G Flex http://www.stuff.tv/lg/g-flex/news en-GB LG G Flex, the world's premier bendy phone, will hit UK shelves on 1 February http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex-will-hit-uk-shelves-1-february/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bend it, flex it, anyway you want it - the G Flex can be yours next month, from £50 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="LG G Flex will hit UK shelves on 1 February" alt="LG G Flex will hit UK shelves on 1 February" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-G-Flex-review-verdict_0.png?1390392375" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG has announced that its bendable <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review" target="_blank">G Flex</a> smartphone will be released in the UK on 1 February.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex-will-hit-uk-shelves-1-february/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex-will-hit-uk-shelves-1-february/news#comments G Flex LG Smartphones Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:59:22 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431563 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: Introducing the G Flex – the world's first flexible smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/android/video-review-introducing-g-flex-lgs-first-curved-smartphone/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The curved G Flex differentiates itself from the flat-screened masses and is only really rivalled by Samsung&#039;s Galaxy Round – but does that mean it&#039;s a must-have device? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video review: Introducing the G Flex – LG&#039;s first curved smartphone " alt="Video review: Introducing the G Flex – LG&#039;s first curved smartphone " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-G-Flex-review-verdict.png?1388053070" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2965143447001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2965143447001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Flex video review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/video-review-introducing-g-flex-lgs-first-curved-smartphone/video#comments Android Android Jelly Bean G Flex LG Smartphones Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:28:43 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1430378 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G Flex http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s different, we grant you that, but is the curvy G Flex also revolutionary? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Is the curved G Flex really revolutionary? " alt="Is the curved G Flex really revolutionary? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-G-Flex-review-main.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/nigel-yap-0" title="View user profile.">Nigel Yap</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Revolutionary or dud? That was the first thought to cross our minds as we took possession of our LG G Flex.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 999,900 Korean Won (£550) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A battery that goes on and on </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great performance, just like the G2 </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Curved screen gives great viewing angles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No Full HD screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Camera lacks OIS </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Curved in all the right places </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The weird shape will grab the headlines, but let&rsquo;s not forget that the 6in screen also essentially makes this LG&rsquo;s very first phablet.</p> <p>That doesn&rsquo;t mean you&rsquo;re getting a huge slab of phone on your face, though. Measuring in at 160.5 x 81.6 x 8.7 mm, this is smaller in every direction than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-max/review" target="_blank">HTC One Max</a>, despite having an extra 0.1in of screen real estate. At 177g it&rsquo;s lighter, too, so if you&rsquo;re hankering for phablet fun but have so far been dissuaded by the digit-stretching dimensions, the G Flex is already looking like the phone for you.</p> <p>Then there&rsquo;s the shrinking effect of the curved design, which makes the Flex seem far smaller than it really is. Depending on how you angle it, it can look like a pretty normal-sized smartphone. As you might expect, the curvature also improves ergonomics. An added benefit that we weren&rsquo;t expecting is how nicely the curve cups the buttocks when the phone is in your jeans back pocket. Don&rsquo;t judge us.</p> <p>Worried that the curved design could result in a snapped smartphone? LG claims the G Flex can withstand 80kg of weight on top of it, and although our pre-Christmas extra pounds prevented us from all-out standing on it, pushing down on the top and bottom edges resulted in no creaks or cracks. This wasn&rsquo;t an accident-free test (more on that later) but we&rsquo;ve been given no reason to doubt the structural integrity of the device.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review " alt="LG G Flex review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-homescreen-crop.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review " alt="LG G Flex review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-curved-build.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review " alt="LG G Flex review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-build-curve-2.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flex, heal thyself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If there was one other thing that really caught our attention, it was LG&rsquo;s claim of a back cover that would heal itself from scratches and scuffs - sounds a lot like sheer science fiction.</p> <p>It goes against all of our gadget-loving instincts, but we ran some keys over the rear of the Flex to test it out, and sure enough the back seemed to heal itself. It took a little while, but the scratches receded, and we were left with what appeared to be an unblemished backside. Alright, so some careful angling of the phone still shows some traces of the scratches, but in everyday use they&rsquo;re imperceptible, and that&rsquo;s some mighty impressive hocus pocus.