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January 31, 2014

LG G Flex Receives Mixed Reviews

In case you haven’t been keeping up with the bleeding edge of smartphone trends, Korean manufacturers LG and Samsung have decided that curved devices will be the next big thing. Whether they’re right or not, of course, really depends on consumer reaction. Fortunately, both companies have decided to bring their respective curved phones to broader markets to better gauge this.

However, Samsung’s Galaxy Round, which curves on the horizontal plane, made its way to the U.S. by somewhat unofficial means through online retailers. The vertically curved LG G Flex, on the other hand, has official release dates with Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. As such, more sites have been releasing proper reviews of the niche device — with mixed results.

This was to be expected, of course, since the G Flex isn’t just curved, it’s also pretty massive with a six-inch flexible plastic OLED display. That said, most seem to agree that, despite its 720p resolution, the G Flex’s display is absolutely stellar thanks in part to LG’s proprietary Real RGB technology, which the company says provides more accurate colors thanks to a tighter sub pixel arrangement. In other words, you won’t find the blue bias that was once inherent in Samsung’s older Super AMOLED displays.

Another point in favor of the G Flex is its tough build quality. This has to do in part to the fact that the phone is actually capable of bending out flat without any ill effects. Add in “self-healing” polymer paint on the body and the G Flex is pretty resistant to scratches as well.

Critics have also praised the G Flex’s 3,500mAh for providing solid battery life capable of last around two days of average use.

On the negative side, most reviewers keep coming back to two main points: The G Flex is too big and too pricey. Unfortunately, in terms of the former, the G Flex’s curved design only serves to exacerbate the issue by making the device puff up in the pocket. As for the latter, the G Flex is $650 off contract and $300 on contract, putting it squarely in the premium pricing camp. Considering such an odd phone is likely going to be a gamble for most, its price point is pretty off putting.

Still, the adventurous only have to wait until next week to grab one.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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