LG Dare

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LG Dare (VX9700)
Slogan Dare to touch, Dare you to touch one or Dare to be different
Compatible networks CDMA, 900/1800
Availability by country 2008
Discontinued early 2010 Verizon Wireless
Dimensions 4.1"H x 2.2"W x 0.5"D
Weight 3.76 oz
Memory 200 MB, 28 MB RAM
Display 3inch./240x400 resolution/262K colors, resistive touch screen
Connectivity Bluetooth / USB Cable
Hearing aid compatibility M3/T3 [1]

The LG VX9700 (or "LG Dare") is a CDMA touch screen cell phone made by LG. The phone features touch screen navigation, a 3.2-megapixel camera with face recognition and many photo enhancing tools, a camcorder, customizable shortcut menus, handwriting recognition, and a multitask music player. The LG Dare is the third phone to have Rev. A technology - after the Sprint Mogul and Touch.

In the US, the Dare was released online June 26, 2008 and was released in Verizon Wireless stores on July 3, 2008. The device is available in Canada on the Telus Mobility network, as the LG LG9700, using the same model name (Dare) as the U.S. market device. The only difference between the Verizon Wireless and Telus devices is that the Verizon Wireless version of the device includes a black front face with a black battery cover and the Verizon branding. The Telus version of this device includes a medium gray front face and silver battery cover with the Telus branding. The phones also include different User Interfaces specific to their carriers, Verizon Wireless and Telus.

Display and menus[edit]

The TFT screen has a resolution of 240x400 pixels and can display 262,144 colors. When waiting for input, the phone displays its Standby screen or turns off the screen and disables the touchscreen. When charging, the phone can display a slideshow, a "desk clock", a calendar, or nothing.

The Standby screen displays the network type, signal strength, Location setting, and battery condition across the top. The background of the screen can be set to a slide show of images, a Flash animation, a video, or an image. The Standby screen can also display a translucent date/time bar of your choosing.

Across the bottom is the Softkey menu, a set of five icons that provide easy access to important features: Messaging, Call, Menu, Phonebook, and Favorites. Touching the background or the Shortcut Menu on the right side of the phone brings up a customizable menu with 11 icons. A shortcut can be set to a program (including downloaded ones), a menu, a library, and other features on the phone.

Connectivity and power[edit]

The Dare works on a dual-band CDMA cell network and is 3G capable. It also has a stereo 2.1 Bluetooth radio, and can access the internet through the cellular connection. Besides the Dare’s 200 MB internal memory, it has a flash memory slot for microSD or microSDHC, supporting cards up to 16 GB in size. The phone also supports GPS, PIM, and BREW, as well.

The phone has a 3.5mm stereo jack for headphones, and a microUSB connector for syncing with a PC and charging. The Dare retail box comes with a USB cable and an AC charging brick with a USB port for connecting the cable. The battery capacity is 1100mAh and is rated for up to 4.66 hours (280 minutes) of talk time, or up to 360 hours (15 days) on stand-by.

Phone calls and phone book[edit]

To make calls, one can press the phone icon on the softkey bar or the phonebook icon. Pressing the phone icon brings up a standard 12-key alphanumeric keypad, as well as options for speaking or drawing the number.

Pressing the phonebook icon brings up the phonebook. This list is alphabetized and has an alphabetical index across the top for quick access. Also at the top is quick access to ICE information (ICE is an acronym for In Case of Emergency and is used in cell phones to indicate emergency contact information to a third party). The phonebook can store multiple numbers, email addresses, and other information for each contact, including a personalized image and ringtone option.

The Dare also has a feature which allows the user to save a list of their favorite contacts and have quick access to them. This Favorites menu is accessible through the star icon on the softkey bar.

Camera[edit]

The LG Dare has a 3.2-megapixel camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach autofocus lens and an LED flash. Some features of the camera include 5 different resolutions, five white balance presets, five color effects, four ISO settings (Auto ISO, ISO 100, ISO 200, and ISO 400), digital zoom (not available on highest resolution) and six preset scenes. Other options include multishot, shutter sounds (three of them), auto focus, self-timer, and four different shot types (Normal, Panorama, Split and Frame). An innovative feature called SmartPic offers face detection and enhances images with face color compensation.

The camcorder function provides two quality options and several resolutions to allow the user to save high-quality video or lower resolutions suited for sending over MMS. The video camera has the ability to digital zoom. The Dare is one of the first phones available in the US to record in high speed.

Messaging and text input[edit]

The Dare supports EMS, MMS, SMS, and Instant Messaging. For this and any other text inputs, the phone provides several options. One can bring up a standard keypad with letters and use multi-tap (T9 (predictive text)) or a word-guessing system. If the phone is turned sideways, it senses the change in orientation and brings up a full keyboard. Also of note is a handwriting feature which allows the user to write numbers or letters by writing with a finger. In each of these modes, the user must manually change the setting (capital or lowercase letters, numbers, or symbols) to allow the phone to know what type of character is being input.

Ringtones and multimedia playback[edit]

The phone uses MP3 polyphonic and Truetone ringtones and has vibrate options. It also plays videos and music in MP3, AAC (unprotected only), AAC+, and WMA formats.

Known Issues[edit]

The phone is notorious for randomly dialing people while inside one's pocket, also known as "pocket dialing".[according to whom?]

Currently there is a software texting bug while using the "complete-the-word" mode. If the user tilts the phone sideways, transitioning the screen from vertical to horizontal mode, will unintentionally revert the user control back to Abc mode from the "complete-the-word" mode.[citation needed]

Specs[edit]

LG Dare specifications

Category Sub-Category Info Notes
Network Type CDMA dual band (800/1900 MHz)
Data CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEV-DO rev.0/1xEV-DO rev.A
3G Capable Yes
Size Dimensions 4.1h x 2.2w x .5d
Weight 3.8 oz (107 g)
Design Form Candybar
Antenna Internal
Battery Type Li - Ion
Talk Up to 4.66 (280 mins) hours of Talk Time
Standby Up to 360 hours (15 days) of Stand-by Time
Capacity 1100 mAh
Main Display Resolution 240 x 400 pixels
Type 262 144 colors, TFT
Features Light and Proximity Sensors
Touch Screen Resistive
Camera Resolution 3.2 megapixels Resolution
Video VGA (640x480)
Features Flash: Yes, Schneider Kreuznach lens, Digital zoom
Notifications Polyphonic Ringtones Yes, MP3
Vibration Alert Yes
Messaging Text Send/Receive Yes
EMS Yes
MMS Yes
Instant Messaging Yes
Multimedia Video Playback Video player for MP4, 3GP, 3G2 Formats
Music Player MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA formats supported
Memory Memory Slot microSD/microSDHC (up to 16gb), 200mb internal memory
Connectivity Internet Full HTML browser 3g2/AAC Audio/Video web browser player
USB microUSB
Bluetooth Stereo 2.1, yes (also works with movies and GPS)
Connectors HeadPhone Jack (3.5mm)
Other Features PhoneBook 1000 contacts, Caller groups supported, Multiple Numbers Per Contact, Picture ID, Ring ID
PIM Alarm, Calendar (limited to x number of events, not by memory), Calculator, TO-DO, Stopwatch, World Clock, Notebook, Notepad & Drawing Pad with handwriting recognition
Voice Recording, Speaker Phone
WiFi No
BREW Yes
Email Yes
GPS Yes
FCC Approved Yes

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The official LG Dare Specification". Retrieved 2009-10-21. 

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