LG Lucid 2 Verizon - Getting a smartphone with fast 4G LTE speeds doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Case in point: LG's Lucid 2. This handset for Verizon Wireless --which is free with two-year contract -- offers users all-day battery life and a Starter mode that simplifies the smartphone experience, making it great for first-time smartphone users.
LG is back with the follow-up to the Lucid that debuted around the same last year on Verizon Wireless. The aptly named Lucid 2 ships with updated innards and a new design. While the handset is firmly in the mid-range device category, it’s hardly something to dismiss if you’re a new smartphone user.
Coming in at the lovely price of free, the Lucid 2 will certainly turn heads of those looking for a capable smartphone that’s not not overloaded on unneeded features and simple and to the point. But is that enough? In this review, we’ll see if LG’s mid-range monster can clean the slate and be the one go-to handset in its category for Verizon.
As you'd expect from just about any smartphone today, the Lucid 2's face is mostly taken up by the 4.3 inch qHD AH-IPS display. This is a minor improvement over the original Lucid's WVGA display, but it's an improvement nonetheless. Above the display, you'll find a set of Verizon and LG logos, as well as the ear piece, sensors (proximity and ambient light), blue notification LED, and front-facing camera. Below the display, you'll find a set of 4 capacitive buttons for navigation. While we're pretty tired of seeing capacitive buttons on Android phone since you no longer need them, LG was a bit clever in its implementation on the Lucid 2. The capacitive buttons look exactly like the soft key buttons on the Nexus 4, or stock Android.
Pros: Long battery life; Fast LTE speeds; Starter mode simplifies Android for first-time smartphone users; Excellent camera performance
Cons: Relatively dim display; Exterior becomes hot while playing gamesThe Verdict: Verizon's LG Lucid 2 offers fast LTE speeds, long battery life and a Starter mode that's great for first-time smartphone users.
LG Lucid 2 SpecsHere is LG Lucid 2 Verizon specifications detail:
|Form Factor||Candybar Touchscreen|
|Operating System||Android 4.1|
|Networks||1.9 GHz CDMA PCS, 800 MHz CDMA, 700 MHz LTE|
|Data||CDMA; EV-DO Rev. A; LTE|
|CPU||1.7-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus|
|Memory Expansion Type||microSD Card|
|Display (main)||4.3-inch qHD AH-IPS display|
|Bluetooth Type||Bluetooth 4.0|
|Front Camera Resolution||1.3MP|
|Camera Resolution||5 MP|
|Talk / Standby Time|
|Ports||3.5mm headphone; microUSB|
|Size||4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches|
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