LG G Flex review

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

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The original

The original Samsung Galaxy Note started the phablet craze we're witnessing today and the Galaxy Note 3 is the latest instalment in the Korean firm's supersized smartphones.

Bundled with the S Pen stylus, the Galaxy Note 3 already has an advantage over the G Flex when it comes to handwriting recognition and note taking.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the flagship phablet

Samsung has also stuffed the Note 3 full of eye, hand and heading tracking technology - so if you don't fancy touching the screen all that often you'll want to check it out.

The Note 3 isn't a great deal cheaper than the G Flex, but it does boast a full HD, 5.7-inch display, an extra GB of RAM and a microSD card slot for expanding on the internal storage making it an all round better offer.

The Galaxy Note 3 is becoming mainstream, so if you fancy a smartphone that's going to turn heads the G Flex is the one. If you just want to get things done then plump for the Note 3.

Unique, in a different way

While the LG G Flex has its curved, flexible chassis the Sony Xperia Z Ultra has a massive screen. Seriously, it's huge - a whole 6.44 inches of real estate makes this device more tablet than smartphone.

That whopping great body is also dust- and waterproof, meaning you can happily whip it out in a thunderstorm or take it in the bath and watch a movie while soaking in the tub.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a huge handset

The trade off however is the Z Ultra's size. It's large, unwieldy and will stretch your pockets to their limits - I found the G Flex tricky enough at times to manage and the Xperia Z Ultra just enhances the issue.

If you want a decent camera on your smartphone you're better off going for the G Flex, as its 13MP snapper trumps the 8MP offering on the Z Ultra.

However if you fancy a small tablet which you can make the occasional call on, and use a normal pencil as a stylus (I kid you not!), then the Xperia Z Ultra may be the one for you.

Copy cat

The LG G Flex is basically a bigger, more flexible LG G2 with a lower screen resolution. The two phones share the same processor, GPU, RAM, cameras, operating system and interface. Heck they even have the same buttons-on-the-back set up.

The LG G2 has two key advantages however; price and screen. In fact a SIM-free G2 will cost you around £200 less than the G Flex, and for that you get a 5.2-inch, full HD display with a 424ppi pixel density.

Think of the LG G2 as a smaller, higher def G Flex

Compare that to the 720p, 245ppi 6-inch screen on the G Flex and the G2 makes a very convincing case for itself.

I also find the G2 much easier to manage in one hand, while I'm always worried that the G Flex may slip from my grasp as I shuffle its long body in my hand as I desperately claw at the notification bar at the top of the screen.

The G2 can't compete when it comes to battery life though, with the LG G Flex's 3500mAh comfortably outstripping the 3000mAh offering in its smaller brother.

If you fancy a top LG smartphone then go for the G2 - it's cheaper, just as powerful and easier to wield.


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