... as you know, its not a pda "yet" LOL! But since I've not installed "any" of the software.. another will have to answer.

    There is a free backup assistant... it backs up changes to your contacts and keeps them synced with verizons online site. You can go online and browse or change your contacts information and when you either sync manually or let it sync on its own "at a time you set.. like in the middle of the night" it will update then. As with any sync, it normally updates the internet site with the information from your phone.. but if you go online and it sees the most updated change was done with your computer online, then it will update your phone.

    A Very handy tool if you loose your phone, or whenever you upgrade.


    Data Migration. I have a Palm Treo right now. Will I be able to migrate the contacts, memos and calendar events from my Treo to the Dare? I don't mind exporting to excel or delimited format and then importing to the Dare.
    don't know

    If you haven't figured it out yet I'm trying to see what functionality if any I'll have to give up moving from my Treo to a Dare. The main reasons I’m looking to upgrade are because of the MP3 player with Blue tooth audio and the camera quality.
    Don't use my mp3 much... seems the "stereo" phones, or rather phones with "two" physical speakers, sound the best if played through speakers... I haven't tried plugging in a headset etc yet.
    But I do "love" the camera quality... although I would love better and more editing functions... from what I hear, it blows away most other phones.
    The picture quality is indeed stunning and it even looks good on the display.... when you get around to putting it on your computer is when you really see what 3.2mp does for you!
    The panorama function works quite well once you play with it a bit.

    One more about the MP3. Has anyone found a review of the music quality of the Dare? Signal to Noise Ratio, Harmonic Distortion, etc.?
    Don't know
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  6. #106
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    Re: RealTime LG DARE REVIEW

    Quote Originally Posted by TurboDiverArt View Post
    Another couple of questions.

    Calendar Functions - My assumption is that the calendar function is a full function calendar? Reoccurring events with alarms, snooze functionality, etc?

    Notepad/Memo - Does it have one?

    Synchronization/backup - Can you synchronize/backup the information in the phone to your computer?

    After you have backed up to a computer, can you access the information from your computer? Is there an application that allows access to your contacts from your laptop?

    Data Migration. I have a Palm Treo right now. Will I be able to migrate the contacts, memos and calendar events from my Treo to the Dare? I don't mind exporting to excel or delimited format and then importing to the Dare.

    If you haven't figured it out yet I'm trying to see what functionality if any I'll have to give up moving from my Treo to a Dare. The main reasons I’m looking to upgrade are because of the MP3 player with Blue tooth audio and the camera quality.

    One more about the MP3. Has anyone found a review of the music quality of the Dare? Signal to Noise Ratio, Harmonic Distortion, etc.?

    Thanks in advance,
    Art.
    I have a Samsung I760 smartphone now which includes
    Windows Mobile (PDA functions). I have however been
    researching the Dare and thinking about getting one.

    From what I have either researched or found in ‘playing’
    with the Dare at the VZW store, I can tell you briefly that
    you won’t get the same sync-ability that you are able to get
    with your Treo.

    The calendar function is more of a basic one, with event
    name, start time, end time, & occurrence (once, recurring, etc).

    The note function allows you to make any kind of note: account info,
    addresses, numbers, etc. But again, more basic; and in it’s own section,
    rather than ‘attached’ to a contact (say like your bank info, with checking
    and savings acct numbers listed with it).

    As far as syncing & migration, from what I’ve seen without checking out 3rd party stuff, the only syncing you can do is with MP3s…again I haven’t checked out
    any 3rd party stuff.

    On a whole, the Dare, while looking fantastic from a lot of reviews I’ve read…is
    more of a feature phone, than obviously a smartphone/PDA.

    I don’t research the music or camera functions of any cell I’ve ever bought, because I have several dedicated MP3 players and a digital camera. Having
    those features on a cell phone, for me anyways, is icing on the cake.

    MP3-wise, a cell does interest me more from the standpoint of customizing my
    own ringtones. Camera-wise, from what I’ve read, the Dare has the BEST camera in ANY phone on the US market right now…hands down.

    If you don’t already use Product reviews and prices, software downloads, and tech news - CNET, there are some very informative reviews,
    Including those by users…a lot going over the same issues you are interested in.

    While I don’t use the PDA side of my Samsung as much any more, I would still consider using that for the types of things you’re interested in, even if the phone isn’t active; as it will still do the syncing, data, etc. It just depends on what your most important needs are, and what you would gain vs. what you would lose…and if you want to rely on only one dedicated unit, as opposed to carrying
    a couple, based on when and where you need a certain functionality.

    Technology has gotten us to the point where these tiny, little micro-devices do things that were unheard of even 5 years ago.
    'And you, music lover, you're next...I have two guns, one for each of ya...'



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    Re: RealTime LG DARE REVIEW

    If I didn't already have the dare, I would consider the Blackberry Storm.. I haven't studied it well, but The part that intrigues me the most other than the very thin sleek styling is the Camera is 3.2 MP.


    Some would say its a tad bigger, but the viewing area is what makes it bigger.
    The picture quality is so good on the Dare, I"ve often wanted a bigger viewing area... especially when browsing the web.
    The picture quality is outstanding on this phone also the best I can tell......
    It may answer your needs to not give up any pda functions and still have awesome camera abilities....
    It still looks like its as thin as the dare and wouldn't take up too much room in "my" pocket... although some may feel the dare already is as big as they care to go.

    I guess there is no way to have a bigger screen without the phone being bigger too, unless you want some open up, or slide phone where the viewing screen is split.... not for me!

    beware of the package that may be needed when purchasing this type of phone and weigh that cost too against what you currently have.
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  8. #108
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    The main thing being that you HAVE to get a data plan with any smartphone now, that Verizon has currently in their product line. That's at least $24.95 per month, unlimited is $44.95.
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    Re: RealTime LG DARE REVIEW

    Quote Originally Posted by dude222 View Post
    The main thing being that you HAVE to get a data plan with any smartphone now, that Verizon has currently in their product line. That's at least $24.95 per month, unlimited is $44.95.
    True, but if your already paying 15.00/month for internet and extra for unlimited pictures and text etc.. it may not be a big deal at all.

    on the other hand.. if your paying presently for "no extras" and want to go to a full compliment of abilites.... it should be expected that a piece of hardware alone will not accomplish that as the network will need interact with that device.

    The main thing I don't like is that the smartphone package covers that phone alone and if your on a family plan, then that makes it quite expensive as all the other extras will still need to stay in play "for the most part" to keep the other phones in the plan working with what they are subscribing too.

    If Verizon is listening... phones and getting smart enough that those packages really need to be expanded to family plans without gouging us in the process.

    Formerly they had the business person in mind where expense was not as impacting as when using it as your personal phone too.

    If for one, use my personal phone as my business phone as I have to pay for it out of my pocket either way... I would like a way to upgrade "one" or even "two" of my phones in my family plan without having to take out a loan.

    We need a way to get all the features of a pda such as storing notes to contacts, directions etc. without being "forced" to take a network package if we don't want.


    Its appears like verizon still has the old thinking mentality that if you need all those functions and abilites of a pda, you must be a business person also need email and everything else..... not true.
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    Re: RealTime LG DARE REVIEW

    Their philosophy is simple, WE have the best service (most towers, best signal, etc) and YOU will pay thru the nose for it because you realize that.

    That's why Dan Hesse from Sprint is doing those ads for $99/mo for everything. Yes, it's an amazing deal, but with no service in some areas you may be in, it's the sh*tt*est deal on earth.
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