LG Dare Specifications
Display: 3″ Touch Haptic TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 240 x 400
Camera: 3.2MP with LED flash, auto-focus
Video: 120fps slow-motion video record mode
Connectivity: EV-DO Rev. A, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD (up to 8GB)
Other: Proximity sensor (switches off LCD when close to your face), Light sensor (auto-adjusts LCD brightness), 3D GPU
Dimension: 103.9 x 55.6 x 13.8mm (4.09 x 2.19 x 0.54″)
Network: Verizon Wireless
Availability: June 26, 2008 (online), July 3, 2008 (retail)
Price: US$200 with a US$50 rebate
LG‘s Dare seems to be an impressive smartphone with most of its front face being occupied by a touch and haptic enabled 3″ TFT LCD. The user interface seems to have been the result of some serious thinking apart from how Apple did it. Of course, in my opinion, Apple has the best smarphone UI as implemented on the iPhone.
Technically, the haptic capability isn’t embedded in the screen. There are very small micro-motors stationed around the phone’s interior and when you touch the screen these micro-motors are activated making it seem like the screen is responding to your touch. Haptic capability does help in giving feedback to the user, but there needs to be a bit more intelligence embedded that deciphers between simple touches and virtual buttons pushed.
The 3″ LCD sports a 240 x 400 pixel format, which I think is not enough. LG needs to realize that if you’re competing against the best, at least meet the specifications of the best and that would mean a 3.5″ LCD with a 320 x 480 pixel format. With the thick bezels all around, I don’t think incorporating a bigger LCD would pose too much of a problem for LG’s next version, hopefully a Dare 2. Engadget has a hands-on with the Dare.
[tags]LG, LG Dare, Smartphone, 3″, 240 x 400, Touch Smartphone, Haptic Smartphone, Verizon Wireless[/tags]