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LG Spectrum Review

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LG Spectrum Review
Introduction:

Now that the busy holiday season is behind us, there’s no arguing that Verizon had plenty of juicy second-generation 4G LTE smartphones for its customers – with each offering its own unique aspects to lure in people. One might’ve easily noticed LG’s absence, which is rather surprising considering that the Korean based company is a force to be reckoned with. Well, it’s better late than never, right? Just like its rivals before it, the LG Spectrum is stuffed with all of the lovable qualities of a contemporary high-end Android smartphone. However, will it have enough allure to rise over some of the benchmarking devices we’ve seen already? Or will it simply left out to dry for its late arrival onto the scene?

LG Spectrum Review
LG Spectrum Review
The phone package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Master Your Device Guide; Product Safety and Warranty Information

Design:

Hardly attempting to differentiate itself from its previous offerings in the LG Optimus LTE (Korean model) and LG Nitro HD (AT&T), the LG Spectrum follows forth with a very familiar, yet bland looking design. In fact, the only major thing new is its glossy and smooth plastic back cover, which so happens to be notorious for accumulating fingerprints – and worse yet, it’s much more prone to scratching versus the textured cover on the Nitro HD. Still, it’s pretty skinny (0.42” thick) and lightweight (4.99 oz) by today’s standards, but more importantly, it doesn’t feel as overbearing to hold in the hand. As a whole, we adore that its size has been reduced considerably versus the Revolution, but it doesn’t offer anything tantalizing in design.

The LG Spectrum doesn’t feel overbearing to hold in the hand - LG Spectrum Review
The LG Spectrum doesn’t feel overbearing to hold in the hand - LG Spectrum Review
The LG Spectrum doesn’t feel overbearing to hold in the hand - LG Spectrum Review

The LG Spectrum doesn’t feel overbearing to hold in the hand


LG Spectrum Review

You can compare the LG Spectrum with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The LG Spectrum places all of its ports on the top edge of the phone – such as its microUSB (MHL port) and 3.5mm headset jack. Meanwhile, its noise-cancelling microphone and easy to feel dedicated power button are also lined all on the same edge. On the left, there’s a very tactile volume rocker, while the right edge is devoid of anything.

All ports are on the top edge - LG Spectrum Review
Volume rocker (left) - LG Spectrum Review
Bottom edge - LG Spectrum Review

All ports are on the top edge

Volume rocker (left)

Bottom edge


In the rear, its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash protrudes from the surrounding surface, while two inconspicuous slits towards the bottom edge are merely there for its internal speaker. Prying off the back cover, we’re given access to its 4G LTE SIM card slot, 1,830 mAh battery, and microSD card slot, which is occupied by a 16GB card out of the box.

Back - LG Spectrum Review
Camera - LG Spectrum Review
Battery compartment - LG Spectrum Review

Back

Camera

Battery compartment



Display:

Indeed It’s a first for an LG made device for Verizon, but the 4.5” True HD IPS display of the LG Spectrum isn’t new per se, especially when AT&T customers have been treated to it on the Nitro HD for some time now. Nevertheless, it’s one of the most attractive things about the entire handset because its sports a resolution of 720 x 1280, while relying on the more favorable RGB arrangement for superior detail. On top of that, since it’s an IPS panel, its color production is remarkably realistic looking and boasts wide viewing angles to ensure clarity in almost any conditions. Needless to say, we’re humbled by all of it, but it doesn’t get as much notoriety over other things for the simple reason it isn’t particularly new to the game.

LG Spectrum Review
LG Spectrum Review
LG Spectrum Review

The LG Spectrum has a 4.5” True HD IPS display - LG Spectrum Review
The LG Spectrum has a 4.5” True HD IPS display - LG Spectrum Review
The LG Spectrum has a 4.5” True HD IPS display - LG Spectrum Review

The LG Spectrum has a 4.5” True HD IPS display



LG Spectrum 360-degrees View:



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posted on 30 Jan 2012, 10:11 2

1. asrr62 (Posts: 53; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


pretty sure im gonna get this phone next month. hopefully it doesnt go up in price.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 12:19

2. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)


i highly doubt that it will, especially if you don't buy it from Verizon

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 18:35

3. Tux4g63 (Posts: 118; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Amazon wireless has it for $79 new contract or $129 for upgrade. Not too shabby.

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 04:55

4. asrr62 (Posts: 53; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


yeah they have it that price at radio shack and walmart also. anyone know if they have the same pricing at their stores as they do on their websites?

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 03:35 3

5. deacz (Posts: 157; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


This > s**tty old Driod razer maxx

the screen alone makes it better, and both run gingerbread...

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 06:54 3

6. asrr62 (Posts: 53; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


lol. i think the razr maxx is a joke. motorola makes bad phones my droid x2 is falling apart.

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 13:27 2

7. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


samsung phones are worse than a moto phone if we're talking comparison here.

i like Lg flip phones, but havent been THAT impressed with their smartphones.

I'm an HTC/Moto guy myself, but thats from experience and years of selling the phones.

dropping your phone doesnt count toward it falling apart lol

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 17:47

9. asrr62 (Posts: 53; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


um yeah. i have not dropped my phone. lol. yeah i just think my droid x2 is a dud.

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 13:27 1

8. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


i love when you do the 360 view the clock changes

they apparently didnt do still shots between 11:35 and 11:38 ;)

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 14:11

10. GloriaFan (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)


Does it come pre-loaded with Twitter or do you have to get it from the Market? When I first was looking at it on Verizon site it actually told you it came with facebook and Twitter but now it doesn't tell you anything about any of the devices like that. Thanks for your help!

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 17:14

11. hassambinwaseem (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Does it support all sims available in Pakistan?

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 17:40 1

12. jmac74 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


The Razr Maxx??? A Benchmark??? You gotta be kidding me.. I've had the Razr.. It's the most over rated, over hyped piece of crap out there

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LG Spectrum

LG Spectrum

OS: Android 4.0.4 2.3
view full specs
Display4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (326 ppi) LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual core, 1500 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size5.33 x 2.71 x 0.42 inches
(135 x 69 x 11 mm)
4.99 oz  (142 g)
Battery1830 mAh, 8.3 hours talk time

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