LG G Flex 2 review
Flexible phone take two!
My LG G Flex 2 review uncovers LG’s second attempt at a flexible smartphone that will attract consumers in droves. Many of the issues with the original Flex have been tackled, so read on to discover the result of the most forward-thinking and innovative concept phone which has made it to market.
The build of the LG G Flex 2 is still its main attraction with its unique curved form. This top-to-bottom arced shape follows the contours of your face from ear-to-mouth. This delivers both comfort and unparalleled call quality as the microphone sits nearer to your mouth.
The curvature of the screen delivers glare free viewing with minimal reflections and the 5.5” full HD P-OLED display is far more hand-friendly in my opinion compared to the original Flex’s 6” display. The resolution has increased to 1080 x 1920 pixels which equates to 403ppi and this is almost double that offered by the original Flex.
There are no side buttons to get in the way and instead the power and volume buttons sit in the back panel. This does take a little getting used to but you will enjoy the benefits once you have. At 152 grams the G Flex 2 isn’t heavy and the 7.1mm thick body, which thickens to 9.4mm in the centre, certainly feels nice in the hand.Toughness is at the core of this phone’s concept and includes Corning Gorilla Glass which when combined with the curved form is 30% more likely to survive a drop. The self healing coating on the back panel also protects the LG G Flex 2 from minor scratches.
On the inside there is a powerful 64bit 8 core Snapdragon processor with 2GB RAM and a 16GB internal memory that can be expanded upon with a memory card up to the capacity of 128GB. The classic Platinum Silver paint job will probably be the most popular choice but the Flamenco Red variant has a colour tone that is still professional looking and I would be more than happy to own the G Flex 2 with this distinguished look.
Phone Set Up
Set up is pretty easy and should take only a few minutes. The first task is to set up a little security using LG’s Knock Codes and there are tens of thousands of combinations ensuring absolute protection. The Android Lollipop operating system allows for downloads from Google Play so should your favourite app not be pre-installed it will only be a click away.
You can get to grips with the LG experience by sliding to the left of the screen where you will find the Smart Tips tutorial. Or, you can jump right in with the rest of the set up by sliding down the screen to access the quick controls or to take a peak at your notifications.
To beef up the number of pre-installed apps that you get from Google and the Android OS, the LG G Flex 2 has a set of LG exclusive apps that can be accessed by sliding to the left. These includes apps and widgets like the LG Health and Fitness service.
The QRemote app is pretty handy and uses an infrared sensor to give you control over your TV or sound system. Further entertainment is offered with 3D effect gaming and this looks superb on the curved display.
On the practical side of things there is Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless accessory connectivity. The importance cannot be understated as this latest version of Bluetooth has been adapted so that it doesn’t interfere with the 4G internet connection as experienced with previous versions.
Camera & Video
In my opinion the 13MP camera is just about as good as any on a smartphone today and the laser auto focus ensures a great exposure. Optical image stabilisation reduces the possibility of shake created blurring and the dual LED flash gives true colour reproduction in low light in addition to extending the distance at which you can a shoot from.
LG hasn’t gone all out on features though and has instead focused on those most important such as Panorama Shot and HDR for better exposure of scenes that have both light and dark elements within them.
Gesture Shot and Gesture View allow you to activate the camera shutter with a gesture and countdown for easier selfie photography. As soon as you lower the phone after a shot the gallery is automatically opened for you to assess the results.
I liked the fact that you can simultaneously capture video and still images and whist it is not my kind of thing the beauty slider allows you to smooth out skin imperfections. Video recording at 2160p quality is possible and you can capture stereo sound as well. On the front their is a secondary 2.1MP camera for video calls.
The 3,000mAh high capacity battery performs well offering all day use at moderate levels as well as offering extended video playback times. Should you need a quick power boost then this quick charge battery can be charged to 50% in just 40 minutes.
Glance View conserves the battery when you want to check notifications and the time with a dragging down of your finger while the screen is off. Android Lollipop also does its part by using less power compared to previous versions whilst giving you greater control over apps consuming power in the background.
Verdict: The higher resolution screen is reason enough to upgrade from the original Flex and with the latest Android Lollipop OS, for me the deal is done.
Written by: Michael Brown