Review LG Lucid 2 Performance + Specs

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Review LG Lucid 2 Performance + Specs + Price is free on contract with Verizon Wireless. For you money (so to speak) you get a smartphone running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on a 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU with a gig of RAM and 8 gigs of internal storage. The phone has a sharp 4.3" IPS qHD display, a microSD card slot and a removable battery. Ad you'd expect from a Verizon smartphone it has 4G LTE, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth and a GPS. There's a front video chat camera and a rear 5 megapixel camera with HDR. Not too shabby if you're looking for no cash outlay or you're starting out with your first smartphone.

Review LG Lucid 2

Design and Ergonomics

In a sea of huge Android phones, the 4.3" LG Lucid 2 is downright pocket-friendly and easy to hold. The tapered sides look good and feel good in hand and the back is grippy textured plastic. The back isn't exactly chic, but it is removable and it grants access to the battery, microSD card slot and micro SIM card slot.


Display

The LG Lucid 2 has a 960 x 540 IPS display that's sharp and fairly bright. LG makes nice displays and we have no complaints even though the phone won't win any Retina competitions for extremely high resolution. At 4.3", it really does need a crazy high resolution to look good to the naked eye. Viewing angles on IPS displays are typically the best in the industry, verging on 180 degrees.


Calling and Data

First the bad part: voice quality is just passable. We noted somewhat digitized and warbling speech for incoming and outgoing voice. Conversation wasn't hindered, but we had to work a little harder to understand what was said at times. The good news is that data speeds on Verizon's LTE network were solid and the phone averaged 17Mbps down and 4Mbps up according to Ookla's Speedtest.net app.


Performance and Horsepower

Last year, a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus was state of the art, but now the specs-obsessed world has moved on to quad core CPUs. Does that mean that the LG Lucid 2's 1.2GHz dual core S4 Plus CPU with Adreno 225 graphics is slow? Quite the opposite: for average users this is a peppy phone that can handle web browsing, email, streaming video and gaming like a champ.

Review LG Lucid 2

Software

The phone runs Android OS 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which isn't quite the newest 4.2 available on phones like the Nexus 4 and upcoming Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4, but it's close enough that we won't complain.


Camera

Budget phones don't often have good cameras, but LG makes solid camera phones and even the Lucid 2 manages images and 1080p video that are pleasing. For the price, we're pleased to see full HD video recording and HDR photo mode, and in fact the phone takes pleasing photos and video.


Battery Life

The 2460 mAh Lithium Ion offers more capacity than many competing smartphones, and given the dual core CPU and relatively small display that equals solid battery life. We had no trouble making it through the day on Verizon's LTE network in a mix of web browsing, calling, email, 30 minutes of YouTube video streaming and an hour of music playback with the screen off.

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Price: Free on contract, $349 without contract
Websites: www.verizonwireless.com, www.lg.com/us/
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Specs:

  • Display: 4.3" capacitive IPS display. Resolution: qHD 960 x 540. Has ambient light sensor, accelerometer and proximity sensor.
  • Battery: Lithium Ion Polymerrechargeable. Battery is not user replaceable. 2460 mAh.
  • Performance: 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus dual core CPU (MSM8960 Krait) with Adreno 225 graphics. 1 gig RAM, 8 gigs internal storage.
  • Size: 4.82 x 2.51 x 0.39 inches. Weight: 4.55 ounces.
  • Phone: CDMA dual band digital with 3G EV-DO Rev. A and 4G LTE.
  • Camera: 1.3MP front camera and 5MP rear camera with LED flash and HDR that can shoot 1080p video.
  • Audio: Built in speaker, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.
  • Networking: Integrated dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Software: Android OS 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG Optimus 3.0 UI.
  • Expansion: 1 SDHC microSD card slot.

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