Even though the user interface relies on the touchscreen, we found that the software was very responsive and not as sluggish as on the Voyager.  Going through the menus and opening applications were also fast.

The signal reception of the Versa and Dare are identical, as both would show the same number of bars on the home screen, and the same signal levels in the service menu.  We typically would get 2-3 bars of 1x and EV in normal coverage areas, with it dropping down to 0 or 1 bar in fringe areas, but we were still able to place calls.  The original Versa unit we received had a defective speaker in the earpiece, and caused a lot of distortion to be heard, even at low volume levels.  Once it was replaced, the second unit had excellent call quality with no distortion, where voices sounded clear and natural. In fact, the call quality was slightly better on the Versa than the Dare (which produces a background “hiss” sound).  People that we called on a landline also said that we sounded better (closer) on the Versa, as the Dare had a “tunnel” effect, which made our voice sound further away.

The Versa comes with the same 1100mAh battery as found on the Dare and is rated for up to 4.8 hours of talk time or 18 days of standby time on a full charge.  During our testing, we were able to achieve 5 hours and 25 minutes of continuous talk time by fully charging the battery, dialing a landline, and keeping the Versa connected until the battery was depleted.  Even though the talk time is slightly higher than the rated amount, we were able to get 6 hours with the Dare. 


The Versa is a very capable device, as it offers something for everyone.  It’s a mixture of the Voyager and Dare, combining a high-resolution 3” touchscreen, modular QWERTY keyboard, and the best user interface we’ve seen on a non-smartphone from Verizon.  The call quality and signal reception were both excellent, and you can get up to 5 hours of talk time on a full charge.  The touchscreen is also very accurate, but still not as sensitive as capacitive displays.  The 2MP camera quality is somewhat of a letdown from the 3.2MP on the Dare, but still takes better images than most other 2MP phones.  Overall, we’d recommend the Versa for anyone who can’t make up their mind between the Voyager and Dare.


  • Large 3'' touch-sensitive display with 480x240 resolution
  • Updated user interface
  • Modular QWERTY keyboard
  • Excellent call quality and reception
  • HTML Browser with Flash support
  • EVDO Rev A
  • Threaded inbox
  • Music multitasking


  • No external numeric keypad when QWERTY is attached
  • Distortion when using Stereo Bluetooth
  • Lacks MobileTV

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