Opinion Piece Author: Kris Russo, NBC25 Account Executive
Are you ready to take the plunge into the world of Android, but are overwhelmed with what to look for in a phone to make sure it is a perfect fit? This phone is designed to make it an easy transition in to the wonderful world of Android.
PhoneThe Verizon Wireless LG Lucid has all the same features of its more expensive rivals. When looking at the phone it has buttons on the bottom of the devise that are used for Menu (Apps), Home, Back, and Search. This phone is great for someone who is looking to dive into the world of Android, it is not 100% stock Droid OS like Motorola is, LG Lucid has included its own spin on the OS that helps make it more user friendly and great for the beginner.
The LG Lucid will link Facebook data (contact??s photo and profile info). There is also a favorites list that can be used as one of your five screens. Having it set up as a widget makes it quick one touch access to dial some of your favorite people!
The clarity of the phone is very good, sometimes almost too good. Mid-conversation it would be so quiet and null of background noise that it would be as if the call had dropped, but it did not! The size of the phone was great and it is extremely light compared to other Android devises. It also has an easy to grip-slim design that makes it nice to stick in pockets or purses.
DesignThe Verizon Wireless LG Lucid is powered by a 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor which is extremely fast and also helps with battery life, not to mention the 4G LTE network behind it. It does have 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. The 8GB is more then adequate for a beginner as long as some of the apps get to the SD card that helps open up some of the memory.
There??s a power/sleep button on the right side at the top, the volume toggle is centered on the left side and charging port is toward the bottom on the left also, and on the left side at the top is a 3.5mm headphone jack. This phone is designed very sleek and simple to keep it easy for the beginner Android user.
DisplayThe Verizon Wireless LG Lucid screen is a 4.0?? IPS Touch Screen that is covered in the Corning Gorilla Glass for the extra sharp clean screen as well as added protection against breakage if the devise happens to be dropped.
CameraThe camera is a 5 megapixel on the rear of the devise with a 1080p recording capabilities. The camera also includes Autofocus on the camera, LED flash, and various camera resolutions to make it taking high quality pictures a snap. The front-facing camera it makes it simple to take pictures as well as video chat with your friends and also includes different resolutions to make it easier to send videos in different formats.
It took bright, vivid pictures in all sorts of situations. The camera is not an 8 megapixel like most other Android devises but it takes great pictures all the same.
Battery LifeMost smart-phone users have concluded by now that no matter the phone in use it will have to charge every day.
The Verizon Wireless LG Lucid does run the Duel-Core processor so that does help in not draining the battery as fast as some other Android devises.
The Verizon Wireless LG Lucid has a standard Li-Ion Battery and can have up to 480 minutes of consecutive usage or up to 350 hours of standby time. The battery life can depend on how much the phone is used, if running a lot of apps all at once or playing lots of games all day can also takes its toll on the life of the phones battery.
InterfaceAndroid 2.3 which is running the latest version the Gingerbread OS on the Verizon Wireless LG Lucid runs five home screens. It can run over 150,000 apps that are available on the Android market.
The phone never slowed and scrolling between pages or up and down long lists happened without hesitation. The user interface is wickedly fast and responsive.
The phone also has all the apps broken out into sections, which made for quick and easy access to find what is needed. Anything Google has it??s own section, anything to do with settings and phone management has it??s own area, downloaded apps have it??s own section, and so-on! That took some getting used to, but turned out to be a great feature for someone who would be just beginning in the world of Android.
WebVerizon Wireless LG Lucid has Adobe Flash 10.2 which makes it easy for watching Web videos on the go.
There is a pinch-zoom feature for web pages it allows for zooming in and out as much as needed. There is a nice screen shot of bookmarked pages, and they can all be viewed in landscape or vertical configurations. That makes it easy to jump to the favorite pages easily.
Conclusion The old adage comes to mind, with the Verizon Wireless LG Lucid, ??you get what you pay for.?? However in this instance, that is not the case. The price is just a bonus with this phone; it makes the crossover to the Android world so much easier and more affordable to someone who may otherwise not be able to get a Android devise. The LG Lucid twist on the OS makes it very user friendly and it??s is 4G LTE to boot! With the Fathers Day coming up this would be a great gift for Dads who are feeling brave and would like to test the 21st century technology!
For more information please visit: www.verizonwireless.com/droid.shtml
SpecsProcessor: 1.2GHz ProcessorStorage: 1 GB RAM; MicroSD slot with a capacity for up to 32GB SD card.Screen: 4.0-inch IPS TouchscreenCamera: 5MP rear camera with 1080p HD recording and VGA front facing cameraAudio: 3.5mm headset jackConnectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPSWeight: 5.0 ouncesDimensions: 4.69??x2.45??x0.45??