LG G Flex review

Do real phones have curves? We test this phablet to find out

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The camera on the LG G Flex is excellent. It's a 13MP shooter, just like the LG G2, and it produces admirable results.

The camera software is still a little confusing at first, but once you fiddle with all the buttons and features for a while, you'll get the hang of it.

Each shooting mode on the camera comes with a brief description from LG, and you have the option to turn those tips off if you'd like (e.g. Dynamic Tone will tell you that it's an HDR feature and give you info on what HDR is).

Image quality is pretty good. Colors look natural, and edges and lines are sharp. Dynamic range is decent, but even better when you shoot in the aforementioned Dynamic Tone mode, or HDR.

Actually, HDR is very impressive on the LG G Flex. In the most extreme light/dark scenes, it manages to get a good amount of detail in shadow and highlight regions. I rarely see this kind of performance without terrible color reproduction or halos around edges, but the G Flex manages it quite well.

The software is also fast, so it's rare that you'll ever miss any shots. The time it takes to load up the camera is usually fast, and going from shot to shot is quick, too. There is even a burst mode if you're taking fast action shots.

You'll also have the ability to shoot still photos while you're recording video, which is nice if you want to keep a picture of the action while you're recording.

Here are some photo samples.

LG G Flex review

LG G Flex review

LG G Flex review

LG G Flex review

LG G Flex review

LG G Flex review

Video

Video quality is OK, but it could be a lot better. The LG G Flex records 1080p HD video at 30fps or 60fps, but you also have the option to record in 720p.

We're curious to know what, if any, image stabilization is at work when recording videos. They seem to be a little jerky, but they hold up quite when you're panning around.

Sound quality is decent, and LG gives you the option to really zone in on your sound source by zooming in that area. It's not the best combination of sound and video when it comes to creativity, but if sound is more important than video in those cases, it works decently.

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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