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LG G Flex review

The future of smartphones is here, but don't get too excited

I wanted to love the LG G Flex, I really did. When it was first announced I was stupidly excited - a flexible smartphone! A self healing back! It was the stuff of dreams - sadly, like most of my dreams, it failed to come true.

This could be the phone we look back on in five years time and herald as a game changer, but for now the LG G Flex is more of an extravagance than anything else.

We liked

The battery life on the LG G Flex is incredible. Seriously, I haven't been this impressed with the battery life on a smartphone for years.


It will just keep on going and going and for that I must applaud LG - for too long have I been suffering at the hands of 18 hour batteries.

The camera on the G Flex is also pretty decent and you can take some nice shots with it, plus the inclusion of 4K video recording is a nice touch - even if a 4K TV is still way, way out of my price range.

We disliked

The price. It's the biggest stumbling block for the LG G Flex and it's ultimately the reason why I'm finding it hard to recommend.

For £600 you can have the pick of pretty much any other smartphone on the market, but you'll need to shell out more than that for a SIM-free G Flex, with its distinctly average screen. If I'm spending that much I want the screen to dazzle me.

There's a place in my heart for the flexible design of the G Flex, but realistically speaking it doesn't offer any genuinely useful additional functionality and that's a real disappointment.

Verdict

This biggest issue I have with the LG G Flex is the fact that it's impossible to recommend.

A sky high price tag means the LG G Flex is immediately out of many people's price range and while the "flexible" nature of the phone is certainly interesting, in it's current form it's little more than a gimmick.

Want a top of the line LG smartphone? Then buy the G2. Want a large screened handset? Then take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Nokia Lumia 1520.

All are cheaper than the LG G Flex, but none are inferior in terms of power, features or experience.

The only real USP is the slightly flexible, curved design which is innovative, but it's just not worth the considerable outlay the G Flex's price tag commands.

First reviewed: February 2014

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE
SAR Value0.38 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyG Flex
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 900, LTE 1800, LTE 2100, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution13 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Battery Talk Time15 Hour
Product ModelD955
Screen Size15.2 cm (6")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)177 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density245 ppi
Front Camera Resolution2.1 Megapixel
SIM Size SupportedMicro
Height160.5 mm
Width81.6 mm
Depth8.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time720 Hour
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameG Flex D955 Smartphone
Processor Speed2.26 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 800
Product LineG Flex
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberF340L
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing Information

Ergonomic Curved Design

In portrait orientation, LG G Flex follows the curvature of your face, enhancing voice quality by reducing the gap between the mic and your mouth. And, when held in the landscape position, it is the perfect platform for watching movies or playing games.

Intuitive Rear Key

The LG G Flex's rear key is cleverly placed directly under the index finger when held in-hand making it easy to use with convenient shortcuts and volume control.

Self-Healing Back Cover

The self-healing coating of LG G Flex's back cover will protect it from scratches that come from daily use, so it maintains a clean, like-new appearance.
Standard Memory2 GB