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LG G Flex
LG G Flex
LG G Flex
LG G Flex
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7.6/10
Informr score
The LG G Flex currently has an Informr score of 7.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 51 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Excellent battery life
  • Self-healing coat repairs minor scuffs and dings
  • Curved design offer excellent viewing angles
  • Incredibly fast performance speed

What's bad

  • 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."


Android
Operating system
Operating system
Android
2.26 GHz
Processor
Processor
2.26 GHz
6"
Screen Size
Screen Size
6"
13+ MP
Camera
Camera
13+ MP
3500 mAh
Battery


What the Critics Are Saying...


Gadgets 360
Gadgets 360

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 spec...

- Ershad Kaleebullah, Gadgets 360
UnleashThePhones
UnleashThePhones

It's marginally more comfortable to carry in your pocket, provided you put it in the right way. It also feels a bit more comfortable on your cheek while talking.

- Aatif Sumar, UnleashThePhones
Tech Advisor
Tech Advisor

The LG G Flex has some decent hardware including a great camera and more storage than usual. Excellent software is also a lure but its main feature, the curved screen, is too big, only 720p and offers no real benefits. This phablet is too gimmicky so you're much better off saving some money and goin...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
Brighthand
Brighthand

Even with its odd appearance, the LG G Flex brings its highly up-to-date chipset to the phablet, which ensures supreme performance. Even with its drawbacks, the G Flex is one of the most attractive and powerful phablets currently available on the market. Still, its display is full of flaws and it is...

- Dragan Petric , Brighthand
Mobile Syrup
Mobile Syrup

The G Flex is a successful experiment from a company that likely never expected it to expand far beyond its Korean borders. While it’s hard to recommend on the hardware differentiation alone — the curve is interesting but not that useful — the device is a great all-round performer,...

- Daniel Bader, Mobile Syrup


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LG backs up the G Flex with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6"

The LG G Flex's screen size is 6 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.26 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.26 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.2 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

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

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

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3500 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 1740 minutes, 571 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

G Flex Specs

Overview
Release Date November 12, 2013
Regions Available USA, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.2 KitKat)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.26 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 2 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.92 W/kg
Body: 1.15 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
SIM Type
Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 3.0
USB OTG Support No
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Time catch shot
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
2+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 245 pixels
Size 6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 1197 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 571 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1740 minutes
Standby Time Up to 20.8 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Titan Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.1 x 8.2 x 0.8 cm (6.3 x 3.2 x 0.3 in)
Weight 177 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
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Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Auto Answer: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
DLNA Support: Yes
Audio Formats: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, WAV
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Viewable document types: XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

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