October 14th 2013 9:25 am

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A promising phone, but not one you should buy right now

83

The G Flex has lots of unique features that make it fun to use, but we can't recommend a curved phone until the price drops.

Critic reviews

7.1
21 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.7
  • Display
    6.5
  • Battery life
    9.3
  • Camera
    6.7
  • Ease of use
    6.8
  • Design and form factor
    7.4
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.1
  • Media support
  • Durability
    7.3
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.8

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User reviews

8.3
7 reviews
8.0
Engadget Dec 6, 2013

We believe that the G Flex primarily exists for the sake of getting feedback from early adopters, so LG can continue to make its future curved devices even better.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Dec 6, 2013

... the G Flex is one of the most impressive smartphones we've tested. Though it may not be available in the U.S. just yet, LG is actively working with carriers to bring the Flex to our shores soon. Let's hope it doesn't take long.

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8.0
PC Mag Jan 31, 2014

The LG G Flex shows off the potential of curved display technology, but it's the fast performance and top-notch multitasking prowess that make this loaded phablet more than just a tech demo.

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7.0
CNET Dec 6, 2013

Despite a novel construction and scuff-proof exterior, the LG G Flex's doesn't flex enough muscle against the Samsung Galaxy Round or the Note 3.

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7.0
Gizmodo Jan 31, 2014

It'll do what you need it to do, and it'll do it for a couple days on one charge. It's just not an extraordinary device, it's awkward to use, and you shouldn't buy it unless you're truly desperate for a conversation piece in your pocket..

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7.0
Computerworld Feb 4, 2014

Does "different" automatically mean "better"? In the case of the G Flex, the answer turns out to be no. The phone's curved and flexible body is a noteworthy feat of engineering but not terribly meaningful in terms of actual real-world value, especially when coupled with the phone's dismal display.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Feb 5, 2014

The LG G Flex's attention-grabbing curved display and self-healing design make it stand out, but the long battery life is our favorite feature.

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6.0
Ars Technica Dec 9, 2013

It's hard to recommend something that will have you constantly staring at grainy fuzz for two years, with your only respite from the hideous screen coming when the battery dies.

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4.0
Wired Dec 6, 2013

The concave glass panel is the most noteworthy thing about this phone. The only other thing you must know is that you should not consider buying it.

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8.0
SlashGear Dec 6, 2013

Hard to recommend to the smartphone audience at large, then, but while the LG G Flex is an experiment, it’s no folly. Every new form-factor has to start from somewhere, and we may well look back at the G Flex as the device that first overthrew flat phones.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Feb 12, 2014

We do love the LG Flex, because it's an interesting phone and one that worked for us. However, the reality is that most people will find it's too big, too irregularly shaped and, most crucially of all, too expensive.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Feb 12, 2014

We like LG's customisations a great deal, its user interface is attractive and the company has added in some nice stuff. Add killer battery life that you just won't get elsewhere and there are loads of positives.

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6.0
TechHive Feb 3, 2014

The G Flex's performance and comfortable form factor makes up for the fact that it's merely an experimental device from LG, but you'll have to get over its low pixel density and mediocre camera. Curved smartphones themselves aren't a gimmick—there are valuable reasons to consider one.

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8.0
phoneArena Dec 5, 2013

Looking at what the LG G Flex brings to the table, it’s more of a showcase device than anything else. It’s a valiant offering that shows us what we can expect with future smartphones next year, seeing that this one is obviously opening the flood gates for everyone else.

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7.0
The Verge Dec 6, 2013

... there's plenty to like about the G Flex, from its long battery to its solid camera and impressive performance. It's a solid smartphone, even if it is bigger and lower-res than I'd like ... For all it is and claims to be, there's nothing practically compelling about the curved screen.

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7.0
TechRadar Feb 17, 2014

A lofty price tag means the LG G Flex is out of many people's affordability and while the "flexible" feature is interesting, in it's current form it's little more than a gimmick. The G Flex is too ahead of the curve.

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6.0
TrustedReviews Feb 10, 2014

As an experiment with new technologies, the LG G Flex is a bold success. However, as a phone that LG wants us to spend £500-650 on, it has too many issues to be considered a contender for most buyers.

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6.0
Digital Versus Feb 27, 2014

The G Flex is supposed to be a sort of crowning jewel for LG, a product symbolic of the future of mobile devices. But its greatest asset is also its greatest enemy: the curved screen, whose utility is still open for debate.

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8.0
Digital Trends Dec 6, 2013

Thanks to its curved design, the LG G Flex is the first six-inch phone that we want to hold. It also has a better battery (two to three days) and more processing power than any phone out there.

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8.0
HotHardware Feb 26, 2014

Users who are considering a large-screen phablet device should definitely put the LG G Flex on their short list for devices to consider. This phone offers great performance along with a number of key features that result in a premium experience all around.

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8.0
MobileBurn Feb 10, 2014

The G Flex is a strange device and not one that most people will readily embrace. If you're willing to bend a little and try something new, the LG G Flex awaits.

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First Looks

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Engadget Nov 26, 2013

We'll spend more time and go into more detail on the phone's performance once we do a full review, but the Snapdragon 800 chipset inside the G Flex does quite well. It's just as quick and capable as the G2, and we were quite happy with it.

