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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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