- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
There are other, similar-performing phones out there for less money, but none will spark as much conversation as the G Flex.
- Michael Fisher , Pocketnow
With a curved chassis and self-healing abilities, LG's latest phablet is the most interesting thing to come from the company in years.
- Excellent battery life
- Self-healing coat repairs minor scuffs and dings
- Curved design offer excellent viewing angles
- Incredibly fast performance speed
- Display is not full HD
- Camera doesn't offer image stabilization
- No significant benefit for curved screen in media viewing
- Rigid flex screen
LG understands that in order to really make an impact in today's smartphone market, they need to be the first to offer a new feature. The LG G Flex is one of the first smartphones to offer a curved, flexible display along with the Samsung Galaxy Round.
LG explains that the contoured shape of the phone provides a better handling, viewing and sound experience, though some experts are a bit skeptical about these claims. Gizmag reviewers did not notice a significant change in visual effect on the 6" P-OLED screen and find that the viewing experience is further limited by the 1280x720 resolution.
Experts do howver point out that the curves improve viewing angles and the screen is bright enough to view outdoors. Plus, according to CNET, "the curved shape is more than a party trick, it greatly improves the media experience and feels more comfortable to hold”. It also improves speakerphone call quality according to Techradar, which said that speakerphone calls "are excellent thanks to its curved design, which allows the speaker to be raised from the table just enough to bounce the noise off of it."
The G Flex isn't just a curved phone however; it is also flexible. According to Engadget reviewers, it can be flattened with the right amount of pressure and holds up well to abuse without any damage to the chassis or screen. With that being said, experts note that the flexibility is rather limited as the case itself is quite rigid.
In addition to the flex feature, the handset also offers a self-healing. According to LG, this self-healing coating's molecular structure allows the phone to recover from superficial scratches. When tested in practice, however, there were mixed results. Techradar did not notice any recovery from light scratches they created on the phone and also noticed that it attracts dust and dirt. On the other hand critics from CNET note that their several attempts to damage the surface disappeared after several moments. All reviewers do agree that the self-healing ability only works with everyday scuffs and scratches, not for more serious damage.
In terms of hardware, the phone has a quad-core 2.26GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of internal storage and a curved 3,500mAh battery. The Verge states that the phone scored near the top of its class in nearly every benchmark test and can handle graphics intensive apps and running numerous apps simultaneously without a hitch. In addition, all experts agree that it offered excellent battery life ranking among the longest-lasting smartphones in the market.
When it comes to the camera, there is a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and an LED flash. Unlike the LG G2, there is no optical image stabilization which Slashgear notes as a problem in low light settings.
Most reviewers find the LG G Flex to be an interesting piece of technology; however its starting price point is too high for most to recommend to the general public especially when considering the screen doesn't offer full HD. CNET said, “despite a novel construction and scuff-proof exterior, the LG G Flex's doesn't flex enough muscle against the Samsung Galaxy Round or the Note 3.”
With that being said, GSM Arena notes that, "there's better value for money to be had elsewhere but it's impossible to put a price tag on imagining the future."
Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)
A sign of things to come
Six inches and just 720p? People would think you can literally count the pixels on the screen yourself. Surprisingly, its not bad at all. That being said, while using the phone, we barely ever felt, “Man, I wish this was full HD”. You can read text clearly, watch videos just fine and basically do everything just as good.
The combination of a Snapdragon 800 processor and a 720P display (something that almost no other S800 phone has) mean this phone FLIES. And I mean flies. It feels Nexus level responsive in general use. We loaded all our usual apps and games on it, and ye... Full review
Blazing fast performance, good ergonomics
We like the LG G Flex but there is a caveat - its price. Even for early adopters the price is prohibitively expensive. The argument is that you're is paying for exclusivity - but it still seems as though you're not getting enough of it to justify the price premium over other phones with similar specifications. The futuristic feeling alone won't be worth that much money to a lot of buyers.
Yes, it has a curved screen. Yes, watching videos is a great experience on the G Flex. Yes, the performance is top-notch. Yes, it has a great battery life. Yes, it has no competitor in its... Full review
Curved screen smarthphone doesn't fool us
Decent hardware performance with atypical design
The curve is interesting but not that useful
Curve is too gimmicky
A device to anyone who loves the form-factor, and needs a durable, high-end phone
Innovative design and runs butter smooth
Powerful processor and great design but very costly
A powerful, feature-packed handset with a brilliantly attractive design
Darn, there are no reviews yet for this phone.
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