LG G Flex 2 looks better, feels lesser

LG recently launched G Flex 2. This successor to LG’s successful G Flex smartphone boasts improvements on different fronts.

G Flex was loved for its curved design and display and its self-healing back panel coating.

G Flex 2, too, retains these USPs of its predecessor but without as much fanfare considering a reduced display size. While G Flex had a 6-inch display, the G Flex 2 comes with a 5.5-inch display.

The curved P-OLED capacitive touchscreen of LG G Flex 2, though, is tad better in terms of resolution. Its 1080 x 1920 pixel display with pixel density of 403 ppi offsets the size advantage of the 720 x 1280 pixel images with pixel density of 245 ppi offered by G Flex.

Though smaller, the display of G Flex 2 is protected by corning Gorilla Glass 3, an upgrade on Gorilla Glass 2 found in its predecessor. The company has claimed the glass it has used on the new phone is 20 percent tougher than the regular Gorilla glass.

G Flex 2 has pulled in some extra processing power by incorporating Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57 Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 processor with 3 GB RAM. The G Flex sports Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM.

In terms of software, the new variant runs Android 5.0 Lollipop OS compared with Android 4.4 KitKat of G Flex. Also the new phone has Adreno 430 GPU, compared with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Adreno 330 GPU of the G Flex. But that does not mean the new phone is more responsive. On the contrary, it is a bit more cumbersome to use than the original.

LG has retained the same rear camera in the new variant. It comes with laser auto focus, optical image stabilization and LED flash. But its 2.1 MP selfie camera is better than the predecessor and can be set off by gesture.

Further, features on the selfie camera on the new model include simultaneous video and image recording, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama and HDR.

In terms of internal storage, both devices come with 32GB internal storage capacity. But the new version alone supports external memory of 128GB on microSD card.

In terms of connectivity features, both devices offer 4G, Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, Infrared, microUSB. Both also include accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity sensor and compass.

But battery strength will have to be compromises if one plans to pick the G Flex 2. The G Flex 2 has a fixed 3000mAh battery compared with the 3500mAh in G Flex.

One interesting feature of G Flex 2 is that it uses Quick Charge 2.0 that charges 60 percent of the battery in half an hour. But the G Flex beats the new version hands down in terms of talk time. The previous version offered up to 720 hours of standby and 15 hours of talk time.

In sum, G Flex 2 has little to flex but flashy exteriors, better images and latest tech. The G Flex remains a better choice if size and bad image quality don’t figure on your list of negatives.

Vishal Kawadkar & Ajith Kumar S