LG G Flex2 Deals
LG's latest curved phone is the successor to the original LG G Flex. One year on from its predecessor, critics are hailing this as what the original should have been in the first place. Read our description in the tab below to find out what's changed, what's improved and why you should consider buying it. And if you're ready to get your hands on it, start comparing deals below:
If you like to stand out from the crowd you're in for a treat. Unlike conventional candy bar form factor smartphones which usually come in drab grays and gunmetal, the LG G Flex 2 comes in “flamenco red” (the other option is still a bland gray, unfortunately) with a unique flexible OLED display and chassis. Although this bendy phone isn't for everyone and there are plenty of doubters still out there, here are some compelling reasons why you would want one, over and above your desire to just be different to everyone else.
One thing you'll notice if you still use your smartphone to talk a lot, the bendy form factor fits much more snugly against the side of your face when you engage in prolonged conversations. This is not something most people will appreciate until they've tried it, but once they do, they'll wonder why couldn't all phones be curved so that it matches the contours of your face better?
Aside from the bendy party trick up its sleeve, the LG G Flex 2 shares the same design DNA common to all current generation LG premium phones. Fans of chic, subtle design will find plenty to like here, including some new twists on human computer interaction innovations to make an adjustment on how they control their devices and get used to in everyday operations.
LG were the first manufacturer to move the power and volume rocker switches to the back of the phone, below the camera and autofocus module. This leaves the side profile of all LG devices clean, svelte and devoid of distractions, and it particularly suits the LG G Flex 2 to a tee as it flaunts its curvy side profile.
Like the bendy feature, the buttons placed on the back of the phone takes some getting used to, but trust me, once you do you'll never go back. If like me, your index finder naturally cradles the back of the phone when you're holding it anyway, why doesn't every smartphone manufacturer follow LG and place their power and volume buttons on the back?
Right, let's now get down to the nitty-gritty details of the LG G Flex 2's specs. Foremost amongst the changes from last year, the screen has shrunk from the 6 inch beast to a more manageable 5.5 inch P-OLED screen. Don't think of this as a downgrade though, as the full HD 1080p panel is now 403 pixels per linear inch, up from last year's 245 ppi. In practice this means the image is sharper, crisper and that much clearer. The colour gamut is crisp and bright with deep blacks and mostly punchy colours that'll draw your eyes in even closer.
Under the hood we have the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, the beastly 2 GHz octa-core chipset, which makes its first appearance ever on the LG G Flex 2. There have been some unsubstantiated reports of overheating with this new chipset, but these teething issues have been resolved by LG and I experienced none of the reported symptoms and issues. I won't bore you with geeky statistics, but suffice to say using industry standard benchmarks (with no cheating, unlike some other handset manufacturers!) the LG G Flex 2 comfortably beat many of its peers such as the iPhone 6 Plus, the 2014 Moto X, and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Having 2 GBs of RAM on board also helps, but this is pretty much standard these days with premium phones.
Another significant upgrade from last year's G Flex is the improved 13-megapixel rear camera. We know this is good because it came straight off LG's flagship G3 premium smartphone. I think LG did the right thing here, because rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, they've rightly admitted the previous camera wasn't great and simply not good enough. Taking the same sensor from its bigger sibling may also make economic sense – I guess LG were able to negotiate better unit prices with its component suppliers this way.
In practice the combination of the G3 sensor and a high-speed laser autofocus system makes the Flex2 a clear improvement. Under normal use I was able to snap crisp and detailed shots, with well-exposed output in most cases. Under low light conditions it fares equally well, unlike some other “premium” phones which I could mention but won't.
Battery and Performance
I was able to average out around 13 hours of pretty intensive use daily with the Flex 2. I expect as the novelty factor starts wearing off after prolonged use, I will be whipping it out less and less so average battery life may extend throughout the day. However, running through each charge and recharge cycle on a daily basis will degrade the battery cell over the lifetime of the phone, so I guess the two effects will cancel each other out over time and I'm always stuck with the 13 hours daily use limit. On consideration, I don't think I'm an atypical user, and if I'm happy with this being just right for my active day, I guess so will everyone else.
Android™ 5.0 Lollipop
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 processor with (integrated) 64-bit Octa-Core CPU
149.1 x 75.3 x 8.9
5.5 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels