People once believed that the world was flat until someone had a theory based on curves. That’s pretty much the case with LG who certainly don’t have a flat view of the world of gadgets. With the impending release of the LG G Flex smart phone they have embraced the idea of curves and created a curvaceous smart phone that demands attention. But in a world accustomed to flat screens, will the LG model garner attention for the right reasons?
The LG G Flex embraces daring designs and certainly makes a statement. The sheer size of this smart phone places it firmly in the phablet bracket; with a six inch vertically curved display there is no denying that this model is huge. Comparisons with the Nokia Lumia 1520 can be made, but the LG G Flex is easier to handle than the Nokia model and some of the other larger smart phones on the market. So what benefits can we expect based on the size of the G Flex? With larger, curved models there is usually good scope for game play and media viewing and the G Flex is no exception. Another advantage of the size is power – bigger phone, bigger battery, and users should see a considerable gain in terms of battery life. LG claim that the G Flex is capable of maintaining power for two to three days. It’s a big claim, but they have a big phone to back it up. My Gadget Angel puts the LG G Flex to the test, here’s what we thought of LG’s latest.
We have established that the LG G Flex is large. It’s a six-inch display with a 700mm radius of curvature from top to bottom, which the creators insist is the perfect amount of curvature for viewing and handling. The standout feature of the LG Flex is its vertical curve design. If this model did not have the elegant curve it wouldn’t warrant much attention and would probably be regarded as just another LG phablet release.
The display is 720p, which means it is not as crisp as other models on the market but LG supports its decision stating that it was the only way to get the RGB stripe on the curved display without resorting to PenTile for higher resolution. The display is however pleasing to the eye, although it isn’t as sharp as large models such as the HTC 1 or the Nexus 5. This lack of clarity is noticeable and users may be disappointed that the images and video are not cleaner and sharper.
A 6inch display doesn’t leave a lot of space for extras, but LG have incorporated the essentials in a sleek and understated fashion. The earpiece sits just above the display as does the front facing camera. The jack, charge port and microphone are situated at the bottom edge of the phone.
Like the LG G2 the G Flex 13Mp camera is situated at the back of the phone, as are the volume and power buttons. The speaker lies at the bottom back of the device but unlike some models with rear speakers the G Flex design ensures clear sound when the phone is placed on its back. This is achieved through the curved shape which elevates the speaker and avoids a muffled sound output.
Other notable features are the use of what LG have termed self-healing coating. This molecular substance has been used for the back case to prevent scratching. The manufacturers are confident that the introduction of this material will help to counteract any ware and tare to the model’s back. Whether these claims can be substantiated remains to be seen, but even this claim exaggerated, it is likely that the material is somewhat scratch resistant.
Another claim that seems genuine is that the LG G Flex can withstand an extreme amount of pressure. This feature is a great bonus and will impress those with a tendency to misplace or drop phones.
Although it is large the LG G Flex is a fairly good looking model. The initial release model will be available in grey and silver, although additional colours may follow.
LG have clearly made an effort when it comes to the nuts and bolts of the G Flex. The model is fitted with a 226 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB RAM and 32 GB on board storage (there is no memory card slot) and this processor is considered one of the best on the market.
The 3,500 mAh battery is another noticeable improvement on earlier LG models. It has a higher capacity than the G2 battery unit and will outdo the previous LG model in terms of battery life. In fact this advanced battery will rival most on the market, so there may be some weight to LG’s long lasting battery claims.
The 13MP shooter camera, it must be said, is good quality and produces decent results. The camera software is fast and moving between shots is quick and easy. The options for different shooting modes come with short descriptions to get you started. It can take a little practice to grasp the software but once you are familiar it is easy to produce good images.
We aren’t going to pretend that the LG G FLEX is the best device we have ever put through the paces. However, the G Flex certainly has something to offer. It has an interesting look as a result of the vertical curve and its supersize will attract a particular audience.
Whilst LG have not created a device that is the face of innovation they have achieved something respectable with the LG G Flex. This model performs well and the scope for 2-3 day battery life when used heavily is a huge bonus that will no doubt be a major selling point, especially with gamers.
In summary the LG G Flex is a well-rounded device that doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. For those in the market for a super-size smart phone it is definitely worth thinking about.