While consumers are wrapped up in smartphone numbers and screen size, the LG Lucid, a 4G LTE phone on Verizon Wireless is a nice package for a little price (online discount 7/6/12 $49 on a 2-year contract).
The small phone slips into a pocket. A metal band around the phone and a metal power switch give the low priced phone an expensive feel. It’s thin and easily fits in small hands.
Colors are rendered naturally for photos, a much more pleasing experience for viewing photos than the much more expensive Motorola RAZR. And again, ignoring the screen size race, 480 x 800 resolution is great for text on Android 2.x.
The higher the screen resolution, the smaller text is rendered on a phone. For me, I am just as happy with a lower resolution phone if it renders color well, is bright and handles font sizes well.
By default, LG places a dialing widget off the home screen to the right. An Android addition I haven’t seen on a phone to date, but handy to swipe and dial, and swipe back to home. There are four docked icons at the bottom of the screen that can be customized and show notification counts for email and messages.
The 5 megapixel camera does a good job as does the front facing camera.
Slide down to unlock and slide the camera icon down from the lock screen for the camera.
There is a one button reset on the camera module for resetting all settings to default, a nice feature that should be on all phones.
A tools widget that you can customize is combined in the notification slider for Sound, Bluetooth, GPS, Airplane Mode and Data. A WiFi search widget is also combined in the notification slider.
A power saving function allows you to choose which power hungry functions you want to turn off when the battery is low.
The LG Lucid is a well thought out $80 Android running on mature Android 2.3.6. If you are looking for an inexpensive Verizon 4G LTE Android with a screen just a bit larger than an iPhone and with a case about the same size, this is your phone.