The camera software is the same as on the Nitro HD, which is to say, it allows you to shuffle between portrait, landscape, sports, sunset and night modes. If you're feeling fancy, you can fiddle with the white balance, ISO and color settings, or snap a panorama shot. You can also enable location-tagging if you're so inclined.
The phone's 1080p video capture performed fairly well, recording the chaos of a busy city scene with a fair amount of detai. It also did an admirable job pulling in the cacophonous sounds from all angles. Unlike in still mode, though, autofocus is conspicuously absent during the recording process.
Good news for those who fear change: we're still looking at Gingerbread here. LG has promised an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich "soon," so you've got something to look forward to on that front, provided you can stay patient. In the meantime, you're gonna to be dealing with a slightly
dated mobile OS -- albeit, one masked by LG's stock skin. As with the Nitro HD, there's not a whole lot of fancy 3D animation going on in the menus here, which helps things move along quite snappily. In fact, the default layouts are quite similar on the two phones, with big weather and and social networking widgets popping up, as you scroll from screen to screen.
The Spectrum swaps AT&T's carrier-centric page for one that features quick links to the phone's multimedia offerings. The handset ships with 16 apps that full under the Verizon heading, including VZ Navigator, V Cast Media Manager, Verizon Video and some third-party ones like Rhapsody and Blockbuster. Unlike the Nitro, there's no active CarrierIQ to tangle with here. Tapping and holding a finger down on the desktop launches a grid that lets you adjust widgets, shortcuts, folders and wallpaper. Zoom in from there, and you can swap the order of home screens, or just delete them altogether, if you're sick of all of those social networking widgets.
When the Optimus LTE made the jump to Verizon, it shed a lot of aesthetic charm in the process. What it lacks in looks, however, the phone makes up for somewhat with its stunning 4.5-inch display. The handset also sports a capable shooter and good transfer speeds, in part thanks to Verizon's 4G network. LTE is no longer a huge novelty, though -- and if you've resigned yourself to spending $199 on a phone with a two-year contract, you could arguably do better with the Droid RAZR or HTC Rezound. Battery life continues to be a concern for LTE handsets of all stripes, and the Spectrum certainly doesn't do anything to change that. All of this adds up to a fairly uninspiring choice for Verizon customers, who currently have no shortage of quality handsets to choose from.Myriam Joire contributed to this report.