LG G Flex 2 review

This curved Android phone flexes with more muscle

LG G Flex 2 review
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The LG G Flex 2 acts like it's the curved version of the LG G3 when it comes to the camera specs. They're exactly the same and, in turn, much better than the first LG G Flex.

LG G Flex 2 review

Alright, it's the same 13-megapixel image sensor as before. But now we've got ourselves a competent camera with LG's speedy laser autofocus, optical image stabilization and dual LED flash. Whether the picture-taker's hand is shaking or the subject is moving, this camera does its best to remedy the situation. The image quality is right up there with current LG's flagship.

LG G Flex 2 review camera

The default camera app from LG is still straightforward without manual adjustments. Instead, returning modes let you get creative with panoramas and dual-lens shots that use the rear and front 2.1-megapixel camera, which never quite works out. Post-shot focus adjustments seems to have been axed from the app as a mode.

New to the LG G Flex 2 is the, for better or worse, increasingly-important selfie camera software, or at least one change to the routine. I was able to snap a selfie by holding an open hand and then forming a fist in the air to trigger the convenient three-second timer. Moving the phone from a high to a low angle to review the shot, the app automatically slides my photo into view, detecting my quick arm motion. It's just that much faster for me to delete the hideous photo.

The front-facing camera has a helpful new selfie functions, though its skin smooth still tries to erase my beard

New selfie shot funtionality comes in handy

I like this natural photo review process, which LG dubs "Gesture Shot," when using the front-facing camera. I still can't stand the skin smoothing slider that is automatically set to a medium four (out of eight). This "beauty bar" looks like every selfie I take is airbrushed in the worst possible way. Of course, reducing the slider to zero every time and taking a comparatively gritter-looking photo leaves me not wanting to take selfies at all. Maybe that's for the best.

Matt Swider