LG Spectrum 2 Review
0. phoneArena 19 Nov 2012, 09:01 posted on
With the Holiday Season fast approaching, Verizon has introduced the new LG Spectrum 2, which is a follow-up to the original LG Spectrum that was released earlier this year. This time around, the device is more in line to compete with other mid-level smartphones, as it comes running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 4.7” 720p display, a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera. But what makes the LG Spectrum 2 most attractive is its reasonable price, coming in at $100 with a 2-year contract.
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1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2957; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Kind of boring going through the review on this one!
And the set of four capacitive buttons now looks cramped since we've seen phones donning the lesser 3 buttons...
10. Leonard-Davis (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
This phone has surprised me. I have owned lots of Android phones and this one might be my favorite yet. I NEVER thought I would say this about an LG phone. To put it in perspective, I have owned the Galaxy Nexus, S3, Rezound, Razr and Razr M.
The one area where this phone really shines is reception. The Galaxy Nexus literally could not pick up a signal at my house, the S3 was not much better and the Motorolas had a solid 3G signal but barely picked up a 4G signal. This phone has been on a 4G signal over 90% of the time. Calls are crystal clear too. Not sure why the LG has a stronger signal at my house than any of the other phones but it does.
The IPS HD screen is awesome too. Much better screen than some of the more expensive phones...
It comes with some delivered themes. The Thor one is especially cool.
It runs fast too. It had some delays when I first started using it but that has cleared up. I deactivated quite a few of the delivered apps that I do not need.
The GPS locks on fairly quickly but not as fast as the Razr M did.
The battery life is average but good enough for me. I am constantly around a charger if needed. If you need great battery life and do not have access to a charger regularly, this might not be the phone for you. On the positive side, the battery is user replaceable if needed. There might be after market options for a different battery but I have not seen one yet. It also comes with a micro sd card slot for expansion. So many phones these days do not have either of these options.
The overlay that LG uses does not bother me. You could always use a launcher if needed.
The phone would be even better with Jelly Bean. Hopefully this will happen sooner than later but I doubt it since the sales of this phone will be small and not likely a priority for Verizon. Plus LG has not been known for quick updates in the past.
In my mind, LG has come a long way since even last year. If you want a great HD screen and excellent reception on a budget, this phone is a great option.
P.S. I suggest to check for best price at: mobilephonesuper.wordpress.com/lg-spectrum-ii/
2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
nice phone, well designed although it's a little too large. i love the Thor theme that it comes loaded with. o:
3. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
is it me, or does this seem on par with the galaxy s III minus the camera.
I know the UI's are different but you could easily get it in a custom rom.
personally, I would prefer the droid DNA even for the extra 100 dollars
I wish LG would add a stock ics theme with stock ics icons and other stuff. that would be pretty awesome. it would be like stock aosp without the aosp custom rom
5. FAUguy (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
The specs listed on the LG site and their PDF does not list MHL for the Spectrum 2, but they do list it for the original Spectrum. Have you been able to try the Spectrum 2 with a MHL HDMI cable?
6. NOLEFTHERE (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Yes, I tested my Spec 2 and MHL works perfectly. Why its not listed, I dont know. But i do wish the reviewer tried it out instead of just stating that it does not have the featurell
7. FAUguy (Posts: 76; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
We have corrected that section, thank you.
I asked LG about it last week, but never heard back. Since I don't have an MHL adapter or cable here, I wasn't able to test that part, but relied on the specs that LG had posted, which doesn't list MHL.
8. NOLEFTHERE (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Not sure why myself, but I got curious and plugged it up anyway to see that it works. :)
9. AplhaMale (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Dec 2012)
Why are these clowns still making phones? LG should stick to tv's and fridges!