LG G Flex Review

Review posted 05/01/2014

Quick Take
  • iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations
  • 6-inch touch LCD is easy to see and operate
  • Program the back control for either digital zoom or shutter release
  • Excellent image quality with good light
  • Face detection and touch to focus control
  • Very fast burst shooting
  • HD video capture from both cameras
  • Good battery life
  • Lower image quality from low-light images
  • LED flash is not as accurate or color balanced
  • No optical zoom or image stabilization
  • No external memory capability
  • No HDMI output for HD movies on an HDTV
Bottom Line
The LG G Flex is a powerful and very large smartphone. Its size is for those who are having trouble deciding between a phone and tablet. The processor and camera give it the capabilities of replacing a compact digicam minus the flash and optical zoom. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
LG has released another potential flagship Google-powered Android smartphone, the G Flex. It works with Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile cellular networks and can be purchased with or without a two-year contract. It features the same 4.4.2 KitKat OS, 2.26 GHz quad-core processor and 2G of RAM as the Nexus 5, but the G Flex has a HUGE 6.0-inch curved HD OLED touchscreen display. The display features "Dual Window" which allows you to surf two different websites (or run two different apps) simultaneously; however, the screens resolution is NOT Full HD, and due to its size, has a sub-Retina pixel density.

The G Flex's main/rear camera is nicely appointed. The 13-megapixel CMOS image sensor boasts numerous shot modes, and can even record video in the UHD (4K) video format as well as Full 1080p HD. It also features the full suite of Google Apps as well as other features to improve productivity, such as KnockOn, which allows users to use a "secret knock" to wake the smartphone rather than enter in a numerical key code. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android Beam are also built in. And, should you pick up the optional adapter, you can even charge the G Flex without ever plugging this bad boy in.

LG G Flex (D959) Features
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 2.26 GHz quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 4G LTE, 3G, 2G
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 6.0-inch Curved HD OLED Display
    • 1280 x 720
    • 245 ppi
    • Dual Window
  • Slide Aside
  • QSlide Function
  • Quick Memo
  • KnockOn
  • On Call Notes
  • Rear-facing Camera
    • 13-megapixel image sensor
    • LED Flash
    • 4K & Full 1080p HD Video Recording @ 60fps
    • Autofocus
    • Shot Modes
      • Normal
      • Shot & Clear
      • Dynamic Tone (HDR)
      • Panorama
      • VR Panorama
      • Cheese Shutter
      • Burst Shot
      • Beauty Shot
      • Dual Camera
      • Time Catch Shot
      • Intelligent Auto
      • Sports
      • Night
  • 2.1MP front facing camera with 1080p HD Video
  • QuickTheatre
  • Fluid Lock Screen
  • QuickRemote
  • Vu:Talk
  • Guest Mode
  • Video Player
  • Music Player
  • Mobile TV
  • Media Sync
  • Google Apps
    • Chrome
    • Drive
    • G+ Photos
    • Gmail
    • Search
    • Settings
    • Google+ Hangouts
    • Keep
    • Maps
    • Play Books
    • Play Games
    • Play Magazines
    • Play Movies & TV
    • Play Music
    • Play Store
    • Wallet
    • YouTube
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Android Beam
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Wireless Charging WITH Optional Accessory

The LG G Flex (D959) is available for Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Prices range from $99 (with a two-year contract) to $624 for the unlocked version (which with good credit can be purchased via T-Mobile for $0 down and $26/month for 24 months). See our buy box at the top right of this page to see current online pricing.

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