LG Lucid2 VS870 review: Decent Free-on-contract Smartphone

posted at 21 May 2013 by Josh


The introduction of the new Lucid 2 brings a bump in specs as compared to the original LG Lucid, which was designed to be an inexpensive basic smartphone. The better specs include a larger qHD display, a more advanced Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and a bigger battery. You can currently get the LG Lucid 2 free from Verizon with a 2-year contract.

What is in the box:
- The LG Lucid 2 VS870 smartphone
- A 2460mAh battery
- Wall charger with detachable microUSB cable
- User guides.

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You should know that there are also optional accessories available to purchase separately including a wireless charging pad, wireless inductive battery cover, desktop media charging dock, and vehicle mount.

The LG Lucid 2 is quite compact and fits comfortably in the hand, being obviously more stylish than the original with its combination of curved and straight edges, and a small amount of silver on the sides. There is no slipper plastic this time, and the battery cover is textured providing a better grip. It is also pretty lightweight at only 129 grams (4.55 oz).

The smartphone packs a 4.3-inch qHD AH-IPS display with 540x960 pixel resolution which actually does a decent job offering plenty of fine detai, pretty sharp text and images, good color reproduction and enough outdoor visibility (viewing angles could have been better).

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Below the display you will find a row of capacitive buttons for back, home, recent apps, and settings, while on the bottom edge you get the microUSB port. The volume rocker on the left side and the power/lock key on the right side are pretty responsive and easy to find. On top you will find the 3.5mm headset jack, while the 5-megapixels camera and LED flash are situated on the back.

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By removing the battery cover you will gain access to the 4G SIM slot and the microSDHC card slot which supports cards of up to 64GB memory.