LG Lucid 4G LTE (Verizon Wireless) Review
LG Lucid 4G LTE (Verizon) Review
Hardware and Design
The LG Lucid on Verizon Wireless is overall a nicely designed phone from LG. Although it is made of plastic the device really feels good in the hand and it has a 4 inch 800×480 display and it looks really good considering I originally thought it was a QHD display. One thing for sure about this device is that it moves really fast especially considering the fact that since it’s only $79.99 you get a Dual Core 1.2 CPU including 1GB of ram, 8GB of storage with microSD upto 32GB. I personally think this is one of the better designed and spec’d Android phone I’ve seen priced from the jump.
Performance And Operating System
As far as overall performance goes I’m delighted to say that this phone exceeds my initial expectations not really due to the specs but because I didn’t really expect much from a phone that cost $79.99 and that is the honest truth! The Quadrant Standard score got a 2242 which is about the same score then the Galaxy Nexus got. Now the reality is that as with all Android phones most of the time it comes down to whether or not you like the customizations that LG did to Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) and since this is the first LG phone I’ve used in quite some time I’ll say it works pretty well the icons remind me of Samsung’s touchwiz interface and the App menu has bars where you can group the apps in sections. It does a little to get used to but I don’t think it takes anything away from the performance in fact it makes things easier depending on what you like. One thing I don’t like is how long it takes to charge the battery, overall it just takes too long to go from empty to a full charge. Other than that the Performance and OS 2.3.6 work like a champ on this device.
The camera on the LG Lucid is a 5MP shooter with better then average photos. I think it does the job well again better then I expected for most people the phone will do a nice job especially if they’re coming from a feature phone. It takes pictures pretty quickly and does have autofocus if you touch the screen.
Network and Radio Performance
Since this phone has the ability to connect to Verizon’s 4G LTE network the Internet and data services work really well I was getting 20MB downloads and 11MB upload speeds on a regular basis. One issue I did notice though occasionally I would need to turn off the radio by using airplane mode to go back to 4G as sometimes the phone would get stuck in 3G. So the problem seemed to software related as soon as I cut it back on it would work fine. That’s not a deal breaker though as most phones do this, but I will say It felt like I had to do this more often then I liked. But since LG is promising Android 4.0 ICS I’m sure all this will be resolved with the update.
Overall the LG Lucid is an above average Android budget device coming at $79.99. The device did come out in late March and is still the cheapest 4G Smartphone running on the largest 4G LTE network in America which means if you want the best bang for your buck in the 4G LTE arena look no further! I will say that since it’s been for about 2 ½ months I would expect a price drop sooner than later as the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC Droid Incredible 4G will be releasing on Verizon within the coming weeks.