Saturday, November 28, 2015

LG G Flex 2 Review “The New Curve Gadget is Coming”

LG G GFLEX 2
It's been more than a year since we saw the announcement of the original LG G Flex. The new LG G Flex 2 isn't the only one curved smartphone, but it is the first thing that has the power to back up its constant, ostentatious flexing. LG had some great ambitions that were ultimately hampered by reality -- the reality of complexity, of production, of price. and they've proved it.

The LG G Flex2 is one of the best sequels we've seen. Most people must recall the original - after all it was the first of its kind - but it was seen by few and owned by fewer still. The G Flex smartphone line is LG’s design and engineering showcase. The Korean chaebol has developed an unmatched portfolio of curved batteries and displays, self-healing covers, and laser-guided cameras — and it’s put all of them together in the latest G Flex 2. If that sounds like a Frankensteinian mash-up of available parts, that’s because it is.

The LG G Flex 2 will sport a 5.5 inch screen, which is less than the original LG G Flex’s mega 6.0 inch screen, and the display will come with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Ans it will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 10 processor with 2.0GHz 64-bit Octa-Core CPU with 2GB of RAM. It will come in 16GB and 32GB models, both containing a 3,000mAh battery, 13 megapixel rear camera and a 2.1 megapixel front camera. The device will plane with Android 5.0 Lollipop. That is the point, aside from its curved design, is that it is self-healing, meaning that if you take a shank to it, for example, the phone will heal itself in less than 3 minutes, making your phone look the way it did when you took it out of the box. So Magic.
LG G Flex 2 is noticeably smaller and easier to hold with a 5.5-inch screen, which matches the display size of the LG G3. The previous Flex was a full 6 inches.The original LG G Flex didn't do that well in the market in spite of - or exactly because, it did have two features from the future. A curved, flexible screen and the self-healing coating at the rear.
Anyway, LG is giving the Flex another try and doing it properly this time. The new LG G Flex2 brings a better display, allegedly better self-healing rear coating, the best chipset there is, an improved camera, an impressive connectivity package, the latest Android and a rich software bundle. The display was trimmed down to 5.5", but promoted to Full HD resolution for a clearly superior pixel density of 403ppi.
FEATURES

The G Flex2 is the first device we're about to test with a Snapdragon 810 chipset inside. The 13MP camera was treated to optical image stabilization and laser autofocus. That shouldn't have been too hard, pretty much what the LG G3 had a while back. But these are still welcome.

Key Features :
Ø  Curved design build around a curved display, self-healing coating on the back panel
Ø  5.5" 16M-color 1080p curved P-OLED capacitive touchscreen with Dura Guard Glass (Gorilla Glass 3 enhanced in-house by LG)
Ø  Android OS v5.0.1 Lollipop with Optimus UI
Ø  Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset with a 64-bit octa-core processor - 2.0GHz quad-core Cortex-A57GHz and 1.5GHz quad-core Cortex-A53; Adreno 430 GPU;
Ø  2 or 3 GB of RAM depending on storage configuration
Ø  13MP rear camera, laser-assisted auto-focus, optical image stabilization, two-tone LED flash
Ø  2160p/1080p video recording @ 30fps, 720p@120fps
Ø  2.1MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
Ø  LTE Cat. 6; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS/GLONASS receiver; Bluetooth v4.1; NFC; IR port; FM Radio; SlimPort
Ø  16 or 32GB of built-in storage; microSD card slot up to 128GB
Ø  Dual-window split-screen view
Ø  microUSB 2.0 port with USB host and MHL 2.0, Fast Charging
Ø  Standard 3.5mm audio jack
Ø  Accelerometer and proximity sensor
Ø  Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
Ø  3,000 mAh battery
Ø  Main disadvantage
Ø  Rather pricey (sans carrier subsidies) that misses features such as stereo speakers, wireless charging, or an enhanced resistance to liquids or dust
Ø  The 16GB model comes with 2GB of RAM
Ø  Non-removable battery

The new Flex2 features a smaller 5.5" P-OLED curved display, but with higher 1080p display resolution. This means you'll be getting a nice and lively P-OLED display of 403ppi density, which is more than enough for most practical reasons. And the curved screen indeed looks gorgeous, especially when you are enjoying high-res multimedia content in landscape orientation.

Design

The beautiful LG G Flex2's display is protected by a curved piece of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, but LG has enhanced it further making it 20% tougher than usual. LG says Corning had no part in creating the improvements in what they call their proprietary Dura Guard Glass.


LG G Flex 2 is noticeably smaller and easier to hold with a 5.5-inch screen, which matches the display size of the LG G3. The previous Flex was a full 6 inches.

Going with that new, more manageable size is a high-resolution P-OLED touchscreen that's 1080p, up from the decidedly deficient 720p display of the original.

LG G Flex used a 6" OLED screen, while the new G Flex2 bets on a 5.5" unit but with higher 1080p resolution. This means that despite its ample surface, the P-OLED panel offers a great 403ppi - well above the 300ppi or so Retina-grade threshold.
Unlike the original Flex, which used a RGB matrix for its screen, LG went back to the Pentile matrix for the Flex2 but it of the diamond-shaped PenTile variety, meaning every pixel has four sub-pixels and essentially a RGBG arrangement. Here's how the layout looks under a microscope.

