LG Lucid unboxing and hands-on

LG Lucid unboxing and hands-on
Flying under the radar, the LG Lucid on paper seems like a respectable high-end smartphone that can still pack a punch, but interestingly enough, its best arsenal is the amazing affordable price point it’s flaunting. Heck, at $79.99 with a 2-year contract, it’s looking to attract a lot of attention without compromising in the specs department. Indeed, there’s nothing particularly cutting edge with this small bundle of joy, but nonetheless, you can’t argue about its eye-catching price.

Well, the packaging for the LG Lucid is rather diminutive in overall size and doesn’t try to add any dead space. On the front, we find an accurate looking image of the handset that’s tucked inside, but aside from that, it’s pretty cut throat with minimal flare of any kind. For the price of the smartphone, it’s bundled with all the usual suspect of accessories that one normally expects to find – such as the microUSB cable, wall charger, 4G LTE SIM, and documentation. Certainly, we always love expecting to find more, but with this, we’re okay with the included goodies.

Above all, we dig that the LG Lucid departs from the usual design aesthetics used by many of LG’s devices in the last year. Specifically, we’re talking about devices that utilize and share many of the design elements found with the LG Optimus 2x. With this, however, we like that its angular design and sharp edges combine together to give it a chic look of its own. Additionally, the chrome bezel tastefully wraps around its body to further enhance its appeal. Being shiny and all, we like the Verizon red theme color it’s employing, but it’s easily dirtied very quickly by smudges and fingerprints. Nevertheless, it’s something fresh from everything else out there, and to tell you the truth, it has a premium look over the LG Spectrum.

As we’ve mentioned already, the LG Lucid isn’t a dinky smartphone because of its lower price, but rather, it boasts some admirable specs to keep itself in good light over the competition. Specifically, it features a 4” WVGA (480 x 800) IPS LCD display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera, 1,700 mAh battery, aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, 4G LTE connectivity, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Yes, we know, it’s Gingerbread as opposed to Ice Cream Sandwich – so yeah, we’re bummed. Still, an update is already in the works to get this thing updated as soon as possible, but in the meantime, the Optimus skin employs some additional new elements to tide us over until the inevitable arrival of ICS.

Again, we have to stress that this thing is price competitively at $80 with a 2-year contract, so we’re curious to see how it performs in the end to hopefully make it a promising offering. Expect our in-depth review soon!

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  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1700 mAh(8.00h talk time)



1. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Nice mid-range phone for bottom-barrel pricing

2. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I just can't wait until the Optimus 4X is released, really excited to see how it performs.

3. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

indeed looks nice and affordable..but its back looks very glossy.

4. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I just ran a few benchmarks on this phone (antutu and nenamark) and this phone owned. It may have the price of a low end phone but i was very surprised to see how well it did. It got around 43-44fps on nenamark and it's antutu rating was around 5000-6000. Comparing stock phones, it beat the reozund, razr and nexus at nenamark and on antutu, it held it's own. Very impressed. edit= on a side note, I really don't like the back of this phone. I'd give up a little reception to have a higher quality material.

5. denney

Posts: 98; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I would expect an incredible frame rate from a WVGA. The Rezound, RAZR and Nexus all have super high resolutions, so more of the processing power gets wasted on pixelshifting.

11. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Very true. Just wanted to say that this phone is no slouch. Although in using it more, it was getting pretty hot (108F) with just normal use. Still within okay boundaries but I if overclocked or if used while charging, this phone may not be such a solid hitter.

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i think the Dialer Widget is really cool! o:

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i like the dark red accents on the back. Any word on which processor it is? T2, S3/S4?

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's definitely either an OMAP4 or an S3...my money is on the latter since a 1.5GHz version is in the Spectrum. the back reminds me of the Samsung Omnia II actually. o:


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I can't wait for a decent Android Verizon Prepaid phone. Come on, just give us ONE.

10. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

verizons prepaid has always been lackluster while on tmobile you can buy any phone you want retail and use it prepaid.

12. thatjackal

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I picked my mom up this phone this morning and she absolutely loves it. I think it's a great phone for her... and I'm slightly jealous of it myself.

13. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

digs that glossy ass

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