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LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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Interface and Functionality:

Seriously, do we really need to get into the specifics regarding this category, even more when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus features the most up-to-date Android experience with Ice Cream Sandwich? Beyond the reasoning that it’s the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, we like it mainly because it sports a very clean looking appearance with a ton of neat features – such as face unlock. Well, we prefer it more over the clunky and cluttered look of the LG Optimus UI 2.0 running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the LG Spectrum.

The LG 
Spectrum features the Optimus 2.0 skin on top of Android 2.3.5 
Gingerbread - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The LG 
Spectrum features the Optimus 2.0 skin on top of Android 2.3.5 
Gingerbread - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The LG 
Spectrum features the Optimus 2.0 skin on top of Android 2.3.5 
Gingerbread - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The LG 
Spectrum features the Optimus 2.0 skin on top of Android 2.3.5 
Gingerbread - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android
 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android
 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android
 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Graced with plentiful real estates, there’s no kidding that both handsets are ideal for dishing out long passages of text with their respective keyboards. Although we find their layouts to be spacious, the LG keyboard on the Spectrum offers the larger buttons to minimizes mistakes, but still, we do like the responsiveness of both devices in keeping up with our rate of input.

Typing messages on the LG 
Spectrum - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Typing messages on the LG 
Spectrum - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Typing messages on the LG 
Spectrum - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Typing messages on the LG 
Spectrum - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The virtual keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The virtual keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The virtual keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The virtual keyboard of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

As for the rest, such as Gmail and various organizer apps, they both offer the same features and functionality that keep us in check with our daily lives. Therefore, neither device has an advantage over the other in this category.

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Spectrum - Email - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Email - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Email - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Email - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

LG Spectrum

 

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

 


Processor and Memory:

When you’re at the top of the ladder, you’re expected to pack some kind of dual-core processor to run the show. Rightfully so, that’s what we find with these top-shelf smartphones as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor, and the Spectrum by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 CPU. Coupled with 1GB of RAM, they exhibit the same level of performance – thus, executing most basic tasks without much fluff, but there’s not one that’s visually faster. However, we also experience some levels of choppiness with more processor intensive tasks, but it’s never to the point agonizing.

Internally, the Galaxy Nexus presents us with a generous 32GB of internal storage – though, there’s no way to increase its capacity. Conversely, the Spectrum is preloaded with a 16GB microSD card, which can be replaced with higher capacity cards if needed.


Internet and Connectivity:

Alright, we’ve been spoiled very heavily by Verizon’s 4G LTE network, but despite that, we’re pleased with the peppy data speeds exhibited on both handset – allowing complex pages like ours to load in a jiffy. Perhaps it can be related to the optimizations found with ICS, but the Galaxy Nexus is undoubtedly the better performer in the web browsing department thanks to its buttery smooth navigational controls. Well, the Spectrum’s performance is tolerable, but its operation is on the choppy side – though, it’s still acceptable without degrading the overall experience.

Web browsing with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Web browsing with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Web browsing with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Web browsing with the LG Spectrum - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Web browsing with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Web browsing with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Web browsing with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Web browsing with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus - LG Spectrum vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Unquestionably, they share a lot of commonalities since they’re CDMA devices with support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Furthermore, they come packing the usual suspect of other connectivity items – such as aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.

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