LG Lucid Review

Just a little bit over a couple of months ago, LG finally matched its competitors over on Verizon’s lineup by bringing to market the Spectrum – a device that brought some exciting features at $200 on-contract. For those on a tight budget and prefer something more form fitting in the hand, the LG Lucid seems to be all the things you find yourself dreaming about during those sleepy nights. At $79.99 with a 2-year contract, it’s more than half the price of its fully equipped sibling in the Spectrum, but fortunately for it, the Lucid retains much of the same hardware specs while flaunting a smaller shell. Literally a bundle of joy, let’s hope that it stays like that.


Departing from the usual design characteristics akin to the Optimus line, we’re especially relived to find the LG Lucid sporting a different design. At first, it bears some kind of conventional design, but after taking a peek at its sides, we’re instantly fond the entire package. Yes, it’s constructed out of glossy plastic, which tends to easily smudge, but we like the cool sparkly red pattern it’s flaunting in the rear. In addition, we like its solid construction, accompanying weight, angular cutouts, and comfortable feel in the hand – and it’s pretty compact for a device packing a 4-inch display!

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Somewhat prone to some accidental presses, its set of Android capacitive buttons are scrunched tightly next to one another and positioned very close to the bottom edge of the display. On the opposite side, we find its front-facing VGA (640 x 480) camera and tiny looking earpiece.

Complementing its chic appearance, we like how the circular sized dedicated power button is placed snuggly in the top right corner of the smartphone. Besides that, we also find its 3.5mm headset, noise cancellation microphone, volume control, microUSB port, and standard mic around its sides. Interestingly, there’s another circular button on the opposite side of the power one, but it does nothing and is simply there for aesthetic purposes.

Around the rear, the handset continues to impress us because it’s packing a 5-megapixel auto-focus snapper with an LED flash, and the ability to shoot 1080p videos. Prying off the rear cover, we’re granted access to its 1,700 mAh battery, microSIM slot, and spring loaded microSD card slot.


Instead of boasting a 720p display like the Spectrum, the Lucid tones it down by simply offering a reasonable 4” WVGA (480 x 800) IPS LCD touchscreen. Honestly, it’s still one sharp looking thing thanks to its 233 ppi pixel density, decent viewing angles, high contrast, and iridescent color production. Sometimes, we can get lost in the hype surrounding 720p and above displays, but seriously, we’re still enticed by the one on this smartphone.

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1. zheking

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 02, 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: Dec 22, 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: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 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.

3. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I like it. It's cheap. Modern specs.

4. doubleD

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 13, 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: Sep 20, 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: Apr 05, 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: Sep 16, 2011

Is this more of a female phone because of the purple?

9. sunzhine337

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 27, 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. Overall: 8/10. 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: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 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: Mar 27, 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: Apr 17, 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: Oct 10, 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: Nov 07, 2012

I can't believe how many people want to text when they can't even spell!!!
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 8GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1700 mAh(8.00h talk time)

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