LG's Touchscreen Dare, New Chocolate Fipper and Decoy with Piggy-Back Headset Hitting Verizon Soon

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Verizon Wireless is finally fessing up to three LG phones that it will be delivering to customers in June and July:

• The Dare, aka VX9700: This has a touchscreen but is slim thanks to the absence of a hidden keyboard (like on the bulkier Glyde and Voyager).

Chocolate 3: A phone we hadn't seen before, that ditches the slider of the old Chocolates for a full dual-screen flip configuration. Still has a touch-sensitive face, but the buttons inside are all real. Other additions include FM transmitter and SDHC MicroSD support up to 8GB.

• The Decoy has a hidden Bluetooth headset that pops out when you need it, good because it eliminates the need for two separate chargers.

Those are just the salient points; there are more factoids and availability information down below.

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DARE TO BE DIFFERENT WITH HOT NEW LG PHONES FROM VERIZON WIRELESS

Touch-screens, Music and More Offer Customers an Array of Mobile Options

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – For the hottest looks and coolest features in wireless phones this summer, Verizon Wireless is expanding its LG line-up with three devices that offer unique features with loads of possibilities. The LG Dare™, LG Decoy™ and the new LG Chocolate™ 3 are scheduled for their debut on the nation's most reliable wireless network through July.

"These summer phones join our other popular LG phones – the enV2™, the Voyager™ and the Venus™ – to offer our customers an array of applications, downloadable games, music and other content that is unparalleled in its variety and ability to enhance customers' lifestyles," said Mike Lanman, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "By unveiling these devices now, we are giving our customers the opportunity to choose the device that's right for them, backed by the most reliable wireless network in the nation."

LG Dare

From the sleek, slim appearance, to the all touch-screen operation, the LG Dare will be the talk of the season. Loaded with multimedia functionality, this 3G V CAST-capable phone has VZ NavigatorSM, V CAST Music, and a 3.2 megapixel still and video camera that automatically adapts to low or unevenly distributed light for better quality pictures. The photo editing tool lets customers turn their photos into personal masterpieces with features that include borders, landscape and a fun doodle feature right on the screen. Customized photos can be uploaded to a social networking site directly from the phone. The intuitive and graphical contact list allows customers to find the right number with the flick of a finger for speedy texting, e-mailing and phoning. Favorite contacts can be reached with a drag and drop photo interface. Additional information on the LG Dare will be available later this month.

LG Decoy

A dream for the multi-tasking consumer, the glossy front and satin back LG Decoy is the world's first phone to have a Bluetooth® hands-free headset integrated into the design. The headset slips into the back of the device for easy transport and charging. The slider phone also sports a five-way directional joystick for easy navigating through all of Verizon Wireless' multimedia features such as V CAST Music and V CAST Video. Customers planning to hit the road this summer can download VZ Navigator on the Decoy to get visual and audible directions to thousands of destinations, locate businesses and other points of interest, get maps of a location, and share directions with others. The Decoy will be in stores on June 16.

LG Chocolate 3

Chocolate gets even sweeter this summer, and the latest iteration of this iconic mobile music phone is even more stylish and functional than its predecessors. The new LG Chocolate 3 trades in its slider form factor for a slim flip style that brings with it the quintessential music player complete with control wheel on the outside and an FM transmitter to play music through a car stereo. The new Chocolate is the perfect MP3 player for listening and accessing more than 3 million songs from Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music library. It has dual speakers and Bluetooth for wireless stereo sound, and inside is a Gigabyte* of memory to store the latest tunes. Add in the option of expandable memory with an 8 GB microSD™ card, and customers can pack thousands of songs onto this new version of a rock solid winner. The new Chocolate has a 2.0 megapixel camera, so customers can capture the best of summer fun to share with friends. The phone also supports V CAST Video and ESPN MVP, making this marquee mobile music device more than just another phone. The LG Chocolate 3 will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and available online in July.

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I have been using the Dare for about a week now as a tester and I love it. It's no iPhone in terms of touchscreen interface, but it's the closest thing I've used. It is a pressure sensitive touchscreen, not capacitive, so use a stylus, fingernail, whatever. The interface is flash, with limited customization, but is very usable via touch. On screen buttons are good sized, limited menus, easy shortcuts, etc. Scrolling works well, I have only accidentlly choosen a list option once rather than scrolling as intended. It does respond to simple gestures like flicking images left and right to switch. It does have a tilt sensor, but it is only used in certain screens. For example, anytime you have a text entry field, tilt to switch to a QWERTY keyboard. The browser (HTML similar to the Voyager) will tilt as well, VZNav and pictures/videos too. Only the music player will tilt any direction (as opposed to only 90 degrees). This is nice, pull it out of your pocket and no matter its orientation you will have music control, there's even a cool little animation when it tilts. Typing (touch overall actually) is very responsive. I'd still be faster with a physical QWERTY of course, but I can fly through texts or emails just fine. My biggest complaint about the keyboard is it's layout. Some characters are only accessible after multiple button presses; a comma for example requires switching to 123 mode, and hitting shift. This isn't that different from T9 though, just a little adjustment. Overall, despite my dislike for all other touchscreen-centric phones (I'd rather get hit by a truck than use a 6900), I love it.