Written by: Michel Becker. Editing by: Nirave Gondhia
Curved versus straight – the latest question in the screens market brings us curved devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex. In this review, we take a closer look at the curvaceous big-screened G Flex.
The first thing we notice about the LG G Flex is the huge curved screen and the buttons on the back, which come in pretty handy considering the size of this Device. The screen looks pretty decent on the first View but when you look closer it should have been given Full HD 1080p resolution instead of 720p.
The size of the G Flex impressed me at first but after a couple of days you get really used to it and it feels pretty natural and is easy to use – to be honest it felt more comfortable at first than when I used the Sony Xperia Z1 for the first time. The rounded edges make it easy to hold and the power and volume keys are on the back, just like in the LG G2. All in all it has a pretty nice feeling even though the 6″ Screen is pretty big.
The most important Thing about the design is the curve – even thought it felt a little strange to in the pocket, it was definitely useful when making phone calls. The curved design makes a big difference as it makes the rather-large 6 inch screen easier to hold in the hand. It might be a large phone but it’s definitely eye-catching.
Let’s talk about the technical side of things. I was a bit disappointed that it only runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean but it was fine nonetheless – LG offers a few really nice and handy things in their latest Devices and the G Flex brings them all. The most useful is Quick Memo function, which allows you to instantly write anywhere on your screen (a great feature if you want to show someone something via a screenshot and want to protect your private data).
Another great feature is LG KnockOn which allows you to double tap to wake the phone and double tap to put it to sleep. It reminds me of the Nokia N9 when you didn’t always have to use the power button to unlock or lock the Phone, just quickly tap the screen twice and there you go, which is pretty good when the phone is resting on the table. Given the size, being able to unlock without reaching is very useful.
Big phones are not always easy to use one handed but LG has worked hard on making sure you can still use the LG G-Flex in one hand.. It makes working with the G Flex a lot easier and boosts the productivity when using the multiwindow mode and just like Samsung, LG has made an attempt to make its user interface useful.
The LG G Flex has a 13 megapixel camera that can compete with the opposition on the market – I’ll be talking about the camera in more detail in another post but I will say that the camera offers quite useful functionality like dual-shooting, 2 panorama modes and voice-shutter. It’s not a market leader but the LG G Flex is more than capable of capturing those happy memories.
The best thing about the LG G FLex is the battery – I got at least 1-2 days with heavy usage, which included Whatsapp, Facebook, 3 E-Mail Accounts(all on Push), Viber and Kik, and reading newspapers and browsing the web. In conclusion, if you want a Device that is eyecathcing and provides a lot of functionality I’d go with the LG G Flex – have a look at my video review below for more details on LG’s first curved smartphone.