The LG G Flex, Master Bender


LG G FlexYears ago, the smartphone world was dominated by only a few of these guys and you really didn’t have a lot of options to choose from. Well, the times have obviously changed and now it’s the exact opposite: you have so many choices, that it takes some time to finally decide upon choosing the one that’s worthy enough for having you as a master. I’m guessing that most of us smartphone-users are already bored of all these flagships that are in a permanent race with one another – I, for myself, would love to see something innovative that really stands out from the crowd, bringing something completely new and unheard of.
Well, here it is: the LG G Flex was released not long ago, in November (2013) and is the first smartphone in the world featuring a flexible body. The G Flex has a curved shape and its screen and battery can actually flex, although you will have to “use the Force” a little bit for doing so, as it’s not really easy to bend it.

The LG G Flex stands in a box that has a curved top, following the shape of the phone it contains. Inside, you’ll find the phone, a charger head, a microUSB cable for making data connections and charging the handset and a one-piece pair of headphones with in-ear buds.
LG G Flex and girlsThe G Flex stands at 160.5 x 81.6 x 8.7 mm and has a weight of 177 grams, which is understandable for a 6 inches display. If you’re used to managing phablets, you’ll like this one very much, as it’s easier to hold and operate due to its curved shape. Its uniqueness is also given by what’s happening on the back. Here, you’ll find the volume rocker and power key standing together under the camera lens, which is kind of unheard of, but the most important feature here is the coating. The G Flex owns a one of a kind coat that is able to heal itself if scratched, which is awesome and answers the need for a protective additional case.
The display of the smartphone is a 6 inches plastic OLED screen that is made by LG especially for adapting it to the flexible body. It sports a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 245 ppi, being protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. While the contrast is high and the colors are nice and vibrant, the display has an issue with the pixels lighting, which is made unevenly, thus looking noisy.
Now that we’ve admired its marvelous and unique design, let’s find out what’s cooking on the inside of the G Flex. Our sport comes loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and features the latest Optimus user interface, being pleasantly customized by LG with a lot of enhancements and handy features. The user experience offered by the G Flex is very pleasant, running smooth through the rich user interface. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, having a quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. Due to its premium hardware, our curved friend is a skilled performer and makes lagging or freezing run for the hills.
For taking photos, we have a 13 MP camera with autofocus that takes pictures at a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels and has a LED flash for helping in low light situations. The camera interface has support for a big amount of features, such as geo-tagging, face detection, simultaneous video and image recording, Panorama, HDR and more. The image quality delivered by the G Flex is pleasing, with accurate colors, good amount of resolved detail and fine contrast.
The video camera shoots 1080p videos at 30 or 60 fps and delivers a great video quality.
LG G Flex photoThe G Flex also earns a lot of points for its excellent audio and video players. For listening to music, it owns a very capable audio player that, among others, enables you to set up and customize equalizer presets and to look up song related information on the Internet, YouTube or your own collection.
The video player is also wonderful, as it supports all the popular video formats, such as DivX, XviD, MP4, H.264, H.263 or WMV and has no issues with the AC3 audio codec or with subtitles. Everything works like a charm.
In its connectivity package, we’ll come across support for quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, tri-band 3G with HSPA, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot and DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE and A2DP, NFC, microUSB 3.0 with USB On-the-go. Oh, it also has an Infrared Port for allowing you to manage your “toys” using your phone as a remote.
For surfing the web, you can choose between the Android browser, which has been customized here and there by LG, or Google Chrome. Whichever you’ll choose, the browsing experience will be very pleasant, as they both offer plenty of features for helping you out and the huge screen makes for a magnificent browsing tool.
Some other handy features offered by the G Flex are the Polaris Viewer 5 for viewing documents, but you’ll have to pay for the editing version. You can run presentations with the smartphone due to the SmartShare feature which streams HDMI content via its SlimPort or Wi-Fi. Also included is a GPS receiver with A-GPS support and GLONASS, the Google Now assistant or LG’s own helper, Q Voice. A very cute feature is Puzzle Lock, which disables the alarm only if you solve a short puzzle, thus decreasing the chances of you falling asleep again. This would be useful for my girlfriend, I think, as she always turns off her alarms without even opening her eyes.
LG G Flex screenIn conclusion, the innovative LG G Flex is not special only due to its unique appearance, but thanks to its rich list of skills and capabilities. All in all, this curvy and charming handset is one great companion and, besides catching everyone’s attention with its exquisite design, it will make a happy owner, having everything needed for being an excellent tool for your everyday use.


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