LG G-Flex Australian Hands-On: Curve Ball

No. Just stop it. Please. Oh God no. He won’t stop. This guy I’m with keeps pushing down on the LG G-Flex to make it completely straight. No you’ll break it! Is it meant to be this good?

The LG G-Flex is coming to Australia, and that’s great news, because it means we can finally talk about it.

The G-Flex has a 6-inch, 1280x720 P-OLED (that means plastic OLED) screen, a quad-core 2.26GHz processor from Qualcomm, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 13-megapixel camera. Oh yeah, and it’s cuuuuuuuurvy.


The G-Flex is packing a subtle curve across the body. LG curved it based on the same theory as its new curved OLED TVs: adding depth to different sections of the panel enhances immersion when viewing content, plus it’s pretty goddamn flashy.

The G-Flex gets its name not so much from being curved, but by being bendy. We’ve already seen that the P-OLED screen can pretty much bend back on itself, but now we’re being shown by LG how you can push the thing completely flat on the screen without it breaking.

Ok, we get it please stop torturing this poor phone, sir…

The G-Flex is running a tweaked version of LG’s Android UI that we’ve complained about in the past which is unfortunate, but that might change before release. Right now it’s running Android 4.3 but there’s every chance it will be updated to 4.4 Kit Kat before it hits the Australian market.

One of the interesting things about the software, however, is how LG has tweaked it to focus primarily on the entertainment experience first. For example, taking two thumbs and swiping from the centre out towards the edge of the lockscreen takes you into a special media hub which keeps all your media in one place. The focus of this handset is media and LG has made a special effort to showcase it.

The G-Flex also prides itself on having what it calls “self-healing” technology on the back cover. Basically, if it gets scratched in your pocket by your keys or whatever, the phone will “heal” itself when exposed to a bit of heat. We’ll have to test that when we get our hands on it soon.

You’d think that a curved handset would be unwieldy, unbalanced and odd in your hand, but it fits the curvature of your body perfectly. Think about it: you’re not built in straight lines, so why should your phone be? The phone is a little top-heavy, but it’s compensated by the single rear-button design we saw on the LG G2 that we liked so much. That single button guides you as to where your hand should be placed to use the device perfectly, and that’s some smart design from LG.

The P-OLED screen is bright and beautiful, and the curve is excellent for viewing content. We’ll also have to wait and see, though, just how good it is when using it in portrait mode every day.

The G-Flex is coming to Australia in the next few months.

Oh thank God. He stopped hurting it.

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