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LG Spectrum hands-on
Not too long ago, LG aided Verizon in ushering in the era of 4G LTE with its Android powered LG Revolution, but now they’re back with their second offering – the LG Spectrum (previously known as the LG Revolution 2). Considering that AT&T was recently blessed with the arrival of the LG Nitro HD, it’s only fitting that Verizon customers are going to be treated to something very similar.

In fact, that’s essentially our first thought after holding the Spectrum with its similar design traits, overall size, and choice of materials. First of all, we do like that the Spectrum is not as chunky in size versus the Revolution, but it doesn’t quite flaunt a look that’s fresh or new. Besides the chromed out homescreen button below the display, everything else about the handset looks exactly the same to what we saw with the Nitro HD. From its plastic shell, overall size, and patterned rear cover, there’s nothing totally new with its looks – so yeah, we’re not a compelled by it much.

LG Spectrum hands-on
LG Spectrum hands-on
LG Spectrum hands-on
LG Spectrum hands-on

LG Spectrum hands-on
LG Spectrum hands-on
LG Spectrum hands-on
LG Spectrum hands-on


Continuing its close resemblance to AT&T’s 4G LTE beauty, the LG Spectrum features the same 4.5” True HD IPS display, which flaunts the all too lovable resolution of 720 x 1280. Indeed, it’s sharp looking with its respectable 329 ppi pixel density, but our eyes adore the rich colors it’s able to produce – and its wide-viewing angles help to maintain its clarity in almost any lighting condition.

LG Spectrum hands-on
LG Spectrum hands-on
LG Spectrum hands-on
LG Spectrum hands-on

LG Spectrum hands-on
LG Spectrum hands-on
LG Spectrum hands-on
LG Spectrum hands-on


Armed with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM, it’s able to present us with a mostly responsive performance – then again, that’s what we’d expect out of a beastly phone like this. Other highlights include an 8-megapixel rear auto-focus camera with LED flash, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, and an 1,830 mAh battery. With the latter, we’re hoping to see some decent battery life, but knowing that it’s packing 4G LTE connectivity, it might still prove to be insufficient for an all-day run.



Right now, the handset is expected for arrival on January 19th for the 2-year contract price of $199.99, which is nice considering other high-end 4G LTE devices are smacked with a $300 price tag. So far, it’s powered by LG’s Optimus skin running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is hardly going to catch the attention of people nowadays with Ice Cream Sandwich in full force, but we surely hope it gets updated wickedly fast.

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posted on 10 Jan 2012, 15:45

1. -box- (Posts: 3727; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Hope AT&T lowers the Nitro's price to match..... Actually I feel that AT&T should drop $50 off the price of the GS2, GS2 Skyrocket, and the NitroHD. Leave the over-$200 pricing to iphones

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 15:58

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


this reminds me of handsets from LG back in their prime. (:
this is a little better to me than the Nitro HD and LIGHTYEARS ahead of the Revolution. i remember this time last year i was thinking the Revolution was going to have a dual-core and run stock Froyo. too bad i was wrong.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 16:07

3. Boezhe (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Nice phone, nice price.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 21:45

4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Maybe its just the bland design but i just can't help but feeling unimpressed with this phone. I want to see a LG Droid Chocolate! It's only fair! ;-)

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 21:55

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah if there can be a Droid Razr there can be a Droid Chocolate or better yet a Droid enV... ;]

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 23:27

6. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


There actually was gonna be a droid env but they scrapped it before it was ever released.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 23:34

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5554; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i remember that but we never knew if it was going to be Droid branded.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 12:58

8. BigCTM (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Oct 2009)


My next phone...The display alone makes the difference. Best display yet on a verizon phone...

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 11:01 1

9. 1of7627 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)


Why don't these new "flagship" LG phones (either the Nitro or Spectrum) have a Notificaction LED? The Revolution I just replaced with a Spectrum has one. The Spectrum is a great device, but the lack of an LED surprised and disappointed me.

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