LG G Flex 2 review

This curved Android phone flexes with more muscle

LG G Flex 2 review
LG G Flex 2 release date and review

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The G Flex 2 is better than its curved predecessor in every way save for battery life. It packs a 3,000mAh battery instead of the larger 3,500mAh size in its predecessor. You're not going to get two or more days from this handset, but are in the clear for all-day moderate use.

LG G Flex 2 review

TechRadar's smartphone battery life test proved it to last much longer than the LG G3, which also packs a 3,000mAh battery. Running a looped HD video for 90 minutes, the battery drained by 13%, while the G3 went down by a whopping 30%.

The difference? LG G3 is firing up way more pixels on account of its energy-sucking Quad HD display. Plus, to a lesser extent, it's not running the better-optimized Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.

The 6-inch LG G Flex from 2013 dropped by just 6% from a full charge, but the rule of thumb is bigger phone size, bigger battery. The shrunken LG G Flex 2 had to compromise on the size. I just wish LG didn't also settle on a non-removable battery. While the curved phone's back cover can be taken off to access the microSD card slot, there's no way to swap out the battery.

LG G Flex 2 review

Can't swap out the battery

On the plus side, the LG G Flex 2 now features fast-charging capabilities via its included travel charger. It's akin to Motorola's TurboCharger for the Droid Turbo, Moto X and Nexus 6. It charges 50% in 40 minutes, and I was able to reach a full charge in 1 hour and 38 minutes from a completely drained battery.

Matt Swider