LG G Flex review

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

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Clearly the biggest feature of the LG G Flex is its curved chassis and ability to actually flex - if only very slightly - which we've already covered.

It's not just its seal-healing, bending body that the G Flex has going for it though - there's more.

Eye candy

LG has equipped the G Flex with a mammoth 6-inch display, which matches the effort on the Nokia Lumia 1520 and is only dwarfed by the gargantuan Sony Xperia Z Ultra which boats a 6.4-inch screen.

Sadly the G Flex doesn't quite match up to its rivals, as its 720 x 1280 resolution doesn't compete with the full HD offerings on the current crop of phablets on the market.

This means the G Flex has a 245ppi pixel density, making it at least 100ppi poorer than the One Max, Lumia 1520 and Galaxy Note 3.

LG G Flex review

That difference is almost immediately noticeable, especially if you're switching from a full HD smartphone to the G Flex.

I was using the full HD, 424ppi LG G2 before starting my G Flex review and from the word go I was moaning about the poor screen quality.

Images are noticeably grainy, app icons are pixelated and text looks a little blurred, which detracts from the whole user experience.

LG G Flex review

There is, of course, space in the market for smartphones with lower resolution displays, but the G Flex is one of the most expensive devices around and when you're paying top dollar you want the best.

When it comes to screen quality though, the LG G Flex is some way off the best.

Slight of hand

As I've already highlighted the LG G Flex is a sizeable device which can be a little tricky to manage in one hand, but LG has tried to combat this issue with a few handy interface tweaks.

First up is gesture control which includes LG's Knock On screen technology. This allows you to double tap the screen to wake it, saving you from fumbling around for that power/lock key on the rear of the G Flex.

LG G Flex review

When browsing around the phone, double tap the notification bar and the G Flex will lock, turning the screen off in the process.

This is a feature I much enjoyed on the LG G2 and I'm pleased to see it make the transition to the G Flex, as it's a much easier way to lock and unlock your phone.

That's not all from the gesture side of things though. You can also elect to have the G Flex answer a call when you bring the handset to your ear, decreasing your ringtone volume when you pick it up and silence a call by simply turning the phone over.

These save you from having to locate those rear buttons on the sizeable body of the G Flex, plus you can opt to use motion control to pause video, move apps between homescreens and even silence your alarm.

I found the gestures surrounding phone calls, and the Knock On function, to be very useful, although I rarely found a need for gestures when it came to app movements or pausing video as both are easier to do with a finger.

Look mum, one hand!

Another way to make the LG G Flex easier to handle in one hand is to dive into the one-hand operation menu in settings.

LG G Flex review

Here you can shrink the keyboard, dial pad and your lockscreen pin/pattern on the LG G Flex, making them hug either the left or right side of the screen depending on the hand you're holding it in.

This works nicely for the dialpad and your pin/pattern, as you don't have to overstretch your fingers to get to the other side of the screen, and while the concept is also welcome for the keyboard it does become rather cramped.

If you want to tap out a message quickly you're still better off grasping the G Flex with both hands and using your thumbs on the full size offering.

Something I found rather useful was the ability to easily align the navigation buttons to the left, right or centre - just swipe across the bar and the buttons will jump in the direction of your finger.

This meant my thumb could easily access the back button without an awkward shuffle in the hand, reducing the potential of dropping the G Flex.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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