To an untrained eye, the LG Versa might be mistaken for the LG Dare. It’s true that both phones have strikingly similar physical characteristics. However, the Versa is much more versatile thanks to a case outfitted with an external OLED display and more importantly a fully usable QWERTY keyboard. The detachable QWERTY keyboard is an excellent idea if you can deal with extra bulk.
There’s a cut out for the 2.0-megapixel camera and holes for the speaker located on the back of the case. On the front is a monochrome OLED sub-display for keeping track of the time, Caller ID, battery and signal status. Towards the bottom is QWERTY SEND key and QWERTY END key. The left hand side house the 2.5mm headset jack, dedicated camera key, volume rocker, cover lock latch and charger port. The microSD slot is located on the top right hand side, which is not accessible if you’re using the case. I didn’t experience any issues using the Versa with the case on; matter of fact, it feels very comfortable. The Versa turns on instantly whether it is opened in landscape or portrait mode with zero wait time.
I really like how the keyboard lights up in the dark!
One big concern I had was whether I can do text entry without the physical keyboard. The answer is YES – in both landscape and portrait mode.
Overall, I really like the LG Versa and look forward to testing it out over the next few days before I can fully give you a reasonable review. If you have questions or concerns, please drop me a comment below and I promise answer them to the best of my abilities. So make sure to check back on PhoneMag.com for my full review; meanwhile enjoy the unboxing ceremony video and image gallery.