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LG Lucid 2 Review

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LG Lucid 2 Review
Introduction:

Around this time last year, we reviewed at the original LG Lucid, which was designed to be an inexpensive basic smartphone. Now with the introduction of the new Lucid 2, we’re seeing a bump in specs, such as a larger qHD display, more advanced Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and even a higher capacity battery. The LG Lucid 2 is currently free with a 2-year Verizon contract.

Included in the retail package is the LG Lucid 2 VS870 smartphone, 2460mAh battery, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.

Optional accessories that are available purchase separate include a wireless charging pad, wireless inductive battery cover, desktop media charging dock, and a vehicle mount.

Box and contents - Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review
Box and contents - Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review
Box and contents - Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review

Box and contents

Desktop media charging dock - Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review
Desktop media charging dock - Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review
Desktop media charging dock - Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review

Desktop media charging dock

Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review
Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review
Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review

Vehicle mount



Design:

The LG Lucid 2 fits comfortably in the hand, thanks to its compact size, similar to the Motorola DROID RAZR M, and is fairly lightweight at only 4.55 oz.

LG Lucid 2
4.82 x 2.51 x 0.39 inches
122 x 64 x 10 mm
4.55 oz (129 g)

LG Lucid 2

Motorola DROID RAZR M
4.82 x 2.4 x 0.33 inches
122.5 x 60.9 x 8.3 mm
4.44 oz (126 g)

Motorola DROID RAZR M

LG Spectrum 2
5.31 x 2.69 x 0.36 inches
134.8 x 68.3 x 9.2 mm
5.22 oz (148 g)

LG Spectrum 2

Samsung Galaxy Stellar
4.8 x 2.51 x 0.47 inches
122 x 64 x 12 mm
4.73 oz (134 g)

Samsung Galaxy Stellar

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


The overall design of the LG Lucid 2 is a bit more stylish than the original, combining both curved and straight edges, with only a small amount of silver on the sides. Also gone is the slipper plastic, and instead the battery cover is textured, which provides an improved grip.

The LG Lucid 2 fits comfortably in the hand - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG Lucid 2 fits comfortably in the hand - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG Lucid 2 fits comfortably in the hand - LG Lucid 2 Review

The LG Lucid 2 fits comfortably in the hand


Below the display is the standard row of capacitive buttons for back, home, recent apps, and settings, and on the bottom edge is the microUSB port. Along the left side is the volume rocker, and on the right side is the power/lock key, all of which are easy to find by touch alone since they are raised from the surrounding plastic. Up on top is the 3.5mm headset jack, and the 5MP camera and LED flash are on the back. Removing the battery cover will allow access to the 4G SIM slot and the microSDHC card slot that supports 64GB memory cards.

Front camera - LG Lucid 2 Review
Capacitive buttons - LG Lucid 2 Review

Front camera

Capacitive buttons


Volume rocker (left) - The sides of LG Lucid 2 - LG Lucid 2 Review
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of LG Lucid 2 - LG Lucid 2 Review
Power key (right) - The sides of LG Lucid 2 - LG Lucid 2 Review

Volume rocker (left)

3.5mm jack (top)

Power key (right)

microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of LG Lucid 2 - LG Lucid 2 Review
Battery compartment - The sides of LG Lucid 2 - LG Lucid 2 Review
SIM and microSD card slots - The sides of LG Lucid 2 - LG Lucid 2 Review

microUSB port (bottom)

Battery compartment

SIM and microSD card slots

The sides of LG Lucid 2



Display:

With high-res displays going from 720p to 1080p over the past year, some might feel that the one on the LG Lucid 2 is a bit outdated. While this may be true when it comes to high end phones, the 4.3” qHD AH-IPS display on the Lucid 2 with 540x960 pixel resolution does a fine job. There is plenty of fine detail with text and images looking sharp, good color reproduction, as well as being bright enough to view outside. Our only complaint is that the viewing angles are limited, meaning any off-axis viewing will see a drop in saturation and contrast.



LG Lucid 2 360-Degrees View:



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posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:18 3

1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


That really is a huge battery for a 4.3" device.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:56

2. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Yeah i highly doubt it will get Android 5.0 key lime pie. LG updates are pretty lame/horrible. Plus Verizon pushes the update way to long for Americans taste.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 12:15 1

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5596; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i'd get the Razr M for $50 before i got this for free but some people just don't want to put up any money for these things and it is a pretty nice phone for it being free.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:02 1

4. Captain_Doug (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I'm not so sure. The Lucid 2 has a much larger removable battery a better screen(non-pentile), a higher clocked processor, and a slightly newer version of android. Those are some pretty big pluses. If the Lucid 2 gets any developer support, this would be a great choice.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 14:57 1

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5596; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the battery is something that the Lucid 2 has in it's favor however screen preference is subjective and clock frequency really doesn't matter so much on any mobile SoC this side of an OMAP4 and the Razr M has the same version of Android. not only that but the Lucid 2 is by LG, this will probably be the only version of Android it runs for a long while. the Razr M also has a better camera, a closer to stock UI and it has the benefit of Motorola build quality with Kevlar and Water Repellent Nano Coating.

posted on 24 Apr 2013, 12:09

6. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Google announced that Motorola Devices are not as per their standards! :-D on what ground you are defending Moto?

posted on 16 Jul 2013, 09:48

7. ghavas (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)


that may be true DJ but at the same time...Google Owns Motorola now. Starting with the new device that was leaked a few months ago...the MOTO X phone...Google controls motorola for the most part...so their products will be mostly in check with google standards

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LG Lucid 2

LG Lucid 2

OS: Android 4.1.2
view full specs
Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.82 x 2.51 x 0.39 inches
(122 x 64 x 10 mm)
4.55 oz  (129 g)
Battery2460 mAh, 21 hours talk time

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