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.

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With 16GB of internal memory, there is only 11GB available to the user, but since there is the addition of a microSD memory card slot, you can add up to 32GB for extra storage space.

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 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.
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