LG Lucid

We haven't had a chance to fully test this product yet, but we've assembled this helpful overview of relevant information on it.

The LG Lucid is a higher end 4G LTE Device for Verizon Wireless. Its key selling points are its low $79.99 price and its 4G LTE Internet Speeds. The Lucid will be running Android 2.3 with a 1.2GHz Dual Core Processor and 1GB of RAM. The 4-inch LCD display has a screen resolution of 480 x 800 and a solid pixel density. The Lucid has a 5MP Camera on the back that records 1080p Video as well as a 0.3MP Front-Facing Camera for video chat. It has 8GB of internal storage as well as an expandable 32GB MicroSD slot option. The 1700mAh battery supports up to 8 hours of talktime and 350 hours of standby. Overall the Lucid packs a powerful punch with its higher end processor and its 4G LTE internet speed without a steep up front cost.

Features List

- 4G LTE

- 1.2GHz Dual Core Processor

- 5MP Camera (1080P Video)

- 4″ LCD Display

- 8GB of Internal Storage

- $79.99 Price Tag

Press Release

Lucid by LG is designed to create an easy-to-learn, easy-to-use experience for first-time smartphone users. The slim and compact design features a stunning 4-inch touchscreen display protected by Corning® Gorilla® Glass that gives customers superb brightness, enhanced clarity and readability, even while outdoors. Powered by America’s fastest 4G network, Lucid by LG customers have access to 4G LTE coverage in over 200 markets covering more than 200 million people.

Lucid by LG is packed with features to make the smartphone experience easy, while also increasing productivity. Customers can use the lock screen shortcuts to instantly access the phone, messaging, voicemail and camera application from the lock screen. Customers also no longer have to stop what they’re doing to reply to texts by using the Quick Reply feature, as text message notifications pop up on the screen and allow customers to reply directly from the Quick Reply notification. The Quick Dialer widget lets customers make calls directly from a home screen panel without having to open the phone application. Additionally, Lucid by LG has Guided Tours right on the device, which provides step-by-step tutorials for customers who want to learn more about their new phone.

Business professionals can take advantage of the Polaris Office app on Lucid by LG which allows customers to easily open, create and edit Microsoft® Office documents, including Word, PowerPoint® and Excel®. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network takes Lucid by LG to the next level, loading websites 10 times faster than 3G, making it that much easier for a professional to stay up to speed on recent news and keep in touch with colleagues. The mobile hotspot feature lets professionals connect to up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, making it easy for teams to work from a remote location.

Additional features:

Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread, upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

5-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera with flash and full HD (1080p) video capture

Front facing camera for video chatting with friends and family

Video Producer – create and edit HD videos right on Lucid by LG

1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM for fast Web browsing and multitasking

Virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype® technology

SmartShare – share media with friends and colleagues wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices

Digital Trends’ Cell Phone Buying Tips:

Choosing a carrier

Because most U.S. cell phone carriers heavily subsidize phone purchases in exchange for two-year contracts, and lock the phones to their networks, your choice of cell carrier will have more impact on which type of phone you end up with than any other factor. If you already have carrier and feel satisfied with it, the choice is easy. If not, you’ll need to choose one.

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon dominate the cell phone market in the States. Speaking in very general terms, AT&T has a reputation for having the hottest phones but somewhat flaky service due to its overloaded towers, Verizon has the best reception but expensive rates, T-Mobile and Sprint offer some of the most affordable plans but have  more limited phone selection.

Prepaid carriers like Cricket, Tracfone, and MetroPCS often appear to offer excellent deals, but caveats like poor customer service, limited phone selection and inferior coverage have to be taken into account.

Six Steps to Start Your Unlimited Cell Phone Plan Search

  1. Determine which service providers are available in your area and make a list of the services you want and how much you can afford.
  2. Check with your current wireless service provider—if you have one—and see what unlimited plans they provide and if one matches up to your needs. If not, then continue to search.
  3. Compare special offers and plans of the key players of cellphone providers: Verizon Wireless, AT &T, US Cellular, T-Mobile, Sprint, Cricket, and etc.
  4. If you’re prone to changing cell phone providers, choose a plan with least amount of commitment to avoid expensive cancellation fees.
  5. Do you actually need true unlimited minutes? Or would you only need unlimited just on weekends or to your most frequently called and received numbers?
  6. Determine which cell phone service company excels in the areas you need for the price you want, but also look at the provider’s connectivity and coverage ratings. We’ll give you a hint—Sprint may offer a great price and with great unlimited minutes, but Verizon is still takes the cake for coverage and call clarity.

Notable Features

The list of features to look for in a phone could fill an anthology, so we’ll run down some of the most important ones.

Cameras appear on nearly every phone these days. Although a quality camera can be great for quick snapshots, few phone cameras are ready to replace a trusty point-and-shoot. The few with variable focus far outperform fixed-focus cameras, which you’ll find on the majority.

When considering a display, pay attention to size and brightness, which will both come in handy when trying to read it in difficult conditions like outdoors in the sun. LCD displays are still the most common, but OLED displays have been cropping up lately as well. They use slightly less power and produce extremely vibrant color, but suffer from poor outdoor visibility.

Battery life often gets buried at the end of buyers’ wishlists, only to lead to disappointment when they realize they can barely go a whole day without recharging. Be particularly careful with smartphones, which can get particularly thirsty.

If you plan to use your phone for playing music or watching video, be sure to check for internal and external storage. If the phone has a microSD slot you should be able to add up to 32GB of additional storage.

Mobile operating systems

If you decide to go for a smartphone, choosing the right operating system can be an important factor. The big ones are Apple’s iOS, RIM’s BlackBerry OS, HP/Palm WebOS, Google Android, and Microsoft Windows Phone (formerly Windows Mobile). Individual preferences reign supreme here, but Apple’s iPhone iOS offers the widest selection of apps and the simplest user interface, RIM’s BlackBerry OS is less intuitive but powerful and reliable, HP/Palm’s WebOS strikes a nice balance between the two, Google Android is among the most flexible, and Microsoft Window Phone 7 offers a refreshing design but it’s still finding its groove.