Review: LG Spectrum for Verizon Wireless
The Spectrum has plenty of applications installed out of the box. It includes the typical Verizon-branded stuff, as well as a few other odds and ends. I was able to delete most of the apps I didn't want, but a few were un-deletable, such as NetFlix, Verizon Score Center, Polaris Office. You know the drill with the Android Market. It's there. It has apps. You can download them.
Bluetooth worked without issue on the Spectrum. Pairing with mono and stereo headsets, as well as PCs and other phones, was a snap. Sound quality was pretty freaking bad, though. Pumped through my car's speakers, voice calls were flat-out painful. Music sounded terrible through stereo Bluetooth speakers.
The Spectrum offers the same lock screen clock that most Android phones do. When initially woken from sleep, it shows the time in a larger, digital read out. The time can be gleaned with but a glance. Sadly, LG didn't do anything to customize the lock screen. The Spectrum also has the typical Android alarm/clock app.
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Google Maps and TeleNav Navigator (masquerading under the name "Verizon Navigator") are both installed on the Spectrum. Google Maps is free and Verizon Navigator costs $10 per month to use. Both apps do a fine job of providing directions to and from destinations.
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.