LG Spectrum LTE Smartphone Review - HotHardware

LG Spectrum LTE Smartphone Review

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Like many of today's phones, the majority of the front of the LG Spectrum is consumed by the large, 4.5-inch display. Above the display to the right of the Verizon Wireless logo, you'll find the 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. In comparison to some other phones which have ridges or a bump where the rear-facing camera or battery resides, the Spectrum has a mostly uniform body.

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Unlike many of today's Android phones, the Spectrum has just three touch-sensitive buttons (Menu, Home, Back) beneath the display. The Search button that is typically found beneath the display on other phones is missing, but you can access this functionality through the phone's interface. The Home button is the most noticeable of the three touch-sensitive buttons because it is surrounded by chrome.

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When you turn the Spectrum over, you'll see a glossy checkerboard finish that tends to attract fingerprints. Although the phone is comfortable to hold, we miss the easy-gripping feature of the rubberized back found on some smartphones today; the glossy back is pretty slick to the touch. On the back of the phone, you'll also see the 8 megapixel rear-facing camera along with LG and 4G LTE logos. You can see the rear speaker to the right of the 4G LTE logo.

On the left side of the phone, you'll find a volume rocker. The bottom edge of the phone and the right edge are null of any controls. On the top edge of the Spectrum, you'll find the 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port, and power button. The microUSB port is hidden behind a door that lifts up and rotates out.

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The LG Spectrum has an average weight in comparison to many of today's hot smartphones. The phone weighs 4.99 ounces which is very similar to Apple's iPhone 4S (4.9 ounces). Here's a closer look at how the Spectrum compares to some of today's popular phones.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G 4.2 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr 4.48 ounces
Nexus S
4.55 ounces
Samsung GSII Epic 4G Touch 4.6 ounces
HTC Droid Incredible
4.6 ounces
Apple iPhone 4
4.8 ounces
Apple iPhone 4S
4.9 ounces
LG Spectrum
4.99 ounces
Samsung Droid Charge
5.04 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
5.1 ounces
Motorola Droid Bionic 5.57 ounces
Motorola Photon 4G
5.6 ounces
HTC EVO 3D
6 ounces
HTC Thunderbolt
6.23 ounces

 
When you remove the back battery cover, you'll see the Spectrum's microSD card slot as well as a Verizon Wireless 4G LTE SIM card. We appreciate that LG designed the phone so you can access the microSD slot without having to remove the battery. Should you need to swap SIM card, however, you'll need to remove the battery to have full access to the SIM slot.

  

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Very beautiful piece of technology, but why is it so big? What about this phone is better than the Iphone?

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Looking forward to the update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). When will this take place?

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I love how sleek this looks, I to wish it was a bit smaller.

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The menu key in the bottom left functions as a search button when held down.

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This is my third LG phone in 6 yrs. I like the fast dual core processor and bright HD screen but these features result in poor battery performance. I like the product BUT this one is a bit of a "letdown" because the indicator lights are missing. They decided not to put them on this phone which is a real disapointment. The ALLY had different color lights that indicated either incoming text, voicemail, or email with a different color for each. That feature I'm truely going to miss. Hopefully the next generation LG smatphone brings them back.

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