LG Lucid Review
By Tommy Rebik
- May 4, 2012
Pros: The LG Lucid is an affordable smart phone that is powered by a dual core processor. It is a 4G LTE compliant device that has a bright screen with HD - 1080p video recording.
Cons: The LG Lucid does have a mediocre reception. It runs the older OS, which is the Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The LG Lucid is one of Verizonís cheapest LTE smart phones, and for many users thatís an important advantage. If you are going to buy this smart phone, by & large then you should be contented with it even though I do not like its display, Lucidís performance is rock solid, and it is a relatively good looking smart phone, and its LTE speeds is good if not bar-setting. The LG Lucid reeks of a smart phone that will be easilyy forgotten by both the carrier and the manufacturer, and having a phone abandoned is a somewhat frustrating. Yes, we all know that LG is known for creating awesome Android devices and the LG Lucid is no exception. It is their newest smart phone for those who are on tight budget. It is an inexpensive device with nice feature set. It looks slick that runs on Googleís Android OS - Ice Cream Sandwich (although there will be an upgrade option later). The LG Lucid does not have the features that we have not seen before though it it does offer a solid performance. It rides on Verizon's 4G LTE network and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor. The LG Lucid is a smart phone that brings more than a bit of power. I did test the device and the call quality was not that impressive & it seems that not everyone will like its violet glitter aesthetic (subtle as it may seem). The LG Lucid just costs $79.99 if you purchase it online and sign a 2 year contract. With this price tag, you will get a first rate mid-level smart phone! What I do not like about the LG Lucid is that it is equipped with way too much bloatwares. One more thing, its speaker is also subpar. I have mentioned a while ago that the LG Lucid does not run the latest Google OS, as it's stuck on Gingerbread. The device sports a decent camera, and offers snappy performance. Just to remind you, the LG Lucid is being offered in a cheap price tag making it a great choice for a budget 4G Android smart phone. The device has dimensions of 4.69 inches long, 2.45 inches wide, and is about 0.45 inch thick. It weighs around 5 ounces and despite its thickness, the device is still compact as it fits into my jeanís pockets comfortably. On the left side there you will find the Micro-USB port and the volume rocker. On top of the device to the left, you will find the standard 3.5mm headset jack. On the right side, you will find its sleep/power key. On the back of the device you will see a subtle striped black and dark purple pattern that glows in direct sunlight. The LG Lucid is made from a plastic material that is polished which also makes the smart phone feel very slick. The camera lens with the flash are at the back of the device and below it, is a narrow slit that shows the output speaker. Whatís inside a small indentation at the bottom of the device is where you can use your fingers to pry the backing off and get a hold of its 1,700mAh lithium ion battery along with its microSD slot. The LG Lucid has a Gorilla Glass LCD touch screen which measures 4 inches diagonally. This can render up to 480x800 pixels of touchscreen resolution and is one of the brightest that I have ever seen on a handset in this class so far. The screen is responsive as well because there was no delay or lag when texting and navigating through menus, even when zooming into photos. On the top right corner you will find the front facing camera for video conferencing and for taking vanity shots. Below it, you will see the four standard navigational keys that dimly light up in white when they are in use. The LG Lucid is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and comes with 1GB of RAM. It also supports Bluetooth & is equipped with Google apps and services including Gmail, Plus, Messenger, Talk, Books, Music, Maps with Navigation, Places, YouTube, Search, and Play. It also comes with task managements apps including a news and weather application, an e-mail server, contacts book, a voice dialer, 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 preloaded on the device include its own brand of maps and app store, a My Verizon Mobile app, a ringtone manager called V Cast Tones, a data backup assistant service, Amazon Kindle, games like Let's Golf 3 and Plants VS. Zombies, and an app for managing the handset's mobile hot-spot feature. Whatís more is that you will also get applications like Video Producer; Adobe Flash; Netflix; ShareGenie and SmartShare; and the Polaris Office mobile suite. The LG Lucid employs a 5 megapixel auto focusing camera on the rear with an LED flash. Other camera settings include zooming and exposure meters; four ISO options (auto, 400, 200, and 100); face tracking; seven image options (that range from 2,560x1,920 to 640x480); six scene modes (normal, portrait, landscape, sports, sunset, and night); 5 white-balance options (auto, incandescent, sunny, fluorescent, and cloudy); 4 color effects (none, mono, sepia, and negative); a timer; continuous and panorama shooting; & GPS tagging. TheLG Lucidís camera can record full HD videos making it a multimedia power house. The device is preloaded with customizable features which I found very neat. It comes with 4 preloaded themes, and a dialer widget. The device allows you to change the wallpaper that appears whenever you charge your battery. I did test the LG Lucid in our area using Verizon's network and the call quality was not that impressive. The voices were too sharp and tinny & even though I could hear & understand everything the harshness of the voices was very distracting. Its speakerphone quality was even worse because thereís a light twang whenever my friend is speaking. Browsing the Web was smooth and as per Ookla's Speedtest app, it has an average of 26.39Mbps down and 5.92Mbps up. For me, the LG Lucid is an awesome entry level to mid range level smart phone that is highly recommended for entry level users. I give it a 3.5/5 score!