The LG Lucid 3 Handles Well, Skimps on the Camera

Verizon Wireless recently stocked its shelves with the LG Lucid 3, the follow-up to the mid-range LG Lucid 2 released last April. The phone is a standard mid-range device that is priced at an affordable $399 before any contract deals.

Under the Hood

The LG Lucid 3 comes standard with Android KitKat, which is slowly becoming more common in mid-range smartphones. It’s powered by a humble Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2 GHz alongside 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. However, that 8 GB allotment has to accommodate all system files as well, so users will realistically only be able to use a little less than 4 GB. The handset’s microSD card slot, which supports microSD, SDHC, and SDXC cards, can increase storage capacity to 64 GB. The 2,440 mAh battery can survive several days on standby or a full work day with moderate use before needing a charge.

The Screen and the Camera

The phone’s dimensions come in at 5.2 by 2.6 by 0.4 inches, making it an easier phone to palm than several other recently released models with larger screens. This 4.7-inch screen hits 234 ppi on its 960×540 pixel resolution display and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The rear-facing camera does record in full HD resolution, though some reviewers find it to be lacking in some areas. “Although it is fast, has many features, and takes decent scenic photos, indoor pictures look drab and washed out,” CNET reports. Outdoor pictures are fairly crisp for a 5 megapixel camera, but pictures taken indoors seem bleached out and come with a significant amount of digital noise. The video quality still quite strong, and the recorded footage is in fact sharper and more focused than actual photographs.

Apps, Software, and Call Quality

The LG Lucid 3 comes with a gratuitous smattering of apps that come standard with the KitKat package, such as the Play Store, Movies, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Chrome, and more. There are a few additional interesting features, the most exciting of which is the QSlide 2.0, which lets users adjust the sizes of multiple apps to help with multitasking. Users can surf the Internet while watching the video player or use the calculator to tabulate some numbers saved in a memo. It’s a refreshing sight on a mid-range phone like the Lucid 3.

Despite this, some major complaints customers had with the Lucid 2 will likely remain. A review by PC Mag cited the call quality and display as the biggest shortcomings of the Lucid 2, and while the display has been improved, CNET claims that call quality didn’t receive the same touch-up. Sound quality during calls on the LG Lucid 3 was described as “choppy” and “mediocre,” but no calls were dropped.

How do you think the LG Lucid 3 stands against other mid-range phones?

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