LG was probably aiming to prove something when they decided to launch the LG G Flex. But while this may be a well-thought-out, unique design, is the sexy curvature enough to steal the show from other Android key players, or better yet, become a more worthy alternative?
Build and Design
Probably the most intriguing feature that would make anyone turn their heads to this phone is the unique, curved body. While it may not be the first, arced smartphone ever released, LG G Flex is particularly nice on its own.
Measuring 6.32 inches tall, 3.21 inches wide, and 0.34-inch thick, the device is inclined closer to the phablet category. Still, that nice curvature is there for a purpose, mainly to make the gigantic phone easier and more comfortable to grip. With that size though, it still takes a lot of effort to hold and control the device especially for those with smaller hands.
The 6-inch OLED screen has a 1,280 x 720 resolution, which could be a bit of a letdown. While the curved display makes watching movies a more pleasant experience, images and videos are noticeably grainy.
Hardware and Storage
The handset is powered by a 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, the same processor that powers the LG G2. It is backed up by a 2GB of RAM and a 450MHz Adreno 330 GPU.
With the large 3,500mAh battery that is curved as well, the device can easily see you through the day. However, many people will find the absence of microSD slot utterly disappointing, especially when you only have 32GB of internal memory.
Disappointingly, the G Flex’s 13-MP rear sensor isn’t quite as impressive as those found in other 13-MP smartphone cameras. While images are decent, they lack focus, sharpness, and you could notice some noise.
LG seems to compensate for the mediocre camera by adding a bunch of interesting photo options, such as the touch and autofocus, brightness meter, voice shutter function, three color effects, and five white-balance settings.
What’s even cooler is the “face tracking” option of the rear camera, which is a pretty little nifty feature for selfie-addicts. When holding the cam against your face, the LED light will turn yellow, indicating that a face is sensed, and will then light up green indicating that the camera has focused on the face, signaling that you can finally take your shot.
- Unique design
- Great battery life
- Amazing sound quality
- Large display
- Very expensive
- Large and heavy
- Average camera
- No expandable storage
LG’s efforts for innovation may not be all that futile, in fact, the LG G Flex is a distinct and interesting device in itself. If you liked the G2, this is more like a reinvention. If you want something that is beautiful, powerful, can last you long enough for a couple of days, and one that can provide you with a generous screen estate, then this phone might work for you.
However, it may not be the phone for most, especially when you consider the price and the size. If you’re inclined to more gigantic phones, you might get better specs with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which you can get within the same price range.