Spectrum – Droid Life https://www.droid-life.com An intense Android news community bringing you the latest in phones, rooting, apps, and reviews. Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:51:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 T-Mobile’s Shiny New 600MHz Spectrum Goes Into Testing Very Soon https://www.droid-life.com/2017/06/15/t-mobiles-shiny-new-600mhz-spectrum-goes-testing-soon/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/06/15/t-mobiles-shiny-new-600mhz-spectrum-goes-testing-soon/#comments Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:57:41 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=201715

Back in April, T-Mobile purchased what it called the “mother lode” of 600MHz low-band spectrum, the type of spectrum that should greatly improve its network and help it expand into new markets. Today, the wireless carrier announced that it will begin testing portions of it as early as this summer, which is ahead of their … Continued

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Back in April, T-Mobile purchased what it called the “mother lode” of 600MHz low-band spectrum, the type of spectrum that should greatly improve its network and help it expand into new markets. Today, the wireless carrier announced that it will begin testing portions of it as early as this summer, which is ahead of their initial schedule. That could mean commercial operations before the end of the year. 

With this new spectrum up and running, T-Mobile customers will see better connections while in buildings, but there should also be better range from a tower. T-Mobile expects more than 1 million square miles to be covered by 600MHz spectrum in 2017.

Of course, a shiny new network isn’t worth much if nothing can run on it, so T-Mobile is preparing for the arrival of compatible phones before the end of the year. They specifically called out Samsung in today’s announcement, but there could be additional devices. For those who have been following the industry for some time, I think you know which phone from Samsung they are talking about. It’s gotta be the Galaxy Note 8, right?

This really is a chance for T-Mobile to stop suggesting it’s network is up there with Verizon’s and actually prove it.

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T-Mobile Just Picked Up the 600MHz “Spectrum Mother Lode” to Bring Their Network Everywhere https://www.droid-life.com/2017/04/13/tmobile-600mhz-spectrum-speeds-network-lte-verizon/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/04/13/tmobile-600mhz-spectrum-speeds-network-lte-verizon/#comments Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:08:58 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=199271

T-Mobile just made its largest investment ever by spending nearly $8 billion(!) to acquire 45% of the FCC’s available 600MHz low-band spectrum that was up for auction. This is the type of spectrum that penetrates buildings better and also reaches further from a tower, which in turn gives wireless customers a better overall experience no matter … Continued

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T-Mobile just made its largest investment ever by spending nearly $8 billion(!) to acquire 45% of the FCC’s available 600MHz low-band spectrum that was up for auction. This is the type of spectrum that penetrates buildings better and also reaches further from a tower, which in turn gives wireless customers a better overall experience no matter where they are. This is a huge day for T-Mobile customers and those in markets that have questioned whether or not T-Mobile could keep up with Verizon and AT&T. 

See that map at the top of this post? That’s what T-Mobile says their LTE network will look like by the end of 2017. They’ll do that with this new spectrum purchase and by moving into new LTE markets. For those of you in areas that T-Mobile isn’t even offered, you should probably get ready for it – Magenta is coming.

Of course, we’ll need phones that can utilize this new spectrum and I’m not sure there are any at the moment. Companies like Qualcomm will have to built out support in their modems and then push them into phones. T-Mobile thinks that’ll happen this year, though I’m skeptical it will be that quick. I’m hoping they prove me wrong, though.

Either way, T-Mobile just made a huge investment in its future network that will actually allow it to fully compete with Verizon and AT&T. Not only that, but those two are heavily invested in 700MHz, whereas this 600MHz spectrum is fresh and untouched as can be. That could mean an even faster experience without congestion for some time.

T-Mo customers, good stuff, right?

Via: T-Mobile

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Comcast May Purchase Wireless Spectrum in Upcoming FCC Auction https://www.droid-life.com/2016/02/04/latest-news-from-hell-comcast-looks-to-purchase-spectrum-in-upcoming-fcc-auction/ https://www.droid-life.com/2016/02/04/latest-news-from-hell-comcast-looks-to-purchase-spectrum-in-upcoming-fcc-auction/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:21:08 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=181216

Stated by Comcast executives during an earnings call that took place yesterday, the company will be filing with the FCC to be part of its upcoming spectrum auction, scheduled for March 29. At that time, the FCC will transfer spectrum licenses in the 600MHz range from broadcast TV to wireless service. “If the price is right,” said Comcast … Continued

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Stated by Comcast executives during an earnings call that took place yesterday, the company will be filing with the FCC to be part of its upcoming spectrum auction, scheduled for March 29. At that time, the FCC will transfer spectrum licenses in the 600MHz range from broadcast TV to wireless service. “If the price is right,” said Comcast CFO Mike Cavanagh, the company would like to purchase wireless spectrum licenses. 

While the idea of Comcast getting into the wireless carrier game sounds like something from the darkest part of your nightmares, Comcast’s CEO Brian Roberts states that a licensing would really only be justified if the company can do something “creative” in the future with the spectrum.

Our definition of broadband is totally different today than it was five years ago for what you get as a consumer, and I think that goes back into whether we can do something creative in the future, whether that’s involving spectrum or Wi-Fi or some of the existing relationships we’ve got.

For wireless-first companies, such as T-Mobile, the prospect of purchasing low-band spectrum is rather important, as it gives them an opportunity to improve their network and compete against the likes of Verizon and AT&T.

By no means did Comcast state that they will throw down any amount to purchase the licenses, but it is an interesting notion that Comcast may want a piece of the wireless pie. With AT&T offering DirecTV packages alongside wireless packages now, Comcast could possibly be thinking along the same lines. However, during the earnings call, no specific intent was shown.

Wrapping up, Roberts said, “It’s a free option, if you will, to get a paddle and see what the values are and how much capacity. It’s not clear exactly what’s for sale and all that has to be determined, but you have to make this decision now and so we’re making it.”

Via: Arstechnica

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Verizon Also Pushed Out Updates to the DROID Mini, RAZR M, Spectrum, Intuition, and Ellipsis 7 – Here are the Changelogs https://www.droid-life.com/2013/11/08/verizon-also-pushed-out-updates-to-the-droid-mini-razr-m-spectrum-intuition-and-ellipsis-7-here-are-the-changelogs/ https://www.droid-life.com/2013/11/08/verizon-also-pushed-out-updates-to-the-droid-mini-razr-m-spectrum-intuition-and-ellipsis-7-here-are-the-changelogs/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:05:32 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=124177 Verizon has been on a tear so far this month updating many devices, although some of which may not be completely headline grabbing. We still feel its important for the info to get out there for folks to see, just incase you are rocking one of these devices.  For example, Big Red approved and pushed … Continued

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Verizon has been on a tear so far this month updating many devices, although some of which may not be completely headline grabbing. We still feel its important for the info to get out there for folks to see, just incase you are rocking one of these devices. 

For example, Big Red approved and pushed out an update to the original LG Spectrum, which is pretty remarkable considering the device received Ice Cream Sandwich around this time last year. So, if you are sporting either a DROID Mini, LG Spectrum, LG Intuition or Ellipsis 7, have a look below for info regarding your updates.

Note: The RAZR M also received an update, but Verizon has yet to post a changelog. We shall update this post as soon as it becomes available to the public.

DROID Mini:

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Spectrum:

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Intuition:

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Ellipsis 7:

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Via: Verizon

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Verizon to Utilize AWS Spectrum This Year, Ship Supported Devices First Half https://www.droid-life.com/2013/03/13/verizon-to-utilize-aws-spectrum-this-year-ship-supported-devices-first-half/ https://www.droid-life.com/2013/03/13/verizon-to-utilize-aws-spectrum-this-year-ship-supported-devices-first-half/#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:45:23 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=101497 According to Verizon CTO Nicola Palmer, the company will finally start to utilize the AWS LTE spectrum they own before the end of the year. They currently only have 700MHz spectrum (band 13) in play, but as they continue to build that out, with hopes of covering 90% of the country by the end of the … Continued

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According to Verizon CTO Nicola Palmer, the company will finally start to utilize the AWS LTE spectrum they own before the end of the year. They currently only have 700MHz spectrum (band 13) in play, but as they continue to build that out, with hopes of covering 90% of the country by the end of the year, they’ll start their growth strategy which includes AWS (band 4). 

Once they hit their mid-year goals for 700MHz, they’ll take to 5,000 sites and equip them with AWS antennas. The AWS spectrum will allow them to handle an ever-growing capacity demand for 4G LTE.

From a device standpoint, Palmer mentioned that they have already advised partners on strategy and are expecting devices to ship with AWS support in the first half of the year. As she points out, you can’t have a network if you don’t have devices that can connect to it.

With Verizon creating a multi-band LTE network, I can’t help but think this will be a blessing for those of us who love unlocked phones. While new phones will need to be multi-band in order to support both of Verizon’s bands, this also should mean that chipset makers are going to really focus in on making global multi-band LTE chips that cover all sorts of frequencies. In fact, Qualcomm is already working on one.

Palmer wrapped up by pointing out that their goal remains to have VoLTE service up by late 2013 or early 2014. After that, it’s on to LTE Advanced and the mega-speeds and LTE improvements it contains.

Fun times ahead in the advanced mobile data network game, indeed.

Via: Fierce WirelessThe Verge

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Verizon Approves LG Spectrum Update – Removes Bloat and Brings Other Minor Enhancements https://www.droid-life.com/2013/02/18/verizon-approves-lg-spectrum-update-removes-bloat-and-brings-other-minor-enhancements/ https://www.droid-life.com/2013/02/18/verizon-approves-lg-spectrum-update-removes-bloat-and-brings-other-minor-enhancements/#comments Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:09:16 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=98976 Moments ago, a somewhat minor update was approved for the LG Spectrum on Verizon to build VS920ZV8. This is the first official update since it received Ice Cream Sandwich last October. Verizon appears to be removing some of the bloat on the device like Rhapsody and V Cast Apps (which is dead), while also improving dialer performance and updating … Continued

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Moments ago, a somewhat minor update was approved for the LG Spectrum on Verizon to build VS920ZV8. This is the first official update since it received Ice Cream Sandwich last October. Verizon appears to be removing some of the bloat on the device like Rhapsody and V Cast Apps (which is dead), while also improving dialer performance and updating keyboard actions. 

Typically, when these documents go live, the update starts to roll out within a matter of days. Be sure to let us know when you receive it!

Via: Verizon

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LG Spectrum Ice Cream Sandwich Update VS920ZV7 Approved by Verizon! https://www.droid-life.com/2012/10/19/lg-spectrum-ice-cream-sandwich-update-vs920zv7-approved-by-verizon/ https://www.droid-life.com/2012/10/19/lg-spectrum-ice-cream-sandwich-update-vs920zv7-approved-by-verizon/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2012 21:59:46 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=86521 Quite the week for Verizon, I’d say. The LG Spectrum Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) was approved moments ago, making this the third of the week from Big Red. This update was due months ago, so owners of the Spectrum are probably ecstatic with this news. That is, if they haven’t chucked their phone into … Continued

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Quite the week for Verizon, I’d say. The LG Spectrum Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) was approved moments ago, making this the third of the week from Big Red. This update was due months ago, so owners of the Spectrum are probably ecstatic with this news. That is, if they haven’t chucked their phone into a wall and picked up a Galaxy S3 yet.

The update introduces an update UI, with lockscreen shortcuts, new ICS multi-tasking, data management, better notifications, quick settings in the notifications pulldown, power saving modes, Verizon’s Remote Diagnostics tool, and more. As one would expect, this update is massive and should completely re-enhance the user experience on the Spectrum.

Typically, when these documents go live, the update starts to rollout within a matter of days. Be sure to let us know when you receive it!

The update is 384MB in size. 

More info.

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Samsung Stratosphere 2 and LG Spectrum 2 Also on the Way to Verizon https://www.droid-life.com/2012/08/27/samsung-stratosphere-2-and-lg-spectrum-2-also-on-the-way-to-verizon/ https://www.droid-life.com/2012/08/27/samsung-stratosphere-2-and-lg-spectrum-2-also-on-the-way-to-verizon/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 18:15:13 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=80653 According to Verizon’s Equipment Guide, they are planning to introduce follow-ups to two of their late-2011, early-2012 devices. The Samsung Stratosphere, aka the first 4G LTE slider, will get a refresh and be released as the Stratosphere 2 (SCH-I415). We aren’t seeing much for specs that would impress, but are assuming it’ll sport a Snapdragon S4. … Continued

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According to Verizon’s Equipment Guide, they are planning to introduce follow-ups to two of their late-2011, early-2012 devices. The Samsung Stratosphere, aka the first 4G LTE slider, will get a refresh and be released as the Stratosphere 2 (SCH-I415). We aren’t seeing much for specs that would impress, but are assuming it’ll sport a Snapdragon S4. What 4G LTE phone doesn’t these days, right? Otherwise, we know it’ll have a 4″ Super AMOLED display, and carry the exact same form factor as its predecessor. 

The LG Spectrum is the other device that apparently still has a refresh in the works, known as the Spectrum 2 (VS930). As with the Stratosphere 2, we know almost nothing other than the model number from this Equipment Guide shot. Thankfully, we have been tracking this phone on benchmark sites and in other leaks for months now and are pretty sure that this will be similar to the LG Optimus LTE2. It should sport a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, an HD display, and an 8MP camera. It should be a solid offering.

It’s starting to appear as if Verizon is 100% invested in the Snapdragon S4 processor as it is efficient enough to do wonders with LTE radios and battery life. All of last year’s phone running anything less are getting phased out. We know that Motorola has two devices on the way to replace the original RAZR and MAXX, both that run the S4, along with the LG Intuition. And as you all know already, the Galaxy S3 runs the S4.

Any takers?

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LG Posts Spectrum User Guide as if the Device Runs Ice Cream Sandwich https://www.droid-life.com/2012/07/24/lg-posts-spectrum-user-guide-as-if-the-device-runs-ice-cream-sandwich/ https://www.droid-life.com/2012/07/24/lg-posts-spectrum-user-guide-as-if-the-device-runs-ice-cream-sandwich/#comments Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:17:20 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=77098 At the end of last week, an LG employee notified members of their forums that the Spectrum’s Ice Cream Sandwich update is ready to be rolled out. All they are waiting for is Verizon to press “Go.” The following day, it appears as if they were trying to prove how ready it is by uploading … Continued

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At the end of last week, an LG employee notified members of their forums that the Spectrum’s Ice Cream Sandwich update is ready to be rolled out. All they are waiting for is Verizon to press “Go.” The following day, it appears as if they were trying to prove how ready it is by uploading a new user guide for the device which includes all sorts of Android 4.0 tips and tricks. 

Included in this guide, LG details the standard ICS stuff, like task switching, notification swiping, and simple folder creation. They also talk of new and improved features though, some of which we wish other OEMs would adopt. LG has apparently built in the ability to create or use custom icons (without requiring a 3rd party launcher) and a “Clean View” gesture for temporarily hiding everything on your home screen.

From reading through bits and pieces of this new user guide for the Spectrum, you can tell that LG is doing everything in their power to make their phones more appealing, even it has to be through software.

Still no word from Verizon on when this update will roll out. If you are keeping track, this would be two Android OEMs that have grown sick of waiting for final approval and went ahead and published details for their Android 4.0 updates, the other being HTC and their Rezound.

Via:  LG [Download]

Cheers Phillip!

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LG Spectrum Ice Cream Sandwich Update Arriving Any Day Now According to LG Employee https://www.droid-life.com/2012/07/19/lg-spectrum-ice-cream-sandwich-update-arriving-any-day-now-according-to-lg-employee/ https://www.droid-life.com/2012/07/19/lg-spectrum-ice-cream-sandwich-update-arriving-any-day-now-according-to-lg-employee/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 23:27:22 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=76689 According to an LG “employee” over at their support forums, the Spectrum should receive its Ice Cream Sandwich update any day now. From what this employee has said, we are “very close to release” and basically waiting for Verizon to give us a date. He made this claim 6 days ago after returning from vacation, … Continued

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According to an LG “employee” over at their support forums, the Spectrum should receive its Ice Cream Sandwich update any day now. From what this employee has said, we are “very close to release” and basically waiting for Verizon to give us a date. He made this claim 6 days ago after returning from vacation, but joined the party again yesterday to remind the 6 Spectrum owners to keep an eye on LG’s “Company Updates” page.

It sounds to me like this update is done, but as usual, is waiting for Verizon to give it the final approval, something Galaxy Nexus owners know too well.

LG Spectrum update before the Bionic? How does that feel?

Via:  LG

Cheers Phillip!

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Android 4.0.4 Leaks for the LG Spectrum as Build VS920ZV7 https://www.droid-life.com/2012/05/28/android-4-0-4-leaks-for-the-lg-spectrum-as-build-vs920zv7/ https://www.droid-life.com/2012/05/28/android-4-0-4-leaks-for-the-lg-spectrum-as-build-vs920zv7/#comments Mon, 28 May 2012 20:51:59 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=70720 The first Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) build for the LG Spectrum has been leaked this weekend over at XDA. The build number is VS920ZV7 (Android build IMM76D) which is only 1 build number higher than the last OTA update that the device received. It sort of seems unlikely that the Spectrum would see the jump to … Continued

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The first Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) build for the LG Spectrum has been leaked this weekend over at XDA. The build number is VS920ZV7 (Android build IMM76D) which is only 1 build number higher than the last OTA update that the device received. It sort of seems unlikely that the Spectrum would see the jump to ICS so quickly after seeing a sizable Gingerbread update just over a week ago, however, we were promised “first half” of 2012 by LG and Verizon when the phone was announced at CES. That gives us a little over a month before we can start calling it delinquent. 

All of the files needed to update your Spectrum are available at the XDA link below.

For the Galaxy Nexus fans keeping track, this would put the Spectrum ahead of you as well, in the Android build game.

Via:  XDA | Phandroid

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LG Spectrum Update to VS920V6 is Rolling Out Now https://www.droid-life.com/2012/05/15/lg-spectrum-update-to-vs920v6-is-rolling-out-now/ https://www.droid-life.com/2012/05/15/lg-spectrum-update-to-vs920v6-is-rolling-out-now/#comments Tue, 15 May 2012 15:18:23 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=69699 The 127MB (VS920ZV6) update for the LG Spectrum that we found out about last week has started to roll out to all users this morning. If you have not been prompted to update yet, simply head into Settings>About phone>Software updates and pull it yourself. It may not be Ice Cream Sandwich, but LG sure packed … Continued

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The 127MB (VS920ZV6) update for the LG Spectrum that we found out about last week has started to roll out to all users this morning. If you have not been prompted to update yet, simply head into Settings>About phone>Software updates and pull it yourself.

It may not be Ice Cream Sandwich, but LG sure packed in the bug fixes, app updates, and enhancements. You can read all about it here.

Cheers Travis and Dana!

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LG Spectrum Set to Receive Major Update to VS920V6, Still Isn’t Ice Cream Sandwich https://www.droid-life.com/2012/05/11/lg-spectrum-set-to-receive-major-update-to-vs920v6-still-isnt-ice-cream-sandwich/ https://www.droid-life.com/2012/05/11/lg-spectrum-set-to-receive-major-update-to-vs920v6-still-isnt-ice-cream-sandwich/#comments Fri, 11 May 2012 17:07:29 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=69450 A new update as VS920V6 is primed and ready to be rolled out to the LG Spectrum on Verizon. According to the changelog, it appears to be pretty major yet somehow is not Ice Cream Sandwich. After updating though, users will find calendar improvements, Google as the default search, new Google apps (Play, YouTube, Gmail, … Continued

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A new update as VS920V6 is primed and ready to be rolled out to the LG Spectrum on Verizon. According to the changelog, it appears to be pretty major yet somehow is not Ice Cream Sandwich.

After updating though, users will find calendar improvements, Google as the default search, new Google apps (Play, YouTube, Gmail, and Talk), and a whole bunch of bloatware. Your version of Android will be 2.3.6. Typically when we see these changelogs go live, you can expect the update to be made available shortly thereafter.

Check out the full list below. 

The update is 127MB in size. More info.

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LG Spectrum to Receive Sizable Update to Android 2.3.6 – Google Search Defaults, Bloatware Updated, and More https://www.droid-life.com/2012/04/19/lg-spectrum-to-receive-decent-sized-update-to-android-2-3-6-google-search-defaults-bloatware-updated-and-more/ https://www.droid-life.com/2012/04/19/lg-spectrum-to-receive-decent-sized-update-to-android-2-3-6-google-search-defaults-bloatware-updated-and-more/#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:58:39 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=67286 The LG Spectrum will receive a substantial update in the coming weeks as build VS920ZV5. After updating, the phone will run Android 2.3.6, have Google Search set to default for “a better user experience,” freshly polished bloatware (VZ Nav, NFL Mobile, VCAST Apps, etc.), and a whole bunch of other enhancements which you can read … Continued

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The LG Spectrum will receive a substantial update in the coming weeks as build VS920ZV5. After updating, the phone will run Android 2.3.6, have Google Search set to default for “a better user experience,” freshly polished bloatware (VZ Nav, NFL Mobile, VCAST Apps, etc.), and a whole bunch of other enhancements which you can read about in the image above.

The Spectrum seems to have been forgotten about for the most part, but if you are in need of a smartphone with a beautiful screen, decent camera, and 4G LTE for a reasonable price, it’s worth a look. You can read our full review of the Spectrum here.

The update is 127 MB in size. More info.

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LG Spectrum Review – Verizon https://www.droid-life.com/2012/03/23/lg-spectrum-review-verizon/ https://www.droid-life.com/2012/03/23/lg-spectrum-review-verizon/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2012 23:30:27 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=59945

Our LG Spectrum review, almost 3 months in the making. Why the delay? Was the device so good that we couldn’t bring ourselves to give it up? Or was it that bad that we couldn’t force ourselves to use it enough to put together a full review? If I told you up front, that would … Continued

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Our LG Spectrum review, almost 3 months in the making. Why the delay? Was the device so good that we couldn’t bring ourselves to give it up? Or was it that bad that we couldn’t force ourselves to use it enough to put together a full review? If I told you up front, that would ruin the magical anticipation that is built when I attempt to leave you hanging with some fun line like, “We will find out after the break!” With that said, jump past the break to find out. 

The Good:

  • Specs:  With its 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.5″ HD display, 8MP shooter, 4G LTE capabilities, and decent sized battery, the Spectrum should be considered a “top tier” phone. LG wanted to make a splash with a high end phone on Big Red and they have done that here, at least on paper. The specs match up to the HTC Rezound, DROID RAZR and Galaxy Nexus for the most part, yet the price falls below 2 of the 3.
  • Display:  At 329ppi, the Spectrum’s 4.5″ HD display is nothing short of beautiful. As you will see in the macro shot below, this is one of the better LCD screens on the market, rivaled only by the Rezound and maybe the iPhone. The IPS displays that LG is using on almost all of their phones now should be seen by all tech obsessed consumers. When compared to the Galaxy Nexus, I found the Spectrum to have far brighter whites and overall crisper view of just about everything. This is obviously a personal take after comparing the two side-by-side.

  • Price:  At $199 on 2-year contract, this phone is priced well. Most 4G LTE phones from Verizon with these kinds of specs start at $249 and go up from there. Got to give it up to whoever made the decision to undercut everyone else on this one.
  • Cameras:  The cameras aren’t anything to write home about, but they also won’t disappoint. In the few photos I snapped, I wasn’t disappointed nor was I overly impressed. The Spectrum has a good enough 8MP shooter on the back and an upgraded 1.3MP camera in the front for video chatting. Both will get the job done while also not embarrassing you should you decide to share your photo adventures with friends.

  • Weight:  This phone is incredibly light. It feels amazing in hand as long as you try to ignore the cheap plastic materials that got it to this point. Heavy phones were once unavoidable, so I’m glad that companies have realized that tanks only belong on battlefields and not in your pocket or hand. LG did a nice job at packing in top tier specs while keeping the phone in the slim and manageable category.
  • Battery:  We have written about this more than a dozen times, but the current crop of 4G LTE radios are going to kill batteries at feverish rates. Companies like LG have realized this and started trying to pack in as big of a battery as they can into new handsets. The Spectrum boasts an 1830mAh battery that should come close to getting you through at least a work day. It won’t take you into 2 or 3 days like the DROID RAZR MAXX, but very few phones will. In our battery tests, even with the massive 4.5″ HD screen, this phone was on par with the Galaxy Nexus and Rezounds of the world.

 

  • 4G LTE:  Since Verizon has decided to not accept anymore non-4G LTE phones onto their network, we can probably stop giving props to phones that have it. Well, maybe not until other carriers finally roll out real LTE networks in more than 12 markets. Since Verizon is covering the U.S. faster than most of you can type “long term evolution” it’s definitely a selling point. Big Red’s LTE network is awesome (assuming it isn’t down for today) and the Spectrum takes full advantage of it with its HD screen and exclusive HD content, like ESPN’s Scorecenter.
  • HD Content:  Speaking of that exclusive HD content, it wouldn’t be fair to the Spectrum if we didn’t mention it specifically in its own bullet point. Watching full 720p HD ESPN highlights on this 4.5″ display is wonderful. And since no other phone currently has access to it but the Spectrum, you have to give it a +1.
  • Gaming:  With its dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and big 4.5″ HD display, gaming on the Spectrum is a bonus. As devices have grown in size, playing games on them should be more fun, right? At 4.5″, this is creeping towards being a mini tablet, but gaming on tablets has replaced most handheld gaming devices, so that’s not a negative. Fruit Ninja with multiplayer, the new Angry Birds Space, and your other favorite titles will all look amazing on this phone.