</p> <p>And then we took it too far. We won&rsquo;t go into details, but suffice to say the G Flex can&rsquo;t heal scissor wounds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review " alt="LG G Flex review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-rear-ports_0.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Flex Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <ul> <li>Operating System - Android 4.2.2<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>Processor - 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 /w quad-core Krait CPU<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>RAM - 2GB<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>Screen - 6in Curved POLED with 1280 x 720 resolution<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>Camera - 13MP rear, 2.1MP front<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>Storage - 32GB&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>Data - 4G LTE<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>Battery &ndash; 3500mAh<br />&nbsp;</li> <li>Dimensions - 160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9 - 8.7mm</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just like the G2, with some new tricks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Take the curve out of the equation and there are a lot of similarities between the G Flex and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, from the physical design to the processing grunt and the Optimus UI skin that sits on top of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.</p> <p>Features such as the &ldquo;tap of life&rdquo; (double-tap the screen to awaken it from sleep), IR Blaster, Slide Aside, Quick Remote and the rest make their appearance and work just as well as they do on the G2. Of course you also get a fair amount of useless clutter in there, as you did with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, but it&rsquo;s relatively easy to ignore.</p> <p>The G Flex also has some additions. One of them is the Quick Theatre feature. It makes full use of the curved screen and lets you access your pictures, videos and YouTube directly from the lock screen. All you have to do is drag outwards with two fingers and voila &ndash; it&rsquo;s like opening up the curtains to a world of fun.</p> <p>The other addition is the Dual Window feature that allows you to run two apps side by side. It&rsquo;s a great way to make use of the G Flex&rsquo;s screen estate, and only held back by the fact that it&rsquo;s limited to just a handful of (largely pre-installed) apps.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re also happy to admit that we&rsquo;re rather smitten with the live, motion-sensing wallpaper on the lock screen. It&rsquo;s got a day and night cycle and when you tilt the phone forward and back the background slides with the curve. Pointless but pretty, and sometimes that&rsquo;s ok.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review " alt="LG G Flex review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-lockscreen_0.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Even more power than the mighty G2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Flex runs on the same 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 as its G2 sibling but here it performs almost identically. If figures are your thing, our AnTuTu benchmark of the Flex produced a score of 35,028, just a smidge over the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2&rsquo;s 34,191</a>.</p> <p>Unsurprisingly the real-world performance is similarly, well, similar. We experienced practically no stutter or lag in our Flex test, even when throwing a whole bunch of 3D games, HD videos and web pages at it simultaneously.</p> <p>Web browsing is especially smooth, loading up sites quickly and without any perceptible lag, while page scrolling is beautifully fluid and smooth. You&rsquo;ll obviously want to hook up to an LTE network if you want to take advantage of that rendering power.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">The 25 best free games for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review " alt="LG G Flex review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-gaming-performance.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No full HD? That can’t be </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In all of its hurry to make the screen bend, LG appears to have forgotten to make the Flex Full HD, and on a 6in screen the 1280 x 720 resolution equates to a pixel density of just 245ppi. Sure enough, next to the 423ppi G2 it looks decidedly less detailed and sharp.</p> <p>But that&rsquo;s not to say the screen is bad in its own right. It&rsquo;s bright enough to be clearly visible even in direct sunlight, and colours are natural and vibrant. As is becoming the norm for LG phones, skin tones are cooler than you&rsquo;ll find on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but to our mind that makes them more realistic.&nbsp;The curvature of the screen does somehow make it more comfortable for extended movie sessions, and 6-inches is a great size for videos on the move. </p> <p>And yet, in a way all of those great qualities only make us more disappointed at the lack of Full HD. This could have been a truly spectacular screen, but the last-gen resolution leaves you wanting more.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review " alt="LG G Flex review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-screen-mountain.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review " alt="LG G Flex review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-homescreen-2.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> G Flex&#039;s camera trades OIS for selfies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G Flex shares the same 13-megapixel camera as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>, although there are some disappointing differences, chief among them are that it doesn&rsquo;t come with optical image stabilization (OIS) and there&rsquo;s only one flash, instead of the two on the G2.