LG Lucid Review
Underneath it all, the LG Lucid presents us with the usual customized Android experience that we’ve seen in many LG devices in the past. Specifically, it’s the latest version of the Optimus UI running on top of Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread – so yeah, it’s no Ice Cream Sandwich. In any event, it’s mentioned that an update will eventually come, but there’s no exact timeframe on its availability. Rather than mopping about it all, the interface has some additional enhancements to make it somewhat fresh. For example, it displays this cool new glass jar animation as the handset is charging, while tapping on the left/right sides of the phone with our palm allows us to move between photos in the gallery. Of course, it’s nice and all to have that functionality, but it isn’t as practical as just swiping stuff with our finger.
Again, we find ourselves having to adapt in typing up messages on a 4-inch display, mainly because we’ve been spoiled by some other larger handset. Exhibiting a decent amount of responsiveness, we’re still a bit cautious of our rate of input due to its smaller buttons, but nevertheless, the Swype keyboard seems easier to handle than the one from LG.
When it comes to email, the Lucid is more than ample to give us that great Gmail experience, but its sole limitation is the fact that its smaller display means more scrolling with longer emails. Aside from that, the experience is the same on any other Android smartphone.
Being a Verizon smartphone and all, the carrier’s presence is easily recognized in apps like V CAST Apps, Backup Assistant, My Verizon Mobile, V CAST Tones, and VZ Navigator. Additionally, there are quite a few preloaded third party apps as well – these include Amazon Kindle, Let’s Golf 3, Plants vs Zombies, and Netflix.
Processor and Memory:
Luckily, LG didn’t skimp out with the handset’s processing power, mainly because it’s running a dual-core processor just like what’s in the Spectrum. Specifically, it’s a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 CPU coupled with 1GB of RAM. With most basic tasks, it exhibits the usual responsiveness that we’re familiar experiencing, but when it’s tested by other processor intensive tasks, such as using a live wallpaper, some choppiness become evident with its movement. In the long run, however, the choppiness never becomes an aggravating burden – though, it’s simply just noticeable.
Out of the box, its internal memory breaks down to 4GB of storage, with another 1.32GB reserved strictly for apps. Thankfully, we can supplement its capacity by throwing in a microSD card up to 32GB in size.
Internet and Connectivity:
Blazing through the air waves, the LG Lucid and its 4G LTE connectivity is able to load our web site in under 20 seconds. There’s no arguing about its lovable data speeds, but as far as the total package is concerned, we find the web browsing experience to be alright for most things. Of course, we like that Adobe Flash support grants us that desktop-like experience on the smartphone, but it’s a tad bit choppy with its navigational controls. Certainly, it’s not all that bad, but it’s something that visually stands out more than others.
Despite being limited to Big Red’s network, as opposed to being a world device, we do like the fast LTE speeds we’re able to obtain on the Lucid. In fact, it’s able to deliver maximum download and upload speeds of 12Mbit/s and 6.5Mbit/s in our location. Moreover, it features the usual suspects of connectivity items such as aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality.
1. zheking (Posts: 28; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
If they put gun to my f**kin head I will not buy this piece of s**t lg nor will I ever buy the s**tier moto because of the ui and btw I speak very good English I was just showing my hate for this piece of s**t
7. jstoned (Posts: 36; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
Why such a hater????? This is the kind of phone a lot of consumers have been waitning for. The specs and capabilities of the Lucid are amazing for the price. It has a 1.2g processor that rivals the nexus and its affordable, on top of letting you expand your memory up to 32gs.
I hope that if someone puts a gun to your head they dont give you the option and they just put it there and end you there.
2. ddxmms (Posts: 143; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
dude..why someone will but a gun to your head to make you buy something you don't want to buy,,and if a similar situation happened some day i think you will buy it.
4. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)
Been waiting to here more about this phone since PA's first report on it. However at the end of the day, The LG disappoints:
"we find ourselves struggling to listen to our callers because there is a distinctive amount of muffling heard"
Unless this was a faulty handset, the above reason alone is a dealbreaker for me.
5. thatjackal (Posts: 15; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
I got this for my mother the other day and she absolutely loves it--even runs part of her business of it so I don't know what the muffling they review talked about is. I mean, it's mainly a phone-based business (transportation) and she's had no complaints at all. I don't know if we got lucky and they got unlucky, but... hey.
6. Fhammond (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Most people aren't fans of LG (myself included) but I have to give them credit for making an affordable phone with good specs
8. tjmag88 (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Is this more of a female phone because of the purple?
9. sunzhine337 (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)
After using mltiple devices, this is a pretty high quality cost effective 4G option. The addaptive lighting for visability in direct sunlight is amazing. It's very quick, responsive, and it seems to be a great multi-tasking device. Battery life is over a full day, sound is pretty clear and loud. Connection is spot on so I assume the above post about the fuzziness had to do with a dud device.
Only thing I could want more of is less bezel on the edges. LG is coming out with some really cool technology that just works right.
10. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 167; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
The 2 most-used features of a phone, statistically speaking, are voice calls and picture/video taking. If the call quality is junk and the videos are junk, well, that's going to frustrate alot of people.
11. sunzhine337 (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)
^ That's not really a review. It's speculation based on one person's bad experience. There are multiple thing that could have affected the call quality in his particular area. Like I said, after using quite of few of these devices, I'm more or less impressed by LG's progress in the smartphone market.
Still a solid 8/10.
12. dalodi (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)
Awesome device... has a a lot off cool features onboard, quick text reply, dialer and messaging widget and power saver options. Great buy for the price!
13. GranCher (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
I really like my LG Lucid except for one problem. I frequently have problems with internet connection. I get messages that say "can't connect to the internet right now" or "Oops! You've hit a pothole. Try again later". Has anyone else had this problem?
14. notexting (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
I can't believe how many people want to text when they can't even spell!!!