LG Lucid Review – Pocket Friendly Capable Mid-End Smartphone
Choose the LG Lucid if you want a capable smartphone that is friendly to your pocket.
With an ever increasing number of smartphones available in the market, it may become confusing when you have to choose one of these devices. You need to take into accounts not only what the phone has to offer but also how affordable or friendly it is to your pocket. Choose a capable high-end smartphone and you may then scratch your head trying to figure out how you should pay the price, even if you pay it in installments. Choose an affordable smartphone and you may get disappointed by those many things it cannot accomplish. This is where the LG Lucid comes in handy. With a price of only $79.99 (with a 2-year contract from Verizon), you get a top notch mid-end smartphone sporting a 4-inch display and a dual-core processor. The only drawback is that it still comes pre-loaded with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.
Sporting a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon CPU running at a clock speed of 1.2 GHz, this phone is pretty responsive in almost all applications. This makes the device better than its competitors such as the higher priced yet slightly less capable smartphone from the popular Taiwanese brand, the HTC One V.
Supporting the CPU is a 2GB RAM module. Undoubtedly, this is more than enough to run the device’s native OS without lag or sluggishness. As a matter of fact, the CPU-RAM combination this device has is capable of running even the Android ICS. Besides the RAM, the LG Lucid comes with an 8GB ROM module as well.
Now, what is also important after CPU and RAM is the GPU. This is particularly important when it comes to gaming. Without the right GPU, don’t expect to run high quality games. Fortunately, the LG Lucid features the Adreno 220 GPU which is capable of running most graphics intensive applications and games. With the Adreno 220, you can play such great games as ‘The Sims: Freeplay’, ‘Inotia 4’, ‘Where’s My Water?’ and many more.
In terms of display, the LG Lucid will spoil your eyes, thanks to its bright and colorful 4-inch IPS capacitive touch screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Pictures look sharp and videos look vivid, all thanks to the resolution of 480 x 800 pixels – with a density of 233 ppi – the screen can offer.
LG manages to equip the Lucid with quite a capable 5MP camera as well. You can count on the LG Lucid’s camera to capture still images with a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. Accompanying the camera are autofocus, geotagging, LED flash, and face tracking features. Unfortunately, there is no image stabilization feature available. Images captured with the phone’s camera look quite sharp though there’s a slightly cool cast.
You can also use the LG Lucid’s camera to record videos with a resolution of either 1280 x 720 pixels or 1920 x 1080 pixels. Playback of videos recorded with either resolution is smooth, achieving 29 fps. However, possibly due to the lack of image stabilization feature, videos may seem a little jumpy.
What’s also interesting about video recording with the LG Lucid is that you can edit your recorded videos right on the device, thanks to the Video Producer application. This is a basic application for movie making.
Speaking of videos, the phone comes with a VGA front camera to enable you to have a video call with your loved ones. However, for best quality video call, you may need to first make sure you have 4G LTE network coverage in your area.
The LG Lucid supports CDMA 800/1900 for its 2G network, CDMA 2000 1x EV-DO for its 3G network, and Verizon’s 4G LTE 700 MHz class 13 network. Other network or connectivity modules the phone features include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct to transform the phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP/EDR, and microUSB 2.0 for PC connection.
One very important aspect related to a smartphone is storage. In this case, LG equips the Lucid with a 4GB internal storage with an additional storage of 1.34 GB for you to install applications. Of course, such storage capacities are far from adequate thus LG provides a microSD card slot as well. This slot can take a microSD with a capacity of up to 32 GB.
Similar to most other current smartphones available in the market, the LG Lucid also features quite a few sensors, they’re compass, proximity, and accelerometer. So, such a thing as auto-rotation is always available at your disposal, anytime you want it. A-GPS is available as well.
No matter how capable a smartphone is, one thing that often worries its users is the battery. Well, in the case of the LG Lucid, the battery will last up to approximately 6 hours and 43 minutes if you only use the phone for voice call. The phone uses 1700mAh Li-Ion battery.
The next convenient feature this capable mid-end smartphone from the Korean manufacturer has in store is the Swype keyboard. Thanks to it, typing will never the same as before. Well, of course, you need to learn how to take advantage of it first, but that shouldn’t be a big deal at all. Yet, if you don’t really find yourself comfortable using Swype, there’s the default LG’s virtual keyboard as well.
As mentioned earlier, the LG Lucid comes with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system. Well, this is quite unfortunate, considering all the hardware specs LG powers the phone with. However, Verizon has indeed promised to release Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) though there has yet to be official exact date.
Application side, you’ll find Polaris Office along with the common Google goodies on this phone. Google Maps, Google Now, Navigation, and Weather are just a few to name. Of course, you can always install applications yourself by paying a visit to Google’s PlayStore (formerly known as the Android Market).
If you desire a capable smartphone that won’t drain your pocket, the LG Lucid is somewhat a perfect choice. However, if you’re prepared to spend more money out of your pocket, you can choose the higher end smartphones. In this case, the LG Spectrum and the HTC DROID DNA come to mind.