</p> <p>The lack of OIS is pretty noticeable, from the higher chance of blurring to more graininess in low-light shots. It&rsquo;s a better performer in good light, though, and outdoor shots benefit from accurate colours and good contrast.</p> <p>The camera interface is exactly the same as that of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, albeit with a few additional goodies. You still get your HDR mode, VR panorama and dual camera functions built-in, but what&rsquo;s new in the G Flex is the inclusion of a &ldquo;selfie&rdquo; mode, or Face Tracking, as LG calls it. This takes advantage of the colour-changing back button to help you take a more accurate selfie. Just set it to Face Tracking mode and try to take a selfie. The camera will then blink the back button to Yellow and once your face is sufficiently lined it&rsquo;ll turn the button green, signalling the best time to snap your mug. Rumour has it taking pictures of your own face is pretty popular these days, so one or two people will probably find this pretty useful.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review " alt="LG G Flex review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-rear-buttons.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review - Sample shot " alt="LG G Flex review - Sample shot " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-sample-pic-buildings.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review - Sample shot " alt="LG G Flex review - Sample shot " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-camera-sample-headphones.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It just goes on and on and on… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If there was one thing that really impressed us when it came to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, it was the monstrous battery life. It averaged out to about 18 hours of usage in our review and that was on a 3000 mAH battery. The G Flex, with its 3500 mAH battery and fewer pixels to push, should perform even better, right?</p> <p>Right. This is another Duracell Bunny-like device, pretty much negating the fairly minor disappointment of the battery being non-removable. We tried absolutely thrashing it with an endless mix of 3D games, heavy data and looping video and it lasted an impressive 10 hours, and with normal daily use that went right up to eighteen-and-a-half hours.</p> <p>And &ldquo;normal&rdquo; for us still includes email checks, social media, lots of surfing and YouTubing, a bit of gaming and a few calls, not to mention both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth switched on throughout. We reckon that with a bit of frugal use you could make the Flex last two full days.</p> <p>And just like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, the charging time for the G Flex is pretty quick, charging up to about 20 percent in a mere 15 minutes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review" alt="LG G Flex review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-battery-icon.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s a lot about the G Flex that&rsquo;s brilliant, from the searing performance to the massive battery life and unusual, bottom-hugging styling. But that only makes the disappointments even more frustrating.</p> <p>This is a phone intended to make waves and grab attention, but the spec missteps prevent it from being the instant classic it could have been. Dropping the Full HD resolution and optical image stabilization of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a> seems like madness.</p> <p>Clearly it&rsquo;s no dud, but neither is it revolutionary, particularly as there&rsquo;s little genuine benefit to the curved design. It proves it can be done, though, and that opens the door to hopefully far more interesting and useful designs in the future. Give us back our Full HD, OIS and make it genuinely flexible, and we&rsquo;ll be right at the front of the queue for the next Flex.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 25 best free apps for Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex review" alt="LG G Flex review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LG-G-Flex-review-verdict.png?1394628203" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An interesting experiment, but a couple of spec disappointments mean G Flex isn&rsquo;t the absolute classic it could have been</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG G Flex revealed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG takes on the Samsung Galaxy Round with its own curved smartphone </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> G Flex LG Smartphones Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:01:46 +0000 Stephen Graves 1427872 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Android camera getting a boost and LG G Flex’s self-healing put to the test http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-android-camera-getting-boost-lg-g-flex-s-self-healing-put-test-and-coolest-cut <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ease your way into the day with our morning tech new round-up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Android camera" alt="Android camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-nexus-4-review-photosphere_4.jpg?1384916191" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Major Android camera update coming soon? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Some interesting news for anyone who&rsquo;s disappointed by the camera quality on Google&rsquo;s Nexus devices (and that&rsquo;s probably most people with a Nexus device): the company is working on a new camera API for Android.</p> <p>The update, which Google has apparently been working on for almost a year but couldn&rsquo;t finish in time for the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat, will add a clutch of new features such as burst mode shooting, face detection and RAW capture (currently, no phone is able to capture RAW images). There&rsquo;s no confirmation that it&rsquo;ll actually improve the quality of the JPEGs turned out by Android cameras, but we live in hope.</p> <p>Some of the above features may be available on your Android phone, but they&rsquo;re third-party additions bolted on, not native to the camera API.