LG Spectrum Review

Introduction and Design

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?

The phone package contains:

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


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.

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.

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.


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 360-degrees View:

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