By Paul Gorski
I have spent a few weeks reviewing a new LG G Flex 2 smartphone from U.S. Cellular; as an Android-based phone the Flex more than holds its own against its large smartphone competitors. The LG G Flex 2 features a large, 5.5” phone that is curved and has a certain amount of “flex” built into it for those of us who do not always treat our phones with respect.
The shape of the phone, the rear-mounted controls, the high-quality front and rear cameras, and the LG-customized Android 5.0.1 operating system make this phone look and feel different than similar large Android-based phones from Samsung and Google/Motorola. The rear-mounted controls confused me a bit at first, but after a week I adjusted and began to appreciate LG’s unique design. The screen could be a bit brighter though.
The G Flex 2 supports 4G LTE data transfers and just feels “fast,” keeping up with the data streaming I threw at it. However, I have not been impressed with the Android 5 operating system that ships with these and Android phones, as I prefer Android 4.4. That said, Android v5 is all the rage now, so if nothing else, G Flex 2 owners can consider themselves “trendy.
Don’t trust me? CNET gave the LG G Flex 2 a rating of 8.3/10. See that review at: http://www.cnet.com/products/lg-g-flex-2/. (I do not agree with CNET’s “killer screen” comments; they must not have tried the phone outside.)
My first choice for large smartphone buyers is still the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus offers a brilliant screen, long battery life and the popular, and consistent, iOS 8 operating system. But do not let me bias your purchasing decision. Take a look for yourself. If you are looking for a large-screen smartphone, look no further than the smartphone offerings at your local U.S. Cellular store. U.S. Cellular has all the new large smartphones from: LG, Samsung, Google and Apple.
Buyer beware: test your new phone, regardless of brand, at home, work and where you spend the most time. Make sure your new phone works where you want to use it. Test the voice, text and data. All phones and cellular carriers are not alike in terms of reception and call quality. Some services offer a low rate for unlimited calls and data–these offers mean nothing if their service does not work at your home. Good luck.
Paul Gorski ( www.paulgorski.com ) has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing, and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple IIe.