</p> <p>One other interesting nugget: the API reportedly adds support for a removeable camera. A hint that modular Android devices (see Motorola&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-teams-phonebloks-project-ara-modular-phones/news-0">Project Ara</a>) may be on the way? [Source: <a href="http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/11/google-is-working-on-a-new-android-camera-api-supports-camera-raw/">Ars Technica</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Second generation of Recon’s wearable winter sports HUD released </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Recon has announced the Snow2, a follow-up to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hands-recon-gps-snow-goggles/news">Snow</a> HUD launched all the way back in 2010. Like its predecessor, the Snow2 is designed to be worn while skiing or snowboarding, works with many existing brands of googles, and puts information in your eye-line while you&rsquo;re barrelling downhill. The difference? It&rsquo;s now three times faster, with 35 percent more battery life.</p> <p>Info tracked includes speed, distance travelled, altitude and even airtime during jumps, while the built-in GPS also enables map use and &ldquo;real-time buddy tracking&rdquo; which, yes, tells you where all your friends are on the resort. You can also receive notifications from an Android or iOS smartphone.</p> <p>The Snow2, which is available now for US$400 (&pound;250), shares an API with Recon&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/recon-instruments/recon-ceo-says-contact-lenses-google-glass-displays-will-happen/feature">Jet</a> smart sunglasses, meaning developers can make apps that work across both devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Snow2" alt="Snow2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/recon-snow2.jpg?1384848181" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most thrilling pieces of cutlery we’ve seen this week </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Cutlery isn&rsquo;t normally very exciting is it? Occasionally your heart may flutter when the waiter replaces your normal knife with a steak knife, but really that&rsquo;s about it. Until now. Because you can now buy a fork and spoon that you can flick out like a butterfly knife.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s actually no knife in the set (presumably because such implements are banned in many countries), but the ability to flip out your morning cereal spoon like a gang member from an early 90s action movie? That&rsquo;s got to be worth the US$13 (&pound;8) asking price. [Source: <a href="http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1638">ThinkGeek</a> via <a href="http://gizmodo.com/butterfly-knife-utensils-for-badass-brunchers-1466735554">Gizmodo</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The most thrilling pieces of cutlery we’ve seen this week" alt="The most thrilling pieces of cutlery we’ve seen this week" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/butterfly-knife-cutlery.jpg?1384916191" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch the LG G Flex heal itself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the most intriguing things about the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/lg-g-flex/review">LG G Flex</a> (aside from its curved screen and bendy body) is the claim that it can &lsquo;heal&rsquo; itself from scratches on the casing. Does it work? This video gets to the bottom of its mystical regenerative powers &ndash; or lack of them&hellip; [Source: <a href="http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/125237-lg-g-flex-self-healing-technology-shown-off-in-new-video">Pocket-lint</a>]<br />&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Z-W66HINFLg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android G Flex LG Recon Instruments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:29:13 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1429210 at http://www.stuff.tv Curved LG G Flex phone coming in November http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/curved-lg-g-flex-phone-coming-november/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG set to launch a 6in phone with a curved OLED screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Flex" alt="LG G Flex" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-G-Flex-curved-phone-sketch.jpg?1380826894" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG is reportedly planning to launch the G Flex, a smartphone with a curved display.</p> <p>According to&nbsp;<a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57605672-94/lg-preps-curved-display-smartphone-the-g-flex/">CNET</a>, which has got its hands on the design sketch seen above, the G Flex is set for a November launch and will feature a 6in curved plastic OLED display.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flexible friend </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, curved phones are nothing new – the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-nexus/review">Samsung Galaxy Nexus</a>&nbsp;had a slight curve to its screen, but new plastic-based OLED panels&nbsp;like those <a href="http://lgdnewsroom.com/press_releases/1659?ls_page=1&amp;pyear=2013">shown off by LG</a> earlier this year should make for more dramatic arcs.</p> <p>Don't expect the G Flex to be a flexible friend, though – although LG has managed to make a floppy OLED screen, the G Flex will reportedly keep it locked into a rigid curve. Which means that stuffing it into your trouser pocket is likely to be a challenge.</p> <p>[<a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57605672-94/lg-preps-curved-display-smartphone-the-g-flex/">CNET</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/02/lg-g-flex-to-be-revealed-next-month-with-flexible-6-inch-display/">Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG 5in flexible OLED display" alt="LG 5in flexible OLED display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-inch-Plastic-OLED_1.jpg?1380826894" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/curved-lg-g-flex-phone-coming-november/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/g-flex/curved-lg-g-flex-phone-coming-november/news#comments G Flex LG Smartphones Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:10:50 +0000 Stephen Graves 1427437 at http://www.stuff.tv