LG G Flex review

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

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The LG G Flex comes equipped with the same 13MP rear facing camera that you'll find on the LG G2, while the front also sports the same 2.1MP snapper.

That puts the G Flex in pretty good stead from the off, as the G2 performed well during its in-depth review.

LG has stuffed the camera app full of features on the G Flex, but when you start it up everything is set to automatic, and to be honest for most photos these settings will be fine.

However for the more budding photographers out there the G Flex offers an array of options including various modes such as beauty shot, burst, panorama, night and sports.

LG G Flex review

There are also more advanced features such as "shot & clear", which allows you to cut an object out of a photo - such as a stray passer by - and "time catch shot" which can give your image a ghostly movement sequence.

Tap the settings cog to the side of the viewfinder and you'll find even more options to play with, such as ISO, white balance, brightness, focus and three simple colour effects (sepia, negative and mono).

With the LG G Flex being as large as it is, and with no dedicated shutter key down the side it's welcoming to see the option of using the rear volume keys as shutter buttons (or zoom controls).

This makes it easier to snap a picture as you're not attempting to hit an onscreen button - however their proximity to the lens on the back of the G Flex means my fingers strayed into shot every now and then.

Another frustration was the inability to silence the shutter tone without putting the whole phone on silent.

I don't want to have to change my volume settings every time I take a photo, I just don't want it to make a really loud "snap" every time I hit the shutter.

Shutter speed is rapid, with the G Flex focussing immediately and taking the picture - although I did find when I needed the flash things took longer as it sorted out the lighting.

For day to day snaps the LG G Flex won't let you down, providing shots with excellent detail and decent colour reproduction - plus the range of features on offer means you can tweak your pictures no end.

Low light shooting is still a little bit patchy, but we're yet to see a smartphone really nail this environment and once again the flash is always there to help you out - although it tends to over power the shot.

The LG G Flex doesn't hit the heights of the 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020, but it falls in line with the likes of the Galaxy S4, Xperia Z1 and G2 without issue.

As well as taking some decent photos, you can also use the LG G Flex to record UHD (ultra high definition) video - that's a 3840 x 2160 resolution which will play nicely with any 4K TV or monitor you have knocking about. Not so great though on the 720p display on the G Flex.

There are considerably fewer options available to you when you switch from camera to video mode, but you can still adjust brightness, white balance and anti-shake controls.

A couple of clever modes have been included here, including "tracking zoom" which allows you to film a whole scene and select a part of it to pull into a separate zoomed-in window.

Another is dual recording, which uses both the front and rear facing cameras to capture two video streams at once. I struggle to see when you'd actually want to use it, but it's a neat feature.

LG G Flex review
The LG G Flex performed well under floodlights

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Images tend to have a good level of detail and colours are strong

LG G Flex review
The G Flex does struggle a little variable lighting conditions

LG G Flex review
The G Flex is able to get up close with a decent macro mode

LG G Flex review
The front facing camera is passable, but don't expect anything special

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