The Not-so-Good:

  • LG’s Custom UI:  I’m not sure what they are calling it these days, but LG’s custom skin that has been slapped on top of Android has become the king of spam and unnecessary bloat. It’s slow, it looks like a cartoon, and will frustrate you should be forced to use it. The dock isn’t customizable at all and the app drawer’s layouts make no sense. Thankfully, LG appears to have ditched this version of their skin on their next line of phones that includes the Optimus 4X HD in favor of a much more simplified and stock-looking UI. If you do buy this phone though, you will want to install a 3rd party launcher immediately.
  • Build:  During my unboxing, I compared the build of this phone to the DROID Charge and still can’t think of a better way to describe it. The plastic back piece feels just like the one on the Charge, and that’s not a good thing. I don’t know that I’m ready to go as far as to call it “cheap,” but it is close. After using the phone on and off for a month or so, I already managed to scuff the battery cover by simply pulling it in and out of pockets. That is not a good sign for a phone that is meant to last you 2 years. I love how light the phone is, but am not a fan of the products used to make it feel this way.
  • Performance:  It’s tough to tell if the UI or something mixed into the hardware is to blame, but this phone lags like none other. And not only that, but screen presses almost always take a second or third press to make something happen. What I mean, is that if you press an icon or swipe down the notification bar, rarely does anything happen on the first press. It takes another swipe or two to get some of these basic smartphone actions to activate. Talk about frustrating on a phone that has one of the biggest and most beautiful touch displays around.
  • Gingerbread:  The phone was released in January, so it would have been difficult for LG to put Ice Cream Sandwich on it at launch. However, it’s now March and there hasn’t been a peep from the company as to when this phone might see that update to Android 4.0. We are sure it will happen, but it could be a while as LG is focused on promoting their next line of phones already, that just so happen to run ICS.
  • Bloatware:  Since LG’s custom UI groups apps in the oddest fashion, our bloatware count was super easy this time around. The Spectrum has 16 pre-installed “Verizon” apps and another 4 or 5 apps that you wouldn’t find on a stock device, bringing the total to over 20. SMH.

Unboxing:

HD ESPN Content:

Gallery:

The Verdict:

If we go back to our opening paragraph, we should probably give you an answer as to why this took me almost 3 months to complete. Was it because the device was so awesome that I didn’t want to have to give it up or was it so painful that I struggled to find the time to actually review it? Unfortunately for the Spectrum, it had to do with the frustrations I continued to run into while using it. After carrying the device around as my daily driver for about 4 or 5 days in January, I quickly became frustrated and had to put it down for a bit before coming back to fully review it.

The UI on here – if I didn’t make this clear enough already – is the worst in the Android game. For a device that wants you to “ooh” and “aww” over its screen, then pressing on that screen should work the first time. Swiping, pressing icons, and any sort of touchscreen movement on the Spectrum rarely works on the first try because of this awful custom skin. The phone also hated my Google Voice or contacts from Gmail for some reason, as it rarely showed the person’s name during an incoming call. It also managed to pull in contacts from all of my Gmail accounts even though I told it to stick to just one of them. It’s filled with bugs and lag on the software front that could potentially be addressed through an update, however, LG hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to making those happen in a timely fashion.

It’s not all bad for the Spectrum though. In fact, if you read all of the bullet points above, we actually rank most of the aspects of the phone pretty high. The camera is acceptable, LTE is always awesome, the screen is absolutely gorgeous, and the battery life isn’t all that shaky. At $199, this phone is at least worth a quick look if you are not quite ready to toss out 3 Benjamins for a smartphone. A third party launcher could rid you of LG’s skin for the most part, and if LG does get it together and update this phone to Ice Cream Sandwich quickly enough, it could be a decent player.

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