The LG Lucid is one of the most affordable android smartphone on the market right now. Sold by Verizon Wireless, it has the right mix of great pricing and good features that makes it a good buy for those who just want the important stuff. It does not have the latest quad-core processor with great camera work but then it has just the right bit of power and features to see you through everyday life and a bit more.
It has a 4inch capacitive touchscreen display that is made out of Gorilla Glass, so you don’t have to worry about it shattering or cracking too easily. It has a typical Android resolution — 800×480 pixels. The display is good but not Super AMOLED good.
Body is glossy plastic with a taper and dual-tone on the back. It looks more expensive than it is, which is a very good thing. The Lucid has all the common sensors that allow you to use gestures like flipping the phone to mute it, snooze an alarm, etc. You can also tap on either edges to speed the cursors through to that side. You have the option to choose between the Swype keyboard or the Normal keyboard for typing.
The connectivity options on the LG Lucid are exactly what you need — it has dual-band EV-DO Rev A (850/1900 MHz) with single-band 4G LTE (700MHz) network support. It also comes with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, which means you can just run on you office or home network. If you have the appropriate data plan, it has the ability to act as a hotspot for up to 10 devices at the same time. You will need LTE for that though. On 3G you can run up to 5 different devices.
The batter is a 1700mAh hulk and it is good for talking over six and a half hours non-stop. It is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 CPU with 1GB system memory. Performance is thus on par with other dual-core sporting android devices. Some occasional lagging that plagues all other android devices is also present in this one.
The only place where the Lucid lets us down is on the OS. It is a smart new phone with great features but we wish it could do better than coming with the same old Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However, there’s still hope because Verizon has promised to upgrade this to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And it should’ve just come out with it too because the components are absolutely fine for it.
The phone comes with more than its fair share of pre-installed apps but thankfully quite a few of them are useful ones. LG especially puts in apps that would be useful such the Polaris office document editor. Verizon puts in the usual bunch — Netflix, Kindle, etc. Verizone has also made the effort to making the pre-installed apps all grouped under one menu.
Over all, with its speedy performance and really affordably price, the LG Lucid is definitely a great buy.
Date: March 30, 2012