LG is the one hardware manufacturer that is always trying to change the phone industry by adding new features or designs to their mobile devices. One of the most recent major changes that the company brought to the market was with the LG G2 and its power and volume buttons on the rear side of the handset. LG has now taken that innovation and added a larger, flexed display and have released the G Flex.
Like I said above, the LG G Flex has a curved screen. Of course this is not the first phone that is curved (Samsung Nexus S) but this is the first to have the actual display curved. In addition to the curved display, you can also flex the entire screen to the point where it is flat. Finally, the back casing of the Flex is coated with a self-healing material so if there are ever little scratches, a little heat will make the back look and feel brand new again. Just like the G2, the Flex’s power/lock button and volume rocker are positioned on the back of the phone just below the 13 MP camera. Besides the fron 2.1 MP camera, there is not much else special about the Flex’s hardware.
As for software, the Flex is packing LG’s Android skin which just happens to be my favorite because of how close it is to stock Android. While the OEM skin is close to a vanilla Android experience, it is packed with several software enhancements that make this phone desirable. One of these features ties in with the hardware allowing the user to “knock” on the display to turn the display on. Personally, I thought this feature was just a publicity stunt and I couldn’t see myself using it but after having the feature, I wanted to have the same functionality in my other devices. This “knock” can also be used to turn the display off if you’re still in the lock screen or in an open area on one of the home screens.
Overall, I found the phone to be very enjoyable but with a couple of drawbacks. The large display was very nice for all of the screen real-estate since you can run multiple applications at once or play a video but the fact that the screen resolution is only 720p, it could only be so nice. As for the Flex’s curved display, I liked the idea of a flexible screen but I found no reason for it. At first I thought that it would be better for fitting in my pocket or that it would be more comfortable while holding the handset but there were no added benefits. If anything, the curvature of the back of the Flex plus the power button on the back managed to turn the phone off in my pocket.
My full video review can be found below the technical specs.
Size: 6 inches
Curved P-OLED Capacitive Touchscreen
Resolution: 720 x 1280 ~245 ppi
Card Slot: No
Internal: 32 Gb
RAM: 2 Gb
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.26 GHz
Rear: 13 MP | 4160 x 3120 | 1080p @60fps
Front: 2.1MP | 1080p @30fps
Capacity: 3500 mAh
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean