LG Lucid 2 Review
Running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the LG lucid 2 comes with a similar Optimus UI layer over it, as what we’ve seen on the LG Spectrum 2. It does a good job of making the interface attractive and easy to use, along with 7 home screens, app drawer, and a nice selection of widgets.
For those new to Android, there is also a Starter Mode, which provides larger text and icons, as well as helping tips to guide you through using the interface.
Also on board are four Themes to choose from (Optimus, Adventure, Fancy, and Monsterland). Not only do these change the desktop wallpaper, but the icons as well. And for even more customization, there is also an option to change the wallpaper that is used in the apps drawer.
Android core apps, such as E-Mail and Gmail, contacts, and calendar. Also on board is Richnote allowing you to notate any image, and SmartShare which lets you stream content to a DLNA device.
Other included apps are Amazon Store, Amazon Kindle and MP3, Audible, IMDb, Polaris Office, Verizon Tones and Video, VZ Navigator, and Zappos.
Processor and Memory:
Since the original LG Lucid came with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, we’re glad to see that the Lucid 2 comes with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor. Though we find it interesting that even though the specs say it is 1.2GHz, both AnTuTu and Quadrant identify it as being 1.5GHz. Regardless, the Lucid 2 is plenty fast, and the 1GB of RAM also help speed things along.
As you can see from the test below, the LG Lucid 2 does quite well with benchmarking apps when stacked next to other dual-core phones, such as the Motorola DROID RAZR M and the Samsung Galaxy S III.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD)||Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
|LG Lucid 2||5774||11800||2794||1636 / 602|
|Google Nexus 4||4757||16749||4917||1375 / 600|
|Motorola DROID RAZR M||4864||11471|
|Samsung Galaxy S III Verizon||4520||10915|
Even though the LG Lucid 2 comes with 8GB of internal memory, only 3GB is available to the user. Though you can install a microSDHC memory card up to 64GB in size for added storage space.
Internet and Connectivity:
As with several other phones these days, the LG Lucid 2 relies on Google Chrome for its web browser. It works well on the device, as scrolling & zooming are smooth and effortless, and web pages are properly rendered. Yeah, we know that Adobe Flash is not supported, but with most sites making the change to HTML5, we didn’t have too much of an issue. Naturally, you can install other browsers if you wish, such as Dolphin.
When we used the SpeedTest.net app on Verizon’s 4G LTE network in our area, we were able to get up to 25 Mbps downloads and 11 Mbps uploads, and had a signal strength of -100dBm. Also supported is Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5GHz), and Bluetooth 4.0.
1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 726; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
That really is a huge battery for a 4.3" device.
2. shamataa (Posts: 197; 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.
3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5421; 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.
4. Captain_Doug (Posts: 726; 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.
5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5421; 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.
6. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
Google announced that Motorola Devices are not as per their standards! :-D on what ground you are defending Moto?
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