6.6/10
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The LG Lucid 3 currently has an Informr score of 6.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Great battery life
  • XLTE support
  • Snappy performance
  • Cheap price

What's bad

  • Weak camera
  • Average display
  • So-so call quality
  • Low internal storage

LG has always been great at catering to the budget-friendly crowd. The Lucid series has been quite popular. With today’s emphasis on the entry-level market, does LG still have what it takes to compete with the Verizon-exclusive Lucid 3? We’ve checked out what the reviews have to say and it’s looking pretty good.

Virtually every review for the LG Lucid 3 notes the quality of the design. PC Magazine states that the device “feels better built and faster than its price tag might suggest.” Android Central praised it, calling it “gorgeous and sturdy while never revealing its budget-friendly background.” If you are a fan of the design of the G2, the Lucid 3 is very similar, just with traditional button placement.

The phone features a 4.7-inch display running at 960-by-540 resolution. While this is high enough resolution to keep images clear and crisp, PC Magazine notes, “Colors look oversaturated, while blacks look a bit washed out.” Unlike many budget phones, however, the display on Lucid 3 offers plenty of brightness. CNet pointed out that the display is easy to view in direct sunlight.

Most reviews also praised the phone’s performance. The combination of mid-range display, quad-core processing and 1GB of RAM results in a phone with plenty of power for everyday tasks and even a little extra pep for gaming or multitasking. Android Authority called the phone “remarkably speedy.”

The lower screen resolution also seems to help with battery life. CNet states, “the 2,440mAh battery has been observed to be great.” Android Authority backs up the claim, saying, “Real time usage was impressive.” Most reviews noted that with light to moderate usage, the device should have no problem lasting a full day on a single charge.

Unfortunately, there we a few weaker aspects of the device pointed out in reviews as well. Many reviews noted that call quality was less than ideal. Some experienced muffled audio while others noticed distortion and low volume from the earpiece.

The other weak point is its camera. While most reviews weren’t exactly positive, Android Authority summed them up well, stating that the camera on the Lucid 3 “struggles to produce passable photos in anything less than beautiful lighting conditions.” If you’re looking for a phone with a camera to take indoor or low-light shots, you might want to look elsewhere.

Overall, the phone appears to be an excellent budget-friendly offering. While the competition within the entry-level market is strong, reviews seem to show that LG has found a sweet spot between price and performance with CNet calling the phone “definitely worth considering” and Android Central hailing it as “an excellent device.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.7"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PC Magazine

The LG Lucid 3 continues the company's tradition of solid entry-level Android smartphones on Verizon, but it's not as great a deal as the original.

- Eugene Kim, PC Magazine
IntoMobile

The Lucid 3 isn’t a bad Android device, and it’s not a great one either. It falls dead in the center, providing a smooth experience, 4G LTE and a design clearly reminiscent of the LG G2 in an affordable package.

- Ian Kersey, IntoMobile
Laptop Magazine

As far as budget phones go, the LG Lucid 3 is certainly one of the better options on Verizon. The handset offers zippy 4G LTE performance, a bigger display than other cheaper devices and a battery that will get you through most of the day on a single charge. However, the camera suffers indoors, and...

- Michael Andronico, Laptop Magazine
Pocketnow

After one week with the Lucid 3, we’re still scratching our heads wondering why this phone exists.Okay, we know why it exists: LG wanted a more affordable offering on Verizon, and what better way to do that than through its existing Lucid brand?The thing is, the Lucid 3 is straight out of 2012...

- Taylor Martin, Pocketnow
PhoneArena

In this day and age, tough competition is found in even the entry-level segment – popularized by devices like the Google Nexus 5 and the Motorola Moto G. The specs in the LG Lucid 3 might not be as prized as those in the aforementioned smartphones, but for the basic user looking for a free pho...

- John V., PhoneArena


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Common Questions


LG released the Lucid 3 on April 18, 2014.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG Lucid 3 user manual here.


