updated 07:40 am EST, Thu February 26, 2009
LG Versa at Verizon
Verizon this morning made another attempt at the touchscreen phone market by launching the LG Versa. The handset also known as the VX9600 tries to stand out from its close competition by letting users choose either greater control or a smaller size: while the phone normally has a leather-like case with a built-in QWERTY keyboard and an external OLED for call notifications, owners can detach just the core touchscreen phone and keep the phone small while using an onscreen keyboard.
Beyond the convertible design, LG supplies a 3-inch, 480x240 touch display with a 3D interface partly related to the KM900 Arena that supplies multiple home screens, a full HTML browser with Flash and accelerometer support for apps that recognize landscape mode. A 2-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, 3G data over EVDO and GPS support through Verizon's VZ Navigator all complete the feature set.
Verizon considers the Versa a premium device and will sell it for $200 after a $50 rebate and signing a two-year plan. Sales start March 1st.