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LG Spectrum review

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LG Spectrum
LG Spectrum
LG Spectrum
LG Spectrum

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The LG Spectrum currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The LG Spectrum is one of many CDMA/LTE smartphones available from Verizon in the US.

It looks pretty promising on paper, with decent features such as a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 CPU, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage, a 4.5-inch HD screen, and a 1,830mAh battery. It has an 8MP camera with LED flash at the back, a front-facing secondary cam, a bunch of wireless features that include GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and support for both LTE and EV-DO Rev. A data. All of these are kept inside a body that measures only 11mm thin and weighs 141 grams.

It performs just as well as you might expect it to based on its list of specs. The main problem with it is that it runs an older version of the Android OS. In a time when devices are being announced with the latest version of Android pre-installed, the Spectrum is stuck with version 2.3. Not to mention a rather unremarkable looking exterior and, according to most reviewers, a not-so-attractive custom user interface on top of its Android OS.

Need to Know: LG Spectrum

1. Powerful innards and large HD touchscreen display. (The Good)

2. Supports 4G LTE network speeds. (The Good)

3. Android 2.3 Gingerbread as the default OS. (The Bad)

4. A limited amount of internal storage space. (The Bad)

Operating system
Operating system
1.5 GHz
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
1830 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


The problem with the LG Spectrum is that it’s a sheep dressed in wool. I hoped against hope that the performance of the phone paired with an amazing display and 4G connectivity would rid me of my desire to hurl something so freaking ugly against a wall. But it did not. There was a bug that lasted th...

- Jordan Crook, TechCrunch
Droid Life
Droid Life

It’s not all bad for the Spectrum though. We actually rank most of the aspects of the phone pretty high. The camera is acceptable, LTE is always awesome, the screen is absolutely gorgeous, and the battery life isn’t all that shaky. At $199, this phone is at least worth a quick look if you are not qu...

- Kellex, Droid Life

The LG Spectrum isn’t necessarily my favorite phone. It’s got pretty nice specs and a killer screen, but there’s something to be said about the way a phone draws you in from across the room. I don’t mean to get all romantic or dramatic about it, but it’s still true: appearance matters. LG doesn’t re...

- TechCrunch
Mobile Tech Review
Mobile Tech Review

There's a lot to like about the LG Spectrum. It has LTE with strong 4G reception, a really lovely 4.5" IPS 720p display and a fast Qualcomm S3 dual core CPU. It's promised an upgrade to Android 4.0 and handles video playback like a champ. Not bad for $199 with contract. But we're put off by the occa...

- Lisa Gade, Mobile Tech Review
Mobile Magazine
Mobile Magazine

While not all users will fall in love with the simple aesthetics of the LG Spectrum, I certainly found myself mesmerized by the overall experience I had. I enjoyed the HD capabilities and large screen, messing around with apps like the Siri-clone “Evi”, and playing with the camera. It certainly was...

- Andrew Grush, Mobile Magazine

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG Spectrum user manual here.

LG backs up the Spectrum with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Spectrum has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The LG Spectrum's screen size is 4.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1830 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 14.5 days standby time.

LG Spectrum Specs

Release Date January 19, 2012
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.86 W/kg
Body: 1.11 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
4x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
1.3 megapixels
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1830 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to 14.5 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.5 x 6.9 x 1.1 cm (5.3 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 141 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voicemail Key: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Auto Answer: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: OTA
TV Out Info: HDMI
DLNA Support: Yes
Java Application: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Viewable document types: DOC, PDF, PPT, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Timer, Calculator, Weather, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): LG VS920, LG Revolution 2, Verizon Spectrum

16 GB pre-installed microSD card
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