LG G Flex 2 vs iPhone 6 Plus: first look


LG made headlines during "day zero" of CES 2015 with the announcement of its new curvy, flexy handset. That's the LG G Flex 2, as you surely know if you've been following our news coverage – a phone that's here to succeed the one-year-old LG G Flex and to convince us that there's room for curved smartphones on a market dominated by its flatter counterparts. Is that the case? Well, perhaps a quick hands-on comparison between the LG G Flex 2 and a smartphone you might have heard about, namely the iPhone 6 Plus, could give us a hint or two. Here's how the two stack up against each other.

Design


As usual, we'll start with a few words on how the phones look and feel in the hand; and it's like these two have been built in different galaxies. Okay, maybe their design languages are not that distanced, but seriously, there's quite a lot that sets the two devices apart. Needless to say, the LG G Flex 2 is quite the attention grabber with its elegantly curved shape. It is comfortable to hold, we must admit, and despite its plastic build, the phone feels like something you wouldn't mind owning. Still, the metal-made iPhone 6 Plus is pretty hard to beat in terms of design as its slender, aluminum body has "premium" written all over it. 

Size-wise, the LG G Flex 2 has the upper hand as it is both shorter and narrower than the iPhone 6 Plus. LG's handset is also lighter at 152 grams vs 172 grams for the iPhone 6 Plus. Yet due to their overall proportions, we don't feel like any of the two handsets would fit comfortably in the pocket of your jeans. 

If you flip the LG G Flex 2 around, you'll notice that its power and volume keys are placed on its back, below the camera. Anyone who has their brain wired to use side-placed power and volume buttons might find this arrangement odd at first, but it is just something you get used to eventually. In contrast, the iPhone 6 Plus takes a traditional approach, having its power and volume keys placed on the sides. 

While we're at it, we must highlight the G Flex 2's unique "self-healing" back plate, which recovers from light scuffs in a matter of seconds. We're not making this up. On the other hand, once a dent or scratch lands on an unprotected iPhone 6 Plus, it'll be there for life.

Display


A 5.5-inch display with resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels – that's what is found on the front sides of the two smartphones. Both the LG G Flex2 and the iPhone 6 Plus produce crisp, detailed visuals with bright, beautiful colors. LG's handset, however, features a flexible P-OLED display, while Apple's phablet relies on a traditionally flat, IPS LCD panel. Due to its curved nature, and because it is protected by a chemically-treated piece of Gorilla Glass 3, the Flex 2's screen should be less prone to damage compared to the screens on other smartphones, LG boasts.

Interface


If the LG G Flex2 and the iPhone 6 Plus were not different enough already, the two smartphones run on totally different operating systems – Android 5.0 and iOS 8.1, respectively. We must note that in the former's case, we find LG's custom Android UI layered on top of Lollipop, and it appears to be nearly identical to the experience we know from the LG G3, with its perks like the plethora of customization features and the intelligent on-screen keyboard. The iPhone 6 Plus, in the meantime, is your typical iPhone – not quite as feature-pack out of the box, but fast, intuitive, reliable, and with access to a broad array of quality apps, including third-party widgets.  

Processor and memory


We probably won't be wrong if we say that the LG G Flex 2 is the most powerful Android phone announced so far. Under its hood ticks an octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC with 64-bit architecture and 2.0GHz maximum clock rate. The silicon is backed by 2 or 3 gigs of DDR4 RAM, which is faster and less power-hungry than the DDR3 modules used widely across today's smartphones. Therefore, it is safe to assume that the LG G Flex 2 will be one mighty snappy smartphone. Will it be faster than an iPhone 6 Plus, which boasts an Apple-designed Apple A8 SoC, with a dual-core, 64-bit, 1.4GHz CPU? Well, it might be, if LG manages to polish the G Flex 2's software to a lag-free perfection. 

In terms of storage, you get either 16 or 32 gigabytes build into the LG G Flex 2 (for the models with 2 and 3 GB of RAM respectively). Since many a smartphone user would find this insufficient, LG has provided a microSD card slot for storage expansion. You won't find one on the iPhone 6 Plus, however. It packs 16, 64, or 128GB built in, and that's that.

