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AT&T LG G Flex Review

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AT&T LG G Flex Review

US consumers can rejoice knowing that the LG G Flex is about to make a splash stateside, where it’ll no doubt give hungry smartphone shoppers something to drool about – thanks in part to its many innovative qualities. Several carriers have made an announcement regarding the upcoming availability of the phone in question, but we’ve recently acquired the one that’s bound for AT&T, where it’ll be sold for $299.99 on-contract for those who pick up a pre-order right now. Conversely, its outright pricing is set at a wallet crunching $694.99, which is hard to swallow, but still better than forking over the ungodlier amount attached to importing the international model.

Visually, the only difference with this version from the international one we reviewed not too long ago is the distinctive AT&T logo that’s perched right below the camera in the rear of the handset. Besides that, AT&T’s variant is pretty much intact, as it’s flaunting the same size, dimensions, weight, and design characteristics. Of course, its main hallmarks include its flexible 6-inch 720p P-OLED display, soft resin coated plastic casing, and almost indestructible construction. It bends, it flexes. Therefore, when when pressure is applied to the smartphone, it doesn’t incur a ton of damage like most phones – easily withstanding most drops as well, with no harm to the screen whatsoever.

Under the hood, it’s powered by the same quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, the Adreno 330 GPU, and a healthy 32GB of storage. With that arsenal in tow, it’s no surprise that it’s super snappy with its overall performance. As for the software, that’s the other area where we see a difference too, since it’s bloated with AT&T’s usual assortment of apps – plus several other third party ones. Sadly though, the cool packaging used by the international model has been dropped, replaced instead by the generic AT&T packaging. Furthermore, AT&T’s model doesn’t have stereo headphones included with the box.

Here in the US, the arrival of the LG G Flex might not be greeted with a whole lot of noise – mainly because of what Mobile World Congress has in store come next month in Barcelona. Naturally, it’s currently going to compete against some of the other notable phablets in the space, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One max, Nokia Lumia 1520, and much more. For the price, it’s worth checking out because it’s not too often you’ll find a smartphone with a flexible display in it, as well as a self-healing property with its rear casing. However, we’re bound to hear about some next-generation devices as we inch closer to MWC – so that’s something worth keeping in mind.

READ OUR FULL LG G FLEX REVIEW HERE!


Pros

  • Flexible display that's not prone to shattering
  • Self-healing property with its rear casing
  • Unique curved design that can withstand some flexing
  • Snappy overall performance

Cons

  • Bloated with many AT&T branded apps
  • Splotchy look with the display
  • No headphones included with the packaging
  • Running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box
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posted on 29 Jan 2014, 16:23

1. nothingmuch (Posts: 155; Member since: 03 May 2013)


There are alot of phones from at&t that dont include the headphones.

I'd like to see this phone personally though.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 16:26 9

2. Commentator (Posts: 2292; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"No headphones included in the packaging"...?!?

What kind of con is that?

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 16:31

3. wargreymon (Posts: 140; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Wasnt that a con for LG G Pad 8.3 also? And as far as I know tablets rarely comes with headphones.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 16:55

4. cR203 (Posts: 183; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


If you had the choice between the g flex and the galaxy note 3 which would you choose? I've using all samsung galaxy devices for the past few years and I kinda want a change to something else because touchwiz ui is a bit redundant now. I like touchwiz but i kinda had enough of it now. I like the g flex I think its a hot phone. I would appreciate any feedback anyone would be willing to give me.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 17:39 1

7. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


This is a personal choice and it probably shouldn't affect your decision in any way, but I would go for the Galaxy Note 3 myself. It sounds absolutely bias as well because I haven't had an LG smartphone before, and I've had a lot of Samsung Galaxies, but I will explain my opinion based on the reviews that I have read.

Neither companies may be an absolute home run in terms of design, but I do prefer the faux leather stitching design of the Galaxy Note 3 compared to the glossy plastic look of the G Flex. I didn't come to appreciate both of their camera designs. The self-healing technology on the rear of the G Flex is pretty interesting and really cool, but seems to work well with mostly minor/light scratches. The curved design is pretty neat although I would imagine myself going insane seeing that phone placed on top of a table or any other flat surface (OCD?). I just get the impression that the Galaxy Note 3 is a more premium device than this; however, we will not let the outward appearance judge it all.

I like the fact that despite the slightly smaller 5.7" display the Galaxy Note 3 has, it is much more crisp with full HD display rather than a 6" 720p display. Might not be too much of an importance though since they're both still sharp. We're just spoiled with incredible high resolutions and pixel density screens these days. The Galaxy Note 3 is also nearly the same size as the Galaxy Note 2 despite the larger screen which might make it easier to hold compared to the larger size of the G Flex. It also seems to have a longer lasting battery life than the G Flex despite a smaller battery capacity size and as well as the full HD display.

I also love the S-Pen functionality. I personally hate constantly wiping my screen of finger prints and oily substance, so even on my Galaxy Note 2, I use the S-Pen for nearly everything (OCD?!).

I like that even with the constant argument about Touchwiz being laggy, the processing power and the ample amount of ram (3 RAM vs 2 RAM on G Flex) gives the device enough power to run fluidly as many owners describe it. And I'm not going to agree with this just yet because I have yet to use the user interface on LG smartphones, but I hear that it's somewhat quite similar to Touchwiz. Personally I prefer features such as the multiwindow for multitasking compared to LG's Q-slide. Samsung is just feature-rich.

