The Lucid is LG’s entry into the entry to mid level smartphone market. Priced at only $79.99, coupled with Verizon’s 4G LTE connectivity, it is definitely worth taking a look at.
The LG Lucid is one of the more smaller smartphones, featuring a 4″ IPS display, with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It also features a 1.2 GHz Dual–Core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, and 5MP camera. The side of the phone has a metal acent that reminds me alot of Sony’s Tablet S. Great internals on a device at this price point.
The one thing I did not like about this device was its glossy plastic back cover. It is a huge fingerprint magnet. Holding it makes your hands feel dirty and greasy. I felt the whole device was one big display. I couldn’t touch it anywhere without smudging it. If purchasing this phone, buying a case for it, I would say, is a necessity.
Software and Performance
A disappointing aspect of the software, of the Lucid, is that it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, not Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone also features an Android skin by LG. I have got to say, I do not like their skin at all. The home screen is kind of Samsung Touchwiz-esk, but the app drawer is the huge downfall, in my opinion. Apps are not arranged in the usual alphabetical order, but rather separated by categories. It can be difficult to find the app you are looking for. I gave myself a week to try and get used to their skin, but after a week, I installed the Ice Cream Sandwich launcher from the Play Store. That’s the beauty of Android…it’s highly customizable. If you don’t like the launcher that cames with your phone, there are plenty of other you can choose from in the Play Store.
Verizon’s 4G LTE was its usual awesome self. I got speeds in the upper 20 to low 30mb/s range. Call quality was a little lack luster. Not the clearest. It was actually clearer on speaker phone surprisingly.
The camera on the Lucid I would say is average. It takes photos well outdoors but indoors, with questionable lighting, photos turn out blurry. There is no way to focus.
Overall, this phone is good for the right demographic. For me personally, I would have liked the display slightly larger (maybe 4.3″) and higher resolution. But if having a 4″ screen isn’t a problem for you, and you don’t want to spend $200-300 for a phone, this device is a good option. You get all the power and speed of a high-end phone, at a great price of $79.99. You can’t go wrong with that.
Thank you Verizon for sending me this phone to review. You can find the LG Lucid at http://www.verizonwireless.com/lg-lucid.shtml