I was grateful to have received a LG Spectrum 2, from Verizon, to review. I used it as my only phone for 2 weeks.
The LG Spectrum 2 is a mid range, candybar style smartphone with a 4.7″ True HD IPS display (1280 x 720 resolution), 1.5ghz dual core Snapdragon processor, and 1GB of ram. The phone itself has a solid construction. I am a fan of it’s hard back cover that doesn’t collect fingerprints. The power button on the top of the device is difficult to reach, but I have small hands. Others shouldn’t have an issue. I felt despite having a True HD IPS display, the screen is lack luster. Colors don’t pop as well as I expect from LG displays. The screen also has a very noticeable touch issue. Most often, presses don’t register well. This is most cumbersome using any type of keyboard I tried. I have to press letters 4 or 5 times for them to finally stick. I experience touch issues in other areas of the OS and apps as well.
This phone runs Android 4.0 and is powered by a 1.5ghz dual core Snapdragon processor, as I mentioned above. LG’s Android skin isn’t as intrusive as other Android skins, but the skin and Android version does affect the device’s performance. Switching between apps is time consuming. Each time I return to the homescreen, it has to be redrawn. I have to wait about 4 seconds for a few app icons and widget to show up on the homescreen. I suspect this is caused by a combination of LG’s skin and not having Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with Project Butter. Switching launchers (Apex Launcher) helped performance some. In addition to Android performance issues I mentioned above, I have had issues with Verizon as well. Since I have paralyzed vocal cords, I do most of my communication via text messaging, even if a person is sitting right here. With the LG Spectrum 2, I am experiencing issues sending text messages. More often than not, it takes upwards of 20 minutes for a text message to be received on the other end. I had this issue with everyone I texted, on multiple phones types and OSes.
The camera on the LG Spectrum 2 is a 8.0 Megapixel HD with LED flash. It’s photos were good outdoors, for the most part, but indoors, they usually turned out grainy; which is common in cell phones.
With all the bugs and issues I faced with the LG Spectrum 2, I cannot recommend the device. Check out Verizon’s other phones.