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There's more to the G Flex than meets the eye.

Beneath the futuristically curved chassis and beautiful screen lie hooks in its software to enhance productivity and protect users from common threats in the mobile environment.  This is LG GATE, or Guarded Access to Enterprise and is a security and business solution employing 4 key pillars to take BYOD to the next level.  Originally introduced in the second half of 2013 with the launch of the LG G2, GATE furthers its presence in the LG smartphone portfolio on the exciting new G Flex.

Exchange Activesync (EAS)

Sure you can get corporate email on Android phones, even the Nexus line of devices.  But GATE take things a step further with enhancements to both the UI of the mail client as well as management and compose capabilities embedded into LG's own mail client for Android.  Some of these include:

  • Secure Email
    - S/MIME and IRM support
  • Conversational View
  • Out of Office Setting
  • Reply / Forward status on Email
  • HTML Email Support

One of the things recently discovered by a colleague of mine was that when creating email, there are all sorts of options when composing emails, including ability to change the color of the email you send, embed pictures, and even draw on images you embed.  It's a far cry from text only based email and something I can really see business customers latching onto that will allow them to compose engaging and immersive messages.  Great for advertising and marketing companies or anyone who wants to put a little mojo into their email. flex+pic+3.JPG There are also enhancements to calendar, contacts, tasks and other security features.

Calendar

  • Available / Busy Lookup
  • Calendar Invitation
  • Invitation response

Contacts

  • Global Address List Lookup with Photo

Task

  • Task Share

Security

  • Device / SD Card Encryption
  • Restrict Applications
  • Remote Wipe / Lock
  • Password Policy Enforcement
  • Allow-Block-Quarantine by Device Types or Models

Settings

  • Email, Contact, Calendar, and Task Sync
  • Configurable Sync Interval
  • Auto Discover by Email Address and Password

Encryption

With FIPS 140-2 government grade encryption, GATE employs high level cipher strength to protect data at the handset level.  Encryption on smartphones is a basic entry point into most businesses with any type of security policy.  If a device cannot be encrypted, chances are they're not going to even look at it.

Per LG:

"The LG GATE security solution protects data stored on the device and SD cards from unauthorized access by utilizing a government grade FIPS 140-2 certified crypto module and AES 256 bit encryption algorithm. This DARE (Data At Rest Encryption) feature can be activated on the device manually or by IT departments through EAS/MDM servers."

VPN:

Another area of security that businesses insist on having on modern mobile devices is VPN.  LG GATE employs IPsec and SSL VPN to ensure that users can gain secure access to corporate resources behind the firewall, all from the convenience of their smart looking new G Flex phone.

"LG GATE supports the full features of IPSec VPN using a government grade FIPS 140-2 certified crypto module. It allows enterprises to build secure communications over public network infrastructures. It enables several different major gateways including IPSec and SSL VPN. Interoperability tests have been completed with the major gateways" - LG

LG's VPN supports all of the major VPN endpoint vendors:

  • CheckPoint
  • Cisco
  • Fortinet FortiGate
  • Juniper
  • NETGEAR ProSafe
  • SonicWALL
  • StrongSwan
  • ZyXEL
  • StoneSoft
  • AT&T GW
  • Windows Server

MDM

But from a business perspective, it's all well and good to have protection at the device level, but how to you manage several (or several hundred, or several thousand) devices that are brought into your company?  With mobile device management, or MDM of course.  LG's MDM APIs are leveraged through GATE and work with top MDM/EMM vendors such as Airwatch who Sprint has a strong partnership with.

Configuration & Management

  • Email/EAS, VPN, Wi-Fi Configuration
  • Application Management
  • Security Management

Control

  • Hardware control
    - Bluetooth, Camera, Wi-Fi, Microphone, SD Card, NFC, etc
  • Feature Control
    - Tethering, Screen capture

Device Protection

  • Wipe all data or lock the device when lost
  • Strong pass code policies

P&B Virtualization

Finally, Private and Business Virtualization offers customers options for delivering secure content to device endpoints without the need to physically store anything on the device via type 2 hypervisor support through LG's partnership with VMWare,  Virtualization is a solution many business customers are already using today or are strongly considering in the future.  It reduces risk while delivering access to behind the firewall content that their users need.

