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LG Spectrum Review

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Camera:

The LG Spectrum’s camera interface is no different from other devices running the LG Optimus 2.0 UI skin, seeing that it’s functional and easy to operate, although the settings menu feels a bit cluttered, due to the sheer number of options available.

Camera interface - LG Spectrum Review
Camera interface - LG Spectrum Review
Camera interface - LG Spectrum Review
Camera interface - LG Spectrum Review
Camera interface - LG Spectrum Review
Camera interface - LG Spectrum Review
Camera interface - LG Spectrum Review
Camera interface - LG Spectrum Review
Camera interface - LG Spectrum Review
Camera interface - LG Spectrum Review
Camera interface - LG Spectrum Review
Camera interface - LG Spectrum Review

Camera interface


At 8-megapixels, it’s abundantly ample for this kind of device, but as we all know, it’s not the size that necessarily counts. Unfortunately, we can’t come to terms with the poor quality of images produced by the LG Spectrum, even more when it doesn’t handle dynamic range that well and fails to deliver accurate colors in nearly all lighting conditions. Actually, it tends to cast a very prominent greenish hue! Besides that, its details indoors under artificial lighting and low lighting conditions are very hazy looking.

Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review

Camera samples shot with the LG Spectrum


Strong - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - LG Spectrum Review
Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - LG Spectrum Review
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - LG Spectrum Review

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Medium

Low light

3ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - LG Spectrum Review
5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - LG Spectrum Review
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - LG Spectrum Review

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Darkness with flash
Indoor samples


Well, there aren’t better things to say about its high definition 1080p video recording – though, we do like its clear audio and smooth record rate of 29 frames per second. Aside from those two items, the biggest distraction that we find is the over-exposed appearance with recordings shot in sunny conditions, which simply masks fine details. Meanwhile, low light recordings are marred by the usual staple of things such as poor detail and heavy noise.

LG Spectrum Sample Video - Day:



LG Spectrum Sample Video - Night:




Multimedia:

In portrait, there’s nothing advantageous with the music player interface of the LG Spectrum from other smartphones, as it displays the album cover and on-screen controls. However, placing it in landscape presents us with a spiffy looking 3D carousel used for browsing through our collection, and we have to admit, it’s really polished looking. With its internal speaker however, it pumps out some neutral tones that doesn’t offer much power in blowing us away, but at least there’s no strain.

Music player - LG Spectrum Review
Music player - LG Spectrum Review
Music player - LG Spectrum Review

Music player


Video playback is an absolute joy on the LG Spectrum thanks primarily to its sharp looking display. With our test video encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution, it delivers some exciting visuals with its smooth playback, sharp details, and natural looking color reproduction. Frankly, its sizable display aids in making the experience very comfortable and pleasing during extensive watching.

On one hand, we’re able to share multimedia content very easily with its MHL port, while on the other, we also have DLNA functionality as an alternative. With the wired option, we’re given the advantageous function of having that useful mirrored experience on the big screen. Though, the bummer in it all is that the required MHL adapter cable isn’t supplied – meaning, it’s an extra cost out of your pocket.


Software:

Not shocking in the very bit, especially when it follows like any other Verizon handset before it, but the LG Spectrum is stuffed to the roof with bloatware. Naturally, we find all of the usual Verizon branded apps on board with the handset – such as My Verizon Mobile, V CAST Apps, V CAST Media Manager, V CAST Tones, Verizon Video, and VZ Navigator. Beyond that, the handset is supplemented by other preloaded third party apps like Amazon Kindle, Netflix, Bitbop, Blockbuster, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Let’s Golf 2, NFL Mobile, Rhapsody, TuneWiki, VideoSurf, Smart Movie HD, and ESPN Scorecenter.

Preinstalled software on the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Preinstalled software on the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Preinstalled software on the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Preinstalled software on the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Preinstalled software on the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Preinstalled software on the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Preinstalled software on the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review
Preinstalled software on the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum Review

Preinstalled software on the LG Spectrum



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posted on 30 Jan 2012, 10:11 2

1. asrr62 (Posts: 31; 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: 109; 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: 114; 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: 31; 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: 147; 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: 31; 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: 31; 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
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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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