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Omnia VS. LG Versa

by Th3KaNgSt3R / March 21, 2009 8:58 AM PDT

I'm going to get a phone soon from Verizon Wireless and I've narrowed the choices to the Samsung Omnia and the LG Versa. Which do you prefer? and why?
I also text alot. Is there anyway to text faster with the Omnia?

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They're very different phones...
by WiredNot / March 22, 2009 2:32 AM PDT
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Hi Th3KaNgSt3R,

You're comparing two very different phones. The Samsung Omnia is a Smartphone that runs the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. It is much more powerful than the LG Versa. The Omnia is designed to be a great PIM (personal information manager) and you'll be able to sync the PIM apps (like calendar and contacts) to a Windows PC. Plus, since it runs Windows Mobile, there will be many third-party applications for it. And, if web browsing is important, the Omnia will offer a much better browser that can handle flash sites and even pdf content.

The LG Versa is a Multimedia phone. It has many advanced features for a non-Smartphone but it is still a "dumb" phone. It is not designed to serve as a PIM nor sync well to applications on a computer. For example, its calendar won't let you store notes and the contacts list won't let you store addresses or notes. The Versa uses a proprietary Verizon/LG operating system which prevents the availability of third party applications. You'll have to select the apps available at Verizon and pay for them. The browser in the Versa is not nearly as good and won't let you view flash videos or pdf content.

So the first question to ask yourself is if you need a Smartphone with PIM features and advanced internet browser. If the answer is no, then you should check out both phones in person and test them. Pay careful attention to how each one works and decide which operating system and features you like most. Just because the Omnia has the potential to be a more powerful multi-purpose phone doesn't mean that it is implemented well. That's what you have to decide.

Finally, my understanding is that the Omnia uses a virtual keyboard via its touchscreen. The Versa offers both a vertual keyboard via the touchscreen and an attachable QWERTY keyboard. Some people claim that once you get used to the touchscreen keyboard that it is just as fast as a real one. Others hate touchscreen keyboards. It's a very personal choice. If I were in your shoes and I decided to go the Smarphone route AND a good QWERTY keyboard was important to me for texting, then I would choose the HTC Touch Pro instead. I'd probably also wait for the new HTC Touch Pro 2 which was recently announced.

Best regards, WiredNot

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Samsung Omnia vs LG Versa
by greenhardinger / March 28, 2009 5:53 AM PDT
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I just got the Versa...
by oldtdevil / July 16, 2009 7:37 AM PDT

I've had the Versa less than a week.
The good:
I like the keyboard and the touchscreen is vivid and comfortable to use. I prefer to use the stylus for some apps. Setting up the Navigator, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo IM and AIM were easy. Texting, phone calls, Facebook all work fine. The web is a little slow depending on where I am. The adjustable screen size makes the web experience fairly easy to use.

The bad:
No third party apps. Can't get Google Talk. And while I can find apps for other LG phones, not so with the Versa. Maybe it's just new or maybe the proprietary software means I'm stuck with what Verizon has to offer. So far I've only purchased Scrabble for $7.99 - it's ok but doesn't allow the use of the keyboard so I have to use the stylus on very small boxes. Dumb! I haven't found anything else on the Verizon site worth buying.

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Omnia VS. LG Versa
by Hiperfon / August 1, 2009 7:39 AM PDT
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Samsung Omnia it's cool!

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abandon all hope with the Versa
by oldtdevil / August 2, 2009 3:35 AM PDT
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So I've had the Versa for three weeks and my opinion has changed, oh quite a bit. The phone can't hold a charge to save it's life. You can't use third party apps. You can't turn off certain features that make it keep beeping at you and Verizon keeps trying the sneak in additional charges. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!
As of a few days ago, when you buy the Versa, they won't give you the fricki' keyboard. You have to buy that separately. It's the only reason to not buy the DARE. Verizon is a bunch of frickin' idiots. Damn them and their powerful network!

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