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    Default Any reason to NOT buy the Spectrum?

    Looking for an Android phone for Verison, trying to keep the price in the <$100 range. Looks like the Bionic and Spectrum are my top choices.

    Any reason to NOT buy a Spectrum?
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    Lack of dev support. Other than that, solid phone.
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    Battery life, mobile hotspot is junk, live wallpapers I downloaded don't work, uses more data than my thunder bolt did watching videos , charger plugs in top, will drain battery even on charger while in use. Wifi doesnt stay connected to my router .
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    That's the 1st I've heard of several of the issues you've had.
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    my main gripe is the battery issues as well but any 4g phone battery sux
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    solid fully functional phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigKahuna72 View Post
    That's the 1st I've heard of several of the issues you've had.
    I just got a 2amp charger it seems to help charging issue. The wallpaper, issue sucks my favrite wallpapers won't work on the this phone even though they all worked fine on my thunderbolt and I even got a new spectrum due to the charging issue and I tried wallpapers out first thing and still no luck and the new phone battery would drain on the wall charger under normal heavy usage like netflix and full brightness or installing apps.
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    I have a Thunderbolt, Charge and a Bionic all tweaked out and my Spectrum is head and shoulders above the rest. There is a dev currently working on roming this thing...here is his Spectrum forum
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    I bought the Spectrum, after looking all over town for one! Actually like the plug being on top, makes more sense in the car,etc. Now, to dig in and explore!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigKahuna72 View Post
    I bought the Spectrum, after looking all over town for one! Actually like the plug being on top, makes more sense in the car,etc. Now, to dig in and explore!
    What with Radio Shack advertising the Spectrum for $89, I've been considering taking the plunge. Are you willing to post here with your first impressions over the next day or two?

    Thanks!

    Larry
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    Sure....but this is my 1st smartphone....so I can't really compare it to anything. Radio Shack did not have the Spectrum today...I actually went there during my search. They told me they weren't going to get them for a while....but I'll take everything the sales girl told me with a grain of salt. Their prices were some of the highest I've seen. Target and Walmart are offering it for around $90 but you have to order online, neither store keeps the Spectrum in stock, at least not around here. Neither does Best Buy. HHGregg was the only place besides Verizon that had them. HHGregg has them for $129.
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    The battery is my biggest issue with the phone, burns it up fast. I am in an area with 3G only and it still only lasts until afternoon. That's with some use, but I would not consider it heavy use. And that is with it set to CDMA only. I bought the LG stand to charge it with, and it came with an extra battery. That helps, but I would think it would last a little longer. Another thing that's been mentioned is the slow initial start up of the browser. This is my first smart phone, so I don't have a lot of experience with them.
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    compared to my unrooted, unmodified Ally The spectrum is having ym cake and eating too
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    Costco online has the Spectrum for $49.99.

    Two reasons to not get this phone (I you're still looking for reasons) are:
    1. The camera is not up to snuff compared to the similarly spec'd Rezound and,
    2. If you will be dependant on charging at different locations, compatible charters seem to be a pain to find.

    Those can be deal breakers to some, especially #1, but the Spectrum seems to be a beast and may be the best phone on Verizon.

    I'll be eligible for a new device in a week. It's between this and the Incredible 3 for me, with the Rezound also an option. $50 at Costco may be too good to pass up though.
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    $19.99 at newegg, bought it last night.

    BOOM!


    Already Rooted, with a touch based CWM, and a CM7 build coming this weekend, pending issues. Head to android forums dot com for the above mentioned. At this price, this monster phone should have lots of devs working on it soon.


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    The Spectrum I bought was from HHGregg. It was unadvertised, even in the store. No one else in town had them except Verizon. It was marked $699 at HHGregg. But they looked it up and it was on sale for $129. I could have bought it online for less ($89) but didn't feel like waiting till next week. It's 4199 buy one get on free at Verizon right now, but I don't need two.

    So far so good. Call quality isn't great, but I've only made a couple of calls so far. Audio was poor sounding. Will comment on this later after more calls. Everything else feels really fast, but it does seem to spend a lot of time connecting to my home wi-fi. I need to look into that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigKahuna72 View Post
    The Spectrum I bought was from HHGregg. It was unadvertised, even in the store. No one else in town had them except Verizon. It was marked $699 at HHGregg. But they looked it up and it was on sale for $129. I could have bought it online for less ($89) but didn't feel like waiting till next week. It's 4199 buy one get on free at Verizon right now, but I don't need two.

