Monday, October 28, 2013

LG G2 vs. LG Flex! A Battle of Non-Existent Proportions!

If you're a true Android fan, then your bound to know about the LG G2. If your a Sammy fan boy, then, in a sense, you too know about the LG G2. And if you know about the LG Flex, you definitely should know about the LG G2.

A little history...
The LG G2 comes from the Optimus G, LG's flagship line. The Optimus G was the beginning of a great smartphone line that already has two successors within less than year's time! When the Optimus G came out, people flocked to it due to its price and top-of-the-line specs. The Optimus G Pro soon (real soon, we're talking a matter of months) followed and made a few tweaks here-and-there to improve on their previous flagship model. And in even less time, the LG G2 has come out and has rightfully made itself a top Android smartphone contender with the likes of Samsung.

LG Flex
The LG Flex was announced soon after Samsung announced their Galaxy Round. The LG Flex is named so because of its flexible screen. Such flexibility insinuates a smartphone less prone to damage from falls. Furthermore, the idea is perpetuated by the fact that the LG Flex will supposedly incorporate a "self-healing" technology. Apparently, when the LG Flex is scratched in can heal itself, not unlike a gecko and a lost tail, or Wolverine (X-Men reference for all you old folk) and a bullet to the forehead.

The lowdown
While it is hard to not be intrigued and want the LG Flex, with the amount of smartphone flagships LG has been spitting out, my foot has to come down somewhere. And that somewhere is here!

LG G2 Specifications
  • Display: 5.2-inch 1080p
  • Thickness: 8.9mm
  • Weight: 143g
  • Camera: 13MP
  • CPU: Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 (2.26GHz)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Battery: 3000mAh
LG Flex Specifications 
  • Display: 6-inch 720p (Flexible)
  • Thickness: 7.9mm-8.7mm
  • Weight: 177g
  • Camera: 13MP
  • CPU: Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 (2.26GHz)
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Battery: 3500mAh
Now that we have that all in the open, let's throw out some pros and cons...

Pros & Cons (point system)

  1. The display is always a preference game, however 5.2 inches is not that far from 6 inches. No points awarded. The LG G2 sports a 1080p display compared to a 720p display for the LG Flex. LG G2 awarded 1 point. But we're not done quite yet. The surprise advantage is obviously the "self-healing" flexible screen for the LG Flex. LG Flex awarded 1 point.
  2. The thickness of both the LG G2 and the LG Flex are almost identical. No points awarded.
  3. The LG G2 is the clear winner when it comes to weight. While phone weight would never seem like a big issue, it is often touted as a great spec to be aware of. Notice how many reviews on numerous smartphones will note how "light" a phone is. LG G2 awarded 1 point.
  4. There is not much information on the camera for the LG Flex. The LG G2 has a revolutionary camera and it is assumed that the same camera sensor will be used in the LG Flex given the speculated amount of time we will have between the launching of the LG G2 and the LG Flex. No points awarded.
  5. The CPU and the RAM are identical. No points awarded.
  6. The LG Flex is a seemingly clear winner here. As long as LG continues to use their step-design in their batteries, the LG Flex should outlast the LG G2. However, what kind of power needs do these new flexible screens have? Because I can only speculate, I will logically assume that the power needs are similar to current smartphones of the same size. LG Flex awarded 1 point.
LG G2   vs.  LG Flex
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After thoughts...
The game is tied, love-all, but one has to be hated on! While secretly I want the LG Flex, I hate that it had to come out after I bought a G2. Putting those feelings aside, either smartphone would be a great choice. If your accident-prone, maybe the LG Flex is more your speed. If your about the best resolution, maybe the LG G2 will quench your thirst. But there are two more things thing to be mentioned...

Here are some significant items that may sway you to the LG G2 side:
  1. The LG G2 price is phenomenal when it comes to its competitors! The LG Flex's price is still unknown. But if the Galaxy Round is any indicator, it could be almost twice the retail price of when the LG G2!
  2. It is undetermined if the LG Flex will make it out of Korea. I believe the chances seem better than seeing the Galaxy J internationally, but it is still unknown. This may turn people to the Galaxy Round just because it will be available.
So, in summation, the LG G2 may be the horse - or the only horse - to bet on if you're planning on picking up a new smartphone any time soon.

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