LG G Flex unboxing and first impressions

November 21, 2013

    With curved displays starting to pick up a little bit of steam, LG is at the forefront with its own version of the curve. Here’s our unboxing and first impressions of the LG G Flex!

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    Unboxing

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    The box itself is unique looking and eye-catching, and alludes to what we can expect inside, a stylish and good-looking device. Opening the box reveals a delightfully large smartphone, that is curved from top to bottom, unlike the side to side curve of the Samsung Galaxy Round. Its design language closely mimics the LG G2, which is, in a word, excellent.

    LG G Flex Hands on AA (14 of 19)Also included in the box is a SIM-tray tool in the shape of a G, making it quite stylish, a micro-USB cable and AC charging adapter, and a welcome inclusion of earphones, in this case, LG-branded Quad Beat 2 premium earphones. As you may have noticed, a battery isn’t included in the package, as the G Flex features an unibody curved design, making the battery non-removable.

    First impressions

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    Make no mistake — The LG G Flex is a very large device. Though, with its top to bottom curve, your index finger lands at the top of the device nicely. For those with smaller hands, this might present a bit more of a challenge, but I digress. Holding the G Flex is not uncomfortable in any way, and sits pretty snugly in your hand. Despite its size, the uni-body design of the smartphone makes it quite thin. The curved back houses the button layout at the top, and, because of the curve, is very naturally accessible. One of the stand out features of the LG G Flex is the back cover, which incorporates some very novel self-healing tech. This will, of course, be tested thoroughly in the detailed hands-on review that will be coming shortly.

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    The UI experience is similar to what you’d find on the LG G2, with the difference coming in because of the larger display size. With the top to bottom curved configuration, there is almost no rocking while typing, with visible back and forth rocking occurring only when you press down at the extreme ends of the device. Even with different curve configurations compared to the Galaxy Round, the purpose remains the same. In the case of the LG G Flex, slightly easier access and reach to the top of the screen is achievable.

    LG G Flex Hands on AA (15 of 19)This gives us a really good idea of how useful curved displays will be, especially when it comes to smartphones with large displays. Though it’s important to note that it’s ever so slight, and become less obvious with further usage. It still remains a very substantial device.

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    We’ve already seen that the LG G Flex can be made to go completely flat, which is – we can assure you – quite unsettling to do to a $1000 smartphone. Regardless, it takes it like an absolute champ and shows that it is, in fact, a very durable and curious device. While testing it out, we noticed that forcing the device to go flat did take a bit of effort, and when it bounces back, the shape is still retained. The malleability of the G Flex is a good indication towards its amazing build quality.

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    The G Flex is on the heavier side, and with such a large display, will mostly require two-handed use, which isn’t unreasonable considering its size. That being said, the phone does fit in the hand snugly, and as mentioned before, the curve does help the cause of one-handed use slightly. The plastic may be fingerprint prone, but the unibody design makes for a relatively thin device. Overall, the LG G Flex boasts a very nice form factor, and is a great looking device. Just look at those bezels!

    Specs comparison

    Specifications aren’t what makes the LG G Flex stand out, and the only similar device it can be compared to is the Samsung Galaxy Round. Let’s take a look -

     
    Samsung Galaxy Round
    LG G Flex
    Display5.7-inch, Super Flexible AMOLED, 1920 x 1080, 386 ppi 6-inch, Curved P-OLED, 1280 x 720, 245 ppi
    Processor2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Adreno 3302.26 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330
    RAM3 GB2 GB
    Storage32 GB, expandable32 GB, no expansion
    Battery2,800 mAh 3,500 mAh
    Cameras13 MP rear, 2 MP front13 MP rear, 2.1 MP front
    Networks4G LTE-A/GSM4G LTE-A/GSM
    ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, IR, USB 3.0Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, IR, USB 3.0
    OSAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
    Dimensions151.1 x 79.6 x 7.9 mm, 154 grams160.5 x 81.6 x 8.7 mm, 177 grams

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    What is your first impression of the LG G Flex? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! Let us know what to look for in our review. Thanks guys.

    Comments

    • Juan Pasquin

      lo0ks like Galaxy Nexus to me

    • Balraj

      A well made device…
      Just change your ui lg n we have a winner !!!

      • MatiasDuarte

        G Flex is the God phone of the moment. Galaxy Round is a joke, Samsung is embarrassed.

        They could sell so many phones if only they had stock Android. Touchwiz, Sense, LG’s et al, they all suck big time, and these silly companies are investing mega dough in truly sub par software. LG’s is likely the best of the bunch, but even then… OUCH.

        WAKE UP LG Samsung is on the run!

        • Hoggles

          Sorry, but the God phone at the moment, does not have a measly 720p, 245ppi display. I’ll take Sammy’s Round before LGs.

        • Shark Bait

          Stock android sucks too! Even Google makes changes to stock android!

          But your right , sammys and LG OS suck big time . they just look old and cartoony where as sense and Motorola’s look kleen and modern to me

    • 72goojman72

      Specs on the screen really don’t impress me. Only 720p. :-(

    • nishantsirohi123

      the screen could have been smaller
      ppi around 300

    • Noel

      The curve is there so that your fingers can reach the top and bottom of the phone easily… But this is a phone that mostly requires two-handed use. So, what’s the point of this again? Personally, I’m not even remotely interested in this G Flex or Sammy’s Round, and this article has done nothing to change that unfortunately.

    • Shark Bait

      Point well made about being able to reach the screen better. I had always thought curved screens are a bit of a gimmick so to see a real use for them is good!

    • Sanket Sonavane

      agreed build quality and all is great , it flexes etc… but why not have a full hd display and what benefit does it add with the curved screen , nothing makes me jump of my seat and say revolutionary way of viewing the screen or the flex , what does the curved display add to my usage , nothing new.

    • Steven

      … drop test? it would be interesting to see how much abuse that screen can take.

    • BB BB

      Better shape larger battery on 720p for great battery life. The LG Flex is the better looking device of the two curved beasts. Don’t forget the video with the self healing scratch resistant plastic and the heavy weights crushing the phone flat. I don’t think the round is this flexible.

    • http://alphaeus-maximus.blogspot.com/ alphaeus maximus

      good bro! but do you know when LG, will come up with android kit kat?

    • Vasim Tamboli

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