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Published on February 21st, 2013 | by Guest Writer

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A Complicated Choice – The LG Spectrum vs. The Samsung Galaxy S II

Going shopping for a new mobile phone can be a bit of a daunting experience. With so many great handsets on the market, knowing which one to choose can be complicated. This isn’t helped by the fact that so many devices are so similar. If you want the best phone for you, and the best bargain to boot, you’re going to have to put in some serious research. Fortunately, we’re here to help you. In today’s head to head challenge, we pit the LG Spectrum versus the Samsung Galaxy S II. Both are Android phones, both are sexy looking, and both retail for similar prices. So how can you possibly choose between them? A closer look at the specs on these devices should give you all the information you need to make a good decision. Read on to find out exactly how they compare…

Why You Might Want an LG Spectrum…

There aren’t that many differences between these two devices, but there are a few. First off, the Spectrum is the more powerful phone. It runs a 1500 MHz processor, as opposed to the 1200 MHz processor on the Galaxy, making it snappier and more responsive. It also gets faster maximum data speeds, which means quicker downloading and faster loading of web pages for you. You get around double the stand by time per battery charge cycle on the Spectrum, which means less battery charging if you’re the kind of person that doesn’t use their phone too often. And finally, there’s the screen. The LG does have a 2.5 times higher resolution screen, and well as fifty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch). In theory, this makes the screen brighter and better defined. In reality, the Galaxy also has a trick up its sleeve that kind of evens things out…

Why You Might Want a Samsung Galaxy S II…

So, the Samsung’s screen is a Super AMOLED Plus screen, rather than the older LCD screen on the Spectrum. AMOLED screens are usually brighter and more colourful than LCD, which means that although the Spectrum does have higher resolution and more PPI, the displays are actually pretty evenly matched. You do get a lot more internal storage on the Galaxy however, which comes with 16 GB of internal memory, whereas the Spectrum comes with only 4 GB. This means you can store four times more music, photos, videos and data on your device. The Samsung also comes in smaller, thinner and lighter than the LG, making it just that much more portable. Oh, and as an added bonus, the Galaxy does have a built in FM radio, which the Spectrum doesn’t. A radio isn’t a necessity, but it might be nice to have.

So Which One is Better?

It’s a tough choice; these phones are pretty evenly matched. We like the extra internal storage on the Samsung, quadruple the memory is a pretty big deal. But in the end, the extra power of the LG makes it the winner. We like our phones to be fast and responsive, and the LG Spectrum has the clear advantage here.

Phil Turner  has found phone deals that have amazed him in terms of included talk time, data and texts.

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