The LG G Flex 2 isn’t the first curved smart phone released by the technology giant, but it’s certainly the first one to pay attention to.

LG first released the G Flex phone back in 2013. Now learning from their mistakes the G Flex 2 has had upgrades in all the right places.

It still curves the same but screen size is smaller coming in at 5.5 inches. The original LG G Flex came in at 6 inches. The screen utilises LG’s P-OLED technology which gives much better colour reproduction with a 1080p resolution. Watching HD YouTube videos and movies on Netflix looks superb and it very clear.

Having a fast Snapdragon processor and better RAM, this concave powerhouse is not to be sniffed at. These are vast improvements over its predecessor that puts the phone in the big boy leagues alongside the Samsung S6, HTC M9 and the iPhone 6.

The most noticeable feature of this phone is its curve, hence the name G Flex. It seems as it’s a direct competitor to the Samsung S6 having its curve from top to bottom as opposed to down the sides. It matches LG’s new 4K televisions keeping LG products design streamlined. I’m a fan. I think it adds a bit of personality to the phone rather than a boring straight rectangle. It certainly turned heads when I got it out in social situations.

Having a 1080p screen allows you to watch full HD content in all its glory, and with 403 pixels per inch, videos look super clear, and sharp.

The curve matches the shape of your head giving much better sound reproduction during calls on both ends. I could have the speaker pressed close against my ear while the microphone reached a nice distance away from my mouth.

The biggest question asked was how it was meant to fit in my pocket without feeling uncomfortable? Perfectly fine to tell you the truth. I had no problem keeping it in my front pocket and didn’t feel like the phone was flexing against my leg.

The LG G Flex 2 boasts a ‘self-healing’ back. This means that the rear of the phone can recover from minor scratches in around 10 seconds.  It does this by implementing a high-molecular technology. Unfortunately this will only protect the phone from minor scratches so things like key marks or even drops from a high place can cause some permanent damage. Fortunately the G Flex 2’s screen is covered with Gorilla Glass giving it added protection from drops and scratches.

The LG G Flex 2 is easy to hold. It will fit nicely into the palm of your hand and because of its smaller 5.5 inch display, reaching the whole surface of the screen with one hand is a breeze. The only issue here is the back. Because of the smoothness of the shell, I almost felt as if it was slippery. Finding a case to give it that extra grip is a challenge due to the curve.

You’ll also notice there are no buttons, on the front That’s right. All features are controlled by using the screen which is a nice touch. It frees up space so it feels like you’re holding a screen. There is hardly any edge to add an unnecessary bezel giving you more immersion into what you’re doing, especially when playing games. Buttons are instead placed on the rear of the phone which felt very alien at first, but soon got used to the position falling nicely in place with my middle finger. You can find here the lock button as well as volume up and down. These are usually placed down the side of a phone. Kudos for a brave design change LG, and one that pays off.

Overall performance is relatively lag free thanks to the new Snapdragon 810 and Adreno 430 graphics chip. There is also 2GB RAM to back up the processor. I had no problem at all flicking through menus, playing new 3D games and quickly using the camera. The phone was very quick. As i said it’s relatively lag free. Menus would stutter after some time using the mobile. But these were only short. I wouldn’t say they affected the use.

LG use their own Optimus skin to mask the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system. It’s very clear and looks great, better than some of the other masks I’ve seen on mobiles. LG have their own pieces of software installed on the phone such as exclusive widgets and their own Knock unlock screen. You unlock the screen by knocking a combination in a 2×2 grid. Very intuitive and a nice change from the usual sliding pattern.

LG’s new camera is actually very good. It has a new laser autofocus, optical image stabilisation and a duel LED flash. The LG G Flex 2 has a 13-megapixel sensor which produces some really clear shots. The camera has a number of features that can help the quality of your images such as its HDR mode. The panorama mode works reletively well producing some lovely wide landscape shots.

LG have introduced a new selfie software. You can position the phone and then make a fist shape to trigger a three-second timer. As selfies are absurdly popular now, it’s good so you don’t have to struggle with holding your hand in awkward positions to get to the shutter button.

The LG G Flex 2 is a superb little phone, and is aimed at a more trendy market than conventional mobiles. It has some powerful specs compared to the last one and works under load really well. The screen is now 1080p which is a huge boost from the older 720p resolution. If you’re looking for something a little different with great specifications, then consider the LG G Flex 2 over some of the more popular models on the market.

The LG G Flex 2 is widely available nationwide from any Carphone Warehouse store.

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