The LG G Flex 2 from US Cellular is a worthy competitor among large smartphones

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By Paul Gorski
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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.

2 thoughts on “The LG G Flex 2 from US Cellular is a worthy competitor among large smartphones

  • May 29, 2015 at 3:57 am
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    Worthy competitor? Nope. The Flex 2 is a non-starter. The overheating SD 810 processor causes thermal throttling and severe lag – and LG has no plans to fix it. This phone will be sitting on shelves through the summer unless LG sells it for $349 fully unlocked, 16gb storage, 3gb memory.

  • May 30, 2015 at 9:15 am
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    DaMax,

    Thank you for posting. The G Flex 2 was perkier and more responsive than the Nexus 6 and Samsung phones I’ve tested. Battery life was very good and the performance was stable throughout the day. I can’t say that for the Nexus 6 which progressively got slower throughout the day.

    My major gripe with the Flex 2 is the screen; it isn’t nearly as bright as some reviewers say it is. Specifically, the screen faded away to almost nothing outside on cloudy days. Dimming the screen automatically is a feature of the heating issue you mentioned, but I wasn’t running apps and the phone was very cool to the touch.

    I suspect that some of the performance issues, perhaps even overheating, with this and other Android phones is more likely due to the buggy Android v5 on new Android phones. The Nexus 6 shipped with v5, but once I upgraded to v5.1 most of the performance issues went away, except for throttling after a few hours hour and an annoying SMS messaging bug. Again, that was with a Nexus 6, not the G Flex 2.

    In my opinion, Android v5 is a major fail. Wait for 5.1 or 5.2 before upgrading any compatible KitKat-based phone.

    Thanks again for reading The Rock River Times.

    Paul Gorski

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