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LG G Flex review: Ahead of the curve

         

GSMArena group, thirteen December 2013.

Introduction

With so many flagship “plus ones” in the market, it is clean to peer one thing really progressive. The LG G Flex is curved like a Beckham free kick and has a versatile monitor and battery, together with a novel self-therapeutic coating on the again.

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LG G Flex official images

The LG G Flex is curved top to bottom and, as the name suggests, it can flex. It’s not bendable like rubber, you have to really put some muscle to it. It’s quite impressive all the same, as nothing about phones is flexible, not the screen glass, not the screen itself, nor the motherboard or battery. Oh well, they didn’t use to be.

Key features

  • Unique curved design
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; CDMA and 1xEV-DO
  • Quad-band 3G with HSPA; Penta-band LTE Cat. 4
  • 6″ 16M-color 720p curved POLED capacitive touchscreen; Gorilla glass
  • Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean; LG Optimus UI
  • Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset
  • 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, geo-tagging, Intelligent Auto, Time catch shot, smart shutter and VR panoramas
  • 1080p video recording @ 60fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound; HDR mode, Dual recording, optical image stabilization
  • 2.1 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
  • 32GB of built-in storage, 24GB user-available
  • microUSB port, USB host support, USB on-the-go, SlimPort TV-out
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Voice commands
  • Multi-tasking with Dual Window, mini-apps with optional transparency (QSlide)
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Non-replaceable 3,500mAh Li-Po battery
  • IR emitter for remote control of home appliances

Main disadvantages

  • Screen has low ppi, issues
  • Rather large device even for a phablet
  • No optical image stabilization for the camera
  • The hardware controls at the back take some time getting used to
  • No microSD slot
  • Non-replaceable battery

LG leaned on its component manufacturing skills and created a Plastic OLED (POLED) screen that’s flexible (more so than the G Flex itself). The next step is a curved, flexible Lithium Polymer battery (a world first). Despite its odd shape and 8.7mm thickness of the phone, the battery has a respectable 3,500mAh capacity.

The screen measures the massive 6″, but the curve of the device helps the ergonomics. While it impresses with size and flexibility, the screen has only 720p resolution (245ppi). Here’s hoping that the new technology makes up for the lacking density.

While flexible screens and batteries might become more popular with wearable devices (say a smartwatch that wraps around your wrist), the next trick might become standard for all sorts of devices – the coating on the back can heal itself if scratched. This will put an end to all the silly cases and protectors that just make phones thick and ugly.

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LG G Flex in our workplace

Past the breaking information, the LG G Flex is solely the phablet model of the LG G2 with a Snapdragon 800 chipset, 13MP camera (no OIS although), Optimus UI gestures and up to date multitasking (with a break up-reveal choice). It even has the trademark hardware controls on the again. The Optimus G Professional is getting somewhat previous and small and the LG Vu three is a distinct segment product with its four:three display, so some other phablet is a welcome boost to LG’s fleet.

The LG G Flex title will outlive the device itself – years from now we are going to be protecting versatile devices or ones with self-therapeutic end and we will add “just like the LG G Flex pioneered again in 2013”. However we’re no longer there but, for now which you can learn extra in regards to the Flex’s design and construct on the subsequent web page.