    So far so good. Call quality isn't great, but I've only made a couple of calls so far. Audio was poor sounding. Will comment on this later after more calls. Everything else feels really fast, but it does seem to spend a lot of time connecting to my home wi-fi. I need to look into that.
    Mine losses connection to wifi all the time also.
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    A couple more days:

    Battery life is terrible. I'm not a heavy user. Not even a moderately heavy user...light user is far more accurate. Just in my pocket on standby, it drains at a decent clip.....but will survive 8+ hours. But if I use it, I don't think it'll last that long. With very light use, over a 6-7 hour period, the battery meter is low. Hopefully after a few complete cycles, the battery life picks up? But I doubt this battery would last 4 hours of moderate to heavy use...and this sounds typical from what most people with ANY other smartphone, especially 4g phones are telling me. I already have a lot of things shut down when I'm not using the phone trying to conserve battery. Will definitely be a "charge every night" phone. The days of having a phone last 3+ days on one charge are over, but I expected this out of a 4g phone.

    Still not thrilled with sound quality during phone calls. Do not like the call logs either. And other than the camera being unable to load the other day, everything else is pretty good. Camera failed to load after several tries. Powered off, removed battery, powered back on and camera came on for a couple of seconds then shut itself down again. It eventually started working properly again. haven't figured out the reason for this hiccup yet.
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    Your battery will come around. I am getting 14-16 hours with light to moderate use and still have about 50% battery left. Today i am at 10 hours off the charger and at 90% left, but that is minimal to light use. I find the mic and earpiece to be more than sufficient. I am also only using cdma 3g, no 4g in my area yet. You would actually be suprised how long the phone will last under heavy gaming use also. Just cycle the battery a couple times, let it go down to the 10-15% are a couple times.
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    Using Angry Birds Rio today, to cycle down the battery......LOL. Dropping quickly!
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    I would look closely at the specifications. The spectrum is not truly as advanced phone as bionic or many others. I was surprised when i did my research. Low on system memory. Low on built in storage. Both of those had me looking elsewhere. Plus all i read about the quality of current and previous lg androids. They seem to be slow to release updates and hardware is usually behind current phones. Best of luck in your search. And good luck with your new phone.

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    I love this phone! The lg UI is very boring(adw ex fixed this), but I love the way the app drawer is organized. The battery life is low on most 4g phones. That being said, an extended battery does wonders for this phone. The screen is amazing! Hope this helps!

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    How are you liking it now?

    I've not had any unexpected issues with mine aside from the UI (LauncherPro) sometimes (once a day, or so) not rotating. In these cases, I simply use the Power Control widget pulldown to turn off auto-rotate and then turn it back on. Problem fixed. Personally, I think it has more to do with Handcent SMS's popup than the launcher.

    I might try different SMS applications and also maybe a different launcher (probably ADW) to see what happens.

    As far as battery life, I turn LTE off most of the time. It's there if I need it, but I rarely need it. This allows me to go 16 hours or so under moderate usage. And that's before rooting it. Overall, I'm quite satisfied with the Spectrum as it stands right now. I'm assuming it will be even better once we get ICS. I just hope it doesn't break my root (or, if it does, that I can get it back right away).
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    So far OK, my biggest complain is has been the failure of the camera to load numerous times. Also, battery life still sucks. I'm a "light user", and by that I mean no more than several texts or short calls a day, and a handful of quick checks on the browser, and it needs charging on a regular basis. Just trying to cycle the battery a few times, and playing Angry Birds, it will drain a full battery to zero in an hour. Not that I plan on playing Angry Birds often, I was just using it to drain the battery, and it worked, quickly.

    Still not really happy with audio on calls.....not used to such poor sound quality. All of my previous phones have had really good call quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by njgsregal View Post
    I would look closely at the specifications. The spectrum is not truly as advanced phone as bionic or many others. I was surprised when i did my research. Low on system memory. Low on built in storage. Both of those had me looking elsewhere. Plus all i read about the quality of current and previous lg androids. They seem to be slow to release updates and hardware is usually behind current phones. Best of luck in your search. And good luck with your new phone.

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    Your wrong its not system memory that it has less of its systems storage that this phone has the 1 gb of ram like the rest of the newest phone and beside how much phone storage do you need I have about 105 apps downloaded and no I don't use aps2sd and I still got half my phone storage I use a 32gb sd card for my media.

    LG Spectrum specs
    4.5″ True HD IPS display, with Gorilla Glass
    • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon
    • 8MP rear camera
    • 1.3MP front camera
    • 1GB of RAM
    • 4GB of on-board storage, 16GB micro SD card pre-installed
    • 4G LTE
    • Mobile hotspot shares up to 10 connections
    • Android 2.3
    • 1830mAh battery
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