LTE is now everywhere from Big Red’s network, but before LTE was at a premium. Only those who purchased those over $249 devices we’re able to experience blazing fast speeds. But now LTE is winding down, technology prices are going back down which brings us to the LG Lucid. One of the most affordable smartphones with 4G LTE on the market. The LG Lucid is priced at $79.99 on contract of course, but that enables you to access 4G LTE speeds, Android operating system, and even shoot 1080P HD Video! Wow!
Don’t judge a book by its cover”
The LG Lucid actually has some pretty decent tech underneath. It has a mighty 1.2 GHZ processor that will carry you around quite easily, the phone doesn’t stutter or feel laggy at all. It has a MicroSD card slot so when memory runs low, you can pop a larger card in there and save applications, music, games, movies, whatever!
The Lucid measures in at 11.6mm, which isn’t the thinnest phone we have seen. But something that I like about this phone is the design. The phone appears to taper down thanks to the shiny chrome on the side. It makes it look like a MacBook Air or Droid RAZR. From the front, it looks like a flat black slab, someone can easily mistake this phone for something else which can be good and bad. Design is very minimal, but I dig it. Now if you can remember in the days of messaging phones and feature phones, LG ruled with having a dash of color on the back plate of their cell phones. Well.. Guess what? It’s BACK!! The Lucid has a dash of purple on the black back cover of the device, it gives it a little more appeal to the ladies I guess.
Now we do have one complaint about the design, the Lock/Power button. Someone decided to put it all the way in the right top corner where no one can press it. I am used to having a lock button either on the top edge, or the right side about half way down. Every time I want to lock the phone I end up pressing simply nothing. Its not very ergonomic to have a button there.
Now the display is a 4-inch IPS LCD. The viewing angles are a bit extreme, I would call it 160 degrees with no impairment or blurriness. But here is the catch, they only jammed 800×480 pixels underneath that display, which means pixels per inch are in the hundreds range. Now why would you care about that? To start off, you can’t load or see as much on one page, you have to scroll around to see the full website and content. Text and images look very pixelated when you get close to the screen as well. Now in the world of today, Retina displays and High Pixel Density displays rule us, they look stunning, clear, and color reproduction is top notch. Since I am used to those types of screens, that’s why I’m disappointed, but if you haven’t used any of those products, then you should be fine!
The phone doesn’t have the latest tech inside. It has last years specs but with very current performance still. Now the Lucid is no slouch, but its certainly not the quickest on the block. Its processor can really scream around and complete all the tasks you need to be completed. The full GB of RAM is also very helpful when you have multiple applications open at the same time. And with addition of 4G LTE, you can download, upload, browse, watch movies… what’s the word I’m looking for? Faster!
Simply put, the LG Lucid is a great device, build quality is higher than any other budget smartphone we have reviewed to date. With 4G LTE at such a low cost, we think this phone is a great entry in the smartphone world, great device for teenagers first cell phone as well. But as always if you are a power head, the Galaxy Nexus and Droid RAZR Maxx is always a better choice, but that means bigger bucks!