LG G Flex review

LG G Flex review

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  • Are curved screens the future for smartphones? Or are they just a gimmick? Find out in our in-depth LG G Flex review

    LG G Flex review

    Love

    • OLED Display
    • Great battery life
    • Curved screen great for video

    Hate

    • It’s enormous
    • Boring design
    • Annoying UI

    The first thing to point out here is that the G Flex is not the first curved screen smartphone ever made. Cast your mind back to 2011 and you’ll remember the launch of a certain Samsung Galaxy Nexus, that had a curved screen.

    It was barely noticeable but it was curved alright and after a few weeks of using it you started to realise that actually, this could catch on. Move five years on and curved screens are now becoming the new ‘3D’, not only are the curves bigger but companies have started using ‘science’ to back up their reasoning as well.

    The LG G Flex is the first of this new wave, boasting a huge 6-inch curved display and unlike its counterpart, the Samsung Galaxy Round, the curve is slightly more conventional, giving it a crescent moon-like appearance.

    Going up against big-screened beasts like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the Nokia Lumia 1520 and cheaper Nokia Lumia 1320, the LG G Flex is designed to make it easier to use that enourmous 6-inch screen.

    LG G Flex: Size and build

    Picking up the large handset places even more emphasis on its shape and at 177g it feels surprisingly light in spite of its enormous size. Like an elephant in the room (quite literally) we'll need to address that size as it’ll affect every single aspect of using it from typing, taking pictures to watching video.

    WATCH: LG G Flex hands-on video:

    Sometimes it’ll be a blessing but as you’ll soon discover, more often than not, it’s a curse. Build quality is OK with plastic featuring exclusively, enabling the handset to bend if pressed - which means it has some 'give' so that if you sit down with it in your pocket, it should be safe from damage.

    On the back there’s LG’s much trumpeted ‘self-healing’ material. In reality it’ll survive keys and coins with the scratches admittedly disappearing after a few hours. Anything more significant and that mark is there to stay.

    The design is almost identical to the LG G2, which means that while it isn't ugly, the G Flex's design isn't particularly inspiring.

  • Could curved screens be the future of smartphones or are they just a gimmick? Check out our LG G Flex hands-on review for a sneak preview

    LG G Flex review

    Love

    • OLED Display
    • Great battery life
    • Curved screen great for video

    Hate

    • It’s enormous
    • Boring design
    • Annoying UI

    The LG G Flex is the latest smartphone to join the brand's Android arsenal, and this time, it's curved. Sporting many of the same specs as the range-topping LG G2, the new LG Flex is the first device to land in the UK with a curved screen. Why? Several reasons, says LG - all of them to do with getting the best out of a phone with such a large screen.

    Going up against big-screened beasts like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the Nokia Lumia 1520, the LG G Flex is designed to make it easier to use that enourmous 6-inch screen.

    LG G Flex: Size and Build

    One of the ideas behind the curved body of the phone is that the microphone is closer to your mouth than if the phone was flat, while the other end is closer to your ear for better call quality. The ergonomic grip also means that the phone is comfy to hold, much more so than its straight-backed rivals and the LG G2.

    WATCH: LG G Flex hands-on, specs, release date news video

    The phone tips the scales at 177g, weighing a little more than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but not as much as the hefty Nokia Lumia 1520. The curved profile also means that it should fit into your pocket a little more confortably. There's also some 'give' in the chassis, so if you sit on your phone, it should flex rather break.

    LG G Flex: Features

    Along with the curved chassis, the Flex also features the Rear Key controls that were first introduced on the LG G2, keeping the phone's edges neatly devoid of buttons. The phone also features a 13MP rear camera, with a 2.1MP snapper on the front. We didn't get a chance to try these out properly but we'll take a closer look at the cameras as soon as we get a full review unit in at T3 HQ.

    LG G Flex: Screen

    The 6-inch curved P-OLED display sports an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 and is incredibly impressive. Video looks sharp and bright - this is where the advantage of the curved screen is most obvious. The aim is a more immersive experience for games and video as all points of the screen are (roughly) the same distance from your eyes.

    LG G Flex: Performance

     

    The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor (running at 2.26GHz) means that the phone has plenty of processing power at its disposal and in our quick hands-on, it certainly didn't seem to lag all at, switching between apps and multitasking without any problems. The Graphics are taken care of by a Adreno 330 GPU.

    LG G Flex: Verdict

    Could curved smartphones be the future or are they just a gimmick? We were certainly impressed with the G Flex at first glance - it's much easier to see the advantage of the curved shape once you've actually got the phone in your hands, which is presumably why the maker is previewing the phone in selected EE shops before it's available to buy. With Samsung also set to introduce a curved handset - could this be the future of the smartphone? We'll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned for a full review.

    LG G Flex release date: February 2014

    LG G Flex price: TBC

    Hands-on review by Libby Plummer

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