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LG Spectrum unboxing

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Seeing a majority of its rivals pushing out its second-generation 4G LTE devices for Verizon Wireless, LG seems to be the last of the major mobile manufacturers to come out with its offering – the LG Spectrum. We’ve spent some good time checking out the 4G LTE and dual-core processor packing smartphone back at CES, but this time around, we’re checking out the final retail version of the handset, which so happens to be available for purchase right now for the oh-so adorable on-contract price of only $199.99.

As we’ve mentioned in our hands-on time with the LG Spectrum, it closely resembles the LG Nitro HD for AT&T, both inside and out. Interestingly enough, its retail packaging is receiving the same all-black treatment found with previous 4G LTE smartphones like the Motorola DROID RAZR, HTC Rezound, and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Even before ripping out the handset from its box, we’re not expecting a whole lot accompanying the handset in terms of additional accessories – and rightfully so, our feelings are confirmed. Inside, we’re treated to the usual set of documentation, wall charger, and microUSB cable, which are the standard things we’re accustomed to seeing at this point.

LG Spectrum unboxing
LG Spectrum unboxing
LG Spectrum unboxing
LG Spectrum unboxing

LG Spectrum unboxing
LG Spectrum unboxing
LG Spectrum unboxing
LG Spectrum unboxing


After getting acquainted with its hardware specs again, it’s quite obvious that it doesn’t necessarily bring forth anything relatively new. Well, if we’d have to pick, one of the biggest standouts for this smartphone is its 4.5” True HD IPS display, which features that prominent resolution of 720 x 1280. Unlike the Galaxy Nexus, which relies on a PenTile matrix arrangement, the LG Spectrum utilizes the more favorable RGB arrangement, and on top of that, its IPS panel is better able to produce the more natural looking colors as well. Other noteworthy specs also includes the 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor it’s packing under the hood, though, it’s nothing appealing compared to some kind of quad-core CPU.

LG Spectrum unboxing
LG Spectrum unboxing
LG Spectrum unboxing
LG Spectrum unboxing

LG Spectrum unboxing
LG Spectrum unboxing
LG Spectrum unboxing
LG Spectrum unboxing


Alas, the other major thing going for the LG Spectrum is its absolute competitive price point of $199.99 with a 2-year contract – and no, that’s not the price it’s going to be flaunting months from now. Rather, that’s the pricing we’re seeing right from the start, thus, breaking that that reputation we’ve been seeing with top-shelf smartphones of late from Verizon’s camp. As usual, we'll be testing it out to see how it's able to differentiate itself from the other crop of high-end 4G LTE smartphones out there. Expect our review soon!

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posted on 24 Jan 2012, 15:50 2

1. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I don't see why everyone hates LG's phones. Their UI has learning curves. The LG Nitro is not as laggy as these review sites described and I probably can say the same for the LG Spectrum.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 17:25 2

6. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


And the LG Spectrum has even less lag. I have a lot of co-workers who have the phone and love it. The display on this phone is absolutely amazing! It also has Netflix HD so you can watch videos in 720p :)

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 21:34

10. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I've played with the nitro anf i noticed a scroling thing that lg has put in hat is pretty tricky at first but you get a use to it after like the first 15 seconds. Basically lg makes the phone scroll a whileand yo stop it you have to tap it. Timing it wrong can fool some one into thinking a device is laggy. But on the other hand, verizon may have removed this scroll pattern.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 15:51

2. barenstam (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


I love the $199 price point and would be very tempted to purchase but the lack of ICS is a deal breaker.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 18:39

8. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


What practical benefits does ICS bring? Just wanna know.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 16:14 1

3. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


the three buttons on the bottom indicates ice cream sandwiche. dare i say this but i think its the better of the four - nexus, razor, rezound from initial impressions.

the screen is no doubt looks remarkable

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 16:25 3

4. johnny9000 (Posts: 44; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


I've been using a Nexus with ICS for awhile now. Really, I hate to say something that sounds like a demonic verse, but I haven't found it all that appealing. Compared to the 2.3.4 I had on my GS2, functionality wise there are no major differences. Layout differences? Such, huge differences, but how it has handled hasn't been any better. I think people need to stop getting so hung up on "I'll only buy it if it has ICS!"

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 21:28

9. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I understand where you are coming from but ics is supposed to be the link between tablets and phones so fragmenting will be less common in the future. That is why you se the overhauled design change.That is why i think google may be a little more strict when it comes to changing the design of ics for oems. I feel thesame way about the galaxy nexus. In my opinion it is just as disapointing as the iPhone 4S. But i still think it is a great phone. In fact both pgones are greatfor their consumer target. I espescialy like this lg spectrum device. i want to try it

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 17:24

5. soooyeaaa (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


looks pretty nice actually!

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 18:03

7. scuba81 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Wh did this genius unbox the device outdoors? That screen looked awesome........all washed out from the glaring direct sunlight. Thanks for wasting 4 minutes of my life.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 21:35

11. theo14461 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I went through 3 G2x's, and a Nitro that all shared the same problem. For some reason, they wouldn't automatically connect to a known WiFi network, unless I toggled the WiFi on and off. Maybe LG got it right this time. By the way, the Nexus comes in a white box.

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