LG Spectrum vs Galaxy Nexus on Verizon

LG Spectrum vs Galaxy Nexus on Verizon

Many of you who are considering purchasing a new Android smartphone will already have heard of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, at last released on Verizon. This was the very first Android 4.0 phone but now competition comes in the form of the LG Spectrum, also on Verizon. We’re taking a look at the LG Spectrum vs. Galaxy Nexus to give you an idea of how they compare.

For what seemed like ages the Galaxy Nexus was the phone on everybody’s lips but of course even though it was only released in December on the Big Red, thoughts are already moving on to the next big thing. With 2012 CES this week many new phones are set to be made official and one of those is the LG Spectrum (formerly rumored as the Revolution 2) set for release on January 19. Although the specs for the Spectrum are not yet confirmed various document leaks that look solid have given us all the gen.

Onto the comparison then and first off we can tell you both are 4G LTE handsets for Verizon. The Galaxy Nexus has a 1.2GHZ dual-core processor while the Spectrum steps up to a 1.5GHz dual-core. They both feature large displays, a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD for the Galaxy Nexus and a 4.5-inch HD for the Spectrum. Both have 1GB of RAM and the Nexus has 16 or 32GB storage while the Spectrum has 4GB onboard storage and a 16GB microSD pre-installed.

As far as cameras go the Galaxy Nexus has a 5-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture and a 1.3-megapixel front-facer. The Spectrum has an 8-megapixel rear camera, also with 1080p video recording, plus a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera. Battery wise the Galaxy Nexus features a 1,750mAh battery while the Spectrum again has the edge with a 1,830mAh battery. Taking a look at pricing the Galaxy Nexus was released at $299.99 on a two-year contract. The price for the Spectrum is not yet known but looks like it will be around the $249 to $299 mark.

So the LG Spectrum includes a bigger processor, better rear camera and larger battery but what could be the dealbreaker is the operating systems. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus launched on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich while the Spectrum will be running Android 2.3. However we’d think it highly likely that it will get the ICS upgrade at some point. It’s a pretty tight-run race then and ultimately will come down to personal choice of the design and which features are most important to you. Some of you may also want to read our earlier article about the white Galaxy Nexus and how it looks like it’s also coming to Sprint.

We’d like to hear from you if you’re in the market for a new smartphone and considering either of these Android options? Which one would you choose and why? Let us know with your comments.

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  • Brother451

    Unless LG has stock android with direct updates from google i’ll never be interested.

  • Anthony

    If you’re going to be talking about the Verizon variant of the Galaxy Nexus at least know that it comes with an 1,850 mAh battery not a 1,750 mAh battery.

  • Ericfoss

    Nothing that the LG Spectrum offers isn’t already available in some variant. The LG is NOT running ICS. The LG will NOT be receiving direct updates from Google.

    Why would this be the phone to pull people away from the Galaxy Nexus any more than the Razr would be?

    New phones will soon be coming out that will blow the Nexus out of the water; however, the LG Spectrum certainly isn’t that phone…

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