The LG G Flex is a very large and powerful new smartphone with some incredible features. At 6.3" by 3.2", this phone is much too large to comfortably carry in a pocket. It is much more suited for a purse or external case with belt clip. Even then it could easily get in the way. Its curved design takes a little getting used to, but after a while it does prove to be very comfortable. A 6-inch, 1280x720 HD screen gives you the feel of a tablet more than a phone, but this very bright and high res. screen is a pleasure to use in all situations. At the top left is the notification LCD, alerting you of calls, messages, emails and charging status.
Powering the G Flex is a massive 3500mAh Li-Polymer rechargeable battery. The battery is built-in so there is no way to swap one out. The phone can be charged anywhere a USB cable can be plugged in.
You can see that the back of the phone is very simple, and along the edges, it is very easy to see the curve of the phone as well. Towards the top you can see the camera lens and a couple other controls, which we touch on more below.
To the right of the camera is a small but bright LED light that works as the camera's flash and video recording light. Under the lens are the main phone controls with the volume control on the top and bottom. In the middle is the power button. The volume controls can also act as the digital zoom or shutter release controls when the phone is in camera mode.
On the bottom of the phone you will find the USB port, microphone and headphone jack. The USB port is used for charging the phone as well as connecting to a computer or other USB capable devices.
This small and barely noticeable compartment on the side securely contains your SIM card.
When in camera mode, you will see a screen that is very similar to what you would see on the LCD of a compact camera. The center allows you to compose your images, left features the camera settings that are available to be adjusted. On the right side are the shutter release in the middle, with the still/video switch and playback/gallery buttons at the top and bottom.
Like a point-n-shoot digicam, the G Flex features 12 pre-programmed shooting modes: Normal, Shot & Clear, Dynamic Tone (HDR), Panorama, VR Panorama, Burst Shot, Beauty Shot, Dual Camera, Time Catch Shot, Intelligent Auto, Sports and Night.
Video mode shows the same settings and controls as still mode. The wider 16:9 format uses the entire screen, so the controls will show over top of the edges of the video. The phone allows you to capture full 1080p HD video.
- Cheese Shutter - On or Off
- Brightness - ± 2 in 1/3 increments
- Focus - Auto, Manual, Face Tracking
- Image Size - 13M (4:3), W10M (16:9), 8M (4:3), 1M (4:3)
- ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800
- White Balance - Auto, Incandescent, Sunny, Fluorescent, Cloudy
- Color Effect - None, Mono, Sepia, Negative
- Timer - Off, 3 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec.
- Auto Review - Off, On, 2 sec, 5 sec.
- Geotagging - On or Off
- Shutter Sound - Off, Tone 1-4
- Volume Key - Capture, Zoom
- General - Gives you an in-camera guide to using the camera's features
- Reset - Return all settings to the factory defaults
Playback or the gallery allows you to see the images that you have captured with the camera as well as any other images that are saved on the phone. Double tapping the screen allows you to zoom in to view the image at actual size. You can also pinch to zoom more or less.
Touching the screen once shows this index/menu screen. At the bottom are thumbnails of the images on the phone. At the top is a list of the actions that the phone can perform. You can also see the GEOtag, which in this case is not correct.
Selecting the edit menu allows you to adjust the image, apply effects, paint and crop images to your liking. There are more options here than you would normally find on a camera, making the phone a one-stop device for capturing and editing your photos.
Another great set of features, since the phone is always connected, is the option to always share your images at the touch of the screen. The camera comes loaded with links to most of the major social media outlets for fast and easy uploading.