Hands-on Preview of the LG Versa

Hands-on Preview of the LG Versa
Today we received the new LG Versa, which officially goes on sale March 1st  for $199 after rebate with a 2 year contract. As expected, the Versa is "versatile" with a QWERTY keyboard that can easily be added or detached from the phone The 3" touch-sensitive display is not quite as wide as the Dare (about .25" less), but is more responsive and not as flexible when pressed. There are no themes, but instead uses four Home Screens that you can scroll through (Favorites, Shortcuts, Media, and Module). Each of these Home Screens allow you to add different shortcut icons to the desktop based on that category. The actual Main Menu by default is set to Grid View, which has the familiar Verizon layout of eight icons, but changing it to Smart Menu will show lists and actions for Call, Send, Create, Play, Connect, and Download. For example, if you press Connect, you can then choose from Browser, Bluetooth, Email, IM, Blog, Visual Mail, VZ Navigator, Browse & Download, and Extra Apps.

In order to attach the modular QWERTY keyboard, you have to remove the battery cover. Once connected, the buttons will light up, and the external blue OLED will activate. After typing a few text message, we found the size and layout of modular QWERTY keyboard to be easier to use than the on-screen virtual keyboard. The only thing we noticed is that the unit is top-heavy when the modular keyboard is attached, since the weight is not equally balanced with the bottom. After placing a call with the keyboard attached, you have to close the flip, and there is a small opening that you can hear through above the OLED display.

The Browser does display HTML sites in similar fashion to the Dare, but is easier to use, as well as zooming in and out on pages. It also has limited Flash support, which can play embedded YouTube videos in web pages, but some sites with complex Flash files will not load. The Camera is 2MP Autofocus with flash, instead of 3.2MP on the Dare. We will be comparing the two in our full review.

After using the Versa for a while, we're not sure if it would be considered an upgrade or downgrade from the Dare, but is more of a modular-Dare, since you can attach the keyboard, and there will also be a game control pad available soon. No word yet on the rumored stereo speakers or WiFi attachments.



1. lop3z

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 27, 2009

stupid stupid stupid

2. mandkeee

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 27, 2009

well...i was kind of interesting about this phone but when i saw in youtube and our store...i think dare is much better than this versa.... the only good thing is touch-sensitive display...

3. RollTide unregistered

I saw this and was extremely excited... because hopefully the Dare will come down in price now.

4. mandkeee

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 27, 2009


8. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

I'm sure you do not work in the grammar department.

9. plmsplms

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

hhahaha nice one secondcor517 i hate verizon menus

11. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

why do you hate verizons menus? they are sooo easy to use. what do you hate about themd dude

12. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Take a look at menues for At&t and T-Mobile. Verizon is a heck of a lot nicer to look at and easier to use.

5. Dimuthu

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

NOT BAD.......................................................................................

6. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

I wanna try this phone for a few days and see how i like it.

7. PokeFanaticJosh

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I can't understand why most of you are being so negative about this phone. It looks like a solid touch phone with a lot of new things.

10. bng

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

that's what i think so too....all these ppl r just Haters because ether they have at&t sprint or T-mobile and r hating on it because there getto ass cell phone company didn't get this phone. so just stop compiling and if u dont like it who cares!!!!

13. crazykid123

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 01, 2009

I totally agree ... people are saying bad stuff even though they havent even actually played with it yet.

14. ops6047 unregistered

Phone arena shows this phone also comes with an optional detachable gaming pad which looks similar to an old nintendo controller lol. But over all this is a great concept phone one of the few if not only phone with these type detachable accessories. ;)

15. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

To be honest a lot of people judge phones before they are out. My first glimpse/impression of this phone was wow... what a piece of crap. Then about a week ago, I was actually able to hold and play with one.... and yesterday I put in an order for it. I was really impressed. Hopefully I get it tomorrow, or wednesday at the latest.

16. mricpx

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

So how about that full review? I keep checking my local verizon store to see for myself, but they're always out of stock. Looks like a great phone, and I plan on getting one on friday.

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