Review: LG Spectrum for Verizon Wireless
The standard email and Gmail clients are on board to help manage emails. Both apps work well and don't need more than an email address and password to set up. The Spectrum works with Exchange, POP, and IMAP no problem, and supports multiple Gmail accounts.
The stock SMS/MMS is at your disposal for composing missives, if you wish, and includes some text template snippets, such as "Be there soon!" You can also insert image, video, and audio files at will, which appear in line with other messages in the threaded conversation.
Google Talk is the only instant messaging client on board. You can snag others from the Android Market, if you wish.
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The Spectrum does not come with the native Google+, Twitter, and Facebook apps. You have to download them yourself.
Lastly, there are two generic social networking widgets, one called Friends+ and the other called Social+. Friends+ is sort of like the contact widget, but on steroids. Instead of simply providing access to your contacts, it also provides a view into their most recent communications with you. You can scroll through your friends, and see all their texts, calls, emails, and social networking messages, as well as reply via whichever method you prefer.
Social+ is a catch-all status update catcher. It lets you scan the status updates your Facebook friends and Twitter friends post, and can be used to send status updates to both social network services. You can also choose to import RSS-based content into this app.
Hands On with the LG Spectrum for Verizon
The Spectrum is LG's new flagship 4G LTE phone from Verizon. The display is huge and HD, yet it's thinner than last year's Revolution.
LG Announces Spectrum for Verizon
LG today announced the Spectrum for Verizon, following in the footsteps of the Revolution announced at this time last year. The Spectrum sports 4G LTE and a 4.5-inch true HD IPS display, like the Nitro for AT&T.
Verizon's New LTE Phones Have Hidden Global Roaming
The new LG Spectrum and Motorola Droid 4 for Verizon both contain unannounced global GSM/WCDMA roaming capability that will be enabled later this year. None of Verizon's current 4G LTE phones support global roaming, in part because of a network issue.
LG Spectrum On Sale Today from Verizon for $199
Verizon Wireless today announced that the LG Spectrum is now available for sale at Verizon Wireless retail stores and online for $199.99 with a new contract. The Spectrum runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (upgradeable to Android 4.0) and supports Verizon's LTE 4G network.
Verizon Announces Android 4.0 Update List
Verizon Wireless today published a list of its Android devices that it plans to update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The devices include the: HTC ThunderBolt, Droid Incredible 2, Rhyme, and Rezound; Motorola Xoom, Bionic, RAZR, RAZR MAXX, Droid 4, and Xyboards 8.2/10.1; Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7/10.1; and the LG Spectrum.