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The LG Lucid, previously known as the Cayman, is available on Verizon Wireless starting today, March 29th. This decently spec'ed handset sports:

  • dual-core 1.2GHz processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4" IPS LCD reinforced by Corning glass
  • 5MP rear and VGA front-facing cameras with 1080p video capture support
  • 8GB internal storage with support for a MicroSD card up to 32GB in size (sold separately)
  • 1700mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR
  • 4G LTE support (as will be the case with all future VZW phones)
  • Mobile hotspot with up to 10 devices while on LTE or 5 devices on 3G
  • Android 2.3, slated for Ice Cream Sandwich
  • A whole slew of VZW apps crapware

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Looking at these specs, if I didn't know any better, I'd ballpark the price for this device somewhere around $150. Surprisingly, it's nowhere near that - VZW is going to sell the Lucid to you for only $79.99, presumably after a $50 mail-in rebate, although I was able to add it to cart online and see the discount instantly (the landing page does show $129.99 but that gets adjusted at checkout).

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Furthermore, Wirefly also launched the Lucid this morning, but at an even friendlier price of $19.99 for new accounts or $29.99 for upgrades. Not bad at all:

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So, is anyone willing to pick up the Lucid instead of the Galaxy Nexus? You can get the Nexus for only $99.99 from Amazon Wireless right now (though that shoots up to $229.99 for upgrades), but in my opinion the extra cash spread over a 2-year period is well justified for immediate access to Ice Cream Sandwich, the flagship Nexus status, quicker updates, a larger screen, and slightly better specs. On the other hand, not everyone needs a 4.65" screen or the latest OS, and many of you like expandable storage which the Galaxy Nexus does not have. Decisions, decisions...

[Verizon Wireless] [Wirefly]

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.