The LG G Flex is now the newest LG smartphone on the market and perhaps one of the company's most innovative. The LG G Flex is a supposedly indestructible, self-healing, 6-inch curved flexible screen smartphone with the trademark back buttons of the LG G2. The unique device has some specs and features in common with the smaller LG G2 flagship, but it is also distinctly different in many areas. Some users may be wondering which device they should get if they have to choose between the innovative LG G Flex and the powerful LG G2.
The LG G Flex is distinctly different than the LG G2 in a few key ways, for one it has a significantly larger 6-inch HD 1280 x 720 curved P-OLED Real RGB display which is flexible, bendable and can handle up to 88 pounds of weight on its back panel without breaking. This is the unique point and selling feature of the LG G Flex in addition to the fact that the back panel is self-healing, able to cover over scratches. By contrast the LG G2 has a much more modest 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD display which is the standard non-curved, non-flexible display found on most devices on the market. The LG G2 display is of better quality, 1080p compared to the 720p of the LG G Flex. In addition to that the 5.2-inch LG G2 is easier to use and hold with more modest dimensions of 5.45 x 2.79 x. 0.35 inches and a weight of 5.04 oz. The LG G Flex by contrast has a heftier bulk of 6.3 x 2.3 x 0.35 inches and a weight of 6.24 oz making it more unwieldy to use and hold. Some users have reported that the curved display does make it easier to put the LG G Flex in your pocket despite its size.
In other regards the two devices look similar in terms of their specs and hardware under the hood. The LG G Flex has a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip clocked at 2.26GHz with a Krait CPU and 2GB of RAM. It also has a 13-megapiel rear facing camera and a 2.1-megapixel front facing camera, a large 3,500mAh non-removable battery and 32GB of internal storage. The similarities also extend to the design with the LG G Flex boasting the same rear facing back volume rockers and power button as well as presumably the double tap feature that was popular to wake up the LG G2. LG does seem to have taken into account that the large size of the LG G Flex may be off-putting for some users by incorporating Dual Window which divides the screen into two separate apps to make one handed use or multitasking easier. Other similarly large phablets have done reasonably well and these include the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the 5.9-inch HTC One Max and the staggering 6.4-inch Sony Z Ultra.
Taking a look at the aforementioned specs show that the LG G Flex and LG G2 are almost identical. The LG G2 similarly has a quad-core Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear facing camera, 2-megapixel front facing camera, a 3,000mAh battery, 32GB internal storage with possibility for further expansion through a microSD card. Both devices start off running Android 4.2 JellyBean though we know the LG G2 is confirmed to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update by the end of this month. We haven't gotten confirmation that the LG G Flex will get the Android 4.4 KitKat update but we imagine that LG will at least make an attempt to do it.Still carrier updates are hard to predict so don't count on the LG G Flex having reliable update support if it doesn't sell well.
The main sticking point for choosing the LG G Flex over the LG G2 will be the price. We don't have the AT&T and T-Mobile pricing, though the LG G Flex will be making its way to those carriers. On Sprint the LG G2 costs a heavy $300 with a 2-year contract, if you choose to use the Sprint Easy Pay plan then it will cost you a $150 down payment with $20.84 a month for 23 months for about $650. Compare this to the LG G2 which you can get for free on-contract currently from AT&T or for $600 no-contract on T-Mobile. In our opinion the LG G Flex is still an early prototype device, given that it suffers from screen bumps when the screen is flexed too much. Such a large device should also have a 1080p display, if you're going to be using the LG G Flex as a tablet the 6-inch screen should be of quality that's as good as the LG G2. On top of that the LG G Flex costs more than the LG G2. So unless you have a great need for a flexible, curved screen phone we can't see too much reason to choose the LG G Flex over the LG G2.
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