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LG Spectrum

Other specs of the LG Spectrum sit comfortably right up at the top end of the smartphone league. It has a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM. Quad-core tablets are already here, but quad-core phones that’ll actually sell to the general public are not. Processors like the Spectrum’s should stay pretty cutting-edge for at least a few months - a long time in the smartphone game.

The other important high-flying spec of the phone is its camera. It has an 8-megapixel sensor with an LED flash and the bonus bits of image stabilisation and face detection. Sadly, as we’ll never get this CDMA phone in the UK, we’ll probably never get to see whether the LG Spectrum trumps its 8-megapixel colleagues. Back

We did get to check out some neat gestural controls to make browsing through photos snazzier, though. Within the gallery app, you can use taps on the phone’s sides to flick between photos. There’s nothing too fancy going on here, as it’s simply a case of the accelerometer detecting motion coming from one end of the phone or the other, but it could become a neat feature to show off down the pub.

We can’t quite get over the feeling that the LG Spectrum isn’t quite serious or sleek enough to make best use of its top features, conjure the desirability it needs or seriously compete with the very top smartphones out there. However, the excellent HD-IPS 720p screen is something pixel freaks should look out for in future 2012 mobiles.

Verdict

The just-ok plastic build, outdated OS and that it won’t come to the UK in its current form stop us from getting too excited about the LG Spectrum as an overall package, but its 4.5in 720p IPS screen is something to behold. This is tech to watch out for in 2012, as it’s arguably even better than the Super AMOLED type seen in current 720p phones like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

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