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LG Lucid 2 Review

LG Lucid 2

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Interface and Functionality:

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.

The LG lucid 2 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG lucid 2 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG lucid 2 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG lucid 2 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG lucid 2 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG lucid 2 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG lucid 2 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG lucid 2 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean - LG Lucid 2 Review

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.

Themes - LG Lucid 2 Review
Modes - LG Lucid 2 Review

Themes

Modes


Naturally, the Lucid 2 does well with the included 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.

Android core apps - LG Lucid 2 Review
Android core apps - LG Lucid 2 Review
Android core apps - LG Lucid 2 Review
Android core apps - LG Lucid 2 Review
Android core apps - LG Lucid 2 Review
Android core apps - LG Lucid 2 Review
SmartShare - Android core apps - LG Lucid 2 Review
Android core apps - LG Lucid 2 Review
  

SmartShare

 

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.

The LG Lucid 2 relies on Google Chrome for its web browser - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG Lucid 2 relies on Google Chrome for its web browser - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG Lucid 2 relies on Google Chrome for its web browser - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG Lucid 2 relies on Google Chrome for its web browser - LG Lucid 2 Review

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.

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LG Lucid 2

LG Lucid 2

OS: Android 4.1.2
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
Size4.82 x 2.51 x 0.39 inches
(122 x 64 x 10 mm)
4.55 oz  (129 g)
Battery2460 mAh, 21 hours talk time

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