Webster defines the term “Lucid” as “Having, showing, or characterized by an ability to think clearly and rationally”.
For the average smartphone user, this definition makes absolute sense. The Lucid by LG packs a lot of power in a very tight (and affordable) package. People will probably criticize me for saying this but going by specs, the Lucid is in direct competition with the Apple iPhone 4S. This may not seem accurate to most, because the iPhone 4S is clearly a flagship device and the Lucid is clearly not flagship material according to Android standards, but if you put these two devices head-to-head, you will see that these two devices are not so different other than operating system.
Although the LG Lucid is a tad bigger than the iPhone 4S (4.69″ (H) x 2.45″ (W) vs. 4.5″ (H) x 2.31″ (W) on the iPhone), the two devices feel very similar in-hand compared to a Galaxy II or HTC Titan II for example (review to come). Both devices feature a strong design with high-quality materials. Gorilla Glass can be found on both devices and both weigh in at around 5.0 ounces (iPhone 4S weighs 4.9 ounces).
The only thing that really separates these two devices apart with regard to design is screen size. The LG Lucid sports a 4″ display, while the iPhone continues to use a 3.5″ retina display. The next iPhone model may sport a 4″ display as it should, but for now this is what we are working with. It is also important to note that although the display is larger on the Lucid, the iPhone still beats it in quality and clarity.
Even though the LG Lucid has the older Qualcomm S3 processor, we are still talking about a dual-core processor that can hang with the best of them. The Apple A5 outperforms this chip on benchmark tests, but as far as real-life experience is concerned, I didn’t experience any lagging or freezing during my time with this device.
Verizon LTE speeds came in at a consistent 6-10 Mbps which isn’t as fast as AT&T LTE in my area, but this can of course vary by region. AT&T’s LTE network is also newer, and there are fewer devices sucking down bandwidth.
Photos were mediocre at best. I doubt this would replace anybody’s digital camera. I have yet to see a cell phone camera that can rival those found on a Samsung or Motorola.
I was really let down with battery life on this device. I thought that since the Lucid has a smaller screen than most other Android devices, that I would be able to get great battery life. Hopefully comparable to the iPhone.
This wasn’t the case.
I do not get a strong signal at work, and before you make any judgments about my claim using this situation, keep in mind I am testing multiple devices under the same scenario. The HTC Titan II will get me through roughly 24 hours on one charge. The iPhone will get me through about 18 hours on a normal workday. The LG Lucid? Barely 8 hours before I was prompted to plug my device in for charging.
This is unacceptable. If I can’t even get through a business day without charging my phone, what am I supposed to do if there is an emergency on the commute home?
Not everyone carries three phones at a time…
Overall, I enjoyed using the LG Lucid. I like how it feels in my hands and I really hope Apple brings a larger display to market on the next iPhone. This 4″ screen and dimension size really feels like the… Dare I say? “Perfect” smartphone?
The Verizon network can make pretty much any phone great because of the network quality and reliability. Every call is crystal clear and I have experienced maybe five dropped calls in the 8 years I have had Verizon Wireless service. The data speeds aren’t as fast as AT&T in my area, but it is hard to complain about a phone’s data speed when they are faster that your home Internet connection.
For potential smartphone owners who don’t want to shell out $200+ for a dual core LTE device, this is your phone. This phone will definitely be able to suit all of your needs. For people that need the best of the best on the market: This is will not do.
But, cell phone carriers and manufacturers need to fulfill the needs of the entire market. A market that consists of all types of people who want different things out of their smart phone than others. To accommodate those needs, you have to carry a wide range of devices from low-end to top-tier. Remember, cell phone carriers still sell feature (read: dumb) phones.
So if you want all of the features of Android on a powerful device with Verizon LTE for under $100, this device is for you.