LG G Flex2 Review, Best Sequel Ever!

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More than a year ago, the Koreans from LG have released a fresh face in the smartphone world, the innovative LG G Flex, the only “bendable” device of its kind that was capable of flexing its screen and battery. While being impressive and refreshing, the handset wasn’t a real success (maybe due to its hefty price and some other issues), but its concept lives to see another device of its kind through the LG G Flex 2. The successor comes with an improved display which has been reduced from 6 to 5.5 inches, a Snapdragon 810 chipset (the best at the moment), a better camera, the latest and greatest Android software (Lollipop) and a plethora of features that are any nerd’s wish come true. Feeling interested about it? Well, follow the next review and find out exactly what’s cooking under that flexible self-healing hood.

In its retail box, the G Flex 2 comes along with a charger, a pair of tangle free headphones with in-ear buds and a microUSB cable for re-charging the device and making data connections.

Let’s take a look at it. The G Flex 2 measures 149.1 x 75.3 x 7.1 mm and has a weight of 152 grams, being significantly smaller than its predecessor. You might also want to know that its flexibility is limited, which means that you can flatten it by applying pressure when it’s facing down, but only for a limited period. I would avoid doing that if I were you and just enjoy its shape as it is. The handset is made from a glossy plastic and features a self healing coat on its back that sends light scratches away in about 10 seconds, but you don’t want to abuse this feature by  chopping vegetables on it or anything like that, as it won’t be able to heal from that kind of treatment. The build quality is great and the phone feels very solid and reliable, just like any other top-notch device should.

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The frontal part of the curved body is dominated by a 5.5 inches Plastic OLED capacitive touchscreen which offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 403 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. LG went further and improved it, supposedly toughening it up by 20%. The P-OLED is used for enabling the screen to be bent, which wouldn’t be possible with a glass layer. The image quality is nothing short of excellent, with gorgeous colors, wonderful contrast and very wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also very good.

The LG G Flex 2 comes loaded with Android’s 5.0.1 Lollipop and will greet you with the company’s Optimus launcher. The lockscreen can be accessed by double taping the display or swiping down on it and can be secured with several options, by PIN, password, pattern or a Knock Code. It holds 5 shortcuts, the clock and your missed notifications.
The homescreens can be customized with effects or themes and hold your shortcuts, widgets or folders. The notification area displays your notifications, along with the quick toggles and a brightness slider. The App drawer is on board too and holds all of your installed applications, which can be uninstalled from here.
The phone also supports dual window, allowing you to use and view two apps at the same time, and you also have the QSlide functionality, which enables you to run applications and resize their windows.
For facilitating the single handed usage of the device, you have a special mode which enables you to position the keyboard, navigation bar and the dialer on the left side or the right.

In terms of hardware support, the LG G Flex 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 810 64-bit chipset, having a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and a quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, Adreno 430 GPU, 2 GB of RAM for the version with 16 GB of internal storage and 3 GB of RAM for the one with 32. The internal memory is expandable for both versions with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The device is one of the best performers that you can find nowadays and will deliver an excellent performance.

In the connectivity package, the LG G Flex 2 offers support for quad-band GSM and 3G, LTE Cat 6, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-FI Direct, Hotspot and DLNA, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP and LE, NFC, a Slimport microUSB 2.0 port which also serves as a USB Host. An Infra-red port is also on board for allowing you to use your device as a remote through the QRemote application.

For snapping pictures, the G Flex 2 holds a 13 MP camera with laser autofocus that takes stills with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and is helped by a dual-LED flash in low light conditions. It also features optical image stabilization, HDR, Panorama, manual settings for adjusting the image quality and all the general good stuff. The image quality found in the photos is excellent, with accurate colors, proper contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also a brilliant performer and will produce some gorgeous 4K videos.
A front-facing 2.1 MP camera also joins the party for enabling you to make video calls or take selfies.

Some other goodies offered by the LG G Flex 2 are two excellent media players for audio and video playback, the Android browser and Google Chrome which offer a flawless browsing experience, LG Health as a fitness application, a file manager, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Now as a personal assistant and much more.

The LG G Flex 2 is kept “alive” by a 3,000 mAh battery and will endure almost two days under a moderate usage.

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