LG flex is back with a new curved smartphone smartrphone for 2015 and it’s the new LG G Flex 2. This new device is a big improvement on 2013’s LG G Flex and comes with Qualcomm’s latest 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor with a Full 1080p HD display, a 13-megapixel optically stabilised enhanced camera and of course its trademark curvy flexible screen.
LG might not be one of the biggest hitters on the mobile market, but when they release new phones they do tend to make a splash. That’s generally because LG simply do things differently, and the new LG G Flex 2 is no exception to that rule at all. With great specs, weird and wonderful design credentials and an affordable price tag, the G Flex 2 is an awesome phone decision.
What do you have to look forward to? There’s that curved screen, for a start, which gives the Flex 2 its unique appearance. But there’s also a fair amount of power inside, as well as a decent camera and all the other important things that we’d expect to see in a great smart phone. Want something different? Then the LG G Flex 2 is the clear choice.
By far the most notable thing about the LG G Flex 2 is its appearance. It’s curved, as in really, deliberately designed to be curved. Plus, all the physical buttons are on the back of the phone (as opposed to on the sides), meaning there’s a seriously slim profile. The special coating on the phone’s back panel (which we’ll get to later) feels a little plasticky maybe, but it’s also slip proof and means that the Flex 2 sits comfortably in the hand. At only 7 mm thick and weighing just 152 grams that Flex 2 is certainly portable too.
Under the hood there are some satisfactory specs. You’re not getting the huge amounts of processing power that we’re seeing on some true top end devices, but the regular user doesn’t need that much power anyway, so why worry? The camera is decent, storage is fine, there’s really nothing to complain about here.
The real attraction of the LG G Flex 2 is its design, and for fashion lovers this is going to be this year’s model of choice. That doesn’t mean that you’re not going to be getting some good performance though. We like different, so many phones these days are black rectangles, and the Flex 2 is definitely giving us something unique.
The LG G Flex 2 is coming in with an octo core processor, something that we’re seeing more and more of these days. That’s split up into two quad core processors, one of which runs 1.5 GHz, the other 2.0 GHz. That’s a fair amount of power, though it doesn’t quite match the top of the top processors. Add in either 2 GB (with the 16 GB model) or 3 GB (with the 32 GB model) of RAM and you’re looking at something that’s going to be responsive and very snappy, not to mention good at multi tasking.
In terms of operating system, like most LG models, the Flex 2 is an Android. And it’s running the brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. For the user that means a host of new OS features, including the ability to keep separate profiles on your phone (business and personal, say), and a more streamlined user interface.
For all but the most demanding of users performance on the Flex 2 is going to be awesome. Only if you’re hardcore into picture editing or other CPU intensive tasks are you going to miss a little of that processing power. Day to day though, the Flex has very solid performance indeed.
The display is the big selling point of the Flex 2. The screen is curved, making the entire phone curved, and that means two things. Firstly, it does match the contour of your face, in much the same way that a traditional land line phone does, making long phone calls more comfortable. But it also matches the contour of your eyes, which (according to LG) makes for a better and more immersive viewing experience. In actuality we didn’t see a huge difference, though certain things such as full screen video did look better.
Unlike the older Flex model with its six inch screen, the Flex 2 has been scaled down to a 5.5 inch display, which makes it a lot easier to handle, especially one handed. Resolution has been upped too, and the Flex 2 now has a 1080 x 1920 display, giving it around 403 PPI. It’s also a P-OLED display, meaning a more traditional OLED display but made from plastic, which is apparently easier on the eyes.
What all this comes down to is that picture quality on the Flex 2 is very good indeed. There’s plenty of clarity, sharp lines, and great colour resolution. What more could you ask for?
We’re a big fan of LG cameras in general, since they tend to be solid and intuitive as well, and the Flex 2 has a couple of nice devices. The front facing video chat (or selfie) camera is 2.1 MP, a fair size for a front cam, but it’s the rear camera that’s the more impressive of the two.
At the back you’re looking at a 13 MP camera, with dual LED flash, laser autofocus, HDR, panorama, face detection, optical image stabilisation… the list goes on. What this means for you is basically great pictures. The dual flash in particular means better low light and night shots, but pics from the Flex 2 are all pretty great.
As far as upgrades go, the rear camera on the Flex 2 is a big step up from that on the older Flex model, and a good one too. You’re going to be taking some awesome shots with the Flex 2- and then you’ll have that cool curved screen to view them on!
In today’s world, where mobile specs are fairly similar between similarly priced models, it can often be the special features that really make the difference when buying a new mobile. And the Flex 2 has one that definitely deserves a mention.
The back panel on the Flex 2 is coated with a self healing substance. Yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like. Get a small scratch on the back of your phone and the phone just heals itself, literally in a matter of seconds. It’s as unbelievable as it sounds, and we swear to you that it’s true and it works. If you’re not always as careful as you should be with your mobile, and you hate putting it in a case, then this is going to be a big selling point for you.
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Dimensions||149.1 x 75.3 x 7.1-9.4 mm|
|Weight||152 g (5.36 oz)|
|Build||Curved body and display|
|- Self-healing back panel coating|
|Type||Curved P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.5 inches (~73.5% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels (~403 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|OS||Android OS, v5.0.1 (Lollipop)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 128 GB|
|Internal||16 GB, 2 GB RAM/ 32 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash, check quality|
|Features||Simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.,check quality|
|Secondary Camera||2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|- Dolby mobile|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|USB||microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), USB Host|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|- Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)|
|- DMB TV tuner (Korean model only)|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- MP4/DviX/XviD/H.264/WMV player|
|- MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/AC3/WMA player|
|- Photo/video editor|
|- Document viewer|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery|
If you want a phone that’s different from everyone else’s, then the LG G Flex 2 is an obvious choice. That stunning curved design along with solid performance specs, a good camera, a great screen and a self healing coating, this is really a unique little device.
Connectivity wise there are all the usual features, including 4G, Bluetooth and WiFi. And the Flex 2 comes in two incarnations, one with 16 GB of internal memory, the other with 32 GB. Both versions do come with a micro SD card slot for up to 128 GB of external memory, however (though don’t forget that the 16 GB phone has 2 GB of RAM, whilst the 32 GB one has 3 GB).
Any complaints? Hmm. That’s tough. We’d maybe like a little more power, 2.2 GHz would be nice, but most people won’t really notice the difference. A 4K screen would be nice too, but at this price that’s a lot to ask for. The bottom line is that the LG G Flex 2 is a great phone, sure, it’s different from the rest, but sometimes different is good.
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.