The LG G Flex 2 is a smartphone for those who want to start a conversation. Ahem.
Mostly, it starts with the curved design. When you hold it in your hand, the phone curves up slightly toward your ear and in toward your mouth to help with hearing the person on the other end (and so they can hear you). It creates a slight cocoon effect that, in my tests, worked slightly better than most normal smartphones without a curve. If you watch a movie on the plane on your next business trip, the curve also tends to reduce glare.
The model I tested is bright red and super shiny, almost like the paint you'd see on a sports car; all Flex 2 phones have a coating on the back that can obfuscate light scratches due to a self-healing material. The phone stands out in a crowd due to the curve and the color. It's even more impressive when you consider some of the techie features. For example, you can drag down from the top of the screen when the display is dimmed to get a quick read on weather conditions (say, bright sun or overcast skies and check the time and date). The button on the back makes it easy ti power up in a pinch.
Like many recent smartphones from companies like HTC and Samsung, the Flex 2 also has a Fast Charge mode--you can charge to 50% in about 40 minutes. I used the Sprint version of the phone all week while on business and it lasted a full day without having to recharge, although I rarely watched any videos or streamed music.
The phone uses a 5.5-inch screen that's bright and colorful; the OLED screen tech means the pixels look sharper and more colorful. That helped me with a few of my key apps like Sprout Social for social networking because I could read the fine text in a Twitter post. The keyboard felt responsive enough for fast typing answering e-mails during the day. I never felt like the phone, which uses the Android operating system, was a letdown from using an iPhone all day or made me wish I was using a phone without a curve.
It's not a business feature, but the Flex 2 has some crafty tricks when it comes to snapping photos. The 13-megapixel camera sensor uses a laser to autofocus quickly, so if you are at a company party or during after work excursions, you can trust that your shots won't look blurry. with a gesture, you can also snap a selfie. I took multiple photos of people, cars, and landscape views and the photos looked colorful and crisp. The curve even helps with snapping photos because you can see what's in the scene.
Thankfully, LG has not loaded up the Flex 2 with a bunch of extra apps and superfluous features you probably won't use. At it's core, it's a fast, responsive Android phone that is meant for serious mobile use. You can easily find most of the Google apps and use the Google voice assistant to look up directions or even check flights as you can on most Google-powered smartphones. Overall, it's a super-smart phone that worked well for me on a business trip and daily use. It's $199 if you sign up for a Sprint contract.
I'm impressed with how long it lasted, how the screen looked so crisp, and that wonderful curved design. It's a fun but powerful phone for serious business.