By far one of the biggest supporters of the curved screen trend so far, LG has quickly become one of the biggest (and bendiest) smartphone manufacturers of 2015.
Kicking the year off with the LG G Flex 2 at CES in January, LG has quickly followed this up by showing off yet another flagship smartphone in the LG G4. But which of these smartphones should be in charge of things at the LG showroom?
LG’s love affair with curved screens has blown up from a one-time thing with the LG G Flex, into something of a regular occurrence, with both the G Flex 2 and LG G4 rocking non-rigid screens.
Whilst the G Flex 2 obviously takes the crown as the bendiest smartphone on LG’s ranks, the LG G4 also sports a bit of a curve itself.
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Both screens measure up at the same size at 5.5”, but it’s behind the screen where the G4 definitely takes the lead over the G Flex handset.
Its QHD display stands out as one of the leading displays on the market, mainly thanks to the Quantum LCD technology that’s also included on the G4. This simply outguns the full HD effort on the G Flex 2, which isn’t quite as strong when it comes down to contrast and energy efficiency.
The curve on the LG G Flex handset definitely makes for a more of a talking point, but the G4’s more modest bend is slightly easier to handle in everyday situations – even if it doesn’t look quite as cool.
Whilst you can definitely pick and choose between both displays, it’s much harder to pick a real winner when it comes down to the specs of both LG handsets, mainly because they’re so similar.
Funnily enough, despite being several months older than the G4, the G Flex 2 actually stakes a claim over some newer internal components.
The likes of the Snapdragon 810 chipset, octa-core processor and Adreno 430 GPU are all included on the G Flex handset. However, on the G4 we get just a Snapdragon 808 chipset, which is a slight downsize in terms of power but is less prone to overheating.
Other than this it’s a pretty similar story between both smartphones, with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage available with both and identical 3000mAh batteries in tow as well.
Both handsets perform terrifically, in comparison it’s incredibly hard to pick and choose between them – but judging them on paper you’ll be likely to side with the G Flex 2, purely because of the extra power in the chipset, even if it does make the handset a little bit hotter.
So much rides on having a good smartphone camera nowadays, especially if you constantly find yourself updating those Instagram and Snapchat accounts. But which of these LG smartphones is better off for updating your profile picture?
The LG G Flex 2 sports a fairly standard camera set-up, consisting of a rear-based 13 megapixel lens and a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera. Both do their job well, providing plenty of quality which wouldn’t look out of place on any Snapchat Story.
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However, LG has poured in a ton of creativity when it comes to the G4’s camera, making it a much wiser choice if you’re a serial smartphone photographer. Packing a 16 megapixel rear effort and an 8 megapixel front facing lens, each camera is far superior on the G4.
It’s not just the megapixels which tell the story either – with an improved f1.8 aperture helping low-light performance and improved OIS ensuring the motion blur is less likely to crop up.
It’s definitely not an easy decision to make between this duo of brilliant LG smartphones, but there are some notable advantages to both.
The LG G Flex 2 for example is more powerful and offers a much curvier look to it, whilst the G4 performs at an almost equal level, and sports a much more powerful set of cameras.
Either way, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be disappointed with your selection regardless of whichever LG smartphone you choose!
Written by Luke Hatfield