Review: LG Spectrum for Verizon Wireless
The Spectrum has an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and a flash. There's no physical camera button, so you have to access the camera from a shortcut or the app menu. It launches in a snap.
The basic shooting screen uses about two-thirds of the display as the viewfinder. On the right, there's a standard control strip. Along the left, there's a control strip which offers access to items such as scene modes (panorama, etc.), ISO, metering, white balance, shooting mode, and more.
When you're ready to take a picture, press the on-screen shutter button. The Spectrum takes about a second to focus, and then snaps the image. (If you want, press the subject you'd like to be the focus of the image, as the Spectrum supports touch-to-focus.) A review screen pops up instantly. You need to tap the screen to get back to the camera.
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The camera software performs well across the board. It doesn't have any speed issues, and even though you have to tap a button to get from the review screen back to the viewfinder, you can capture a series of shots fairly quickly.
The gallery is the boring old stock Android option. Photo albums float in stacks in the main gallery view and the Spectrum syncs with your online accounts such as Google+ and Picasa, so you'll see those photos, too.
Unfortunately, the Spectrum includes only the most basic editing functions (crop and rotate). There are no other editing tools, nor is there any third-party software for editing photos pre-installed. You have to download one yourself if you're interested in making changes to images.
You can, however, easily share photos to the social network of your choice via the standard Android gallery tools.
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.
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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.