Summary: LTE connectivity was previously reserved for carriers' high-end phones, but as the network becomes more mainstream — Verizon now has LTE in 200 US markets — it's becoming a standard feature even on lower-tier devices. Take LG's latest smartphone, the Lucid: it’s a decidedly mid-range device, or at least is marketed like one. It costs $79.99 on contract, a price once reserved for flip phones and “messaging phones,” whatever that means.
Pros: Cheap for an LTE phone, Solid performance, Unique design
Cons: Terrible UI skin, Unattractive, low-res display, Inferior LTE speeds to other phones
Summary: For $80 on contract, the LG Lucid packs a powerful punch. You get a dual-core processor for smooth performance, 4G LTE data, and good-looking hardware. There are some obvious areas where LG has cut corners to keep the price down. For example, the display is simply mediocre, the camera doesn't provide the highest quality photos, and battery life isn't terrific. You definitely get what you pay for and maybe even more in certain areas.
Conclusion: Verizon and LG are positioning the Lucid as an entry-level phone for smartphone novices. And it serves that purpose well. But even veterans will find plenty to like: LTE speeds, very good photos and excellent ergonomics. It's not a perfect phone—call quality could be better and a higher resolution display wouldn't hurt. But for a phone that you can pick up on AmazonWireless for only a penny, it's a great buy.
Summary: The LG Lucid packs a lot of good stuff into its small frame. For an affordable $79, consumers get a device with a bright and vivid display, solid 4G LTE speeds and features that make Android more approachable and fun for smartphone newbies. However, the HTC Rezound offers Beats-enhanced audio and a sharper 720p display for $49, making it the best deal right now on Verizon. Nevertheless, those who prefer something less bulky will find plenty to like in the LG Lucid.
Pros: Bright vivid Gorilla Glass display, Handy built-in gestures and lock screen shortcuts, Fast 4G LTE speeds, Affordable
Cons: Weak audio, Odd design element looks like a button but isn't
Conclusion: A year ago, owning a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone meant having to fork over a load of moolah, such as the case with devices like the Samsung Droid Charge and LG Revolution when they were initially launched. Over time, as we’ve seen mostly in the last few months, there has been a transformation where devices became more affordable – and that’s the case we see here with the LG Lucid .
Pros: Affordable price, Attractive design, Still a high-spec’d smartphone
Cons: Lots of artifacting with its 1080p videos, Poor calling quality
Excerpt: Verizon Wireless' top Android LTE smartphones sell for $199 to $299, so you figure there's a catch when a phone costs on $79 on contract. In the case of the capable and very attractive LG Lucid, you actually get a very nice smartphone with serious style. The Lucid has a 4" IPS display that's very colorful, sharp and bright. It has a 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragon CPU that's plenty fast and 4G LTE. So what's the catch?
Pros: Affordable, portable LTE smartphone.
Cons: 800 x 480 resolution isn't cutting edge, but for the price, we won't complain.
Conclusion: LG has done a decent job here releasing a top-of-mid-range device for the masses, not quite overtaking what they've already got released on Verizon with the LG Spectrum , but certainly a fine phone for those with hands that aren't goliath in size. This device is available at Verizon starting this week and you can pick one up online in Verizon's online shop for $79.99 after online discount and 2-year contract. Grab it!