LG Lucid Review For Verizon Wireless
Today, I will be reviewing the LG Lucid on Verizon Wireless. It is the latest Android smartphone to be released by the nation’s largest wireless carrier and it targets those on a budget looking for a solid Android smartphone. Featuring 4G LTE connectivity, the LG Lucid costs $79.99 on a two year contract. Before diving into the review, I am going to give the device four stars out of a possible five. Design / Display The design of the LG Lucid is one of the best I’ve seen in recent smartphones. Given its 4 inch display, the Lucid is sleek and thin, fitting comfortably in the palm of my hand. It is definitely not heavy, but nor is it extremely light. LG found the right balance in making the Lucid feel strong and powerful, while still maintaining a thin profile. Inside my pocket, I barely notice the Lucid which is a nice feature. The screen is four inches with a 800 x 480 resolution and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Sure the screen isn’t large or contain an impressive resolution like the Galaxy Nexus, but the screen definitely gets the job done. The 4 inch screen is a delight to surf the web, play games, or watch videos on. Moving on, the Lucid is completely black and adorned with the LG logo on top near the front facing camera and the Verizon logo is on the bottom near the four soft touch buttons. In addition, it has a silver lining down the right and left edges of the smartphone containing the volume rocker and the power button. Overall, I am impressed with the device as LG definitely got the appearance aspect of the smartphone right. Features / Performance In terms of the internal hardware, performing tasks and navigating through apps is a breeze thanks to its 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Even though it is a mid-range device, it performs as if it is a high-end smartphone. Granted it is only running Android 2.3, but LG has promised an upgrade to Android 4.0 which will likely speed up multi-tasking in the near future. LG equipped a 4G LTE radio inside the Lucid aiding to its impressive web browsing speeds. Assuming you live in an area with 4G LTE, the speeds will astonish you if it is your first time on the 4G LTE network. Unfortunately, using the phone for a long period of time will definitely take a toll on its 1,700 mAh battery. The effect 4G LTE has on its battery was one of the reasons I had to knock the LG Lucid down from a perfect rating. Granted, you can always invest in a spare battery or an extended one, so the battery issue is not a deal breaker. In any case, most Verizon 4G LTE smartphones suffer from battery problems except for the DROID RAZR MAXX. Performing normal calls, texts, music, and a medium amount of web surfing, the Lucid should barely get you through a day. If you use 4G LTE sparingly, then the Lucid should last you a day easily. Call quality is excellent on the Lucid, but that also depends a little bit on your signal strength. During the call test, I had close to full bars and the call came through clearly and did not drop. LG skins the Lucid with some of its own custom software in order to enhance the user experience. If you are new to Android or looking for an easy experience, then you will probably like some of its customizations such as a large clock display with weather, an easy to find dialer, and a quick message widget. In addition, straight from the lockscreen you can access dialer, text messsaging, voicemail, and the camera which I found to be pretty useful. For seasoned Android veterans, these LG customizations may be kind of annoying, but the Lucid is more of a phone to ease users into Android and have a phone that simply works well. Now, time to discuss the cameras on the Lucid. On the rear side of the device, we have a 5MP camera capable of capturing video in 1080p and it has flash. The 5MP may sound meager compared to the 8MP likes of many of its competitors, but the Lucid still shoots photos just as well and video capture is impressive. If photography on your smartphone is an absolute must, then you may want to look elsewhere, but for the average photographer, the Lucid should handle your day-to-day shooting just fine. Lastly, it contains a front facing camera that works well for video chatting. There is 4G of memory on board, but it has a microSD slot for memory expansion up to 32GB. I would prefer to see at least 8GB of storage on board with the Lucid, but since it is a mid-range device, LG skimped out on the on-board memory storage. I recommend adding a microSD card because 4GB will go by quickly with apps, music, and videos. Final Thoughts The LG Lucid is a great smartphone — plain and simple. With an Android 4.0 upgrade expected in the near future, the Lucid will only become better. The few disappointments with the Lucid is battery life, small storage, and Android 2.3 on-board. Most of these shortcomings can be easily countered with an extended battery, microSD card, and Android 4.0. For $79.99 on a two year contract, the Lucid is a smartphone that should be seriously considered if you are looking to purchase a smartphone on Verizon Wireless. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.