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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.


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:

LG Spectrum Video Review:


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


  • Poor battery life
  • Bland looking design
  • Shoots poor looking photos & videos
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posted on 30 Jan 2012, 10:11 2

1. asrr62 (Posts: 56; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

pretty sure im gonna get this phone next month. hopefully it doesnt go up in price.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 12:19

2. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)

i highly doubt that it will, especially if you don't buy it from Verizon

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 18:35

3. Tux4g63 (Posts: 119; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

Amazon wireless has it for $79 new contract or $129 for upgrade. Not too shabby.

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 04:55

4. asrr62 (Posts: 56; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

yeah they have it that price at radio shack and walmart also. anyone know if they have the same pricing at their stores as they do on their websites?

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 03:35 3

5. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

This > s**tty old Driod razer maxx

the screen alone makes it better, and both run gingerbread...

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 06:54 3

6. asrr62 (Posts: 56; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

lol. i think the razr maxx is a joke. motorola makes bad phones my droid x2 is falling apart.

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 13:27 2

7. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

samsung phones are worse than a moto phone if we're talking comparison here.

i like Lg flip phones, but havent been THAT impressed with their smartphones.

I'm an HTC/Moto guy myself, but thats from experience and years of selling the phones.

dropping your phone doesnt count toward it falling apart lol

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 17:47

9. asrr62 (Posts: 56; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

um yeah. i have not dropped my phone. lol. yeah i just think my droid x2 is a dud.

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 13:27 1

8. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

i love when you do the 360 view the clock changes

they apparently didnt do still shots between 11:35 and 11:38 ;)

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 14:11

10. GloriaFan (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Feb 2012)

Does it come pre-loaded with Twitter or do you have to get it from the Market? When I first was looking at it on Verizon site it actually told you it came with facebook and Twitter but now it doesn't tell you anything about any of the devices like that. Thanks for your help!

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 17:14

11. hassambinwaseem (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

Does it support all sims available in Pakistan?

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 17:40 1

12. jmac74 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

The Razr Maxx??? A Benchmark??? You gotta be kidding me.. I've had the Razr.. It's the most over rated, over hyped piece of crap out there

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LG Spectrum

LG Spectrum

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