LG-G-Flex

The LG G Flex is unique in a plethora of smartphones that run Android. What makes it so unique? It is the world’s first smartphone with a flexible curved screen. I had the opportunity to try out the device at CES 2014 and get a detailed hands-on and overview of the device and major software features that set it apart.

LG announced the device at its press conference along with a WebOS enabled a range of televisions as well as a couple of wearable devices. Read on to know more about the features of LG G Flex and don’t forget to see the hands-on video at the end of this post.

Quick Look at LG G Flex

LG G Flex has a couple of features that differentiate it from the other smartphones. The curved, flexible screen is a first in the mobile category. The device also has a scratch-resistant back cover, which comes from the ‘Self-Healing’ technology used by LG for its smartphones.

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The phone also goes against the convention of having the volume rocker as well as the power button on the along the sides or top of the device. Like LG G2, the phone has both of these buttons sitting right below the camera on the back of the device.

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Here’s the official LG G Flex introduction from LG below.

http://youtu.be/21eGxOKUxeM

Here’s a Brief Look at the Specs of the Device.

Size: 160.5 x 81.6 x 8.7 mm

Display: 6.0 inch curved OLED screen with 1280 X 720 resolution

Processor: 2.26 GHz Quad Core processor

Memory: 2 GB RAM with 32GB on-board storage

OS: Android 4.2.2

Camera: Front – 2.1MP / Rear – 13MP

Battery capacity: 3500 mAh

The OS Tweaks and Hardware Features

Every OEM modifies the core Android OS to customize the interface to their own flavor. LG has also done a lot of tweaks to their custom Android skin to improve the user experience. Quite a few OS, as well as hardware features, are demonstrated in the hands-on video below. Check it out!

Final Thoughts

LG brought something rare to the table when they introduced the curved device. Having handled the LG G Flex at CES 2014, I was enticed by its unique design. The device feels a bit big in the hands, but a 6-inch display is becoming the norm now, and you have to learn to live with it if you want a flagship device.  They have placed a huge emphasis on multi-tasking, and you have several ways to handle multiple apps simultaneously.

The power and volume rocker buttons are something that I am reserving my opinion on. It is certainly intriguing design decision – one that will have to be validated when I get to handle the device as my daily driver. On the performance side, the device was snappy and quick to respond. The addition of a solid battery capacity and a good camera on the back makes LG G Flex an all-round powerful device.

With the device slated to be released in Q1 2014 on three carriers – Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T, LG G Flex could be a good choice for consumers in the US looking to get a new device in the next few months.

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