With a new year, there is a storm of some marvelous smartphones getting released in the market. We have caught up LG Spectrum today. LG Spectrum was introduced earlier this year at the CES show and now Verizon Wireless is offering this device on a $199 contract. Spectrum has got slightly more pixel density than iPhone 4S. Resulting in a sharper screen. LG Spectrum has got an excellent screen, 8 MP camera, true HD Graphic engine and a fast processor.

Design

LG Spectrum is a big sized android phone. Spectrum sports a 4.5-inch HD LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels. The screen has pixel density of 226 ppi. At the back is glossy plastic cover homing 8 MP camera with LED flash. Spectrum mostly looks similar to LG Nitro HD. There are three buttons – Home, Menu and Back below the screen. LG has adjusted all the traffic on the top of Spectrum. MicroUSB port, 3.5mm audio jack and Power/Lock button are on the top. Volume Rocker is at the left side. There is no dedicated shutter button in this phone.

Processor and Memory
LG Spectrum has pretty nice specs. Spectrum is mastered by a Dual core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor fitted on Qualcomm MSM 8660 chipset. Phone Graphics are powered by Adreno 220 GPU. Spectrum has 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB internal storage. Internal storage memory is little lower – 8 or 16 GB was a better option. No worries! Spectrum supports up to 32 GB of microSD card. 16 GB is comes pre-inserted in the phone.

Connectivity
LG Spectrum is Verizon’s latest LTE enabled smartphone. Spectrum has Wi-Fi connectivity featuring DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot functionality. It has Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and Assisted GPS. It is NFC ready. However, we miss FM Radio in Spectrum. Spectrum is a CDMA device and does not support any GSM network worldwide.

User Interface

As to our surprise Spectrum runs Andoird Gingerbread (2.3.5). Where is the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? LG has confirmed that Spectrum will be update to ICS. The UI is same as found in LG Optimus lineup.

There are plenty of widgets and apps pre-loaded in this phone. Netflix, ESPN ScoreCenter, Amazon Kindle – there is a big list. Verizon apps also come on-board including V CAST Media Manager, Verizon Video etc. Moreover, there are pre-loaded games too. With a good GPU and dual core processor, this device is meant for serious gaming.

Spectrum gives a lightning fast browsing speed on LTE network. Browser is responsive to every action. Typing on the virtual keyboard is easier with minimal typing errors.

Camera and Battery

LG Spectrum equips 8 MP camera with LED flash. Camera UI is simple. There are many on-screen controls and functions. The quality is though not very good and lacks picture details. Spectrum captures 1080p full-HD videos at 30 fps. A secondary front-facing camera is also there.

Spectrum is powered by a standard 1830 mAh Li-ion battery that can hold charge up to 14 days in standby. Alike other LTE enable smartphones, Spectrum also has a poor battery life. On moderate usage, the fully charged battery lasts only a day long. Charge it in the morning and recharge it back at night.

Conclusion
A true HD LCD screen means a lot in itself. LG Spectrum is a high end device with a fast processor, large & sharp screen and 4G connectivity. It is available at $199 contract from Verizon. The price is surely decent. By we miss few things in the package, basically the latest Android v4.0. LG has said that Spectrum will be getting ICS. But, when? Nobody knows! Camera quality is also just satisfactory. A serious high end competitor to Spectrum is Motorola Droid Razr Maxx that consists of a never ending battery. On the other hand are HTC Rezound with same resolution and almost same specs; and Galaxy Nexus having Android ICS.

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