Review: LG Dare
The music player on the Dare is one of the better ones we've seen on a Verizon phone, but it still has its shortcomings. The player itself is found in the shortcut menu or through the main menu. As you'd expect, it has the typical links to Verizon's V CAST music store, where you can download songs. The Dare is also the first phone from Verizon to come with the Rhapsody client on board.
The player itself has a slightly refreshed interface, with new icons and buttons designed specifically for the Dare. The main screen in the "my music" app hosts a number of different buttons. Across the top are three big buttons: play all, shop, and sync. It is pretty obbvious what they do.
Below them are buttons that allow you to sort through your library via artist, playlists artists, etc. You can also find the music player's settings menu buried at the very bottom of this screen. Oddly, this menu only lets you alter the repeat/shuffle settings and toggle on/off the airplane mode.
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Once you've started playback, the player shows album art, and has easily used buttons for jumping forward/backward and play/pause. There is also a mute button, which I really happen to like, and then buttons to set repeat and shuffle. The option menu on this screen lets you go to the V CAST music store or choose from 11 preset equalizers to adjust the sound to suit your tastes. I checked each one of these. Only a couple of them produced a profound effect on the sound. The rest were so subtle as to be hardly worth the effort it takes to adjust them. I am still waiting for a 5- or 7-band equalizer that is fully user customizable to become a regular feature.
If you happen to go out to the home screen with music playing, a little progress bar appears at the top of the screen that tells you what you're listening to and acts as a shortcut back to the music player.
To me, the sound quality of the player sounded pretty flat and lifeless no matter what set of speakers I tried to play the music through, including my sound-isolating Shures.
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