The LG Dare does have a bit of a learning curve with the touch screen. In contrast to the ipod Touch/iPhone, where the touch screen is pretty intuitive and seems to react to pressure the way you'd expect, the Dare is a bit too sensitive some times (I've actually called people I didn't want to, just because I scrolled past their name in my address book and pushed too hard) and not sensitive enough other times, where you push a button on the screen and it doesn't recognize it, even after 2 tries. It can be a bit frustrating, but I can assure you that you figure out the correct pressure after awhile. My first few days with the Dare I was ready to take it back; now I'm pretty happy with it. If it had a full-featured PIM suite (or the ability to install one separately) I'd give it very high marks.
One thing I will say about your dilemma: I also had the Motorola Q and went to the Dare. I'm already thinking about when I'll switch back to it, or another smartphone. It's not really a question of "if" but when. Since I have a lot of data that I'm used to on my PDAs and now my phone, the Dare just doesn't have the ability to handle all of it. The Notebook feature is nice, and is something most normal phones don't have, so that's a plus. However, I do think in the future I'll be going back to my smartphone, just because the capabilities are so much more. If you're in the same boat, this may apply to you too. The Dare, and most non-smartphones, just aren't customizable enough, and don't have enough of what more advanced users need.
And about the Dare's camera: it really is that good. I've taken photos that you wouldn't have thought came from a cell phone. It's really nice.
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