LG G Flex 2 vs LG G Flex

LG G Flex 2 vs LG G Flex: Interface

Both handsets have LG's custom Optimus UI, but the LG G Flex 2 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, while the LG G Flex is stuck on Android 4.2.2, though there's a fair chance that it will get upgraded eventually.

G Flex interface

As well as the performance improvements and tweaks that come with Lollipop itself, LG has also added some new features to the G Flex 2, such as Glance View, which shows key information, such as the time and notifications, with a downwards swipe, even when the screen is off.

Both the G Flex and G Flex 2 also include older LG features such as Knock Code, which can be used to turn your screen on or unlock your phone with a series of taps.

LG G Flex 2 vs LG G Flex: Battery

One area where the G Flex 2 has actually been downgraded is its battery capacity. While the original G Flex has a 3500 mAh juice pack, the G Flex 2 has just a 3000 mAh unit.

G Flex 2 battery life

Not to worry. The G Flex 2 still has excellent battery life thanks to the efficient Snapdragon 810 chip, Android Lollipop tweaks and smaller screen size.

Running a looped HD video for 90 minutes, the its battery drained by 13%, beating the LG G3 that went down by a whopping 30%. The difference maker was that HD vs Quad HD resolution here.

It doesn't touch the LG G Flex battery, which went down just 6% in the same 90 minutes. But a bonus feature is that the new phone supports fast charging, which delivers a 50% battery boost 40 minutes.

LG G Flex 2 vs LG G Flex: Storage

Both the LG G Flex and the G Flex 2 can come with 32GB of storage, though the G Flex 2 also has a 16GB option, which the original handset doesn't.

But perhaps more importantly the LG G Flex 2 has a microSD card slot with support for a ludicrous 2TB, while the original LG G Flex doesn't even have a port for memory expansion.

LG G Flex 2 vs LG G Flex: Price

The LG G Flex 2 display isn't the only smaller attribute. Its cheaper price makes it more affordable thanks to deals from its two wireless carriers, Sprint in the US and Vodafone in the UK.

G Flex 2

You'll spend fewer bananas on this new version

In the US, it's $250 through Sprint's usual two-year contract. The carrier is currently offering a $50 mail-in rebate, making it $199 and matching the typical price of new flagships. It costs $504 SIM-free. AT&T plans to launch the LG G Flex 2 as well, and Verizon and T-Mobile are rumored to be considering it too.

In the UK, Vodafone has the exclusive rights to the curved phone for the next month. It's £19 for the phone with monthly plans starting at £39.50. There's no SIM-free option yet, but the asking price is likely to hover around £539.

All prices are infinitely better than the original Flex that cost $700 (£690). That's not bad for shedding half an inch in size.

LG G Flex 2 vs LG G Flex: Early verdict

The LG G Flex 2 is a substantial upgrade over the LG G Flex, with more power, a better screen, an improved camera, a tougher build and new software features.

G Flex 2

If you want to go curved, this is a good option

Really, the only areas where the LG G Flex has an edge are the battery size and, perhaps for some people, the screen size.

That said, the smaller 5.5-inch display on the G Flex 2 is likely to have more mainstream appeal than the rather niche original LG G Flex.

It's a trendy looking phone with a proper specs bump, and and a good alternative for early adopters who don't want to deal with Samsung's TouchWiz interface on the microSD-free Samsung Galaxy Edge 6.