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Review: LG Spectrum 2 for Verizon Wireless

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Were it not for the questionable hardware design choices made by LG, I'd call the Spectrum 2 an excellent effort. As it is, I don't like the feel of the hardware in my hand, nor do I like how it looks. That said, the hardware does in fact function well. The buttons and controls all do what they are supposed to do and don't get in the way of usability.

The software tells a better story. LG has tuned its own user interface elements well to the base features of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Banking in the power of the native apps was a smart move on LG's part, as they all work well.

The behavior of the Spectrum 2's phone and signal functions, which are among the best I've tested on Verizon's network in recent memory, go a long way to making the Spectrum 2 worth recommending. About the only real cautionary note I can offer pertains to the battery. It lasts a day, but barely. I fear that power-users might be left stranded before they call it a night.

Our Ratings

2.5
Overall
3
Reception
3
Battery Life
2
Hardware Usability
1.5
Hardware Quality
3.5
Display
3.5
Interface Speed
4
Audio Volume
3
Camera
 

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