LG backs up the Lucid 3 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.7"

The LG Lucid 3's screen size is 4.7 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2440mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2440 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.

Lucid 3 Specs

Overview
Release date April 18, 2014
Regions available USA
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
LTE:
1700/700 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.98 W/kg
Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2440 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.6 x 1.0 cm (5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 124 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density 234 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN, OBEX
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Self-timer, HDR, Time catch shot, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG VS876

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Critic Reviews


PC Magazine

Bigger, better, but still not all that exciting

from PC Magazine

The LG Lucid 3 is a predictable update to the company's established line of entry-level Android smartphones on Verizon. It's free with a two-year contract and offers a reliable experience in a compact package.

LG has had a ton of success with its entry-level Lucid line, and it hasn't really messed much with the formula for the Lucid 3. This is a humble phone that feels better built and faster than its free-on-contract price tag might suggest....

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The LG Lucid 3 is a predictable update to the company's established line of entry-level Android smartphones on Verizon. It's free with a two-year contract and offers a reliable experience in a compact package.

LG has had a ton of success with its entry-level Lucid line, and it hasn't really messed much with the formula for the Lucid 3. This is a humble phone that feels better built and faster than its free-on-contract price tag might suggest.

The Lucid 3 is a good entry-level option; it's just not the best value at the moment.

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IntoMobile

A mid-range offering with some sexy curves

from IntoMobile

With much attention put on smartphones with higher-end spec sheets and flashy bells and whistles, it's great to see that LG is not forgetting about the normal smartphone user. For most of us, features such as battery life, GPS accuracy and ease of use are most important. With a quad-core processor and running Android 4.4.2, the Lucid 3 may not whiz through more complicated apps, but the unit does deliver fast and accurate performance with minimal lag....

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With much attention put on smartphones with higher-end spec sheets and flashy bells and whistles, it's great to see that LG is not forgetting about the normal smartphone user. For most of us, features such as battery life, GPS accuracy and ease of use are most important. With a quad-core processor and running Android 4.4.2, the Lucid 3 may not whiz through more complicated apps, but the unit does deliver fast and accurate performance with minimal lag.

LG keeps the bloatware at a minimum on the Lucid 3, and with XLTE compatibility the Lucid 3 can deliver some pretty breakneck data speeds. If you're looking to upgrade your smartphone or just jump on the Verizon bandwagon, check out the LG Lucid 3 and enjoy a surprisingly powerful device at minimal cost.

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Laptop Magazine

Aims to give the budget phone a more premium feature set than ever

from Laptop Magazine

As far as budget phones go, the LG Lucid 3 is certainly one of the better options on Verizon. The handset offers zippy 4G LTE performance, a bigger display than other cheaper devices and a battery that will get you through most of the day on a single charge. However, the camera suffers indoors, and the screen resolution is on the low side.

The Lucid 3 isn't the only Verizon freebie out there, as Motorola's Droid Mini offers touchless controls, faster performance and a higher-res 1280 x 720p display. Still, if battery life and screen size are your top considerations, the Lucid 3 delivers....

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As far as budget phones go, the LG Lucid 3 is certainly one of the better options on Verizon. The handset offers zippy 4G LTE performance, a bigger display than other cheaper devices and a battery that will get you through most of the day on a single charge. However, the camera suffers indoors, and the screen resolution is on the low side.

The Lucid 3 isn't the only Verizon freebie out there, as Motorola's Droid Mini offers touchless controls, faster performance and a higher-res 1280 x 720p display. Still, if battery life and screen size are your top considerations, the Lucid 3 delivers.

 

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Pocketnow

Not the budget phone you’re looking for

from Pocketnow

After one week with the Lucid 3, we’re still scratching our heads wondering why this phone exists.

Okay, we know why it exists: LG wanted a more affordable offering on Verizon, and what better way to do that than through its existing Lucid brand?

