Tech Report – Lucid by LG

By Paul O’Reilly

When it’s time to buy a new smartphone, we are still conditioned to think we will end up paying several hundred dollars for our shiny new device. After all, isn’t it reasonable to think that all those built-in apps, HD media capabilities, and other advanced features will result in a similarly elaborate price tag?

Fortunately that no longer seems to be the case. Several state-of-the-art fully-loaded smartphones are now offered at the bargain price of $99.99 or less. One example is the Lucid by LG, which runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network and costs just $49.99 with a 2-year contract. I have spent the last two weeks using the Lucid as my everyday smartphone and there is little difference in both design and performance between the Lucid and smartphones that are priced $100 higher or more.

The Lucid feels both comfortable and robust in the hand and features a 4-inch screen that is sharp and easy to see, even in bright sunlight. The dual-core processor easily handles all the built-in media apps that are there to take advantage of the super-fast 4G LTE data speeds. I have also recently downloaded various Olympics apps and everything from video highlights to live streaming runs smoothly and without any annoying delays.

The Lucid features a 5MP rear-facing camera, which can also capture 1080p HD video, and a front-facing camera for self-portraits and video chat. There is 4GB of free internal storage and a microSD card slot for up to 32GB more. While like most smartphones, the Lucid’s battery life struggles in the face of constant media use, it supports almost 7 hours of continuous talk time and prompts you with several power saving tricks when battery levels start to get low.

This user-friendly approach extends to several other areas of the phone. The built-in Guided Tours app provides step-by-step tutorials for the Lucid, making it an ideal device for first-time smartphone owners or those new to the Android Gingerbread operating system.

The Lucid is awash with lots of other clever, time-saving tricks, including a quick reply text messaging app; easy to access talk-to-text and text-to-talk features; a ShareGenie app, which allows you to wirelessly share photos, music and documents with other compatible devices; and Gesture UI, which allows you to perform certain functions – like scrolling through photos – simply by tapping the phone. (You can also mute an incoming call merely by flipping the device over – brilliant!)

If you’re looking for a top-flight smartphone but don’t want to pay too much, then the Lucid is your dream come true. The dollar signs might be missing but everything else is there in abundance!

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