LG Spectrum 2 Review

Interface and Functionality:

Layered over Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Spectrum 2 has the familiar LG Optimus UI, similar to what we’ve seen on the Optimus L9 smartphone and not the better version found on the Optimus G. It does a fine job making the device easy to use, with 7 home screens, app drawer, and a nice selection of desktop widgets – but it is nothing we haven’t seen before.

One nice surprise is that the Spectrum 2 includes four themes (optimus, odyssey, shine, and thor). Selecting one will not only change the wallpaper, but the system icons that are displayed. Even though this is a nice addition, it still does not offer the customization of HTC’s Sense UI.

Naturally, the Spectrum 2 does well with the included Android core apps, such as E-Mail and Gmail, contacts, and calendar. Also on board is Richnote allowing you to notate any image, and SmartShare which lets you stream content to a DLNA device. But the Spectrum 2 does lacks some of the more advanced features found on the higher-end Optimus G, such as QSlide and Live Zooming.

Other included apps are Amazon Store, Amazon Kindle and MP3, Amex Serve, Verizon app store, Audible, IMDb, Polaris Office, NFL Mobile, Verizon Tones and Video, VZ Navigator, and Zappos. For games, there are demo versions of Let’s Golf 3 and Real Racing 2 included.

Processor and Memory:

Having a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM, the LG Spectrum 2 holds its own when compared to other dual-core smartphones, especially considering its $100 contract price. The device also feels plenty fast when launching apps, multitasking, or just moving through the home screens.

LG Spectrum 2 5283 7157 59,6
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6
Motorola DROID RAZR HD 4972 6787 59,6
Samsung Galaxy Stellar 4104 5692 59

Internet and Connectivity:

The web browsing experience is a pleasant one using the stock browser, as kinetic scrolling and pinch-to-zoom are fluid. Naturally, you can also load-up Chrome or other 3rd party browsers if you so desire.

It should come as no surprise that the LG Spectrum 2 can make use of Verizon’s 4G LTE data network. In our area of South FL, we were able to use the SpeedTest.net app and get download speeds between 2-8Mbps and upload speeds of 1-3Mbps, which depends on network congestion, time of day, and 

Not only does the Spectrum 2 support Verizon’s CDMA and LTE/EVDO network in the US, but the device is also Global Roaming ready, which means it can use GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz and EDGE/HSDPA/UMTS 900/1900/2100MHz while overseas. Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz) are also on board.



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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: Mar 13, 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/ Enjoy!

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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: May 22, 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


Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The Spec 2 DOES support MHL

5. FAUguy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 09, 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?


Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 78; Member since: Apr 09, 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.


Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Not sure why myself, but I got curious and plugged it up anyway to see that it works. :) Thanks!

9. AplhaMale

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 11, 2012

Why are these clowns still making phones? LG should stick to tv's and fridges!
Spectrum 2
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2150 mAh(10.40h talk time)

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