Camera


Knowing how potent the LG G3's camera is, our hopes are set high for the 13MP shooter on the LG G Flex 2. Its arsenal of stand-out features includes optical image stabilization, a dual-tone LED flash, and a laser-assisted auto-focusing system. But the iPhone 6 Plus could be a worthy rival as its 8MP camera should not be underestimated. Phase-detection auto-focus allows it to lock on its subjects in an instant, and its optical image stabilization comes in handy when shooting in low-light. While only a thorough shoot-out would determine which of the two handsets has the better camera, our intuition tells us that they'll be at the same level when it comes to taking photos.

Expectations


The LG G Flex 2 is a big, powerful, top-of-the-line smartphone with plenty of bang to steal attention with. And surely, there will be a mass of folks eager to check it out – tech enthusiasts, user seeking a device to stand out with, for example. But at this time, we can't see it outgrowing the iPhone 6 Plus in popularity. The Flex 2 is too much of a niche product to do that, it seems, while the iPhone 6 Plus, despite its larger-than-average size, would probably appeal more to the average smartphone user. Is the G Flex 2 better than the iPhone 6 Plus? Well, it sure has a more pronounced "wow" factor to it. Also, we do dig its perks, such as the self-healing surface and the damage-resisting, flexible screen. But at this time, we can't say that the iPhone 6 Plus is any less attractive of a smartphone. What do you, guys, think? Let us know down in the comments! 


Related phones

G Flex 2
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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20 Comments

1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

When flexible meets flexible wannabe but bends.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yawn.

7. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Go to sleep Apple's baby boy.

8. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Yeah, now go mow your lawn.

6. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

^^ Comment of the day

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Can't wait to read comments here.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This ought to be interesting.

4. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Phonearena at their best yet again! Why to you always have to associate the word premium with metal? Is the m8 a premium phone? No doubt. Is the iPhone 6 plus a premium phone? Not in a million years. Ugly antenna bands, easily scratched and scuffed coating, oh, and it is bendable!!

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Head to another site, if you don't like what PA says. Believe me they want miss you.

12. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

That's his opinion. You can't tell people what to do! How about you head to www.apple.com ?

13. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Says the kid that complains about every article criticizing iPhones, or when they end up losing blind camera tests(which happens a lot).

14. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And btw kiddo, i am still waiting for you to show us a clue that you own an iPhone 6+, or the Note 3, and the Note4. I won't ask you to show us another clue that tells you're really married, and had a baby while your wife was supposed to be camping with you to get the iPhone 6+ 10 days before that, or that you are this guy in your PP that your playing his role. You asked for a picture proving that i own a Note 4, and you ate your words after that. Now, we are waiting for you to show us a glimpse of your imaginary online life.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I tell you what, keep waiting. You're nothing but a loser internet troll, what would I look like proving anything to you. I can't believe you actually posted that. Man you're desperate, and I couldn't care less about what you own.

20. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Aluminum body not simply associate the word premium not the iPhone nor htc m8, i don't like it and i was regret to change my Note 3 to m8. Aluminum easily dent, not to mention you can't swap the battery, and it's kinda slippery, now i ended up using plastic case over my m8. But i do agree HTC m8 looks gorgeous compared to ugly iPhone 6 back cover. I won't complain against LG plastic body if it's offer more function over appearance.

10. shinywindow unregistered

man if the iphone 5 plus had android 5 and an ir blaster, i would be all over that phone, totally sexy. I did the lg but hate that they put that big ass cheesy looking logo on the front. I also love the rear button placement on the lg and think it looks beutiful as well, but i just love the design of the iphone 6. to bad there OS sucks balls. For that reason alone, i will never be able to own one. ANDROID RULES!!!

16. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

If apple use android it will be laggyy ... Ios is has not much featers like android

11. shinywindow unregistered

I meant iphone 6 +

17. lonesomedovepk

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

2015 just started and Android lollipop more polished(but my nexus 10 getting older on each version and more resource hungry) and more awesome....I feel by September 2015 on launch of new iPhone it has to be damn really good or buyers will shift to android devices.The speeds in android OS is improving and looks and feel also more appealing than before .....LG G flex 2 looks just great.I will test it when it is released.

18. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Dear Nick, You could have bended the iPhone 6 Plus to look both of them curved; then we would have got a perfect comparison ....

19. pooper

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Lol I literally just made this account so I could come tell all of you that your all hermits that argue over worthless material objects. I guarantee that non of you have friends or lives. Btw iPhone 6 rules!!!! Just had to say that to piss u all off

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