Software - LG Lets the G Flex Down With An Outdated OS
In this world of ever-evolving mobile operating systems, and a partner so close to Google that it builds smartphones for the company, I truly expected the G Flex to rock the latest version on Android out of the box - version 4.4, KitKat.
But no, it did not - instead, we're stuck with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. This isn't a deal breaker, but it certainly is a point that needs to be addressed when looking at purchasing the G Flex smartphone. There are some cool features that LG has baked into UI, such as the knock-on feature that has made the trip on over from the G2.
The knock-on feature allows you to double-tap the screen when the G Flex is off, acting like the power button - turning on the display. If you return to the home screen, and double-tap once again, the G Flex will lock. The problem here is, that the knock-off feature only works at the home screen - meaning if you're in another application such as Facebook, double tapping the screen twice does nothing until you press the home button, and then double-tap.
We also have dual-screen mode, which is actually quite useful - but is something that I don't find myself using on a day-to-day basis. Dual-screen mode allows you to resize and flip screens at whim, simply by holding down the back button for a few seconds - which then displays 14 different native applications that can be used in the dual-screen mode.
You can even do some drag-and-drop using this mode, which comes in handy when you're using something like the Calculator, while in another application.
Let's Take the Camera For a Spin
The 13-megapixel camera on the back of the G Flex took some pretty good photos, with some impressive video to boot. The HDR capabilities are actually impressive, but so is HDR on most cameras and smartphone snappers these days.
Here is a bunch of photos taken on the G Flex; first we'll show off the HDR shots.
The above shot is with HDR disabled.
And again, this time with HDR enabled.
Above, and below, we have some shots using the full auto setting on the G Flex.
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