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LG Spectrum 4G Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)

by LG
2.8 out of 5 stars 178 customer reviews
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  • Display: 4.5 inches
  • Camera: 8-MP
  • Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz
  • OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 4G LTE-enabled smartphone with Android Gingerbread OS, 4.5-inch True HD display, and dual-core 1.5 GHz processor
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (with optional Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot service); Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity
  • 8-MP camera; full HD 1080p camcorder; front-facing video chat camera; 4 GB memory plus 16 GB microSD card; corporate/personal e-mail
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 2.71 inches, 0.41 inches, 5.33 inches
  • Weight: 4.96 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 498 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 348 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

Get the same HD experience on your phone as you do at home with the LG Spectrum from Verizon, featuring a 4.5-inch True HD IPS screen that makes videos more cinematic and realistic. The 4G LTE-enabled Spectrum also sports a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system, and an 8-megapixel camera on the rear that can capture Full HD 1080p resolution video clips.

Get the same HD experience on your phone as you do at home with the LG Spectrum from Verizon, featuring a 4.5-inch True HD IPS screen that makes videos more cinematic and realistic. The 4G LTE-enabled Spectrum also sports a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system, and an 8-megapixel camera on the rear that can capture Full HD 1080p resolution video clips.

4.5-inch True HD display makes video
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8-megapixel camera with Full HD
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LG Spectrum
At a Glance:
  • 4G LTE connectivity

  • Android 2.3

  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor

  • 4.5-inch True HD IPS display

  • 8-MP camera + Full HD 1080p video record

  • 4 GB memory + 16 GB pre-loaded microSD card

  • GPS navigation

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi

  • Stereo Bluetooth 3.0

  • Corporate/personal e-mail
At a Glance

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network provides speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless' 3G network. With 4G LTE, you'll enjoy simultaneous voice and data capabilities, allowing you to check e-mail, browse the web, download an app, and check directions on Google Maps while on a call. You can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas (learn more about 4G below).

You can share your high-speed 4G connectivity with multiple devices--laptop, another phone, MP3 player, and more--via Wi-Fi using the built-in Mobile Hotspot functionality (additional service charge applicable). And the Spectrum is outfitted with ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking as well as next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity (which remembers up to 100 device pairings).

Other features include a 4 GB internal memory plus pre-loaded 16 GB microSD memory card (for 20 GB of storage out of the box), 1 GB of RAM, GPS for navigation (via Google Maps) and location-based services, multimedia player with wide format compatibility, customizable home screens, and up to 8.3 hours of talk time.

Take It All In

The 4.5-inch True HD IPS display provides brilliant, undistorted HD images at a 16:9 aspect ratio. The 1280 x 720-pixel resolution provides additional screen space for more visible page content when compared to a typical smartphone screen. With 329 pixels per inch screen density, pictures and texts are sharp even at the smallest details. It looks great even under direct sunlight, and it's highly scratch resistant thanks to the display's Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

Picture It Now

Collect crisp images with a powerful 8-megapixel rear–facing camera with LED flash and Full HD 1080p video capture, then play photos and videos back on the Spectrum's brilliant display--or wirelessly send video or photo slideshows to compatible DLNA-enabled HDTVs and devices with LG Smart Share. In addition to amazing imagery, you'll maximize your HD multimedia experience with support for Dolby Digital Plus audio processing.

Apps Out Of The Box

There's no waiting to watch, with pre–loaded premium apps like Netflix, Verizon Video, and ESPN ScoreCenter with HD video. Enjoy hours of entertainment from the palm of your hand. Then tap into the Android Market and access an ever–expanding array of apps.

Vital Statistics

The LG Spectrum weighs 4.99 ounces and measures 5.33 x 2.71 x 0.41 inches. Its 1830 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 8.3 hours of talk time, and up to 348 hours (14.5 days) of standby time. It runs on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, as well as EV-DO, Rev A 3G and CDMA 800/1900 frequencies where 4G LTE is not available.

What's in the Box

LG Spectrum handset, rechargeable battery, wall/USB charger, USB cable; 16 GB microSD card, quick start guide

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network allows you to download photos, apps, and games in seconds and entire movies in minutes. LTE (or Long Term Evolution provides significantly increased upload and download speeds over 3G networks, as well as significantly reduced latency (or lag time). Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.

