LG G Flex Review
After a couple of weeks with the LG G Flex smartphone, one thing’s clear: it’s a conversation starter. You can’t pull out an LG G Flex without someone noticing its curved display and asking about it. Sadly, every time anyone asks for a review of the LG G Flex, I’m inclined to comment negatively.
The six-inch, 720p curved screen of the LG G Flex is designed to create optimal viewing angles in a similar way to an IMAX screen. But the minimal benefit that the curved display provides are completely negated by some severe flaws. To start off with, the G Flex often creates residual images on the screen; it’s like the burn-in effect seen on old plasma TVs. There’s also a bizarre splatter of coloured dots around the screen that create a grainy look.
According to LG, the curved screen is suppose to contour around the face more naturally during calls. This is true. Holding the screen against your face does feel comfy, but the LG G Flex’s large size makes it impossible to get the microphone close to your mouth.
A final alleged benefit of the curved design is that it improves the quality of the rear speaker when it’s placed on a flat surface. The quality is about the same as on an iPhone 5.
So, what about the rest of the LG G Flex’s design? The buttons for volume and power are a pain, being positioned behind the phone. If the phone is resting on a surface it’s impossible to reach those buttons.
The 23 megapixel camera is decent, but lacks image stabilisation, which makes it all but impossible to avoid blurry photos. It’s also difficult to use the tap to focus; you’ll be relying on the auto-focus most of the time. The inclusion of some nice features like Panorama Mode simply isn’t enough to make up for the phone’s weaknesses.
Amazingly, the LG G Flex runs on the outdated Android 4.2.2. the software has been customised with typical home and lock screens transitions, gimmicky features and bubbly sounds. The ability to run two apps side by side is always nice, but app support here fails in comparison to Samsung’s “Multi Window,” and while the ability to open apps from the notification centre is convenient it kills space for notifications.
The one truly excellent feature of the LG G Flex is the 3,500 mAh battery, which seems to last forever. Still, nowhere near enough to warrant buying the G Flex.
Marred by a flawed design, the LG G Flex fails to deliver.
OVERALL: ** out of 5
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