The thing is, the Lucid 3 is straight out of 2012 on almost all fronts – CPU, display, RAM, camera, software, pricing, etc. It’s not that the Lucid 3 is a bad phone. Rather, with devices like the Moto G and Lumia 520 available, it’s difficult for us to recommend a more expensive smartphone with worse build quality, specifications, and performance...

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After one week with the Lucid 3, we’re still scratching our heads wondering why this phone exists.

Okay, we know why it exists: LG wanted a more affordable offering on Verizon, and what better way to do that than through its existing Lucid brand?

The thing is, the Lucid 3 is straight out of 2012 on almost all fronts – CPU, display, RAM, camera, software, pricing, etc. It’s not that the Lucid 3 is a bad phone. Rather, with devices like the Moto G and Lumia 520 available, it’s difficult for us to recommend a more expensive smartphone with worse build quality, specifications, and performance.

Is the Lucid 3 a fair option for returning basic smartphone users or first-time smartphone buyers? Sure, most will likely be happy with it, especially for no money down with a two-year agreement. We simply feel like there are far better options available, like the Moto X on Verzion, which is also free on-contract, or the G2, which is just $50 with a two-year agreement. 

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PhoneArena

A lighter LG Android experience

from PhoneArena

In this day and age, tough competition is found in even the entry-level segment – popularized by devices like the Google Nexus 5 and the Motorola Moto G. The specs in the LG Lucid 3 might not be as prized as those in the aforementioned smartphones, but for the basic user looking for a free...More

In this day and age, tough competition is found in even the entry-level segment – popularized by devices like the Google Nexus 5 and the Motorola Moto G. The specs in the LG Lucid 3 might not be as prized as those in the aforementioned smartphones, but for the basic user looking for a free phone with a 2-year contract, the Lucid 3 suffices enough without being too overly complicated. On the flip side, if you’re out to pick up something off-contract, its $299.99 cost makes it a tough consideration over the other options available right now.

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Cnet

Free on-contract handset excels, but stutters with the camera

from Cnet

Save for the LG Lucid 3’s disappointing photo quality, the mid-tier device ranks high in its class and is an excellent value on contract.

True, the handset's no heavy hitter when it comes to the top-tier phones available right now -- its call quality is middling, and you're not going to be the next Ansel Adams with its meager 5-megapixel camera....

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Save for the LG Lucid 3’s disappointing photo quality, the mid-tier device ranks high in its class and is an excellent value on contract.

True, the handset's no heavy hitter when it comes to the top-tier phones available right now -- its call quality is middling, and you're not going to be the next Ansel Adams with its meager 5-megapixel camera.

But if camera agility is not a high priority, the LG Lucid 3 is still a strong contender. Especially since its respectable specs go hand-in-hand with its solid internal performance.

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Phone Scoop

High-end features in a low-cost package

from Phone Scoop

The LG Lucid 3 is a solid little phone. It doesn't compete with flagship devices, and instead serves as a low-cost alternative that should appeal to bargain hunters who still want some unique powers in their device.

The hardware is plain, but well made. The battery life and network performance are quite good, though call quality isn't perfect and the screen is somewhat disappointing. LG's customizations to the user interface aren't overbearing and often help enhance the experience. The home screens and menus of Lucid 3 can be widely customized, giving owners plenty of latitude to make the device their own....

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The LG Lucid 3 is a solid little phone. It doesn't compete with flagship devices, and instead serves as a low-cost alternative that should appeal to bargain hunters who still want some unique powers in their device.

The hardware is plain, but well made. The battery life and network performance are quite good, though call quality isn't perfect and the screen is somewhat disappointing. LG's customizations to the user interface aren't overbearing and often help enhance the experience. The home screens and menus of Lucid 3 can be widely customized, giving owners plenty of latitude to make the device their own.

LG's custom apps, such as Knock Code, QSlide, and QuickMemo, are useful and add value. The Lucid 3's biggest weakness is the camera, but that's easy to ignore if you don't prioritize imaging or often carry a separate camera of your own.

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