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Review: LG G Flex

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The LG G Flex is a powerful and interesting smartphone. It has perhaps the most unique form factor available from a smartphone today: a curved, flexible screen and the banana-shaped body to go with it. The shape does absolutely nothing for me. I don't really believe it provides any benefit or enhancement to the user experience. The fact that the G Flex is flexible - and, therefore, a bit more durable than your average slab - is more interesting as far as I am concerned.

Then there's the size. As with all phablets, the G Flex is a two-handed device and that's something you have to know going in. I wish the materials were a bit better, and the G Flex weren't quite so plain looking, but kudos to LG for taking the chance with the shape.

The software is among the most advanced available from a smartphone. The G Flex has all the bells and whistles, which perform splendidly across the board. The phone works well, signal performance was good, battery life was great, and the camera did a fine job. The number of apps on board makes the G Flex a powerful media consumption device and workhorse at the same time. Some of the LG apps feel a bit gimmicky to me, and Sprint and AT&T both went overboard with the bloatware, but you can't deny the G Flex's ability to get stuff done.

Would I recommend the G Flex? Well, first you absolutely *have* to be a phablet fan. Second, you have to be willing to take a chance on the G Flex's odd shape. Third, you have to not mind the G Flex's $300 (on contract) price tag. There are other, similar-performing phones out there for less money, but none will spark as much conversation as the G Flex.

Our Ratings

3.5
Overall
4
Reception
5
Battery Life
2.5
Hardware Usability
3
Hardware Quality
2.5
Display
4
Interface Speed
4
Audio Volume
4
Camera
 

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