Summary: LG’s play for US smartphone market share is simple: bring over the popular Optimus LTE from Europe, and tweak it for different carriers. The $199.99 (with a two-year contract) LG Spectrum for Verizon is the second such handset, after the Nitro HD for AT&T. When I reviewed the Nitro, I called it the best LTE phone available on AT&T, and the Spectrum is every bit as good on paper: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch IPS display, LTE connectivity,...
Pros: Excellent 720p display, Fast LTE connectivity, Solid call quality
Cons: Body feels and looks ugly, LG's UI skin is an eyesore, Bad battery life
Summary: Yes, the $199 LG Spectrum has a high-quality 720p display, fast 4G LTE speeds, and a sharp camera. However, the industrial design doesn't impress as much as the ultra thin $199 Droid RAZR, and we prefer the Super AMOLED display and newer and sleeker Android 4.0 software on the Galaxy Nexus ($299 from Verizon, $99 on Amazon). The heavy-handed Android skin on the Spectrum and the lack of a Search button are other turnoffs.
Pros: Fast 4G LTE speeds, Large bright 720p display, Crisp 8-MP camera
Cons: Short battery life, Clunky interface, No dedicated Search button, Flap covers USB port