Enables IT manager to remotely manage corporate data on mobile devices

  • Enterprise-owned and managed with Web-based
    monitoring tool
  • Support corporate security and policies
  • Any Android app can be deployed to the work
    person without any modification

Enables user to protect their personal data and to separate from their work

  • Complete separation of personal and corporate assets
  • Preserve employee’s privacy

You can find out more on LG GATE here:

http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/lggate/welcome

Most consumers will never see or experience many of the powerful business security capabiltiies that exist on the G Flex, but they are there lying dormant and waiting to be invoked.  LG has found another way to make their lineup of Android devices compelling and they continue to show that they are a force to be reckoned with in the market.  Beyond cutting edge specs, design and hardware, LG also has a focus on the business space and things will only get more interesting from here and we can't wait to see what they come up with next!

Until next time,

The Product Ambassador Team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from
many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to
test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the
Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices,
therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the
opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way,
and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity.
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What's in a name?

Well, if you're talking about the "world's first flexible curved display smartphone" and your name happens to be the LG G Flex, maybe alot.  In fact, one of the major marketing points of this device is that fact that it's curved chassis is designed to withstand up to 80lbs of pressure and can lay flay at 180 degrees.

But, would you do it?

We have all been conditioned for so long to treat our smartphones like the fragile and delicate shining examples of electronic engineering that they are, never ever dropping them or intentionally damaging them.  And certainly, we wouldn't DREAM of BENDING our phones.  So, does the G Flex change all of that?  Yes and no.

Anyone who has been following the build up of hype and subsequent launch of the G Flex has undoubtedly seen videos in the press testing the flexion of the device, both pressing it flat from behind with the screen facing downwards and pressing the top and bottom bezels down to lay the device flat.  Cringe-worthy indeed but the G Flex seems to bounce back into it's originally curved shape without a hitch.  It's debatable whether or not someone should be actually flexing the Flex all that much; we here at the PA love innovation and love LG, but fear that over time, the device could suffer some damage not only to the chassis and screen, but also internally.  All that flexing means components in the device have to move even slightly which MAY cause issues like separation of the display from the housing.  We say MAY because no one knows yet; since this is the first device of it's kind in the Sprint device portfolio, the extent of wear remains to be seen and hopefully the G Flex can hold up to punishment 1-2 years.

What we DO know is that the G Flex is one of the more exciting and innovative devices to come to Sprint in quite awhile and the PA Launch Team is excited to be along for the ride, talking it up out here on Community.  We hope you come back for more news, reviews, opinions and info on this excellent new smartphone.

Until next time,

The Product Ambassador Team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from
many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to
test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the
Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices,
therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the
opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way,
and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity.
#sprintemployee

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Here in the Product Ambassador team we like to talk alot about devices.  They're fun, cool and exciting and really the reason why our team started in the first place; Corporate Communications and Product Marketing found that the #1 thing that SprintSpace readers cared about was gadgets, and thus, the PA team was born.

But when new devices come out, with all of the ooo's and ahh's and specs and capabilities flying around, it's easy to forget that PEOPLE are behind these wonderful things.  Very smart, interesting and innovative people.  And arguably one of the most powerful and influential people in the industry is Dr. Jong seong-Park, the executive VP and CEO of LG Mobile Communications.

A 30-year veteran of LG Electronics, Dr. Park previously served as head of LG?s Mobile Handset R&D Center, before which he spent 17 successful years at LG?s digital TV business. With this vast experience and strong record of achievement, Dr. Park is now devoted to leading LG?s Mobile Communications Company to the next major breakthrough in the mobile industry.  While serving as head of the Mobile Handset R&D Center, Dr. Park was in charge of directing the research and development of all LG?s mobile products. Dr. Park showed particularly assured leadership in transitioning the R&D Center?s focus from feature phones to smartphones, while simultaneously enhancing the company?s overall expertise and technologies.

