LG Lucid Review: Mediocre for Mid-Tier
The Lucid isn't flashy. In fact, you'd pass over it if you didn't see the price. It's a good value for a 4G LTE device, though, on paper: a colorful display and powerful processor. But it's also marred with several shortcomings.
The build quality isn't one of them. It vaguely resembles the Spectrum with its glossy plastic, but I liked how the silver stripe running along the body makes it look slimmer than it actually is. Oh, I do have one gripe: a stud on the top left counterbalances the similar-looking power button on the right, but don't be fooled -- it's not a button and serves no discernible purpose. Why not make it a camera button or a shortcut key? Why add it at all? Who knows? In a way, that fake knob represents the Lucid -- one big missed opportunity. Despite the great price, it's so close to a great mid-range 4G alternative, but hobbled by head-scratching flaws. The tapered back panel, meanwhile, features a maroon fade, which gives an ombre-inspired design that's downright trendy. LG can imitate Samsung's designs, so it's nice to see something unique -- you definitely don't look at it and think it's a cheap phone.
The 4-inch screen looks puny compared to 5-inch flagships rivals, but it's also not as small as the 3.5-inch iPhone. It's comfortable, is the best way I can put it. I can't say it's cutting-edge, though -- maybe in 2010. Still, it's functional, but certainly less vibrant than behemoths like the Galaxy S3 and One X. Unlike the more vivid Super AMOLED on those devices, LG used IPS technology on the Lucid, so blacks seem duller and color saturation is a bit more muted. The 800-by-480 resolution, 233-ppi pixel density isn't the sharpest either, and up close, font is a bit jagged. It's not a bit deal, but it's a detail that you'll notice. The viewing angles are wide, though.
Four capacitive buttons below are intuitive to use. While I normally wouldn't mention that, it's a big improvement on the Spectrum, which inconveniently combined both Search and Menu buttons. Unfortunately, the onscreen keyboard is flawed. While I was typing, it locked up often, causing the software to freeze. It's a software glitch, but it's worth mentioning I had to reboot it several times -- so look out.
The 5-megapixel camera has a speedy shutter, so you can take sharp and vibrant shots. The auto-focus doesn't hone in as accurately as I'd have liked, and on occasion, it locked on a bit ahead of or behind the subject, causing the picture to come out a little blurry. On the small display, it's hard to tell if you're focused, and unfortunately, often times you'll only realize once you view them from a PC -- and by then it's too late to take another shot. So if you're taking pictures, take multiple shots -- that's what the quick shutter is for. LG did a great job with the filters and effects. I really liked how you can change and edit settings with the photo open -- it's so easy to throw on a fun filter or touch it up. Overall, the camera is decent, but I only wish the auto-focus was more accurate. The 1080p video recording is great, though. You'll even get "Movie Producer," a moviemaking app that lets you splice home movies right on the phone. Don't expect too much, though. It's the bare essentials. The front-facing VGA lens, of course, is disappointing, but more than enough for video chat.
Unfortunately, the Lucid runs on Gingerbread instead of ICS. If you've never used ICS, you don't know what you're missing. Still, Verizon says ICS will come, but in the meantime, the outdated platform is paired with an equally disappointing interface: a monotonous, all-blue color scheme with ugly revamped icons. To make matters worse, Verizon crammed it full of bloatware. I don't mind the Netflix app, but others like Let's Golf 3 demo are added merely to up-sell you on services. If you don't like it, too bad -- you can't delete it. With over a dozen useless apps taking up space, expect to buy a microSD card.
Everything runs smoothly -- except the keyboard -- on the 1.2 gigahertz dual-core chip and 1-gigabytes of RAM, so Android won't lag. On the other hand, the battery life is short, either due to the small 1,700 mAh capacity, or inefficient power use. I was about to eke out a workday, so consider yourself lucky if you can last the full day without charging. Turn off 4G and Wi-Fi to save some juice.
