Looking Around the G Flex
When pulling the G Flex out of the box for the first time, the size is kind of intimidating. But, we live in a world of 5-inch and bigger smartphones thanks to Samsung's Galaxy Note range of handsets. The G Flex cranks it up a notch, up to 6 inches.
Looking around the G Flex, we see LG has used its innovative rear-key system, something it used on the G2. This means that the power button and volume button are on the rear of the phone, where your fingers would naturally sit during a phone call.
We also have some huge 4G LTE branding on the back, too.
The back of the G Flex is where all the action is, with the 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash up top, just above the power and volume buttons.
Down at the bottom, we have some LG branding and the speaker.
On the bottom of the G Flex, we have the 3.5mm jack for audio, and the micro USB for charging and syncing. To the left of the G Flex, we have the SIM card tray.
How Does It Feel?
LG has used a contoured design with the G Flex obviously, so it does actually feel quite good in the hand. I have medium-sized hands, and even to me, it feels quite big. I actually got used to the 6-inch quite quickly, noticing this when I went back to the 4.95-inch screen on the Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 felt like an iPhone compared to the G Flex, a feeling I haven't had in quite some time.
Using it for phone calls felt a bit ridiculous, as it is getting very close to tablet territory - I personally consider 7 inches the beginning of tablets, so being just 1 inch smaller than a 7-inch tablet, it feels weird holding it up to your ear.
The unique button placement is great when you're in phone calls, but it takes a few days of using it to remember to not press along the side of the smartphone, but on the back. Once you do, it really does change the way you use the G Flex, making it much easier to adjust the in-call volume.
Let's get this right - the G Flex ain't no T-1000 - it's not going to take a bullet and morph back into its original shape.
LG used a self-healing finish on the back of the G Flex, a coating that has found its way onto cars, but is now being baked onto smartphones and other consumer electronics. The self-heating feature of the G Flex will see small scratches and other slight marks disappear, or heal, something that LG thought would be a good idea because a curved phone is more prone to scratches and marks.
I didn't want to grab out a samurai sword to the G Flex, but I did use a normal kitchen knife on the rear of the G Flex, scratching it. To my surprise, there was nothing - I didn't think that I was applying enough pressure - who would, when was the last time you took a knife to your expensive gadget? - so I tried again.
I started scratching lines into the G Flex, ever so slightly, lines that were showing up barely - but I could make them out. I showed the G Flex to a friend of mine who was near me when I was doing it, who noticed the cuts. Within days, the cuts disappeared - and as I wrote this review (about two weeks after I had 'sliced' the phone) - the scratches are completely gone.
This is something I would normally take pictures of, but I don't want to go around recommending that you scratch your phone - where doing so, you actually leave a mark that is permanent. My recommendation would be to not test this, as it is something that someone like me would tell you about - something that you don't need to test for yourself. But, there are always the curious...
Just How Good Is That Curved Display?
The 6-inch curved screen is great for watching videos, or playing around on YouTube, as it is curved and massive. The curved side of things gives you a great screen to watch when laying down in bed, or showing a video to someone, and having 6 inches of screen in your hands for watching content is simply great.
Where it begins to lose its greatness, is its low resolution. You don't notice it at first, but when you directly compare a Full HD panel next to the 720p on the G Flex, you really see it. Even on the home screen, you can see that the pixel density is low - considering we have a pixel density of just 245 PPI, compared to something like the 4.95-inch screen on the Nexus 5 with 445 PPI.
This is where the G Flex begins to lose its charm, its biggest strength, it's also its Achilles heel.
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