Very light and compact for the screen size
LG is taking a sizeable risk by putting stellar specs in a 5.5-incher - despite that the phone is surprisingly compact and light for such a screen size, thanks to the minimum bezel, it still feels a bit unwieldy for anything but a Shaq-sized hand, though less so than the Note II with the same screen size, for instance.
New Snapdragon 600 chipset
The LG Optimus G Pro is the most advanced phablet on the market at the moment. It's also one of the few devices with a 1080p screen that's bigger than 5". The new Snapdragon 600 chipset is still rare enough too.
The updated version of QSlide is there to make full use of the hardware - you can have up to two floating apps running alongside a full screen app, the big screen and fast quad-core Krait 300 CPU wouldn't be giving their 100% otherwise.
Screen transitions and animations are extremely smooth and fast
The LG Optimus G Pro is a very fast and capable phone, let down slightly by a poorly designed user interface and a camera that doesn't quite live up to the billing. It is, however, one of the better large screen smartphones currently available if you can live with these annoying, but not terminal, flaws. You can pick up one of these phablets for as little as $99.00 with a two-year plan from AT&T (amongst other carriers), which is less than half the cost of the Samsung Galaxy Note and Note 2.
Huge IPS full HD display, very fast CPU and GPU, very good camera
The LG Optimus G Pro has everything a super-phone should, except Samsung and Apple's glorious reputations and marketing budgets. In fact, I do wonder if this Android smartphone will get all the respect it deserves. It's LG's best Android phone to date, and we're impressed at the rapid progress they show here in both hardware and software. Yes, it could look more chic and elegant, but one could easily say the same of other Android phones.
Competition to Note II
Seriously, this is one tough competitor to Note 2. I just played with it at my friend's place. Screen is amazing. 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches (~401 ppi pixel density). Without the stylus, it is same size as Note 2. The crapware on this is incredible. I tried the AT&T version. It has LG and AT&T crapware, and is locked, otherwise the international unlocked and AT&T versions are similar in specs. On the AT&T, out of 32 GB, around 10GB was gobbled up by stock firmware and other crap.
Elegant design, large touch display
The Spectrum 2 is a good-looking package. Yes, the software is old and awful to use and the camera is mediocre at best, but if you want high-end device without paying a top-tier price, the Spectrum 2 is a decent value. It's one of the better mid-range phones, but it's not exceptional, and there are a few flaws. For a better phone though, expect to pay more, but you'll get more too.
Gorgeous display and zippy performance
The Spectrum 2 offers respectable specs, decent performance, and a lovely display. Its bulky design, though, makes it feel like yesterday's leftovers, especially when you consider what competitors like HTC and Samsung are doing with their entry- and mid-level devices.
Sharp 720p display with very good colors
The Spectrum 2 is probably the best mid-range handset you can buy on Verizon today. And while it's $99.99 at Big Red's retail locations, it can be had cheaper elsewhere, and by the time the new year rolls around, I wouldn't be surprised to see it popping up as free on contract occasionally.
Although this may come off as a great deal; priced at $100, I'd be lying to you if I said there wasn't anything better for the same cost or less. It's the holidays so you'll be bombarded with deals from many places. Interestingly, Verizon is now selling the Nokia Lumia 822 for $100 and the Motorola Droid Razr M at $49.99. Both phones are good choices. And for that reason I would pass on the LG Spectrum 2 for the handsets I just named.
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