The LG G Flex is an eye-catching smartphone that could also be a solid business companion. The handset lives up to its name, with a unique curved design that can bend and flex slightly under pressure. But LG's new phablet has more to offer business users than a huge, curved display. It also packs a powerful processor, long battery life and a host of productivity-boosting software features to help you put that big screen to use. Not everyone will appreciate its unusual design or palm-stretching size, but the right business users will find a lot to like in the LG Flex. Check out a full review of the LG G Flex on our sister site, Laptop Mag, and then read on for five features that make this phone ready for real work.
1. 6-inch screen
The G Flex is notable for more than just its curved design. Measuring 6 inches diagonally, it's also one of the biggest smartphones you can buy. It might be too much for some people to handle, but a big display like this can be a real boon for business users, as it's simply more comfortable to perform basic tasks such as email and Web browsing on a large screen. It also offers the space you'll need to view or edit documents and spreadsheets on your smartphone.
The G Flex's display resolution, however, trails behind that on competing phablets, such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. Still, the 720p screen on LG's device is bright, sharp and colorful, but text won't appear as crisp as it would on some other premium smartphones.
2. Curved display
The G Flex's slightly curved display is sure to turn some heads. But aside from being visually striking, the rounded screen could have some practical benefits for business users. For starters, the curved surface brings the top and bottom of the display a bit closer to your outstretched fingers. In other words, the curved design makes this phablet more usable. The shape might also make it better for phone calls because it brings the speaker closer to your ear and the microphone closer to your mouth. That makes the G Flex feel a bit more like a curved landline phone, which can't be said for its flat-screen brethren. The result is a more comfortable talking experience for business users who place a lot of phone calls.
3. Powerful processor
The G Flex is a phablet with plenty of computing power. Under the hood, it packs a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. It's not the fastest Android phablet, but business users can expect speedy browsing, snappy multitasking and overall good performance when running their favorite productivity apps. The phone also features 32GB of internal storage, with plenty of space to store large files and business documents.
4. Long battery life
LG's flagship phone, the LG G2, was already one of the longest-lasting smartphones available, lasting between 9 and 11 hours in tests that include continuous Web surfing.Thanks to a beefy 3,500-mAh battery, the G Flex lasts even longer. With average use, it can run for up to two full workdays before it needs a recharge. That kind of dependability is important for business users who really rely on their mobile device to stay connected and productive through the end of the workday.
5. Multitasking software
What good is a huge display if your smartphone doesn't have the software to make it really worthwhile? The G Flex's QSlide functionality lets you open multiple apps at the same time, in separate windows. That's a plus for business users who need to juggle tasks such as responding to email while conducting research in a Web browser. It's similar to the Multi Window view available on Samsung handsets, such as the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, that displays two apps in a side-by-side view.
With QSlide, users can resize the app windows, drag them around on the screen and tweak their transparency. You can even minimize a QSlide app by dragging the window to the side of the screen. After that, the app will appear as an icon that stays pinned to your screen even when you open another app; just tap the icon to reopen it. This functionality makes it simpler to transition between tasks.
The G Flex is a unique phone that's more than a novelty. It packs a fast processor, a big display and a curved design that actually makes it easier to use. It has one of the longest-lasting batteries in any smartphone available, and it comes with LG's handy multitasking software, making this a dependable and flexible business device. But it isn't for everyone. It's expensive, and its big screen isn't as sharp as the displays on other top-tier phones. And it's significantly larger than even the Galaxy Note 3, one of the most popular business phablets. For business users who can handle the bulk, the G Flex is a solid pick.