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LG G Flex Curved Screen Smartphone Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | Phones in Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 2:11 am
TweakTown Rating: 60%Manufacturer: LG

What's Hot

 

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DAT CURVE: The curved display is gorgeous to look at, from the outside at least. It's a feat of engineering and design, and definitely gets you some weird looks in public.

 

It's Blazingly Fast: That's what you'd expect from the Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM. It didn't feel like it was getting slowed down at all.

 

Self-Healing, It's Like a Personal T-1000: The self-healing aspect of the G Flex is a super plus for me. You won't want to take a knife to it, but knowing that it is safer - not invincible - from minor scratches, is a really nice touch.

 

 

What's Not

 

Poor Quality Screen: The curved P-OLED display is impressive for its curves, but not for its resolution or poor pixel density. With just 1280x720, the G Flex isn't swimming in spare pixels, and it's very noticeable. If it were a 1080p display, things would've been much better for the G Flex.

 

It Feels Like an Experimental Handset: It feels like LG had one foot in, and one foot out of the G Flex. For something that sells for $530, I would expect premium all-round, but that's not what is on offer here.

 

It's Too Expensive: For $530, you can get yourself the Nexus 5 with the wireless charger, and some change. Sure, it has a flexible display - but that is not a major selling point at all. If it were a 1080p display, then this would be a different review.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

There were two reasons we don't have benchmarks on the G Flex, first - I didn't have Internet access at home to download all of the required benchmarks, and to update them all. Second, I only had a week with the handset. I do apologize for the lack of benchmarks, but even if the G Flex smashed every benchmark up and above every other device we've ever tested, there is still no way I could recommend this phone to you.

 

I wanted to like the G Flex, I really did - but I just didn't. The G Flex feels great, but the low resolution screen really holds it back from semi-greatness. I don't know what LG was thinking, but to me, it feels like this was somewhat of a flag in the ground for getting the first flexible smartphone on the market.

 

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Smartphone makers are having to do daring things these days, but LG could've done something different with the G Flex. I have a big feeling that LG isn't done with the flexible smartphone scene just yet, with the next-gen G Flex hopefully featuring a high resolution display - if it ever materializes.

 

Maybe LG has hurt consumers too much with the G Flex, I know that I'll be hesitant on it until I get some hands-on time with it. Fool me once, LG...

 

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