The included 8MP autofocus camera on the LG Spectrum 2 doesn’t appear any better since the original Spectrum. Images that we took outside are lacking in their detail, as edges are soft and not well defined, and color accuracy is poor – the auto white balance often had difficulty and resulted in the image having a blue hue to it. Not only that, but several times we had to re-take the picture, as the autofocus seemed not to properly focus on the subject. For inside images, there is an extreme amount of visible grain, as the camera automatically adjusts the ISO from 1000 to 1700 depending on the light level, though this does allow for a bright image when using the LED flash.

Videos are recorded at 1920x1080p resolution and are smooth with 30 frames-per-second. Both color and detail look good when played back on a monitor or HDTV, but the camera does pick up on the slightest movement, causing the video to look jerky if the phone is not held perfectly still.

LG Spectrum 2 Sample Video:


The music player on the LG Spectrum 2 is lacking some of the eye-candy, such as 3D carousel view, which is on other LG smartphones, but it still does a good job of showing basic information and allowing you to select which song you want to playback with ease. Sound quality through the rear speaker is a bit hollow and doesn’t have any punch, but if you connect a pair of wired earbuds, you can activate the Dolby mode to “enhance” the sound quality. 

Video playback is enjoyable on the 4.7” True HD IPS screen, as we were able to play a wide variety of file formats, including MP4, H.264, DivX, and Xvid, with resolutions up to 1080p. You also have the option of streaming video to an HDTV via the MHL connection (which is part of the microUSB port) or by using the AllShare app, which uses DLNA streaming over Wi-Fi.

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