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Review: LG Lucid for Verizon Wireless

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Screen

The Lucid's display measures four inches and packs in 800 x 480 pixels. This size and resolution are ideal, because the display looks great. It's sharp, clean, and colors look rich (if not oversaturated). I found it to be easily read when outdoors, even under direct sunlight, and the contrast of the screen is fantastic. For an $80 phone, the Lucid's display rivals that of much pricier competitors.

Signal

The Lucid was not quite the signal hound I hoped it would be. When held side-by-side with other Verizon devices, it generally showed one bar less of 3G coverage. This appeared to impact usability, but only a little bit. While testing the Lucid, it dropped one call and missed one call, when other Verizon phones used in the same location didn't. Data was not affected in any observable way.

The Lucid was a bit better at collecting LTE 4G signal than 3G. When under Verizon's LTE 4G network, the Lucid was nearly always quick to browse the web no matter what the signal indicator read.

Sound

Call quality was pretty good. The calls themselves were sometimes prone to noise and distortion, but perhaps less than 25% of the time. The majority of calls were mostly free of noise. The earpiece produces excellent volume. In fact, you don't need to turn it all the way up in order to hear callers. You can probably set it at about 60% for most environments. The quality of calls routed to the speakerphone was not quite as clear as those sent to the earpiece, but not in a terrible way. The speakerphone is also very good when it comes to volume, though the price you pay is a tone that more closely resembles a megaphone. As for the ringtones and alerts, yeah, they're louder than a New York City cab horn. The vibrate alert is good.

Battery

Battery life was quite good for a modern 4G smartphone. The Lucid's battery had no problem living from dawn to dusk to dawn again. Though it didn't make it much past the 30-hour mark, it's solid enough that you won't be up a creek if you forget to charge it one night. Obviously, where and how you use the 4G radio will play a role in battery life, but I spent 8 hours under LTE 4G coverage this weekend and didn't notice any measurable impact in battery life. Bottom line, you'll need to charge it every night, but shouldn't run into trouble during the day.

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