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LG Spectrum 2

80
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

The Spectrum 2 is a solid midrange smartphone with some good features, including wireless charging, a 4.7-inch HD display, and support for Verizon's high-speed LTE data network. For its price, the Spectrum 2, according to PC Mag, "gets you the largest display for your money, along with plenty of power, solid battery life, and a good camera." CNET concurs, saying that, with a "winning combination of a reasonable price tag, wireless features, and solid performance, the Spectrum 2 is an excellent Verizon handset in its price range." However, Laptop Mag offers the caveat that "what makes the Spectrum 2 a good but not a great deal is the lag that sometimes creeps in when performing basic tasks, as well as the below-average battery life." Nevertheless, Laptop calls it "a very capable midrange Android phone."

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A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
4.722
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G
Carriers (US)
Verizon / Alltel
Model

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to10.4 hours)
Standby time (max)
472.8 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (2150 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom) (Yes)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Im, Maps, Voice recorder, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes
Vibrate mode
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Cdma, Lte (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa) (1xrtt, Ev do r0, Ev do ra)

Display

Screen size
4.7 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
312.47 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (Usb charging, Usb on the go)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
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