May 26, 2012 by admin
Talk about affordable smartphones and LG Lucid 4G comes to mind immediately. Not only is it just $79.99 on a 2-year contract, it also comes with similar hardware that was seen on its counterpart the LG Spectrum which sold for $200 on-contract. LG Lucid 4G surely sounds like a bargain.
The dimensions of this phone are 4.69 x 2.45 x 0.45 inches and these numbers does make it feel rather big. However, even with the 4 inch screen on the front, thanks to its thickness, the smartphone still feels very compact. Tipping the scales at only 142g also means that this phone is not going to be a burden to carry around. Android’s trademark capacitive buttons are to be found underneath the screen and they are placed too close to the screen and one another attracting accidental presses. On the front as well, there is a VGA camera for video calls. On the top right corner sits the circular power button while on the tops is the standard audio jack. The volume rocker on the other hand sits on the left side of the phone. Another circular button is on the left side of the phone exactly where the power button was on the right side, but it’s just there for aesthetic purposes. A 5MP camera with LED flash sits on the back side of this phone.
A four inch screen means there is plenty of real estate for the on-screen keyboards. The keyboards have keys that are well spaced but maybe a tad bit smaller than usual, so it might take some getting used to. LG Lucid 4G’s Swype keyboard seems to do a better job than LG’s keyboard, so that’s something to try out. As we have seen with every other Android phone, the email experience is once again great. Since it’s a Verizon phone, there are some apps that come out of the box with the LG Lucid 4G like My Verizon Mobile, V Cast Apps, V Cast Tones and VZ Navigator to name a few.
LG Lucid 4G has a 5MP shooter that comes with LED flash as well as auto-focus on its rear and it does a pretty solid job given the price it’s being offered for. The camera takes better than average photos for various shooting conditions like outdoors as well as indoors. Over time, some of the shots did seem to be underexposed but considering the fact that everything else like colors and contrast were great, that’s something that can be looked over. LG Lucid 4G offers video recording at 1080p but the results were not as good as expected as artifacting was found in almost every recording.
Thanks to the 4G LTE connectivity onboard, LG Lucid 4G does great in the internet browsing department. Pages load in a matter of seconds and it can also handle Adobe Flash content without any issues. Although navigating through a page with a lot of Flash content does seem to show some signs of lag. It’s not a GSM phone so Verizon’s pretty much the only option. In terms of connectivity options, as mentioned earlier it’s got 4G LTE connectivity and it has got the usual stuff like aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0 as well as Wi-Fi together with mobile hotspot functionality.
When it came to call quality on the LG Lucid 4G, it was bitterly disappointing as we could barely make out what our friends were saying as their voice was muffled. Nevertheless, things on the other end weren’t so bad. There is a 1700mAh battery under the hood to give this phone all the juice it needs. It’s pretty much what the phone needs as it made through a full day even with its 4G LTE connectivity in use.
Pros and Cons
Call quality was a turn off and the video recording on the LG Lucid 4G could have been so much better.
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