Anyone who’s been around in the past year will be aware that curved screen phones are all the rage. With two of the latest smartphones rocking a less than conventional display, it’s hard to tell the differences between the two.
In our LG G Flex 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge comparison we examine two new releases which both have their own unique and innovative design traits.
Flexible vs Edge display
A new viewing angle
The LG G Flex 2 delivers a flexible form that incorporates a large 5.5” display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (403 pixels per inch).
This curved and flexible display is more than just a gimmick, and delivers optimum viewing angles for reduced glare and reflection.
LG was also smart enough to use toughened Corning Gorilla Glass, which combines with the natural curvature of the display to make it 30% more likely to survive a drop. Further robustness is added via the self healing coating which magically heals minor scratches.
In the hand the LG G Flex 2 feels secure, with no side buttons getting in the way. At 7.1mm thick (increasing to 9.4mm in the centre) and with an adult aimed colour scheme this smartphone certainly looks the part.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has a display that bends over the edges on both sides with the front size offering a 5.1” viewing area with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. This delivers 577 pixels per inch which is slightly ahead of that offered by the LG G Flex 2.
“LG was also smart enough to use toughened Corning Gorilla Glass, which combines with the natural curvature of the display to make it 30% more likely to survive a drop”.
The edge display delivers real function, with the ability to check and reply to messages, calls and emails. Five of your contacts can be colour coded, with coloured bands appearing on the edge for one-touch access to voice calls, text and email. Incoming notifications from these contacts are also colour coded on the edge displays, making it easy to identify caller ID at a glance.
The Samsung’s display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and this is surrounded by a full metal body in a matt colour scheme. At 7mm thick the Galaxy S6 Edge shows off its premium qualities and is just as much a head turner as the LG G Flex 2.
Does a curved screen improve the camera?
Feature rich or cluttered?
The LG G Flex 2 has a great 13MP camera with laser auto focus for perfectly focused results every time. The camera interface has all but the essential features removed in an attempt to offer a better overall experience.
The features that remain include Panorama Shot and HDR with the option to shoot simultaneous 2160p video and capture still images at the same time. A dual LED flash has been used to ensure true colour reproduction under low light conditions and this also extends the shooting distance under these circumstances.
The 2.1MP selfie camera has a Beauty Slider for smoothing out skin tones, and with Gesture Shot the shutter can be activated with a simple gesture. Once the shot has been captured, a lowering of the phone activates Gesture View which takes you straight to the photo gallery to admire the results.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge outdoes the LG smartphone with a 16MP camera that can shoot 2160p video with Slow and Fast Motion video playback. A double tap on the home button activates the camera, making it really easy to point and shoot at a spur of the moment.
With features to spare, you’ll discover Samsung Pro Mode which puts innovations like Fast Tracking Auto Focus, High Clear Zoom, Auto Real-Time HDR, IR Detect White Balance and Selective Focus at your fingertips.
A large aperture lens has been used to let in more light, and selfies are handled by a secondary 5MP camera, which once again is slightly ahead of that seen on the LG G Flex 2.
LG vs Samsung features
The LG G Flex 2 has a 64-bit octa-core processor with 2GB RAM, which powers the Android Lollipop experience. In addition to pre-installed Google apps, a quick swipe to the left uncovers LG exclusive apps and widgets, including LG Health and Fitness.
The LG G Flex 2 is secured with LG Knock Codes, with tens of thousands of possible combinations. Bluetooth v4.1 is included, which tackles the issues of Bluetooth interfering with 4G internet access. You’ll also find the QRemote app, for operating entertainment systems and 3D style gaming.
An extremely high capacity 3000mAh battery has been included by LG; a quick charge feature allows you to gain 50% charge in just 40 minutes.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge also boasts a 64-bit octa-core processor and Android Lollipop O,S but with slightly more RAM at 3GB. This offers a better experience when browsing the internet or playing graphic intensive games.
Samsung has added a bucket load of apps, including S Health 4.0, S Finder, S Voice, Sound Alive+, Bluetooth v4.1 and the Samsung Pay virtual credit card service. Samsung Smart Manager keeps the phone working at peak performance, and allows you to clean up old data, free memory and RAM and check the battery status. Your personal data is protected by a new and improved Fingerprint Sensor which has tackled the issue of reliable scans that was experienced on the Samsung Galaxy S5.
A slightly less powerful 2600mAh battery has been used by Samsung, but there is still a fast charge feature that in 10 minutes offers an extra 4 hours of mixed usage.
It only takes 10 minutes to get an extra 40% of battery life on the Galaxy S6 Edge…
The Galaxy S6 Edge also has wireless charging built in, and although the wireless charger isn’t included in the box it does work with the new range of coffee tables, bedside cabinets and lamps from Ikea that have wireless chargers built in.
LG G Flex 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
With both handsets performing highly, it’s a struggle to pick one over the other. With the S6 Edge offering smart notifications across its taperd sides, and the G Flex 2’s curved display for optiomum viewing, these two mobiles both boast real innovation.
Also featuring high-end cameras, improved security, and powerful processors, either one of these two teriffic devices is sure to turn heads in your direction.