With these blazing fast speeds, you'll be able to stream HD movies without the annoyance of constant pauses to buffer the video stream--as well as quickly download HD-quality movies right to your phone in minutes. Additionally, you'll be able to download a new song file in about 4 seconds or upload a photo to your favorite social networking site in about 6 seconds.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE mobile broadband network will also redefine the mobile office for business users. Business applications that used to require wired networks will be untethered forever, allowing you maximized productivity and efficiency while you're out of the confines of your office. Enhanced security lets you tap into most VPN networks with less waiting, and faster responsiveness enables you to upload 10 MB presentations back to your team in less than 25 seconds.

In areas serviced only by 3G, you can expect download speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kbps in Mobile Broadband coverage area.

Android Gingerbread Operating System

Android Gingerbread

The Spectrum runs the Android 2.3 operating system (dubbed Gingerbread), which features a clean, refined interface, intuitive navigation, and a notification bar that lets you know when you have new messages, voicemails, invites to games, and more.

Multitasking in Gingerbread allows you the ability to run more than one app at a time. If you're playing a game, you can easily switch to an incoming e-mail and then switch back to the game without losing your place. And like the previous version of Android ("Froyo"), Gingerbread provides support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for access to the full Web.

A new onscreen keyboard makes it easier to type thanks to additional spacing between the keys and larger font sizes. And the more you use the keyboard, the easier typing will be as the enhanced suggest feature records previous input history to make better suggestions.

The Spectrum also brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services you use every day. It also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets, and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

Google Integration
  • Android Market for browsing and downloading thousands of free and paid apps
  • Pre-loaded Android apps: Browser, Calculator, Calendar (Google or Corporate), Camera, Clock, Contacts, Email, Gallery, Messaging, Music, News & Weather, Phone, Settings, Video Player, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, YouTube
  • Google applications: Gmail, Google Search, Google Voice Search, Google Latitude, Google Maps, Google Places, Google Talk
  • Google Maps Navigation with spoken turn-by-turn directions showing real-time traffic and 360° views of the destination


  • Ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity via the Verizon Wireless 4G Mobile Broadband network, with expected download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation and location services
  • Integrated Google Maps with turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views.
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • 4G Mobile Hotspot capability allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your Verizon Wireless 4G LTE connection, which can then be shared among up to 10 Wi-Fi-capable devices.
  • Next-generation Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity backward compatible with older Bluetooth-enabled peripherals and includes stereo audio streaming.


  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 processor capable of opening web pages twice as fast as most other smartphones.
  • 4.5-inch True HD IPS display (720 x 1280 pixels; 16.7 million colors; 329 pixels per inch screen density; Gorilla Glass)
  • Onscreen QWERTY keyboard (with Swype keyboard enhancement)
  • MicroUSB port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Communications & Internet

  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging
  • Full HTML browser with Flash 10.1 Support
  • Personal and corporate e-mail access with support for Exchange ActiveSync as well as mobile e-mail accounts (Google push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP).
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  • 4 GB internal memory
  • Pre-loaded 16 GB microSD card with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 1 GB RAM


  • 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, face tracking mode image editor, geotagging, and up to 4x digital zoom.
  • 1.3-megapixel front camera for self portraits and video chats
  • Full HD 1080p video capture (1920 x 1080 pixels) with on-phone video editing capabilities.


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, M4A, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, and Ogg Vorbis
  • Video player compatible with MPEG4, WMV, H.264, and DivX
  • DLNA wireless media streaming

More Features

  • Wi–Fi Direct enables you to connect directly to another wireless device without joining a traditional home, office, or hotspot network.
  • Voice commands and voice-activated dialing
  • Speakerphone for hands-free communication.
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility: M3


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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 0.4 x 5.3 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00700V3JK
  • Item model number: Spectrum
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 178 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,259 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Reviews

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The Spectrum is the only Verizon choice at present for those who want a Gorilla Glass protected large (4.5") IPS (same technology as on iPhone/iPad) LCD HD display LTE smartphone with both removable/replaceable battery and MicroSD card. Below is my comparison to current Verizon alternatives, which are all terrific devices with unique strengths.

