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Review: LG Versa

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Screen

The Versa's screen is a generous 3 inches across the diagonal. It's not the biggest touch screen out there, but it provides enough real estate to comfortably use the phone and view content. I found it to be nice and bright, with high enough resolution so that icons and screen animations were smooth and free of pixelization. Being a touch device, however, you're going to get your fingerprints all over it. Reading through finger grease patterns is simply a way of life with touch phones, and the Versa is no different.

Signal

The Versa performed on par with other Verizon phones tested in the metro NYC area. If there was signal, whether 1X or EVDO, the Versa found it. It consistently held three or four bars for each type of coverage. It performed well in the NJ vault test (the local ShopRite), and didn't drop any calls while we were testing it.

Sound

Call quality was a bit electronic-y. Voices sounded as if there were being processed through some computerized filter. Volume was fine; no worries there. I was able to hear people even in busy coffee shops with the volume set at 50%. Setting the volume to its max was unnecessary. Sound quality through Bluetooth headsets was OK, but suffered from some of the same quality issues. Volume of the ringer was also good. Again, not necessary to set it all the way up. It is definitely audible from anywhere in a household.

Battery

Battery life was pretty good. It took a full 3 days to bottom out from a full charge with regular web and messaging use. Adding in more phone calls, music playback, and Bluetooth use drained the battery in about 2 days. I'd say you can safely take the Versa away for a weekend and leave the charger at home.

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