LG Lucid 2 2014

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Introduction: Around this time last year, we reviewed at the original LG Lucid, which was designed to be an inexpensive basic smartphone. Now with the introduction of the new Lucid 2, we’re seeing a bump in specs, such as a larger qHD display, more advanced Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and even a higher capacity battery. The LG Lucid 2 is currently free with a 2-year Verizon contract.

Included in the retail package is the LG Lucid 2 VS870 smartphone, 2460mAh battery, wall charger with detachable micro USB cable, and user guides.

Optional accessories that are available purchase separate include a wireless charging pad, wireless inductive battery cover, desktop media charging dock, and a vehicle mount.

Box and contents - Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review
Box and contents - Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review
Box and contents - Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review

Desktop media charging dock - Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review
Desktop media charging dock - Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review
Desktop media charging dock - Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review

Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review
Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review
Vehicle mount - LG Lucid 2 Review

Design:

The LG Lucid 2 2014 fits comfortably in the hand, thanks to its compact size, similar to the Motorola DROID RAZR M, and is fairly lightweight at only 4.55 oz. 

The overall design of the LG Lucid 2 2014 is a bit more stylish than the original, combining both curved and straight edges, with only a small amount of silver on the sides. Also gone is the slipper plastic, and instead the battery cover is textured, which provides an improved grip.

The LG Lucid 2 fits comfortably in the hand - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG Lucid 2 fits comfortably in the hand - LG Lucid 2 Review
The LG Lucid 2 fits comfortably in the hand - LG Lucid 2 Review

The LG Lucid 2 fits comfortably in the hand
Below the display is the standard row of capacitive buttons for back, home, recent apps, and settings, and on the bottom edge is the micro USB port. Along the left side is the volume rocker, and on the right side is the power/lock key, all of which are easy to find by touch alone since they are raised from the surrounding plastic. Up on top is the 3.5mm headset jack, and the 5MP camera and LED flash are on the back. Removing the battery cover will allow access to the 4G SIM slot and the micro SDHC card slot that supports 64GB memory cards.

Display:

With high-res displays going from 720p to 1080p over the past year, some might feel that the one on the LG Lucid 2 is a bit outdated. While this may be true when it comes to high end phones, the 4.3” qHD AH-IPS display on the Lucid 2 with 540x960 pixel resolution does a fine job. There is plenty of fine detail with text and images looking sharp, good color reproduction, as well as being bright enough to view outside. Our only complaint is that the viewing angles are limited, meaning any off-axis viewing will see a drop in saturation and contrast