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CNET Nov 19, 2013

The curve's not immense: it's more like a continuous, gentle bend. It actually seemed to make the otherwise immense 6-inch OLED display a little easier to manage: the thin, curving form served to minimize the extra-wide flatness that normally would follow a phone this size. It hugs the face...

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Laptop Magazine Dec 3, 2013

The G Flex is certainly a unique entrant in the smartphone space. A flexible handset that can withstand being bent is the first step toward truly bendable devices. The self-healing rear panel is equally impressive and shows that LG is thinking outside the box when it comes to its offerings.

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Ars Technica Dec 3, 2013

While a curved phone may seem somewhat gimmicky, the battery inside the phone is less so. LG’s proprietary 3500mAh battery powering the phone’s 720p screen uses a "stack and folding" model, which reduces the stress on a curved battery without compromising its life.

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AnandTech Dec 4, 2013

LG had one of the panels standalone but connected to a nearby G Flex, and allowed us to poke, prod, flex, and deform it however we chose. I'm told that the panel can tolerate a radius of curvature down to 400 mm and indeed bent it quite a bit myself.

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GigaOM Dec 13, 2013

’m not posting a full review of the G Flex because it seems more of a proof-of-concept than a device actually meant for consumers. And in that regard, I’d consider it a success. The LG G Flex is definitely not the phone we need right now.

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PC Mag Dec 6, 2013

So never mind the unwieldiness of the G Flex. Bring on the flexy phones that don't crack in your pocket, the curved batteries and self-healing polymers. I see the G Flex as setting the stage, not taking a starring role. It promises an exciting cast of characters come February.

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CNET Asia Oct 29, 2013

Apart from the self-healing rear of the LG G Flex, the curved handset from the chaebol doesn't seem to offer much that is impressive ... If you're still keen on this, bear in mind that unless you live in Korea, your chances of obtaining one are really low.

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PC World Australia Nov 7, 2013

The LG G Flex may end up being somewhat of a gimmick, but does feel comfortable in the hand, and provides a better-than-average video playback experience thanks to its curved display.

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Pocket-Lint Dec 19, 2013

... there's certainly something exciting about this handset. Some will say that the only reason for the curve is because LG wants to demonstrate what can be done. Perhaps that's true, and perhaps the real excitement is for where this can go in the future.

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The Verge Nov 5, 2013

Ultimately the G Flex comes off as a proof of concept as much as anything. Although flexible screens may play a big role in the future, it's hard to consider phones like the G Flex and Samsung's Galaxy Round an effective application of the technology.

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Android Authority Nov 21, 2013

The plastic may be fingerprint prone, but the unibody design makes for a relatively thin device. Overall, the LG G Flex boasts a very nice form factor, and is a great looking device. Just look at those bezels!

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Ubergizmo Nov 8, 2013

The “flex” may help this smartphone be slightly more resistant to shocks. Having some flexibility could allow the absorption of impact energy.

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Android Central Dec 3, 2013

The big strokes are that this is a large phone — 6 inches in diagonal, but with a 720p display. It's got rear buttons like the LG G2, but these have some added functionality and a cooler design.

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phoneArena Dec 3, 2013

To handle the basics, under the hood is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip providing 2.26GHz of processing power along with an Adreno 330 GPU. The display is a 6-inch 1280x720 curved P-OLED (Plastic, Real RGB) panel.

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TechRadar Dec 6, 2013

We get the feeling that after a solid week of use, we aren't going to mind this phone at all. The real question is if we're going to fall in love with it. You're going to want to check back to find out!

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Huffington Post Nov 25, 2013

The LG G Flex lives up to its name. It's flexible. I pressed down on this phablet with all of my might and pushed it flat on a desk. It bounced right back into shape and still worked perfectly.

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TrustedReviews Dec 19, 2013

As with all new technologies, it might still be a bit raw to tempt many to jump in early, but LG should be applauded for the engineering and design innovation at work here. It's the kind of phone makes us excited about phones again.

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T3 Dec 20, 2013

We were certainly impressed with the G Flex at first glance - it's much easier to see the advantage of the curved shape once you've actually got the phone in your hands, which is presumably why the maker is previewing the phone in selected EE shops before it's available to buy.

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Stuff Dec 4, 2013

The ultra-thin and light curved panel is built on flexible plastic substrates as opposed to rigid glass, making that magical curve possible, but despite this, the G Flex itself isn't bendable – it's a rigid device.

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NDTV Gadgets Dec 12, 2013

The G Flex sports a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. During our usage, the camera app opened instantly and did click at good speed without any shutter lag. The G Flex is powered by a 3,500mAh battery and weighs 177 grams.

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9.0
fatnoobus fatnoobus

The screen does catch your eye at first cause it seems like you are looking at it on a paper material, like say in a comic book, but the images aren't pixely around the edges at all. But the grainy background does make it seem blurry until you get used to it. Besides that though i think it's...

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9.0
tainium tainium

The flex is a good phone, I have used it now for a few months. The back button needs some work to make it easier to work with.

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8.0
jayjay84 jayjay84

I just purchased the LG G Flex on Aug. 1st and I can say that upon using the device for these past days 4 days, I have noticed some of the up and down things about this phone. First, the audio quality when talking to someone on the earpiece is shallow when talking to someone in my home but then...

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