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LG G Flex 2 review

7.9/10 AVG.
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7.9/10
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The LG G Flex 2 currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 32 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Display quality
  • Ergonomics
  • MicroSD support up to 2TB
  • Great camera
  • Wireless AC support
  • AptX support
  • Android 5.0

What's bad

  • Slippery Grip
  • Sharp corners
  • Stiff flexibility

LG has made a name for itself with innovative designs and unique handsets in recent years. One look at the LG G Flex 2 and its easy to see what they hope will make it stand out. As one of only a few flexible, curved smartphones on the market, it is certainly eye catching, but does it perform as good as it looks? Let’s see what the reviews think!

The biggest selling point on the phone is its curved design. Stuff spent some time handling the device and found it “feels very comfortable and natural in the hands.” If you’re hoping for a phone that you can bend to extreme angles, the technology isn’t quite there yet. Most reviews noted that even curving the phone enough to flatten it took considerable force.

However, all agreed that the design of the phone was excellent, with Trusted Reviews stating that it “wears its plastic build in a particularly high-end fashion.” The phone also features a self-healing rear coating that LG claims will repair minor scuffs and scratches in 10 seconds. PC Advisor took a wire brush to the cover and found its repair abilities “impressive.”

The heart of the phone is a 2GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 810 with 2 or 3GB of RAM depending on your specific model. All reviews noted how snappy the phone was. As one of the first phones to sport this new chipset, it is likely to remain a powerhouse for the next generation of handsets released as well. PC Advisor called performance “smooth” while Trusted Reviews noted “no lag or stuttering in the handset’s performance.”

Gracing the front of the phone, you’ll find a 5.5-inch 1080p P-OLED display. The flexible display earned respectable reviews. Trusted Reviews stated, “Colours were vibrant and full of pop, while blacks were impeccably dark.” However, with the rise in Quad HD devices, the resolution is far from the highest available. PC Advisor pointed out that visuals and text were “nice and crisp although a little ways behind Quad HD.”

If you’re looking for a portable way to enjoy your movies and tv shows or like to try out tons of apps, you’ll find the 16 or 32GB of internal storage offers plenty of room. The phone also supports microSD cards, with LG stating the phone will accept cards up to 2TB in capacity when the technology arrives.

Will all the power under the hood, the phone needs a beefy battery. While non-removeable, reviews indicate that the 3000mAh battery, combined with the efficiency of the P-OLED display should provide respectable all-day battery life.

One area where reviews were mixed was the G Flex 2’s camera. While a 13MP camera with optical image stabilization and dual flash sounds good on paper. Numerous reviews noted a lack of detail and light balancing issues in photos. However, all touted how quick the camera performed and loved the gesture-based selfie mode. Stuff was the most positive, claiming, “shots appear to be sharp and detailed.”

Overall, the LG Flex 2 combines solid specs with a unique design that will hopefully secure its place in the rankings on the next round of flagship devices. Trusted Reviews called it “an undoubted step up from its predecessor in every aspect.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


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The LG G Flex2 is not a great smartphone, especially at such a high price point. What it really is, is an engineering marvel. It’s a huge accomplishment for LG, they have product with no substitute. And, it’s highly likely that if you’re interested in the G Flex2 in the first place...

- Faryaab Sheikh, About
Tech Advisor

It's good to see LG have another pop at the curved phone and on the whole we're impressed with the G Flex 2 and since it's been around for a while the price is something of a bargain. The curve is by no means necessary but it does feel and look good and improvements include the higher screen resolut...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
Android Guys

The G Flex 2 overall was a great phone to use. Actions were quick, apps loaded up smoothly, and I never noticed any lag. Probably the only thing I noticed was that the phone was able to get pretty hot when playing a game, or doing a lot of multi-tasking. This is likely due to the fact that it uses a...

- Benton Trerise, Android Guys
NDTV

LG's attempts to create a viable curved smartphone for the masses seem to be thwarted by nagging issues - this time it is the performance of the processor. It is not something users can't live without but considering the phone costs north of Rs. 50,000, such minor shortcomings are unforgivable.Inter...

- Ershad Kaleebullah, NDTV
Coolsmartphone

The positives of this handset is that it stood out and the curvature of the device was pretty much spot on. As the old Goldilocks story goes, it wasn’t too much, wasn’t too little – juuuuuust right. It was speedy too, but I struggled to see why (other than the fact it’s curve...

- Leigh Geary, Coolsmartphone


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Screen Size
5.5"

The LG G Flex 2's screen size is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 5.1.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 1560 minutes, 376 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

G Flex 2 Specs

Overview
Release date January 31, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop (Update Available: 5.1.1 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.86 W/kg
Body: 0.79 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 635 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 376 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1560 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Platinum Silver, Flamenco Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.9 x 7.5 x 0.9 cm (5.9 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 152 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology P-OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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