We've got the LG Versa VX9600 in-house for review and thought we'd share some eye candy with you while we work on our video and written reviews. The Versa is quite cool in person, and is uniquely designed. It's a slab-design touch screen phone that's relatively small (smaller than the iPhone and Samsung Eternity). Remove the back cover and you can clip on a leather textured case that has a QWERTY keyboard inside. The keyboard is pretty good, and certainly better than the on-screen keyboard whose keys are a bit small.
Above: the phone and case: notice the gold connectors on case and phone.
The phone knows when the case with keyboard are attached. Attach the case and the phone's display switches to landscape mode. Close the case and the screen turns off. Open the case and the screen turns on.
When the case is attached, the on-screen QWERTY keyboard doesn't pop up when in text fields. Without the case, the QWERTY on-screen keyboard pops up when the phone is in landscape mode.
Thankfully, you don't need it, but the LG Versa comes with a stylus that attaches via a short cord like the Samsung Omnia.
The Versa sells for $250 with a 2 year contract and $199 after rebate. It's available March 1.
Stay tuned for our full review and in the meantime feel free to post questions!
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview