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LG Lucid 3 Review

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LG Lucid 3 Review
LG Lucid 3 Review
LG Lucid 3 Review
LG Lucid 3 Review
Introduction


Very rarely do low-end smartphones receive an established line of devices that get refreshed on a yearly basis, but interestingly enough, LG’s Lucid series over on Verizon is entering its third straight year. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum to the manufacturer’s flagship (the LG G2), the LG Lucid 3 carries along specs and features that cater to the users that want an affordable smartphone. With so many choices already floating about, it’s going to be interesting if this year’s updated device can stay a cut above the rest in the entry-level segment to stand out in the minds of consumers.

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Get Started Guides

Design

For its intended target, the design of the LG Lucid expected – it’s not memorable but is nor totally forgettable.

In true fashion to the line, the LG Lucid 3 resorts to a more humble design, which isn’t surprising considering its class. Call it cookie-cutter, there isn’t anything that makes the design here memorable, seeing that its plastic body is more prone to scratches and smudges. Despite that, it’s at least easy on the hands with its form-fitting stature and lightweight feel – albeit, there’s some hollowness with the casing.

On the front, it features the two capacitive buttons separated by a physical home button, which doubles as its LED notification light. Meanwhile, the proximity sensor, earpiece, and front-facing 0.3-megaixel camera are positioned above the display. Looking around its trim, which has a slim silver plastic trim wrapping around, everything we’re familiar with are in order – they include the power button, volume control, microUSB port, microphones, 3.5mm headset jack. In the back of the phone, two small notches for its speaker grill lines the bottom area – while a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash occupies the top portion.

LG Lucid 3
5.18 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches
132 x 66 x 10 mm
4.37 oz (124 g)

LG Lucid 3

Motorola Moto G
5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches
129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)

Motorola Moto G

Samsung Galaxy S III mini
4.78 x 2.48 x 0.39 inches
121.5 x 63 x 9.9 mm
4.23 oz (120 g)

Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Apple iPhone 5c
4.9 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches
124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm
4.66 oz (132 g)

Apple iPhone 5c

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


Display

Not markedly better than its predecessor in the specs the department, it’s the low quality element of the panel that disappoints us.

Even though the size of the display with this year’s model has been bumped up to 4.7-inches, its resolution remains the same – qHD, which equates to 540 x 960 pixels. Nothing extraordinary, fine text might be a little garbled due to its below average pixel density count of 234 ppi, but for the most part, it’s still usable to view things in the web browser. However, we’re not fans of the lower quality IPS-LCD display present here, as its poor viewing angles, weak brightness output of 389 nits, and washed out color reproduction, don’t do any sort of justice in making it a remotely pleasant looking display.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Motorola Moto G 429
(Good)
17
(Poor)
1:914
(Average)
7625
(Average)
2.56
4.10
(Average)
6.45
(Average)
LG Lucid 3 389
(Average)
7
(Good)
1:1171
(Good)
8686
(Poor)
2.02
5.04
(Average)
7.3
(Average)
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posted on 07 May 2014, 11:37 5

1. ryan5609 (Posts: 99; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


I think Verizon really missed a golden opportunity here. They could have easily placed their logo on the home button as well.

posted on 10 Jun 2014, 05:31

2. TeritorialDemon (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


I had the OG Lucid. Not a bad phone at the time. It could run with high end pho Then comes Lucid 2...........no real worth while improvements......then comes Lucid 3.......barely any major improvements at all. LG should just drop all it's low end devices. They simply don't care anymore about the average person who doesn't want to spend a large amount of money for a phone. That is why I no longer support LG. I have gone back with MOTOROLA!!!!!!

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LG Lucid 3

LG Lucid 3

OS: Android 4.4
view full specs
Display4.7 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (234 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8926, Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.18 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches
(132 x 66 x 10 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery2440 mAh, 12.5 hours talk time

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