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    LG G Flex Review

    LG has been in news for a good time owing to the release of LG G2 which is one of the best android Smartphone offering really good stuffs. After its failure with the Optimus series, LG is trying to extend its luck with the G series itself. The LG G flex is another android Smartphone in the market, but it’s not like any other Smartphone you have seen yet. The G flex is a long curved phone with an attractive 6 inch display. The main reason why this phone stands out in the multitude is because of the fact that it flexes. The phone is flexible!

    LG has designed the phone in such a way that the phone can be made to lie down flat on the surface by pressing it with your hands. This is made possible with a plastic display, a flexible layer of gorilla glass and a flexible battery. LG has given this curved structure demanding that it gives a better viewing experience to the user as it fits to the viewing area of our eyes. This new smart phone is priced in a very high range of around 60k.Here’s a detailed review that would help you to figure out how good and comfortable, or otherwise, can a curved phone actually be.

    LG G Flex Specifications:

    • Android 4.2.2 JellyBean
    • 6-inch HD Curved Plastic OLED display
    • 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
    • 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor
    • 2GB LP DDR3 RAM,
    • Adreno 330 GPU (450 MHz)
    • 13 Megapixel rear camera with LED Flash
    • 2.1 Megapixel front camera
    • Full HD 1080p video recording @30 fps
    • 32GB internal storage, Expandable memory slot available
    • Bluetooth 4.0, MicroUSB 2.0 (default, can support up to 3.0), Wi-Fi a/b/g/N/AC, NFC
    • LTE-A / LTE / HSPA + / GSM
    • 3,500 mAh battery

    Design and Packaging:

    The LG G Flex has a curved structure fitting to the curve of the face when you hold it for speaking and the microphone also comes closer to your mouth improving the clarity. LG claims that the vertical curve to the phone results to 3 decibel increase in the sound input. The phone has a 700mm radius curve with a thin glass frame on the top. The G flex as the name suggest can flex which is to say can lie flat on the flat surface. The device weighs just 177g which is very light and is 7.9mm at the thinnest part of the curve and 8.7mm at the thickest area. Other big highlight of the phone is its self-healing back, yes you heard it right.

    The phone back cover can heal itself from minor scratches on its own. It’s very comfortable to hold in palms and is easy to use. It’s a bit difficult to fit into the pockets given its curve and size. The entire build is of plastic but the quality is really good. The body is good enough to prevent scratches. The front is covered with the 6inch 720p display with a multi coloured notification LED on the top. Along the ear piece there are a couple of sensors and the front facing camera. To the left side there is a micro SIM slot, whereas on the top there is a secondary microphone to support better sound during video capture.

    To the bottom sits the micro USB slot along with primary microphone and 3.5mm jack. To the back there is a 13MP camera with IR LED blaster and a LED flash. To the bottom there is the LG branding and the loudspeaker grill. Within the back cover is the 3500mAh battery which fits to the curve of the phone, which means LG has used the battery components in such a way that it is flexible like the phone.
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    Display / Screen:

    The main attraction is the 6 inch OLED panel with 1280x720 pixel resolution. It has a layer of protection of the curved gorilla glass which protects it from scratches and breaking. The display is bright and a clear. Outdoor visibility is good but doesn’t match with the display of LG G2. The OLED panel has less air gap due to which the viewing angles are great. Texts are very sharp and visible even in small fonts.

    Reading texts and viewing videos from a corner isn’t a problem, colours look real from all angle and is sharp. Due to the curve there is less reflection and avoids glare which improves the visibility. It was fun to watch video on the huge screen and the curve added to the wonderful experience. The screen is of a low resolution but it didn’t really hamper the overall fun. Gaming is smooth and graphics look great on the huge screen.


    The unusual thing I found in this curved handset is a flexible battery. LG has worked some way out to extend the flexibility to the battery. The 3500mAh battery is not only flexible but also has a very long battery backup. G flex has one of the best battery life seen in the smartphones, yes even better than G2. Under normal use the battery would last for 2 days on a single full charge. With continuous usage, video play back, 3G usage and little gaming the phone last for one day.

    With the battery apps in the market you can make full usage of the battery in an efficient way. I always had the complaints regarding Smartphone not having good battery restricting the use of heavy games and apps it offers. This battery is really strong and if you are looking for huge phone with a strong battery this is an ideal one.

    Hardware and Performance:

    LG G Flex is processed by 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and supported by Adreno 330 GPU. The phone is really fast; apps open and close in a second. The phone is supported by a 2GB RAM which supports smooth multi-tasking. I had a few apps running in the background and was trying out a heavy game, the phone performed really fine; there was no lagging or any issues. You can try out some really heavy games and apps in this phone without any problem and the curved screen makes them really exciting.

    The phone has a 32GB internal memory, so there is not much issues of storage. The sound is fine and speaker output is loud and clear. It comes with LTE support and other connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, NFC. The connectivity was found to be strong and the Wi-Fi connection did not drop much. Overall the performance of the phone is really good.
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    The phone offers a 13MP camera with LED flash. It’s one of the best 13MP camera I have seen offering really bright and sharp photos. The UI is same as the one you see in LG G2. The camera has a good number of options to change the mode, filters and other settings. To the right you can see the shortcuts for switching the modes. Bright light photos are lively and you would have no complaints. Low light look slightly blur, mostly because of the lack of image stabilization.

    During low light, indoor, you can always use the LED flash to have better clicks. Of course you can do video recording at Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels with the 8MP camera. Videos are recorded at 60fps and have really fine audio. You can also record at 4K resolution at 30 fps. The videos are of good quality and clarity is amazingly sharp.

    OS and User Interface:

    As far as the hardware part is considered, LG did really an amazing job. It has provided the top class battery, cool camera and nice huge display; however, when it comes to software, LG need to work a bit more on it. The G Flex runs on android 4.2.2 Jelly bean which looks like bit old Samsung phones. There are quick setting options and also the notification bar. The phone features two clocks on the lock screen and has face tracker and eye tracker. Multi-tasking is made easy by simply swiping apps to the side. User can completely customize the menu and other things in the phone as it offers a huge option of customization.

    So it can be stated as the user friendly interface. Huge phones often face the problem of single hand usage, which means you cannot work on it using a single hand. LG has worked it out by offering the ambidextrous keys, like the one in G2, which allows single handed usage comfortably. LG has pre installed a lot of apps, many of them are really good and others you won’t mind using them much. You can use three finger gestures for 3 slide aside apps to view together. There are a huge number of animations option and themes to choose from, also the double tap to unlock option is found to be quite useful. There are really good things in the phone to keep you occupied all time.


    LG G Flex is indeed something new in the Smartphone market with its flexible display and battery. The self-healing back is something really attractive and expected to be adopted by other phone manufacturers. It really adds to the durability of the phone and it would really last longer than you expect an average phone to last. The battery as you can see in the review is one of the best seen till now. Also camera output is appalling with HD video recording. Though the pricing is really very high, about 60k, LG has justified it by providing some really good stuff.

    • Large Curved P-OLED Display
    • Unique and flexible design
    • Fast Quad-core processor
    • Decent 13MP camera
    • Great battery backup

    • Launched with old Android 4.2
    • Limited 32GB Storage, no SD Card Slot
    • Non removable Battery
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