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LG Spectrum review

It broadens Verizon's 4G LTE selection, but can it topple the competition?

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Our Verdict

While the LG Spectrum has some standout features, it's outclassed by other Verizon 4G LTE handsets when it comes to important details like call quality, battery life, OS usability, and included version of Android.

For

  • Excellent display
  • Good build quality
  • Solid 4G LTE performance
  • Speedy processor
  • 8MP camera works well

Against

  • Mediocre call quality
  • Very weak battery life
  • No Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Some UI frustrations
  • Spotty video recording

The video recording function of the LG Spectrum sports a similar interface to that of the camera, and it allows you to shoot 1080p footage to your MicroSD card.

Curiously, the video camera includes no option to either manually or automatically focus the image, leaving you with only the stock option, which does a good job at capturing wide shots and subjects at some distance.

LG spectrum

That's fine in many scenarios, but if you're planning on capturing something up close or intend to move the camera while shooting, chances are you'll end up with blurry segments.

Moreover, the footage we shot – even with strong lighting – didn't always look quite as clear as hoped when viewed on a larger display than that of the phone. The clips are decently detailed in parts, but elsewhere appear grainy. It's just not as consistently sharp as we'd expect from 1080p footage.

LG spectrum

In addition to Full HD (1920x1088), you can shoot in HD (1280x720), TV (720x480), VGA (640x480), QVGA (320x340), and QCIF (176x144) settings, the last two of which are designated for MMS messages.

The same white balance and color effect settings from the camera side are present here, as well, along with the option to mute audio recording while filming. Additionally, the LED back light can be toggled on and off to assist with low-light filming.