LG, makers of everything from microwaves to televisions, has a new phone out on the Verizon 4G network. The LG Spectrum, a phone that is quickly flying off the shelves at Verizon.com offers up a 4.5 inch screen, Snapdragon Processor and HD video support. Does the Revolution hold up to the hype, or does it fall flat. Check out my review after the jump.
The Spectrum had a 4.5 inch True HD LCD screen. The screen is capacitive with multi-touch capability. Resolution is 720 x 1280 and capable of 16 million colors. The screen of the Revolution is highly responsive and very clear when viewing pictures or text. Movies are easy to watch with no ghosting of pictures in during bright flashes or rapidly moving scenes. With that clarity and Gorilla Glass by Corning, this is a tough screen to overlook.
Packing an 8MP rear facing camera the LG is capable of 1080p video capture. The camera is autofocus with a LED flash. Pictures are clear and crisp and look stunning on the screen. Pictures printed from this phone have great quality also.
For those of you who love to video chat, the Spectrum has a 1.3 MP front facing camera. This camera is great for Gtalk, ooVoo, Skype, or any other video chat client you happen to use. The front facing camera also takes nice quality still pictures also.
The Spectrum comes standard with an 1830mAh standard. The battery is rated at around 8 to 9 hours of talk time. We all know that no one uses their phone for just talking. Real world testing showed roughly 6-8 hours of heavy usage. Be advised my heavy usage days are data heavy over both 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. I stream lots of music over Slacker and receive a slew of work and personal emails. So when I say data heavy, it’s quite heavy.
The Spectrum is powered by a 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor. This keeps things cruising along nice and smoothly with no lag between app switching. There are 4GB Flash memory and 16GB microSD card preinstalled.
The LG Spectrum is a quality phone from a company that makes darn near anything. The screen is excellent, battery life is decent, and picture taking rivals some stand alone digital cameras. The battery cover has a carbon fire look but is still plastic. The phone feels good in your hands and the proximity sensor works well when in a call. Cell reception was good and the data speed were par with other 4G phones. Running on Gingerbread 2.3 there is hope that this phone will be updated to ICS sooner or later.
The LG overlay for Gingerbread gives an interesting take on your app screen with multiple ways to sort your apps. You can use the stock categories or create your own to give your LG a customized look.
Overall the LG Spectrum is a great choice if you are looking for a new Android device running on the Verizon Wireless 4G Network. Right now the Spectrum is $199 on a new 2 year contract from VZW.com. Be sure to check it out if you are in the market for a new phone. If you pick one up let us know how you like it.
- Spectrum by LG Review (slashgear.com)
- Verizon LG Spectrum hands-on and impressions (intomobile.com)
- LG Spectrum announced for Verizon (somobile.co.uk)
Author: Ben Oaks
Ben is a 911 Telecomunicator and a tech nut. Ben was born and raised in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. He reviews Verizon Wireless products for Techburgh.com and is the owner of Cerebral-Overload.com. His hope is to bring you the reviews you want to give you an informed decision on products you may be looking into.