During Dr. Park?s tenure developing digital television technology, which began in 1992, his lab continually introduced new innovations, such as DTV transmission technology, DTV Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) technology and various digital TV sets including the Time Machine, which paved the way for a global change in how we watch television.

In 1998, Dr. Park was promoted to the position of Vice President as well as head of the Digital TV Research Lab. In 2003 he became head of the Corporate Strategy Planning Team, and in 2006 LG Electronics again recognized Dr. Park?s work and excellence by making him an Executive Vice President and head of the Home Entertainment Company Research Lab.

The Korean government has also acknowledged Dr. Park?s commitment to making his country a global leader in technology and LG Electronics one of the foremost electronics companies in the world. Since 1997, Dr. Park has received four Presidential and Prime Ministerial awards.

Dr. Park holds a Bachelor of Science in electronic engineering from Seoul National University and a Master of Science in electronic engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. After earning a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Florida in the United States, Dr. Park further broadened his expertise by receiving a Master of Business Administration from McGill University in Canada.

(Source: LG)

What makes him powerful: For years, Jong-seok Park has been  trying to turn LG into a growing smartphone maker, all the while toiling in the  shadow of its larger South Korean rival, Samsung Electronics. LG was slower to  make the shift from feature phones to smartphones, but LG has  made solid strides to gain momentum in the smartphone market.

Park has steered LG toward focusing on LTE smartphones with fast processors  as a way to accelerate growth, if not necessarily to set LG apart from the pack.  That strategy was clearly on display at Mobile World Congress in February 2013, when  the company unveiled  a new range of Optimus-branded phones. In the first quarter of 2013, LG shipped  a record 10.3 million smartphones--and its total handset sales, including  feature phones and smartphones, were up nearly 31 percent from the period a year prior. The company also tried to regain traction in the U.S. market, where it  had ceded ground to Apple, Samsung, HTC and others, via the  launch of the Optimus G Pro. Though the device did not make much of a  splash, LG did set  a new record for smartphone sales in the second quarter, with 12.1  million.

Around the same time, LG announced that the company's next flagship phone  would officially be known as G2, and would be the first smartphone from LG to be  launched as  part of the company's new "G" premium brand. Park said the goal in dropping  the Optimus branding for its highest-end smartphones was to make the G  branded-devices "synonymous with excellence, raising the bar even further for  the ultimate in user experience."

Then, in early August, Park took  the stage at a media event in New York City to unveil the G2, and said it  would be coming to 130 wireless carriers in the next eight weeks, including all  four Tier 1 U.S. carriers. The G2 launch represented an opportunity for Park and  LG to get broad U.S. carrier distribution for a single high-end smartphone  model, something it had not previously been able to do, and that its competitors  had.

Park also used the opportunity to expound on LG's design philosophy and  approach to the G2; the device's front and sides have no physical buttons, with  the volume and power controls on the back of the phone, in what LG calls the  "rear key."

"The innovation that consumers expected has come and gone and we are left  with only the technology. With so much focus on the technology, a gap has  appeared between what consumers want and what companies create," Park said of  the smartphone market at the event. "But this is not how we want innovation to  be defined. Technology without empathy can no longer be considered innovation.  Innovation for the sake of innovation is old school."

It's too soon to tell how much longevity the G2 will have and how it might  boost LG's sales. The company reported  its first operating loss at its mobile unit in a year in the third quarter,  and the loss was likely due to intense competition and higher marketing costs  for the company's flagship G2 smartphone. The company maintained its momentum in  the smartphone market though, selling 12 million smartphones in the period.

Park and LG are ending the year on a high note, having been selected as the designer  of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone, despite earlier assurances it would not be  involved with the program after  it made the Nexus 4. Park helped LG get its mobile mojo back in 2013, but  the pressure will be on to continue the momentum next year.

(source: Fierce Wireless)

Dr. Park continues to push innovation in the smartphone space and was higjly influential in bringing the exciting new G Flex to market, the world's first curved, flexible smartphone.

?The LG G Flex is the best representation yet of how a smartphone should be curved,? said Dr. Park. ?The LG G Flex with its distinctive design, innovative hardware and consumer-centric UX represents the most significant development in the smartphone space since smartphone became part of our regular vocabulary.?