It does seem like that according to PA, the G Flex will best the Galaxy Note 3 in call quality though really it will depend on your area I think.

Can't remember if the Galaxy Note 3 already has Android 4.4 or is going to be getting it real soon, but seems like the G Flex is still stuck on 4.2.2, but I think (or hopefully) LG will sort that out soon enough.

Samsung smartphones come with free earbuds which is nice although not the best quality obviously lol, but better than none and nothing to worry about if you already got good earbuds/headphones.

I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot of things... lol

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:02 1

9. cR203 (Posts: 183; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


I've been leaning towards the note 3 but something about the g flex is catching my attention. To be honest with myself I believe the note 3 is the better phone. I also think the note will have more longevity.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:27

12. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Yeah the G Flex got me really excited when LG announced it. Now I think I'd rather get the LG G2 than the G Flex if I had to choose. Of course, the new flagships from all the companies are right around the corner too.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 01:49

19. maherk (Posts: 783; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You do know that LG's UI is a complete rip off Samsung's touchwiz?

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 19:13

22. osanilevich (Posts: 235; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


I've been thinking between the two as well and the only thing that has me clinging to the G flex is the self healing thing. I've had an LG phone before (optimus G) and it got phased out about 2-3 months after I bought it. Dev community is ok since they managed to port over nexus 4 features but LG is terrible in terms of phone support. Its intangibles like these that really make a phone great

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 17:54 1

8. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


yikes sorry for the excessively lengthy comment lol, I must've gotten carried away by my thoughts. They both come with 32GB of storage if I remember correctly and priced similarly on contract, but I think I saw some deals with the Galaxy Note 3 these days to get it a little bit cheaper. Of course, the Galaxy Note 3 also has room for micro SD card for more storage space while the G Flex does not, and I think according to the review, the camera quality on the G Flex was not as good as LG's main flagship, the G2, especially because of the lack of the optical image stabilizer. The Galaxy Note 3 doesn't have OIS either if someone wants to correct me on that, but seems to take nice photos anyway.

lol anyway before I make another comment that reaches the bottom of this site, it seems like you're thinking about switching and the UI might be a reason in this decision. I won't say it with too much confidence because I never underestimate LG, but from looking at the screenshots above, I'd say I prefer the look of Touchwiz instead and it carries some great features with it too. I constantly found it hard to move out of Samsung because I've grown so used to their UI, but I am really eager to experience Sony's Xperia flagship someday as well as Nokia and a little more HTC.

meh what can I say? Go with your gut feeling I guess. I doubt you'll be disappointed with either since they're both great. I look forward to seeing how LG continues their curved devices. Would be even more amazing to see LG coming with a new Prada phone with a more sophisticated UI. Sorry you had to read all of this (if you did) lol I'm out!

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:08

10. cR203 (Posts: 183; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


Its not that I dont like touchwiz but its a little repetitive at this point. Strange enough I had a htc one after hearing so much about it and within a week I sold it to a friend because I didn't like it and I missed touchwiz. I think I may stick with the galaxy line and get the note 3. I'm currently using s4, note 2, and mega 6.3. I flip flop between them. One day I use the s4 the next day I'll use the note 2 then I'll use my mega sometimes. My next issue is octa core or snapdragon 800 note 3?

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:23

11. rns122112 (Posts: 42; Member since: 20 Jan 2014)


Where are you located? The octa core (international) version I heard. is missing a lot of U.S.A. bands for 4G LTE hence why it's the international version. I believe you actually will only get 2g speeds using the international version in the U.S. Somebody can correct me if I'm wrong.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:46

14. cR203 (Posts: 183; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


I'm in nj. But I buy all my devices unlocked and international. I get tmobile hspa plus connectivity on them.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:35 1

13. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


That's a lot of Galaxies indeed lol. In the case of using 4 phones, I guess it wouldn't hurt to add some diversity, and especially since you're already using the Note 2, but def your call.

and I

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:48

15. cR203 (Posts: 183; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


I think I may get the note 3. I do like it a lot but I still think the g flex is cool.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 17:39

21. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


you won't be disappointed with it I'm sure.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 17:13

5. burkhardt1991 (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


"Bloated with many AT&T branded apps" should not be listed as a con as all of the AT&T apps can be completely deleted from the handset.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 17:27

6. bucky (Posts: 1288; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


That's how it comes out of box. I'm assuming that's how they reviewed it.

Not trolling btw.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 19:55

16. barondebxl (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


How does phonearena miss the fantastic battery life as a pro but remembers "no headphones inclued" as a con??

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 22:39

17. shinywindow (Posts: 30; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Fender

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 22:42 1

18. shinywindow (Posts: 30; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Has anyone thought that this goofy arch will actually make the phone thicker when in it's normal area like pockets or on. Table? This phone is a novelty only but not practical. G2 is the better phone here friends. Plus how is one able to get ATT preinstalled garbage off atone without rooting? My one still has their crap on it.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 06:35

20. papss (unregistered)


I've pulled off all but one ATT app with zero problems on my last three phones (note 3,G2 and Lumia 1520)

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 16:59

23. lalalash (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Mar 2014)


It is an amazing phone!!! I loved all the features with the buttons on the back. loved it! My issue is that it was just too big. If they would come out with the same specs in a smaller size, I would buy it in a heart beat!!!!

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