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New Phone


I hate Sprint. Seriously, they have the worst customer service ever.

On August 27, my contract with Sprint ends. Because I am within 30 days of the end of my contract, I can leave them without paying a fee. So I did. I got on board with Tamara's Verizon account and got myself a Dare.

I bought it for one reason. Well, two... but chiefly one reason.

The lesser reason: it has a 3.2 megapixel camera. Sweet!

But the other reason is that it has a drawing pad. How eight-years-old is that? Yep - I bought it for the drawing pad. The screen is touch-sensitive, and so I can use my sheathed Cross pen as a stylus and draw with it. The drawings aren't very accurate - but that's actually kinda cool about it for me.

Here's a car we were following on the way home:

And this is something I did while watching the opening of the Olympics with Tamara:

Jacob, my youngest, played with the drawing pad the whole time we were in the grocery store tonight. I love that.

So I'll goof around with this and post my child-like doodles once in a while.

Oh, and while I loathe the restrictions on freedom in China, culturally, they rock. The opening ceremony was a-ma-zing. Its breadth and depth were massive. It felt like standing in Manhattan for the first time or entering Yellowstone Park. Stunning and worth a repeat viewing - without commercials. Hopefully the DVD of it that we'll buy will have no announcers.

ETC: After playing around with the phone quite a bit, I find more likable features.

  • I'm able to insert a microSD card into the phone easily.
  • I can transfer my music to it (because I listen to non-DRM tunes only) and listen as I wish. It takes MP3 and WMA formats just fine.
  • It has a standard headphone jack, so my Bose headphones work great.
  • I can transfer my pictures to it, so I can have my artwork as wallpaper.
My only wish is that I could arrange songs in the playlist as I choose. As it is, they play in alphabetical order. But that's a minor contention that a software update might remedy later.

Good purchase.


by Brett Rogers, 8/9/2008 12:51:44 AM


How easy are you finding it to use the virtual keyboard? I'm eligible to upgrade my eNV soon and the top two candidates to replace it are the Voyager and Dare.



Posted by Pale Rider, 8/9/2008 4:38:34 PM

The Dare comes with a free 8 Gb upgrade kit - bonus.

I have big hands, and after some initial awkwardness, I'm good with the Dare virtual keyboard. No problems, and some perks as well.

I bought a Jawbone headset with it. The Bluetooth is good. Not real sure I've got the right combo for the ear stuff, but it's decent.

I really can't imagine a Voyager being a better phone. I'm pleased.



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 8/9/2008 4:58:57 PM

Great info, thanks! Really the only thing holding me back is the keyboard as the Dare does have superior features (screen, camera, are two key ones).

When I checked out the Dare at the local Verizon store that awkwardness you mention is what I experienced, so I was still considering the Voyager. With your feedback and the reviews that continue to come in on CNET the Dare is now in the drivers seat. :)



Posted by Pale Rider, 8/9/2008 5:14:05 PM

Hey - remember that you have a 30-day return you can use if you don't like it!



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 8/9/2008 10:12:46 PM

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