Battery Life

The LG G Flex2 has a 3,000mAh battery, a 500 mAh less than its predecessor due to the smaller body size. A large OLED screen isn't ideal for long battery life, but in the end things seem to balance out.
Web browsing is once again the Achilles heel - the G Flex2 lasted six hours, which not even close to the average in the class. Talk time and video playback are OK though.
The endurance rating is above average at 62 hours - you can expect to go two and a half days without charging, depending on how much web browsing you do.

The G Flex 2 is better than its curved predecessor in every way save for battery life. It packs a 3,000mAh battery instead of the larger 3,500mAh size in its predecessor. You're not going to get two or more days from this handset, but are in the clear for all-day moderate use.
smartphone battery life test proved it to last much longer than the LG G3, which also packs a 3,000mAh battery. Running a looped HD video for 90 minutes, the battery drained by 13%, while the G3 went down by a whopping 30%.
The 6-inch LG G Flex from 2013 dropped by just 6% from a full charge, but the rule of thumb is bigger phone size, bigger battery. The shrunken LG G Flex 2 had to compromise on the size. I just wish LG didn't also settle on a non-removable battery. While the curved phone's back cover can be taken off to access the microSD card slot, there's no way to swap out the battery.

INTERFACE AND APPS

For those still waiting to upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, the LG G Flex 2 is a shortcut to unlocking the newest version of Google's mobile operating system. The phone comes with the OS pre-loaded and is a huge improvement over the original LG G Flex that used the LG G2 interface.
It actually made with Android 5.0.1, but you wouldn't know it, as visual draws of the Nexus 6 are masked by LG's own Optimus skin. That means, while it has a lot of the behind-the-scenes benefits of the new Android update, the interface looks very exactly similar with the LG G3.

Sliding left on the concave screen pulls up LG-exclusive widgets like its exercise-focused Health service and Smart Tips tutorial. Both are skippable. One of the best fitness trackers we have reviewed will do you a lot better with a modern user interface.

CAMERA
LG G Flex 2 Camera use 13 megapixels to resolve the solution .The LG G Flex 2 acts like it's the curved version of the LG G3 when it comes to the camera specs. They're exactly the same and much better than LG G Flex.


LG has surprisingly stripped the default camera app to its bare basics and there are only three modes - Auto, Panorama and Dual. The Dual mode is a new, but not innovative, addition to the app which allows users to use both cameras at once to create a picture-in-picture image.

The G Flex 2 features an improved camera setup over its predecessor. It has the same camera array as the G3, so there’s a 13-megapixel main sensor with the laser focus detection and up front is a 2.1-megapixel camera for selfies and videocalls. LG has added a raft of hardware features that make it a far more competent phone camera than the G3, but we’d say the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 still offer a slightly better shooting experience.


The LG G Flex2 was spot on with its white balance but has the colors slightly cooler compared to the LG G3. The terrific dynamic range we've come to expect from LG smartphones is evident here too - the G Flex2 captures plenty of detail in both the shadows and highlights without needing its Auto HDR mode.
When turned on, the HDR mode produces some of the best images you could take with this phone. HDR brings back a lot of the detail in the shadows and mostly leaves the highlights as they are. Have a look see for yourselves but we'd say that LG rivals Samsung for the best built-in HDR mode on smartphones these days.
It's good news to see the same 13Mp rear camera which is found in the G3 which we know is a class act with OIS+ (optical image stabilisation), dual-tone LED flash and a laser auto focus. At the front is a more standard 2.1Mp selfie camera.
There's a strong line-up of wireless tech with 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart Ready (aptX) 4.1, NFC, SlimPort, GPS and 4G LTE. There's also an IR blaster so the only things missing really is wireless charging and a heart rate monitor with the former being the more useful.
Camcorder 3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)

4K VIDEO



Utilizing its beefy Snapdragon 810 chipset, the LG G Flex2 doesn't break a sweat recording UHD (3840 x 2160px) video at 30fps, FullHD at 30fps (1920 x 1080px) and slow-motion HD video at 120fps (1280 x 720px). Smooth-motion 1080p videos at 60fps are weirdly omitted here but with UHD at hand, we really don't mind.
Straight to the point - UHD videos are superb with great detail, both more importantly, super smoothness. Colors are saturated and things are sharp - but this really isn't a surprise - we haven't yet seen bad UHD videos.
1080p videos are also good but nowhere near as detailed. We've seen better FullHD clips from midrange devices - such as the Samsung Galaxy A5.
Finally, the LG G Flex2 can autofocus on its own while recording but when you choose a focus point, the phone will alter exposure depending on what passes through the point. This isn't a problem when shooting a single object (person, pet or object) but isn't ideal when shooting many different objects passing through the focal point like in our test videos.
CONCLUTION
LG's attempts to create a viable curved smartphone for the masses seem to be thwarted by nagging issues - this time it is the performance of the processor. It is not something users can't live without but considering the phone costs north of Rs. 50,000, such minor shortcomings are unforgivable.
LG kicked off 2015 with a bang... or rather with a new flex. The LG G Flex2 is the first smartphone to unleash the latest Snapdragon 810 beast-of-a-chipset on the market.
The curved OLED display is still one of its key unique selling points. This time around it's also got a special edition strengthened Gorilla Glass 3 at front and an updated self-healing coating on the plastic back. It has borrowed the great camera of the LG G3 along with the optical image stabilization and laser-assisted autofocus.
The rear control deck is at its most comfortable edition ever and the curved shell provides for an amazingly comfortable handling - especially since the new phone has a smaller footprint thanks to the reduced screen size.
Interested buyers can pick up the G Flex2 for its novelty factor.and i think its a good decision to choose this one.what are you waiting for??
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