The Lucid isn't the best phone, but it tries to be the best value. But software bugs, an unpolished feel and poor battery life hamper it. They nullify any benefit from the faster 4G -- ironic since Verizon markets it for the LTE speeds. I can't really recommend it. If you're on a budget, and you must have 4G, there aren't many choices for Verizon -- the slightly more expensive Spectrum or the soon-to-be-retired Revolution. That's about it. Everything else will cost $100 more.
If you can switch carriers, Sprint sells the Viper -- it's the same phone. But overall, you get what you pay for, so lower your expectations or pull out the wallet. For all the flaws, the Lucid an okay, albeit cheap, option. ♦
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April 22, 2012
I'll skip talking about Android, since it's pretty much the same across all devices. The Lucid is probably the cheapest 4G Android device that Verizon sells. As for the hardware, the screen is sharp and clear, and it's decent even in direct sunlight. The size is good, but a bit thick for my liking, but similar in size compared to other Android phones from Verizon (unless it's the Razr). The Lucid is speedy enough and the response times and loading is generally good, but once in a while I'll have to reboot due to a keyboard interface issue -- the OS says it isn't able to recover.
One thing I wish it had was an external LED to notify you of missed calls, emails, text messages, etc. But overall I think the Lucid is a good "bang for the buck" phone.Was this review helpful to you?
67 out of 73 people found this review helpful.
June 04, 2012
Glitchy Keyboard, Poor Battery Life
Coming from an LG Chocolate Touch, I was ready to throw the Lucid on the floor after the first 24 hours of use. The Lucid is a huge change from previous LG devices. I guess it's fun and cool to have Internet access from my phone. But frankly, I should have picked up another more polished device.
First, the keyboard stops working and I'll need to reboot the device to reset it. Then, there's an issue with its layout -- if I change the way I hold the phone, sometimes the keyboard won't rotate accordingly. It's just full of glitches.
Also, unlike the Chocolate, the Lucid has horrible battery life. I don't watch videos all day -- most of the use is calling and texting, with a bit of Facebook. But the battery drains down in a matter of hours. So I bought a car charger to get me through the day. But that wasn't even enough -- and now I have a portable charger in my bag for travel.Was this review helpful to you?
52 out of 57 people found this review helpful.
April 29, 2012
Great Phone, But Short Battery and Keyboard Flaw
This is my first Android device, and I love it. All the features are great, especially the autocorrect feature, and the compact design is smaller than most other smartphones on the market -- I can easily carry it around in my pocket.
While I mainly use it for text messaging, the battery life is disappointing. I can barely get a full day without having to charge it mid-day -- and it takes seven hours to recharge. In addition, the keyboard stops working at least once a day and I'll need to restart the phone. I love the phone, but I'm returning it for a Droid Bionic due to the glitches. I don't think it's just my device, because my girlfriend has the same phone and had the same problems.Was this review helpful to you?
50 out of 55 people found this review helpful.
May 11, 2013
Awful Battery Life, Glitchy, Etc.
it was decent for the first month or two but now its awful and I hate everything about it
I have had this phone for about 10 months now and it went from an okay phone to a nightmare. It has a horrible battery life. I need to charge it every few hours and all I basically do on this phone is text. In recent months I have had to switch my charger 3 times due to lack of charging. not only that but I need to turn it off and on a couple times just to get it to charge. It glitches sometimes and does not type as I text (which causes the phone to freeze and I need to restart it again!) Today I could not receive/send any calls, messages, tweets, etc for SIX HOURS. Even after rebooting and restarting it several times. The keyboard doesn't switch when I change the direction of the phone which then again causes it to freeze. It has a tendency to overheat for no reason. Also, a recent difficulty is that it has decided to no longer save words to my dictionary so basically auto-correct sucks. And no, none of this is due to any sort of damage. I've barely ever dropped it and there is no water damage. All over I hate this piece of trash and I can not wait to get rid of it. Pretty sure I will not want a droid ever again.Was this review helpful to you?
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