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Review: LG Lucid 2 for Verizon Wireless

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Screen

The L2's screen swells from 4 inches to 4.3 inches, when compared to the original, and also boosts the resolution from 800 x 480 to 960 x 540 pixels. It uses the same TFT LCD technology, but also improves the number of colors from 242K to 16.7M. Sure, there are bigger and higher-rez screens out there, but for the size and resolution offered, this screen is great. I've been impressed by most of the LG displays I've reviewed in the last year, and the L2 is no different. The screen offers razor sharp resolution and excellent brightness, though off-angle viewing loses some brilliance.

Signal

Verizon's LTE 4G network is pervasive at this point, and the L2 proved it by finding LTE signal no matter where I took it. The L2 never dropped to 3G during my time reviewing it, and never lost Verizon's network entirely. It remained firmly attached. The L2 performed on-par with other Verizon devices, if not slightly better than par. The L2 didn't drop or miss calls, and data sessions were consistently speedy.

Sound

The L2 is a good voice phone. Calls were mostly clear in the earpiece, with minimal interference, and plenty loud enough to overcome a very noisy coffee shop and other environs. The speakerphone isn't quite as loud as I'd like it to be, but the quality was just fine. The ringers and alerts were sufficient to stir me from a nap, but the vibrate alert is a bit weak.

Battery

The L2's battery is significantly larger than its predecessor's (2460mAh vs. 1700mAh), but that doesn't necessarily translate to better battery life. The power cell managed to regularly live through a full waking day (7AM - 11PM), but just barely. On days during which I used it "normally" (i.e., for making some calls, sending some SMS/email, interacting on Twitter, and browsing the web,) it required a charger by the time I went to bed each night. One day of intense use saw the battery croak at about 9PM. I was hoping for better.

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