The PA team welcomes new innovation in the industry and we find the amount of progress that LG has made in the last couple of years very impressive.  It's clear they are hungry for greatness and it shows in the excellent hardware and amazing design they are coming up with.  We are excited to see what the future holds!

Until next time,

The Product Ambassador Team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from
many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to
test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the
Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices,
therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the
opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way,
and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity.
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It's clear that LG is hungry for success.

Although the company only has 4.5% share of the global mobile market, they are growing at a time when many others are shrinking or outright failing, and the need to survive in the shadow of giants Apple and Samsung is even more paramount.  With the G Flex, LG's betting big on innovation and marketing buzz to not only keep them relevent in this space, but to become a brand that customers depend on.  We here are the Product Ambassador team are big LG fans, our love really starting with the little Android phone that could, the Optimus S, but really kicking in with the excellent Optimus G and finally the amazing G2 device.  Now with the G Flex, LG continues to push the envelope and hedge it's bets on solid hardware with killer features that users will love.  Not more than ever it's LG's time to shine, but getting to this stage wasn't easy and CNET's article on the G Flex's 5 year journey just goes to show how much a single handset can take all of the gears of a company like LG working together in tandem to create a groundbreaking, first-of it's-kind product.

Inside G Flex: LG's long, winding road to setting the curve

CNET takes you through the five-plus-year process of developing the phone and explains why it's critical to LG's success


With the curvy G Flex, it's LG -- and not Apple -- that is showing it can "think different."


The G Flex, which arrives in the US via Sprint stores on Friday, with AT&T and T-Mobile following suit in the next few days, shakes up the normal conventions of the flat, rectangular slab of a touch-screen device pioneered by the iPhone. It was one of two curved phones that debuted late last year, the other being Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Round.


The immediate benefit is obvious: The curved design better conforms to your face, offers a better video-viewing experience, and theoretically a superior sound. Longer term, the G Flex sets the groundwork for a fully flexible, and far more durable, smartphone. Perhaps most important, however, may be the phone's ability to bend the perception of LG itself.


The company, which has long languished in the shadow of the larger and flashier Samsung, could be poised for a breakout year. With hits such as the Google-branded Nexus 5 and the G2, and now the G Flex, LG could finally shed its also-ran status in mobile and inject some serious competitive pressure in a field dominated by Apple and Samsung.


"A high-profile hero phone, first to market in its form factor, could really help reset people's expectations and confidence in LG, and it is hitting at a good time," said Stephen Baker, an analyst at NPD.


Mobile was a bright spot when LG reported its fourth-quarter results on Monday, with the unit seeing sales rise 28 percent. The company shipped a record 13.2 million smartphones in the period, up 54 percent from a year ago.


LG's steady progress comes in contrast to the myriad companies that have struggled to turn a profit at a time when consumers are primarily flocking to an iPhone or Galaxy S smartphone. Even Google ended up dumping Motorola Mobility onto Lenovo after successive quarters of losses. LG's share of the global market rose to 4.5 percent from 4 percent a year ago, according to Strategy Analytics. That's tiny relative to Apple or Samsung, yes, but it's growing at a time when other players are seeing their position erode.


The G Flex could potentially accelerate its ascent. It is by no means a guaranteed blockbuster, with its 6-inch display potentially turning off consumers agitated by the "phablet" category of oversized phones and its $300 on-contract price tag steeper than the normal flagship device. It also lacks the marketing heft of Samsung or the rabid following of
Apple.


Still, it has won some critical praise, including from CNET editor Lynn La, who said in her review that the G Flex was a "memorable device with plenty of potential," and called the curved shape "more than just a party trick."


Even if it ends up as a niche product, it will have achieved what LG has long sought: legitimate buzz. As I've written before, LG's biggest public image problem is that it doesn't have one.  It makes decent phones, including several worthy budget models, but is barely on anyone's radar.


LG certainly has a lot riding on the G Flex. It has spent more than five years developing the phone, coming up with the concept and driving different lines of LG's businesses to help make it a reality. LG envisions G Flex to be the start of something big for the company.


