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LG Versa Review

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LG Versa Review
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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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

22 seconds to load phonearena.com??!!?? That is 100% not true. 5-6 MAX! What were you on 1x? You know thats not accurate. You actually expected to be able to play flash games?? You subtracted points for that?? Wow, can I have some of what your smoking? "Video playback is limited to Verizon’s VCast Video Service" - Now thats just misleading, your review of video playback is one sentence long about the ability to stream clips? How bout supported formats and quality of playback for starters!

posted on 09 Mar 2009, 03:26

4. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

Thank you!

posted on 08 Mar 2009, 12:51

2. Mr_LaZy (Posts: 21; Member since: 30 Jun 2008)

I don't understand why they can't just improve the firmware of the older phones to be identical to this one. The Dare's firmware is so full of bugs and is extremely sluggish and ugly. This thing's is beautiful, especially the QWERTY touchscreen keyboard. If they could put that on my Dare, I'd be happy. And Verizon giving free game demos? =O How many years has it been since they did that!?

posted on 08 Mar 2009, 13:15

3. Da Jay Man (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

they dont upgrade the firmware, because they want you to buy the new phone.

posted on 10 Mar 2009, 14:58

5. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

true that

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Display3.0 inches, 240 x 480 pixels (179 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Size4.16 x 2.07 x 0.54 inches
(106 x 53 x 14 mm)
3.81 oz  (108 g)
Battery1100 mAh, 4.83 hours talk time

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