LG G Flex 2 review

LG has produced something eye-catching in the G Flex 2 with its self-healing back. We went hands on to see if it can back up this unique features.
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LG G Flex 2 review

The LG G Flex 2 is a phone destined to turn heads and get people talking, thanks to its unique curved design. And its self-healing back is something that has to be seen to be believed.

But does this phone have anything else to back up these eye-catching features? Is it just as impressive behind the scenes? We took a good look, and without wanting to give too much away, we were pretty impressed.

PROS

  • A really great looking phone with a unique curved design
  • Runs on the fastest, most powerful processor around – the Snapdragon 810
  • Self-healing back. Light scratches disappear in ten seconds

CONS

  • Front-facing camera is only 2.1MP. There are better selfie cameras out there
  • Volume and power buttons on the back take time to get used to
  • Minimum brightness level could be a little lower for night time reading


LOOK & FEEL

The LG G Flex 2 looks amazing, thanks to its unique curved design. This is a phone that gets everyone talking as soon as they see it. If you want to be the centre of attention, you may just have met your perfect match.

All the buttons are at the rear, which gives the phone design a nice, clean look – but it takes a little getting used to. More than once, we unintentionally turned the power off when trying to adjust the volume.

The idea of a curved phone might seem a bit strange, but it actually feels really comfortable and easy to hold. It’s slightly smaller than the original Flex, so it’s now much more comfortable to hold and use with just one hand. And the curve means that the microphone is closer to your mouth when you make a call.

This phone doesn’t just curve, it flexes too. Just a little, but enough to protect it if you accidentally drop it, sit on it, or even stand on it.

The protection doesn’t end there though. Just like the first Flex, this phone comes with a near magical self-healing back, and it’s even more impressive than before. Scratches that would have taken ten minutes to disappear from the original Flex now disappear from the LG G Flex 2 in as little as ten seconds. This works for the kind of light scuffs and scratches you might get from leaving your phone in the same pocket as a set of keys. Deeper scratches will probably still leave a mark, so we recommend that you resist the temptation of testing out this feature too often.

The LG G Flex 2 has a great looking 5.5-inch HD screen, much sharper than the one on the old G Flex. It’s made from plastic OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode), technology that produces screens so thin they’re actually bendable. What’s more, it makes for a beautifully clear and natural looking display with vivid colours, deeper blacks and great contrast.

HOW IT WORKS

The LG G Flex 2 is one of the fastest and most powerful smartphones around. This is because it’s the first phone to use the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which makes it noticeably faster and smoother to use than other, less powerful phones.

Another great thing about the phone is that it’s running Android Lollipop, Google’s newest operating system – so you know you’re getting the most up-to-date design and loads of new features, including a power saving mode that can extend your battery life by up to 90%.

CAMERA

The LG G Flex 2 has the same 13MP (megapixel) camera as the original G Flex, but it’s actually much improved thanks to a couple of brand new features: optical image stabilisation and laser autofocus. Optical image stabilisation means that even if you take a picture and your hand isn’t quite steady, your photo will look pin sharp. And with laser autofocus, you can start snapping away without a moment’s delay – perfect for capturing any unexpected moments.

For selfie fans, there’s a 2.1MP camera. It’s not a poor camera by any means, but it didn’t exactly blow us away with its quality. There were a couple of features we really liked though…

First of all, gesture control, where you hold your camera in front of you, put your hand up and make a fist. This begins a three second countdown until your photo gets automatically taken.

And the convenience doesn’t end there. To instantly check your selfie (that’s what we all do, right?), instead of tapping through to your camera roll, you just need to bring the camera down and hold it level to be given an automatic preview of your pic.

HOW IT RUNS

The LG G Flex 2 has an impressively big battery, certainly enough to keep it going all day even if you’re using it regularly. The 3,000mAh cell also has a really useful fast-charging feature, allowing you to charge it from flat to 50% in just 40 minutes – so you won’t be constantly waiting for it to charge.

The phone comes with either 16GB or 32GB memory, more than enough to store loads of apps, photos and even a few videos. Plus you’ve got the option of increasing the storage capacity by inserting a microSD card. The biggest microSD cards readily available are 128GB, suitable for downloading entire TV seasons and dozens of movies onto your phone if you’re a bit of a film buff.

OUR VERDICT

We’re not quite convinced that curved smartphones are about to take over the world, and that phones with straight edges are a thing of the past. But we’ve got to admit, we’re rather taken with the LG G Flex 2. It looks fantastic, feels great and contains some of the newest technology available. It’s powered by the fastest processor in the world, and uses the latest Google operating system.

LG has corrected the few flaws of the first model (reducing the size to make it feel more comfortable for example), and they’ve come up with a phone that we think is likely to be considered one of the best of 2015.

If you’ve any questions or comments on the new LG G Flex 2, feel free to leave a message below.

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