"Curved phones are a major branch of our tree," said Chul Bae Lee, head of design for LG Mobile. In a recent interview with CNET, Lee, who is responsible for the hardware and software of the G Flex, discussed the origins of the smartphone and the future of bendable phones.

Because we can...

The G Flex was started on a whim.

Well, LG probably wouldn't characterize it so flippantly, as the phone required years of planning and a massive amount of cooperationwith different parties. More than five years ago, a small group of designers began looking at where mobile phone design was headed and began playing with the idea of phones that were flexible, foldable, and ones that you could even roll. After countless meetings and discussions about what was and wasn't feasible, they ultimately just made the decision to go with it.


"It was a starting point for us," Lee said. "We figured if we can do it, we should try it."


The problem: The unique parts necessary to build such a phone didn't yet exist.


Which is one of the primary reasons why the G Flex is unique. Typically, a smartphone -- even a high-end one -- is designed and built using components that are available, or at least visibly coming down the road.


LG, like Samsung, is a massive conglomerate with its hands in multiple businesses, several of which provide key components to various smartphone companies. Over the past few years, LG has begun to more fully take advantage of the resources of its sister units.


The Optimus G, for example, was hailed as the first smartphone to use top-shelf LG-made components, including the battery from LG Chemical, the screen from LG Display, and the camera module from LG Innotek.


But the Optimus G used the best parts available. For the G Flex, LG Electronics had to push its sister companies to come up with something new. It's a subtle, but significant difference.  "We didn't create this after five months of thinking," Lee said. "We've been prepping for a long time."


In fact, it wasn't until two years later that designers from LG Electronics began talking to LG Display about using plastic (OLED) screens that could bend.


Lee's team came up with more than 100 mock-ups of the phone, all utilizing different curves. The company ultimately decided to go with the same curve radius as the current curved OLED TV, which LG touted as the world's first such television.  "It's similar to a movie-viewing experience," Lee said.


By 2012, a year after going to LG Display, the team went to LG Chemical to get the unit to design and build special curved batteries that would conform to the new shape. Several months later, LG talked to engineers at Corning to create a version of its Gorilla Glass 2 that would form the protective layer around the touch screen.


The Wolverine of phones

Not as flashy as the curved design, but perhaps just as noteworthy, is the G Flex's ability to "heal" from minor scratches and nicks.


The feature was born out of a concern for the wear and tear the back cover would take when continually placed on a table or desk. Because of the curved design, all of the weight would bear down on a single line at the center. LG had initially considered metal, but dismissed it quickly as too expensive.


LG found the solution from a company that also supplied automaker Nissan with its own self-healing polymer clear coat first applied to one of its Infiniti models in 2008 under the term "Scratch Shield."  Kyle Bazemore, a representative from Infiniti, compared the protective layer to human skin's ability to heal after a cut. In this case, all you need is exposure to sunlight.


LG licensed the technology from an unnamed company that supplies the same self-healing coat, but its own engineers did some work to tweak the feature so it was unique to the company, Lee said. He declined to elaborate further, and LG has been hush about the specifics of the technology.


There are limitations: Deep scratches that go beyond the top layer won't heal, and the healing process itself takes a while and requires light and heat. Is it a little gimmicky? Sure.


Still, for anyone worried about the everyday dings and scratches a phone inevitably picks up, this feature provides a little peace of mind.


Oohhs and aahhs

LG's introduction of the G Flex to its potential carrier customers was a little different than the standard product demonstration. When Sprint sat down with LG at last year's Mobile World Congress to get its first glimpse of the phone, the carrier took steps to limit the team members who were aware of the product and held information about the phone a little closer to the vest than normal.


"In a way, not all devices are treated equally," Lois Fagen, the director for Sprint's wireless devices portfolio, said in an interview with CNET.


It was Fagen, Fared Adib, then the company's senior vice president of product development, and David Owens, the head of consumer acquisition, who attended the meeting with LG. They had a chance to pore over the phone, flexing it, and asking questions as they passed it between each other. LG's team, meanwhile, brought out the whole dog-and-pony show to explain the design philosophy behind the G Flex.


