Remember the battle between LG and Samsung to persuade us we all needed curved phones back in 2013? Neither set consumer interest ablaze. But LG’s latest offering – the G Flex 2 – just might.
For one thing, its chassis visibly pulls eyeballs toward it, and it’s head and shoulders above its clunky and charmless predecessor, the G Flex, in just about every way.
Ingenious design work has slipped power and volume buttons to the back, leaving the edges almost completely empty, save for headphone jack, microphone, micro-USB port and a tiny IR blaster. Pop the backplate off and if you’re a lover of expandable memory, one of the first things you’ll notice is the micro-SD card slot on top of the micro-SIM tray. The top-of-the-range model already packs 32GB of internal memory (there’s a 16GB version too).
Don’t write off the curve as a pointless gimmick. When you’re calling someone, it literally snuggles to your face, and even if you like skinny jeans, it’ll snuggle just as comfortably to the contours of your butt or your hip.
The phone is smaller than the clunky G Flex thanks to a 5.5-inch, 1080p P-OLED screen, which also happens to be higher resolution (you’ll get no less than 403 pixels for every square inch of screen – a vast improvement on the 245 ppi of its predecessor). And it’s delightfully bright and crisp – colours are vibrant and blacks seriously deep.
I’m sceptical about claims that the curved screen is more immersive than a flatscreen. Up close, I couldn’t really detect a difference in that respect. But content really does look great regardless.
The curved back is “self-healing” – it repairs small nicks (like those annoying scratches from bag or pocket debris that subtly scar you phone) in under 10 seconds just by rubbing them with your thumb or finger.
That said, the speaker is underwhelming in its sound quality and the LG Android U/I can be annoyingly sluggish on occasions. The battery could be a little beefier, too, to be frank, but all in all, it’s a beautiful gadget and a massive improvement on its older sibling. I love it.