The LG Flex 2 is the Korean company’s second stab at a curved smart-phone. Unlike the Galaxy Note Edge, this is a phone that’s all curve from the screen to the predominantly plastic body. The original G Flex was packed with innovative, albeit ultimately flawed, tech and in its second coming, LG seems to have learned its lesson.
Now there’s a smaller, more manageable design, a vastly improved 1080p Full HD screen and a camera offering better low-light performance. Plus it’s the first phone of 2015 to launch with Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor.
While the jury is still out on whether curved smartphones are really the future, especially when LG told us it’s running out of ideas for different phone designs, it’s actually the performance that’s the biggest talking point of the G Flex 2.
Key Features: 5-inch IPS LCD 720p HD screen; 2.0GHz Snapdragon 810 processor; 16GB internal storage; 13-megapixel with optical image stabilization; 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera; 3000mAh non-removable battery
LG G Flex 2 – Design
The argument for curved smart-phones is much like curved TVs. Are there really any true benefits? LG thinks there are a few, but we’re not entirely sold on any of them right now.
Does it dramatically change the way you hold the phone? It does, but it’s not necessarily for the better. It does make some sense when you’re taking a call and the curve has a slightly better fit if you carry your phone in your back pocket, but on a day-to-day basis it just didn’t feel all that different. Put a Galaxy S5 or an iPhone 6 in your hand, then hold the LG G Flex 2 and we doubt you’ll see any ergonomic advantage to the curve.
The curve isn’t the only unique feature of the Flex 2. It can also flex, as the name suggests, and can offer the kind of robustness you simply won’t find with other phones. We tried to sit on it with the phone in our back pocket and it’s safe to say that there are no “bendgate” issues here. While we wouldn’t suggest putting the G Flex 2 under abnormal levels of pressure, it’s refreshing to know that it’s built to cope well with flexing.
It’s no surprise to see plenty of LG G3-inspired features included, like the improved back buttons and rear speaker to create that more attractive, uncluttered look. Up front, the G Flex 2 matches the G3 with a slim screen bezel down the sides and a sizeable microphone up top. Having the headphone jack at the bottom is slightly irritating, but it’s something we can live with. Measuring in at 9.4mm thick and weighing 152g, it’s not as slim or light as the G3 (8.9mm and 149g), but it’s doesn’t make it an entirely chunkier prospect to hold or slip into your pocket.
The glossy plastic back plate isn’t one of our favorite features. We tried out the red G Flex 2, which will only be available in Asian markets, alongside the black model, and the shiny back is as eye-grabbing as the curvaceous body. The black Flex 2 keeps things slightly more low-key, but in both versions you’d struggle to appreciate the spin hairline finish that LG has made a very big deal about.
LG G Flex 2 – Screen
For a curved, flexible phone durability is pretty important, so LG has applied a Gorilla Glass 3 coating over the plastic OLED panel that also has LG’s own Dura Guard Glass treatment. This new approach aims to spread the protection more evenly across the screen, as opposed to the centre of it.
One of the most disappointing features of the G Flex was the screen resolution. Spreading 720p HD resolution across a large 6-inch screen, resulting in 245ppi pixel density, was never going to be a winner. Thankfully, LG has addressed this, dropping down to a more manageable 5.5-inch screen matching the LG G3, while bumping up the resolution to Full HD 1080p. That’s right, there’s no 2K QHD display, which is surprising considering this was the direction LG took with last year’s flagship.
It’s the same plastic OLED (or P-OLED) display technology used with the G Flex and even in the LG’s G Watch R Android Wear smartwatch. Unlike standard OLED glass displays you’ll find on phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5, this allows the Flex 2 to be more flexible. If you attempted to bend a glass OLED screen in the same way, you’d break it.
THE Bottom line is No longer just a daring experiment, the G Flex 2 finally has the killer screen and top-of-the-line processor that its bold design deserves