LG Spectrum LTE Smartphone Review

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With its 4.5-inch True HD IPS display that supports a high resolution of 1280x720, the LG Spectrum is sure to attract users who have a keen eye for graphics and multimedia content. Sports fans will also appreciate some of the included apps and features that come with the Spectrum, such as the ESPN ScoreCenter app that provides ScoreCenter stats, images and videos in 720p HD.

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Our biggest complaint about this phone was the occasional sluggish response we'd get when opening the Applications and other menus. Assuming Verizon Wireless and LG resolve this issue through a future update, or possibly when the phone is upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, we feel the Spectrum will be more appealing to users. In the meantime, if you're willing to be a little patient every now and then, the phone still has a lot going for it. Overall, the Spectrum performed quite well in many of our benchmark tests.

While battery life with the Spectrum isn't terrible, it's also not anything to write home about. Heavy users will definitely want to keep a spare battery or a charger handy for heavy use days.

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All in all, the Spectrum is a very capable phone with some compelling features (particularly its display). Given the many LTE-capable phones from Verizon Wireless, however, we can't say the Spectrum stands out in its current form. The hardware and features are certainly there, but until the glitches we mentioned are ironed out it's difficult to recommend this device over competing Verizon LTE offerings.

     
  • 4.5-inch True HD IPS display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM
  • 4G connectivity
  • Exclusive HD access to the ESPN ScoreCenter app
  • Occasional sluggish responsive
  • Lots of preinstalled apps
  • No Android 4.0—yet

 


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