The LG G Flex is a new smartphone with a uniquely curved design. While there are many other large Android phone, the Flex provides a good experience for those looking for something different in their cell phone. It is available in through AT&T stores and online for $299.99 with a new two-year agreement.
The curved screen is the biggest draw of the LG G Flex. At 6 inches, the labeled HD OLED display provides a unique design to a comfortable device. While pocket comfort took some time to achieve, reading news stories through Pulse, Chrome, or your favorite social media app was very pleasant.
The curved screen actually seemed to ease the reading experience, as the text didn’t appear flat and the contrast was a perfect fit. The colors on the Flex appeared vibrant and rich in apps, videos, and home screens. This helps balance the quality with experience.
While the screen is labeled as HD, it is 720p. Most users will probably not notice too much of an impact. The lack of 1080p was only really noticed when watching full-screen videos and focusing on details such as wrinkles and skin tones. Cupping the Flex in one hand provided a comfortable experience while watching videos. You’ll also want to connect a headset or speaker to the Flex as the small rear speaker was not very strong.
Running Android 4.2, Jelly Bean on a fast Snapdragon 2.26 GHz quad-core processor, the Flex is a fast and responsive device. This power and speed help you run dual windows on the larger display. This feature worked better than previous devices. This could come in handy while having a texting conversation and looking up information through a web browser.
The LG G Flex comes with the same minimal button placement as the LG G2. The Flex places the on/off button on the back below the camera with the up and down volume buttons above and below the on/off button. It takes some time to get used to this placement. Once you use the device for a while, those buttons are fairly natural.
If you can not reach around the back to activate the screen, simply double-tap the screen. The Flex comes to life and you can either unlock the device, swipe to your quick launch items, or simply check the time. This feature provided a good user experience that didn’t include feeling along the edges of the device for a button.
The LG G Flex comes with a 13.1 megapixel camera. While it did not provide the greatest photos, it was acceptable for a portable device that you carry with you. The Flex takes pictures fairly quickly, so you can choose the best of a bunch rather than trying to focus and get the best shot. You can lock exposure by holding down the shutter button.
The LG G Flex was very good on battery life. With a 3500 mAh battery, the Flex completed a full day of usage with energy to spare. This was a positive for such a large device. The Flex was able to accomplish this with LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC turned on. The device lasted for days in the box with only checking email and sending a few texts.
The phone function of the LG G Flex was OK. While the connection on a call was maintained while driving through Nashville, the quality of the voice was a bit less impressive on the unit tested. Given its large size, using a headset, connected or Bluetooth seemed to be a better solution than holding the Flex to your ear.
So, does the LG G Flex actually flex? Yes, it does. While testing was not extensive, if you happen to sit on the device, the Flex can go back into it’s original form quickly. Applying some pressure to the device on a desk is not recommended, but you can see how the device bend and moves back into place without impacting the device.
Looking at pictures of the Flex is only half the experience. You’ll want to stop by your local AT&T store to checkout the LG G Flex, which is available now for $299.99 with a new two-year agreement.