I received a LG G-Flex Phablet from AT&T to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own. #ATTSeattle
The second I picked up the LG G-Flex, the first thing I noticed was the curvature. I was completely shocked at just how much that small curve changed how the phone felt in my hand and in my pocket. Unlike other phablets like the Lumia 1520, the Galaxy Note 3, and even the Galaxy Round, the LG G-Flex‘s curvature fit super comfortably in my pocket, even when sitting down. Additionally, the phone is thin enough so that it doesn’t protrude like a lot of other phones of its size.
To put into further into perspective, I recently starting riding a motorcycle for commuting and having the LG G-Flex in my jean pocket while riding causes me no discomfort at all, in fact by placing it slightly at an angle, the phone wraps around my leg and I sometimes even forget it is there.
Having picked up the phone with no prior knowledge to any of its features I was pleasantly surprised by the refreshing design. At first I found it a bit weird that LG would make a phone with no buttons on the front or side. For as long as I can remember, all phones have had front facing or side buttons, so this was something completely new to me. My first thought on this was, “I have to reach around the back to turn it on? WHAT!?!.”
But the LG G-Flex has an intuitive double screen tap feature, meaning tap on it twice and the screen activates, tap it twice again and it turns off. The power button which is located on the back of the phone doubles as a LED notification light as well. This along with the rear facing buttons are my favorite features on the LG G-Flex. Thanks to the curvature of the phone, the speaker which is located on the back plate, is kept free and clear so music is clear and crisp.
The LG G-Flex is AT&T’s first curved screen device. It offers an incredible LTE connection, a 6=inch OLED screen display, dual window functionality, a 3500 mAh battery, double tap screen activation and no front facing or side buttons. The volume control and power buttons are located on the back of the phone and because of the LG G-Flex’s curved shape, the buttons never touch the surface it’s laying on.
The LG G-Flex also has a Dual window functionality, meaning you can have two app running at the same time. It’s easy to activate by holding down the back button to get a list of apps available to use. Alternatively, you can press and hold the home button and activate it by pressing the dual window option. This is great for when I use the phone for games and other apps, since I have a 6in screen it allows me plenty of screen room to have to apps side by side without any viewing issues. I can also turn my apps into floating windows and re-size them as I want. Although I don’t really fool around with this feature a lot, it is interesting to see that smartphones GUI’s are adding more and more PC based interfaces to them.
The LG G-Flex is very comparable to other phablets of its range, containing a 13MP camera on the back and 2.1MP with full 1080P video capture. One drawback is that although you can record in 1080p the playback on the phone is only 720p, seeing that most high end phablets run everything on 1080p these days it is a bit weird the LG G-Flex is only at 720p. You can really notice it if you compare it to say the Galaxy S5 where the screen is incredibly sharp and you can really see the color contrast. The LG G-Flex allows you to do dual recording and dual camera shots, meaning use both cameras at the same time to include yourself in whatever you are recording or snapping, and you can also zoom on pre-recorded video which I never thought about doing before, not sure if other phones have that particular functionality, I will have to look into it.
One worry I had was that because of its curved body that the LG G-Flex would be prone to scratches, but LG did it right this time, using a new scratch resistant and self-healing plastic that covers both the back of the phone and the front screen which makes his a very durable and sturdy phone. Speaking of durable, the LG G-Flex has a new 3500 mAh thin battery giving it one hell of a long lasting battery. I was able to get 1-2 days of continuous use before I had to recharge it.
As with all AT&T phones it comes pre-loaded with a lot of AT&T apps and even more tools from Android. Sadly the LG G-Flex is not running the new KitKat Android OS and there is no time table for when it will, but so far I haven’t had any issues using Jelly Bean and even though the LG G-Flex only has 32gb of memory I am not too worried. I added over 15gb of music, movies and videos, taken over 1000 pictures, and downloaded dozens of different apps and have noticed little to no difference in performance.
The LG G-Flex has its drawbacks and has plenty of room for improvement, but as the first curved screen phablet I have gotten my hands on it does its job remarkably well and I am very impressed with it. I have decided to make the LG G-Flex my main phone over the Samsung Galaxy S5 because of its larger size and curved screen.
If you are looking for a phablet that can handle everything you throw at it then look to the LG G-Flex because it can handle whatever you throw at it and heal itself in the process. You can find more information on the LG G-Flex at the AT&T website,