Touchscreen Cell Phones

Here is one of the big trends in Cell Phones right now- touchscreens. We all know of one of the bigger leaders in this group- AT&T with the LG Vu (that we covered here), and Apple’s iPhone (the new 3G model coming July 11; we will hope to have al the info on that covered for you tomorrow)- but what about Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, do they get in on this touchscreen madness? The answer to that is yes, and we got some info for you on some of the current and future touchscreen phones for all these groups.

LG Vu and Apple iPhone (not 3G) for AT&T

Verizon:

Verizon actually will release a few touchscreen phones this summer– the LG Dare and the Blackberry Thunder. The Dare is something we mentioned in our LG Vu post a little while back, and from what we found it will have:

  • 3.2 megapixel camera with flash
  • Mp3 player
  • Verizon’s 3G
  • The best feature of them all…. entirely touchscreen– just like the V

The Blackberry Thunder on the other hand is a mainly touchscreen phone, a first for Blackberry, though it does have buttons like Call and End call, play/pause, a camera button and several other assorted buttons. Both phones should be out this year, with the Dare coming first, this summer.

Verizon also has some existing touchscreen phones: the all-touchscreen HTC Touch, and partial touchscreens like the LG Voyager and Samsung Glyde. The Glyde and Voyager are available from verizonwireless.com for $199.99 each, with the HTC Touch also available now, but for $299.99.

Reviews for the Voyager, Glyde and Touch can be found by clicking on their names. Reviews are from Cnet.com.

LG Dare typing and Pic of Blackberry Thunder (with another pic available from Boygeniusreport.com when you click on the pic)

Sprint:

Sprint also has some interesting touchscreen phones, such as the already available HTC Touch— similar to Verizon’s version but at $249.99 from Sprint.com and with a slightly different review by Cnet– and Palm Centro–$99.99 smartphone which btw is also available for AT&T and may soon be coming to Verizon.

But their big prize is the upcoming Samsung Instinct. Marketed as Sprint’s iPhone competitor, it actually offers a lot of the same features; it has all-touchscreen, Visual Voicemail, full Internet browsing. It also includes3G and GPS, features still noticebly lacking in the iPhone (though the iPhone should add these tomorrow in the rumored 3G model). Although the Instinct isn’t supposed to launch till the 20th of this month, Cnet.com already has a review up here.

Samsung Instinct

T-Mobile:

Okay, Okay. So T-Mobile doesn’t have a lot of traditional touchscreen phones, but they do have some phones that compete with the other models, including the whole Sidekick series and the Motorola Rokr E8 — a possible upcoming phone that we mentioned a while back. The cool part about the Rokr is the unique keypad; it changes based on what your using it for– music, taking pics, etc. Not much is known on this phone right now, but when more info comes out, we will keep you updated, as always.

(btw, for those of you with T-Mobile who want a touchscreen phone, you could always “jailbreak” an iPhone πŸ™‚ , though we wouldn’t really recommend that).

Okay so there you have it–some of the touchscreen phones for all the big carriers. Which one interest you the most, or are you more comfortable with the traditional, basic models. Let us know in the comments.

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Posted on June 9, 2008, in Cell Phones and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. still waiting on T-Mobile to get off their behinds and get us a touch screen. Or maybe its just time to break my contract with them…

  2. the LG Dare is a great phone, just got mine last monday…..

  3. I should have waited because I went into my the Verizon store today and saw it!!! I want it, so badly, but I’m stuck with the LG ENV…poo!

  4. i might get a lg dare πŸ˜€

  5. I got the LG Dare yesterday. and it is a dream! i love it. its the best phone I have every had. Has everything thing and more you could want from a phone.

  6. i cant decide wether to get an lg dare or an lg voyager. can you guys help me out?

  7. @ second John-
    Do you want touchscreen and keyboard (Voyager), or just touchscreen (Dare), and what are you willing to spend? The Voyager is right now $50 cheaper according to Verizon’s site.

    Also, I don’t know if you are considering this, but the LG Chocolate 3 is also a pretty good phone (we’re testing one out now, and we’ll have a review up on it soon, though I can tell you from my short time with it so far, it is definitely worth some thought πŸ™‚ ). Let us know if this helps or if you got any more questions.

  8. im getting the LG Dare woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo and my brother is too woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  9. the dare is amazing. i got it a few days after it was released in stores. it’s the best phone i have ever had. you should definitly think about this one.

  10. i need help. i am getting a new phone in 3 days and i can have anyphone i want. But i want a keyboard and i am a verizon user. What phone should i get. oh and i would like a keyboard either like the blackberry or like an evny type of keyboards. What phone should i get. ohh and i can get anyphone that i want. help me pick one. Thanks ;]

  11. Hey Piggy-

    For a Verizon phone with a keyboard, you may wanna check out the EnV 2 or Voyager (I have seen both, and while I didn’t get enough time to make a full review, they both seem pretty cool, and offer a lot of cool features like full keyboards- which you seem to want, Mp3 and Video players, decent cameras, and cool thin designs that really give them seem really cool. O, and the Voyager packs that huge touchscreen on the front- which is also pretty cool πŸ˜‰ ). Have you thought of a virtual touchscreen keyboard like on the LG Dare? From the comments above it looks like a really great phone, and while it doesn’t give you a physical keyboard, it does give you a full virtual one with “Tactile (read: vibration) feedback”, so when you touch something on the screen, it makes it feel like your actually pressing a button.

    If you wanna wait a little bit, there is also the Blackberry Thunder (now named Blackberry Storm for Verizon), which should be coming soon as well- think within next 3 months, with most people saying October. It is also all touchscreen, but great keyboards are part of the Blackberry’s great appeal, so I would think that the one there would be pretty good as well.

    Wtvr you do, I would hands down reccomend going into a nearby Verizon store and playing around with some of these phones (minus the Thunder/Storm phone) before you buy it in order to make the best purchase, and get the phone that fits you best.

    Hope this helps and feel free to ask any other questions you may have, and to let us know how it goes πŸ™‚

  12. Well I’ve had my LG Dare since the first day it has a Keyboard you just flip the phone sideways and there you go and it’s the greatest phone I’ve ever had (Voyager, ENV2, Chocolate and the iPhone) and the LG Dare is the Best Phone I can think of

  13. I have had the LG Dare for awhile and it is amazing. It has everything you could possibly think of! The touchscreen isn’t as sensitive as the first chocolates were and its got a really sleek design, its cute! I highly recommend you check out this phone. It was reasonably priced too

  14. i just bought the lg dare the other day and i can sum it up in one word WOW.

  15. I have had in the last year alone 5 new phone in witch 3 of them being tuch screens and the Dare is the best phone by far i think it will be like the razor as for is how long verizon will offer the phone for sale because th ephone is like a PDA and phone in one and the camra is off the hook it’s the best out on the market right now the phone is ahead of it’s time apples to dare Dare wins hands down

  16. Okay, so my friend got the LG Dare and I was playing with it. OH MY GOD! That phone is amazing. The drawing pad was my favorite thing. Although you can’t have tons of colors, it’s still pretty cool. I’m getting the LG Vu on January first, so I’m hoping it’ll have some cool stuff. But anyways, the LG Dare is freaking awesome. If you want a touchscreen phone, lots of things to do, and awesome features, but still easy to use, GET THE LG DARE ! The Dare is soooooooooo much better than the iphone. Every which way.

  17. LG DARE IS THE BEST AND SHORT SMART CELL PHONE IN THE WORLD…!

  18. Haii,
    so i just broke my Motorola KRZR and i am in desperite need of a new phone but i wasn’t exactly sure which phone to get. But now i am fairly confident in getting the new LG Dare. I just have one question does the LG Dare go through Telus at all because i heard that Telus and Bell have specific phones. Meaning like i couldn’t have a Bell phone on a Telus contract. So that was just something i was wondering.
    Thanks Guys
    = ]

  19. Hey =^.^= (very nice btw),

    The LG Dare is available only on Telus (and unlike a GSM carrier like Rodgers, you can’t just switch SIM cards into a different phone- Telus and Bell both use CDMA which doesn’t use SIM cards so you can’t switch phones between carriers). Though don’t worry, Bell has some good touchscreen only phones like the HTC Touch Diamond and Samsung Instinct πŸ™‚

    Both of those phones go for under $200 on a 3 year contract (btw OUCH, and we thought we had it bad with 2 year contracts in the US).

    Hope this helped with your question, and if you have any others feel free to reply.

    All the best,
    Eli

  20. Kyanna Marin Willett

    I am getting the lg dare on wednesday and sooo can not wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. are you sure that it is that good? is it better than the voyager and iphone

  22. is the lg vu any good? i am stuck in a contract with at and t ):

  23. I want the lg voyager or the lg dare, but i’m stuck with the pantech c3

  24. I have sucky at&t and i want verizon cuz thats where all the good phones are designed for

  25. I’m in contract with at&t, I’m thinking ordering the iphone. It seemed pretty cool, I’ve messed around with my friend’s. But, is that really what I want? Can somebody help me decide with any other choices.?
    (:

  26. i ve never seen people talking like this about cell phones they seem fond of lg dare and the like. you made me guys wanna got one but i need to put my money on the one which deserves much .do you have any idea guys about what i should buy? and why i should buy that one and not something else?thank you in advance

  27. well tha t-mobile g1 is tha best fone out right now… but verizon is tha best service out right now.. soo choose one…

  28. i have the dare rigth now and it is amazing!
    it can hold so many song with better sound volume and quality than the i phone! the pictures are amazing, and you can do the face detection and smart pic and a buncha other stuff! you can also record videos in SLOW MOTION. dont believe me? go to videos and click video speed and click high rate. yup! you can draw on it and send the drawlings. you can text while listning to music! you can also actually litterly draw out your text in your writing like a drawing pad, and it shows up as actually lettering! i adore the daree so so so so much. after i got it, all my friends got it too! its an amazing phone, and so so so worth every penny!

  29. This is great work espesially the Iphone Apple and when you do the thing where the screen has a picture of something like a banana and able to smell it. That will be genus!

  30. LG dare is ok.. i got it couple of wks a go. kinda hard to text cuz of the touch screen i keep screwing up so annoying XPP.

  31. I have the LG dare. And i like it its just that with the cover (i have a hot pink case for it) it looks really thick. And it’s not THAT hard to text. Only when you try to text with the full keyboard. But you get used to it and get good at it! πŸ™‚

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