Review by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday April 16, 2013.
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The LG Lucid was behind the curve when it launched on Verizon Wireless last year. It had the 4G LTE connectivity that Verizon made requisite for all Android smartphones, but it was running the outdated Android 2.3 Gingerbread at a time when users were clamoring for the months-old Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The LG Lucid 2 arrives just over a year later and is thankfully closer to what's expected of a modern smartphone. The device has 4G LTE, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, plenty of software additions courtesy of LG, and a favorable price for someone looking for a new Android smartphone. Is it favorable enough? The LG Lucid 2 is pleasing upgrade to last year'ss model, but it has to stand up against this year's competition. You may be surprised to learn how tall the Lucid can stand.
Hardware and Design
The LG Lucid 2 is absent of much flair. The phone follows the trend of plain black rectangular shapes, though small slips of silver on the right and left sides of the device help break up the monotony. The hardware buttons along the bottom of the phone - Back, Home, Multitasking, and Menu - are faintly visible when not used but light up when touched. The selective visibility helps not distract the user, but the same cannot be said for the top of the phone that has inescapable Verizon and LG logos just in case someone might dare forget who produced the phone.
Composed of plastic, the LG Lucid 2 is light and easily portable. It is 122 x 63.75 x 9.9mm (4.82 x 2.51 x 0.39in) and 129g (4.55oz). It's a little thicker than most phones released today but also much shorter. The plastic material along the battery door is not comfortable to touch because it has a rough feel as if someone is scratching vinyl. Unsurprisingly, you can actually replicate the sounds of a DJ by quickly rubbing fingers along the back of the phone. Despite the unfortunate material choice, the small stature and curved back that nestles gently in a user's palm makes the phone mostly comfortable to hold.
LG's latest Lucid has a slightly larger screen that measures 4.3-inches. The qHD resolution won't dazzle anyone's eyes, but it is manageable and does a decent enough job displaying colors and brightness at appropriate levels. The lack of an HD resolution makes the display noticeably inferior when held next to other devices, but IPS display is respectable when viewed on its own. Text is clearly legible and video can be viewed without much issue. At this size and resolution, the Lucid 2 screen is acceptible.
Performance and Key Specs
As a midrange phone, the Lucid 2 has familiar specs that can keep pace with any other smartphone in its class. Sadly, there are times when it can't keep pace with you. A combination of 1GB of RAM and a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor should make the LG Lucid 2 handle most activities with relative ease. The phone is fast when using specific apps, but it's not very nimble in navigation. The home screen often takes up to three seconds to display shortcuts, leaving users to stare at a wallpaper before content finally appears. Switching between the app drawer and multitasking button is fast and smooth, but pausing occurs far too often to be ignored.
The Lucid 2 has only 8GB of internal storage and a microSD slot supporting up to 64GB of additional storage. Other noteworthy specifications include Bluetooth 4.0 and the capability of supporting Qi Wireless Charging. The replacement door necessary to enable wireless charging unfortunately adds extra bulk to the Lucid 2; however, I found the convenience of recharging by putting down the phone and walking away without having to fidget for any cables to be worth the increased thickness.
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.