Enterprise Mobility: Verizon LG Spectrum Gingerbread Phone Sports Eye-Catching HD Touch screen
Verizon Wireless Jan. 19 began selling its first new significant Android smartphone of 2012, the pretty LG Spectrum, which costs $199.99 on contract. LG hasn't pumped out many smartphones in the U.S., but this Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset is a beauty, boasting a 4.5-inch True HD IPS (in-plane switching) 16.7M Color TFT touch screen with 1,280-by-720-pixel resolution. This is the same technology LG uses for its HD televisions. Combine this viewing experience with the phone's Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1.5GHz dual-core chip on Verizon's 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, and it's easy to see how this little machine can be a multimedia powerhouse for video consumers. To wit, the phone comes with HD access to ESPN's ScoreCenter app, which offers scores and highlights. It also provides Netflix access and the SmartMovie HD app for shooting and editing HD video. Check out eWEEK's hands-on tryout of the LG Spectrum in this slide show.
1) Front View
Here is the Spectrum and its 4.5 inches of touch-screen real estate. Note the three Android control buttons under the LG logo. From left to right, there is a settings button, the home button and a back button. They're not virtual, but they lie under the Gorilla Glass. As a consequence, you often need to tap the buttons multiple times to get a response.