When LG announced the first G Flex smartphone back in October 2013, it was during a rush to accommodate what was thought to be a more natural curving design.
Many consumers agreed that a slight curve would improve the overall feel of using a smartphone, but the idea was kind of dropped. Most smartphones, even from brands that had initially shown a desire to corner the curved market, ended up falling back on the original strange/flat combo.
Reviews were mixed. It felt good against the face, but the size of the screen made it a bit awkward. It also didn’t fit well in the pocket. Both of those issues have been fixed, and some new features mean the G Flex 2 is a much more desirable phone.
At 5.5 inches, it is a little under the standard for devices these days. But the display still packs a punch with 1080 x 1920 pixels, and an impressive 403 PPI. Plus, as mentioned before, the smaller size makes it more comfortable for both gripping and sliding into your pocket.
It is also quite lightweight, weighing in at only 152 grams. This is in part to its ultra slim design, perhaps copying the iPhone 6 in that regard.
Most notable is its inclusion of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 2 Ghz 64-bit processor for its CPU. With NVIDIA announcing the latest Tegra X1 chip, this news will show off its biggest competition.
In theory, this chip should lessen the battery draining qualities of most smartphones.
Depending on the region where you buy it, you will be getting less or more performance. Some models feature 2 GB RAM, others 3 GB RAM. Not only is this disappointing, but it is a really weird choice. Why create two different models based on that single feature alone?
The more standard difference of 16 GB or 32 GB storage will also apply, but that one at least makes sense.
Other features include a 13 MP rear camera, a 2.1 MP front facing camera, Android 5.0 Lollipop, and the ability to expand storage through a microSD up to 2TB. Which is really just showing off, don’t you think?
Ultimately, this smartphone doesn’t do a whole lot different (or anything, if you want to be honest about it). However, it is a solid addition to the LG line, and probably the best you can find, hardware-wise, in the curved smartphone genre.