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LG Lucid VS840 Smartphone Review

LG Lucid VS840 Smartphone

With all the goodness of a quality, affordable mobile phone, the snappy quickness of dual CPU processing and an easy-to-use, effective video editor, the LG Lucid is definitely worth a close look.

With a svelte, attractive exterior, bright and crisp touch screen display, dual CPU power and 4G speed, the LG Lucid VS840 is an extremely capable mobile phone. The still image and video recording quality is impressive, with accurate color reproduction and good audio pickup. With the Lucid VS840, you can record and edit 1080p HD videos right on the phone. The latter ability is the focus of this review.

Be the Producer

Tucked away inside the Apps folder is a pre-loaded bit of software called Video Producer. A simple enough editor to be sure, Video Producer is useful enough to satiate many users' thirst for mobile creativity. The interface consists of a preview window for playing back your edits, above which is a horizontal scrolling list of your selected assets. Re-order assets by pressing on the one you wish to move, and hold, until it separates from the rest, then drag and drop it to the new location. A plus (+) button in the upper left corner lets you add media by selecting from both still images and videos. Directly beneath, a delete (x) button, removes either selected, or all, media. At the bottom left is a Style selector controlled by up and down arrows. Select from Showreel, Showcase, Sentimental, Scrapbook, Pump It Up and Dice to apply a themed look and transitions to your videos. In the upper right corner is the save button which allows you to select from and save to HD (1280x720), TV (720x480) and QVGA (320x240) resolutions. Below this are the edit button, and add music button, which lets you choose among music files saved to your device and add them to your project.

Be the Editor

Pressing the edit button takes you to another screen with additional editing tools. The asset type determines the availability of certain tools. Select an asset in the scrolling asset preview at the top of the display and press the Overlay Text button (T) to add titles or names. The virtual keyboard appears for text entry; accept the text by pressing the checkmark button. Below this, press the Overlay Image button and a menu of images appears. Choose from multicolored splashes of paint, gold filigree, gold ribbon, heart with angel wings, flower or butterfly to embellish your creation.

Drag the image to the desired location and use the resizing handle - an arrow icon, to get it just the right size. Combined with the text tool it makes some nice lower thirds - on a mobile phone, no less. If at any time you don't like a particular effect, hit the delete button and start over. With a video clip selected, press the Trim Video button. The clip plays above a timeline with left and right trim handles and a play/pause button. Slide the handles to the desired locations to set the in and out points. The power of the processor is quite evident here as it scrolls through and processes full HD video effortlessly.

Tech Specs
Cameras: 5MP rear-facing autofocus camera and camcorder with LED flash; VGA front-facing camera
Music Player: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA and WAV formats
OS: Android 2.3
Keyboard: Virtual QWERTY with Swype
Touch Screen Display: 4" WVGA (800x480) NOVA IPS-LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection
Processor: Snapdragon processor with 1.2Ghz dual CPUs
Battery: 1,700mAh
Talk Time: up to 8hrs.
Standby Time: up to 350hrs.
Frequencies: 1.9GHz CDMA PCS, 800MHz CDMA, 700MHz LTE
Charging Port: Micro USB
Internal Memory: 8GB
External Memory Support: expandable up to 32GB
Dimensions: 4.7" x 2.5" x.5"
Weight: 5oz.

Strengths

  • In-phone editing
  • Quality HD recording
  • Rear-facing camera option
  • 4G compatible

Weaknesses

  • Requires upgrade for the latest version of the OS

Summary
With all the goodness of a quality, affordable mobile phone, the snappy quickness of dual CPU processing and an easy-to-use, effective video editor, the LG Lucid is definitely worth a close look.

LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc.
www.lg.com
$450 - $100 with Two-Year Verizon Contract

Contributing Editor Mark Holder is a video producer and trainer.

Tags:  December 2012
Mark
Holder
Thu, 10/04/2012 - 9:25am