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LG Spectrum Review

LG Spectrum

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LG Spectrum Review
Calling quality is nearly superb on the LG Spectrum as clear, distinctive, and noise-free voices are heard very audibly on both ends of the line. However, when switching over to using the speakerphone, its volume output is rather weak in tone, while some muffled tones tend to degrade its quality, but despite those qualms, we find it still to be usable for most occasions.

One of the prevalent issues we’ve experiencing with nearly all of Verizon’s 4G LTE smartphones is the constant loss of 4G LTE connection. Well, we’re happy to report that it isn’t much of an issue with this one – still, we do experience some drops in connection, but it’s not as constant as other devices. During our time testing the handset, it maintains a solid connection to the network – with no evidence of fluctuation.

By now, we’ve grown accustomed to the notion of poor battery life with devices connected to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, and right on cue, we can say the same thing with this one. After charging its 1,830 mAh battery, we’re only presented with approximately 10 hours of juice with our normal usage – consisting of web browsing, email, texting, and the occasional phone call. Simply, it’s nothing new and basically establishes the marks we’ve found on other high-end 4G LTE devices. All in all, you’ll probably want to charge this whenever the opportunity arises.


Conclusion:

Rather than setting this at the usual price point of $299.99 that we’ve grown to see with Verizon’s top-shelf Android smartphones, it’s blessed with an even better $199.99 on-contract pricing, which is perhaps one of its most appreciated offerings. Even though LG has made some great strides on the Spectrum over its previous work with the Revolution, it simply pales in comparison to some of the other devices it’s competing against. Yeah, we adore the 4.5” True HD IPS display it’s packing along, but there’s simply nothing new or unique that the LG Spectrum can call its own. And now that the Galaxy Nexus is out and available packing the latest Android experience, it’s rather revolting to see this one launching with Gingerbread. Honestly, you’re better off spending another $100 on benchmarking devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 2.3.5
Build Number: GRJ90
Kernel Version: 2.6.35.11-perf

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Pros

  • $199.99 on-contract price
  • Sharp looking True HD IPS display
  • Good calling quality

Cons

  • Poor battery life
  • Bland looking design
  • Shoots poor looking photos & videos
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LG Spectrum

LG Spectrum

OS: Android 4.0.4 2.3
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (326 ppi) LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
1 GB 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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