Comparative strengths of the Spectrum:
-The Samsung Galaxy Nexus lacks Gorilla Glass, has a pentile display (shared subpixels vs true full subpixels on Spectrum), and non-removable memory.
-The HTC Rezound has a smaller (4.3") non Gorilla Glass protected display.
-The Motorola Razr has a pentile display and non-removable battery. (when traveling, I like to take an extra battery for flights).
-The LG Spectrum is among the first batch of Verizon LTE World Phones, which means it can access any CDMA or GSM network worldwide.
-Not widely publicized: The Spectrum has "Dolby Mobile" included in its music and video player, providing a clearer and more spatial audio experience with most input when listening with headphones. This is very different than reverb or echo or stereo expansion found on some Android music players. Best way to describe it is by analogy: mono is to stereo as stereo is to dolby mobile. Some music with certain ambient pre-processing does sound over-processed with this activated, but unprocessed music, e.g. classic rock, generally is improved vastly. Dolby says this works with the phone speaker too, but I haven't tested that.

LG Spectrum deficiencies:
-Even though it looks like carbon fiber in photos, it has a polished, very smooth, slippery plastic back cover that collects fingerprints like crazy.
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I bought this phone to replace my wife's Verizon contract phone which died one month after expiration of the warranty, which is eleven months before the end of the contract period. The price through Amazon was half of what Verizon wanted to replace the phone. Overall, the Spectrum is a nice smartphone. The size is a good balance of good viewing vs compactness. The display is crisp and I have not had any problems running any Android apps. The only issues that I have with the phone is sometimes the menu is a little obtuse and the premature demise of the Spectrum phone which prompted this purchase. However, the predecessor phone was not truly dead; it just had "issues". And my Spectrum, purchased at the same time as my wife's Spectrum contract phone is still running.
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I returned my Droid Razr to get this phone. Went to order from Verizon online but they were out of stock, so found it at Amazon instead. Boy am I glad I did. Better price, better service and NO SALES TAX!

I was comparing this phone to the Samsung Galaxy Nexxus and the HTC Rezound. as far as the Nexxus goes. To be honest, display and speed wise there is NO COMPARISON. the ONLY advantage I can see the Nexxus having over the LG is the Android 4.0 ICS. Once this phone and others have ICS. The Nexxus doesn't stand a chance. Especially with that crappy display. The Rezound was nice. A bit chunky, but the display was comparable. Still, the LG is faster, with a bigger screen and zero ghosting issues that the Rezound, Razr and Nexxus all displayed. Lg's UI takes some getting used to, but once Android ICE comes out for it that won't be a problem anymore. I love everything about the phone, except two things.

1. bing! Verizon had made this the default search browser with no way to change this on trhe LG Spectrum. Bing sucks. It is completely inferior to google search. I really hope someone comes up with a
way to remove bing. There is already a root out there for the Spectrum, but I'm waiting to see someone post how to remove the bing and replace it with google.

2. The battery. OMG. It's bad. As bad as the Razr. I bought the extended battery from Verizon and it makes a HUGE difference. So now all I have to do is find a case for the phone with the extended battery. It's fat, but defintitely needed. With the exception of the Droid Razr MAXX, ALL these 4G batteries suck down faster than a fat kid at the dessert line at a Home Town Buffet. I'm trying to find a case to protect the phone with it's extended battery. So far no luck.

Overall the phone is pretty great.
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I ordered the LG Spectrum after having used the Droid X for almost two years. I was waiting for the Razr Maxx to drop in price, but it never did. I paid $89 through Amazon Wireless (which, by the way, my experience with them was outstanding!!!). After reading so many negative things regarding the Nexus radios, after having a HTC Rezound for a week and not likeing it (too heavy, bulky, screen scratches easily), I finaly opted for the underdog in Verizon's line up: the LG Spectrum.

This phone is a GREAT phone. The screen is probably the best out there. Once you watch videos on it you will understand. The dual core 1.5 processor provides plenty of muscle to move everything seamlessly and fast. The camera is great! Ok, let me break most of the components down:

It is solid. Plasticky, but solid. The back cover will get full of fingerprints, but a gel cover will eliminate this.

To me, it looks very classy and shart, very attractive.

Right now, second to none on Verizon's line up. The Rezound competes head-to-head, but the size of the LG wins (4.5in vs. 4.3in).

User Interface:
I liked some elements from LG's skin, but not all of them. There are many options to this: you can download a launcher (search the market, there are plenty) and custom this to your taste.

Fast, great pics, great video. You can also download a different camera from the market. I use Camera ICS and LG Camera from the market and both perform extremely well.

So far, no issues at all. Calls are very clear, no drop calls, always have a strong signal.

It is ok. Like all 4G devices (expect the Maxx), battery is OK. You can tweak a few things to make it last longer.
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