Score: 7.5 out of 10.
- Gorilla Glass is great – will not have to worry about scratches like one would with a soft, plastic screen.
- Camera snaps great pictures instantly, reminding me of the zero shutter lag on the Galaxy Nexus.
- Killer speed on Verizon's 4G LTE network – The Lucid keeps a constant strong connection (great radio).
- Swipe-down notification area brings that Cyanogenmod 'ish goodness (like running a ROM without Rooting).
Not So Great:
- Fingerprint magnet.
- External speaker quality was, well, not so great.
- Battery life was mediocre, barely making it through a day.
Hardware – What We're Working With
Camera and Camcorder
The Lucid can record video in “HD”, but you can't view HD-quality on a screen that is not. . .HD. Nothing is stopping one from uploading the video to their computer or YouTube where the camcorder's full potential can be seen. The video quality was not bad at all. Here's a video clip of me visiting my mother's dogs.
Battery LifeI've already blurted it out a few times: I could barely even get through an entire day. So far my experience with this phone in other areas had been going well, the battery life was not enough for me to discourage friends/family from buying this device. With the money saved when buying this lower-priced smartphone, one could buy a larger battery. I recommend searching the Internet for a deal on an extended battery for the Lucid.
Call QualityCall quality from the earpiece was excellent. The external speaker was really sensitive to cancellation from the mic picking it up. When I cranked up the volume of the external speaker, it sounded muddy to me. Whenever I tried using the speaker phone, I always ended up going back to using only the earpiece. Like usual on Verizon, I never had a dropped call during my 2 weeks using this device.
Software - System and AppsSmart Share (DLNA), which allows you to view the phone's media content right on your television. So if a friend's device is DLNA-enabled, you can share media with them.
The Lucid did not come pre-installed with a ton of unnecessary bloat. The default home screen on the Lucid is very simple, not swamped in messy widgets. In the "app drawer" photo above, the launcher I used was Zeam Launcher. You don't have to install a home screen replacement like i did, however.
The default home screen on the Lucid has a very nice feature that sorts your installed apps into categories so that they don't look like a big messy app drawer. But, being able to chose your own launcher is one reason I love the freedom of Android.
ConclusionsThe only deal breaker for this phone (out of the box) would be battery life. But the low cost of this beast-of-a-phone is enough for me to recommend it to my friends and family. Verizon often has some really good sales on accessories and batteries. When I started testing this phone 2 weeks ago, Verizon was selling an extended battery for $24.99, but it has since sold out.
Verizon is bringing 4G everywhere. In the last 3 weeks, my small rural area of Richmond/Memphis, MI just received 4G! Being able to purchase a 4G LTE Dual-Core smartphone for 79.99 is pretty awesome. I say go for it and get the device directly from Verizon here.
On a scale from 1 to 10, I give the LG Lucid a 7.5