LG Lucid Review
By Tommy Rebik
- April 20, 2012
Pros: The LG Lucid is affordable and is powered by a dual-core processor. It supports 4G LTE data network and has a bright screen with 1080p video recording.
Cons: The LG Lucid has a mediocre reception. One more thing, it runs the older OS, which is the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
LG is known for their Android devices, and this time the brand has decided to release a new smart phone for those who are on the budget. It is an affordable phone that has nice feature set. It looks slick and also offers it does no run the up to date Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Googleís Android OS (although there will be an upgrade option later), so no news there. It also does not have any features that we have not seen before but it does offer a solid performance. Riding on Verizon's 4G LTE network and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the smart phone brings more than a bit of power. Although its call quality was not that impressive & not everyone will like the violet glitter aesthetic (subtle as it may seem), the smartpphone just costs $79.99 if you purchase it online and sign a 2 year service agreement. With that price tag, you will get a first-rate midlevel phone! One thing, I do not like about the Lucid is that it comes equipped with way too much bloatware. Its speaker is also subpar. I have mentioned awhile ago that it does not run the latest Google OS, and even though it's stuck on Gingerbread, the device has a great camera, and offers snappy performance, and is being offered in a cheap price tag making it a solid choice for a budget 4G Android smartphone. The LG Lucid has dimensions of 4.69 inches long, 2.45 inches wide, and 0.45 inch thick. It weighs exactly 5 ounces and despite its hickness, it is still compact as I was able to slip it into my jeanís pockets comfortably. On the left spine of the device there you will see the Micro-USB port along with the volume rocker. Up top to the left, you will see the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. On the right spine, you will see the sleep/power key. The back of the device has a subtle striped black & dark purple pattern, which glitters in direct sunlight. It's made from a plastic material thatís polished making the phone feel very slick. Toward the top center of the deviceís backing is the camera lens with the flash. Below it is a narrow slit that shows the output speaker. And inside a small indentation at the bottom of the Lucid, you can use your fingers to pry the backing off and access its 1,700mAh lithium ion battery as well as its microSD slot. The LG Lucid's Gorilla Glass LCD touch screen measures 4 inches diagonally, and can render up to 480x800 pixels of resolution. Its display is one of the brightest I've ever seen on a handset in this class so far. It is responsive as well, as there was no delay or lag when texting and navigating through menus,, or zooming into photos. On the top right corner you will see the front-facing camera for video chatting and for taking vanity shots. Below you will see the four standard navigational keys that dimly light up in white whenever they are in use. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. It supports Bluetooth and is equipped with your Google apps including Maps with Navigation, Places, Gmail, Plus, Messenger, Talk, Books, Music, YouTube, Search, and Play. Task managements apps include contacts book, a voice dialer, a news and weather application, an e-mail server, text messaging with Swype, a Web browser, a notepad, a calculator, a calendar, and a voice recorder. What's more, Verizon Wireless equips the device with its own cluster of apps. Other apps include Amazon Kindle, games like Let's Golf 3 and Plants vs. Zombies, its own brand of maps and app store, a ringtone manager called V Cast Tones, a My Verizon Mobile app, a data backup assistant service, and an app for managing the handset's mobile hot-spot feature. Moreover, you will also get applications like Netflix; ShareGenie and SmartShare; Video Producer; Adobe Flash; and the Polaris Office mobile suite. It sports a 5 megapixel autofocusing camera on the rear and comes with an LED flash. Other camera options include face tracking; seven image options (that range from 2,560x1,920 to 640x480); zooming and exposure meters; four ISO options (auto, 400, 200, and 100); 6 scene modes (normal, portrait, landscape, sports, sunset, and night); five white-balance options (auto, incandescent, sunny, fluorescent, and cloudy); four color effects (none, mono, sepia, and negative); a timer; continuous & panorama shooting; and GPS tagging. Its camera can record full HD videos making it a multimedia powerhouse. Itís preloaded with customizable features which I found neat. It has four preloaded themes, and a dialer widget. Not to mention the fact that you can change the wallpaper that appears whenever you charge your battery. I tested the LG Lucid in our using Verizon's services and the call quality was not impressive. Voices were too sharp and tinny and even though I could hear and understand everything the harshness of the voices was distracting. Speakerphone quality was even worse, as thereís a light twang every time my friend spoke. Browsing the Web was really swift. Ookla's Speedtest app (2.99MB), took me 20 seconds to download, and showed me an average of 26.39Mbps down and 5.92Mbps up. Overall, the LG Lucid is an awesome entry level to mid range level device that is highly recommended for new users. I give it a 3.5/5 score!