The Sprint executives were impressed.  "There was a lot more oohhing and aahhing," Fagen told CNET. "That's not typical."


According to Fagen, it wasn't a tough sell for Sprint, with many pleased with the fact that it looked different than the typical touch-screen smartphone.


Sprint is eager to bulk up its product portfolio with some eye-catching options. That G Flex is a Sprint Spark phone, compatible with the carrier's enhanced LTE network -- only available in a few select markets -- is another benefit.

"I think LG has great potential," Fagen said.
"This helps LG garner some additional attention."

Riding the curve upward

We constantly yearn for the unique and new, but often recoil with skepticism and caution when something genuinely different arrives at our front door.


This is a central dilemma facing the G Flex: Will consumers take a chance on something new or stick to their comfortable -- and reliable -- iPhones and Galaxy S smartphones?


Fagen acknowledged that the $650 off-contract price and $300 contract price were on the high end, but noted that there's always an initial investment into new technology. Prices for these kinds of devices will fall over time. While the focus has been on the designs, critics note the screen resolution and camera are less competitive, and LG's software touches aren't much of an improvement over stock Android.


As with the G2, the G Flex may suffer from a lack of marketing support and consumer awareness. While Sprint is enthusiastic about the device, it doesn't have any concrete plans to promote it. AT&T and T-Mobile will also offer it, but there's no indication the G Flex will get any special promotion at those carriers either.


"I think its value is in what it can do for the rest of the product line," NPD's Baker said, adding a new design is the best way to stand out in a stagnant market.


LG, meanwhile, isn't the only one to experiment with curved phones. A few weeks before the G Flex debuted, Samsung beat LG to the punch with the Galaxy Round, a curved phone that bends at its vertical axis, rather than the horizontally curved G Flex. So far, no US carriers have bit on the Galaxy Round, which has drawn questions about whether it is different for the sake of being different.


"Based on our observations, a phone with that type of curve direction didn't have much practical appeal," Lee said, noting that LG had considered this design back at the prototype stage. He did acknowledge that it would be more comfortable in the hand, but saw few other
benefits.  
"The market and consumers will be the judge as to whether we made the right decision," he said.


For LG, the G Flex is a chance to stand out. Yes, it has the G2, but at the most fundamental level, it's really just another in a long
line of nice Android smartphones. It's seen a lot of success with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, but much of it can be attributed to brand power that Google commands. There's also no guarantee LG will continue to make Nexus phones for the Internet titan.

For the industry, the success or failure of the G Flex and the Galaxy Round could set the tone for how aggressive companies will be in introducing unique, if risky, new designs. As for truly bendable or foldable phones, Lee said that while there are many technical hurdles to such a device, he is working with experts to make this a reality in a few years.


"As the market seems to be open minded to the flexible/curved trend, we'll continue to demonstrate our prominent position in the flexible smartphone segment," Lee said.


LG is hoping that prominent position will lead to a little more time in the spotlight. It can only help.

Source: CNET

As the PA team has shown Community readers, we are big fans of the G Flex and LG in general and can't wait to see what else they come up with.

As Winston Churchill once said: "Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep.  Without innovation, it is a corpse."

Until next time,

The Product Ambassador Team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from
many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to
test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the
Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices,
therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the
opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way,
and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity.
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LG's Knock On has changed the game.

What many people thought of as a simple gimmick on the LG G2 and now the G Flex has now become one of the most talked about and sought after features in mobile and no doubt every other player out there will be trying to come up with something similar.

Our very own star PA Steve Dreibelbis posted a good video overview of this excellent feature:

In fact I love this feature so much that it has become second nature to me and I find myself tapping on the screens of non LG phones only to find that my reflexive urge to knock the screen awake is met with instant disappointment when it remains off and I have to use the actual power button.. so antiquated now!

But it doesn't seem like LG is content to rest on it's laurels and may be debuting an advancement in Knock On called Knock Code in which you can use a sequence of knocks on different parts of the screen as a security code to unlock the device.  They are hinting about this on their teaser for Mobile World Congress..

Supposedly it will be a key feature of the LG G Pro 2, a future device that is not released on any US carrier including Sprint.  But the possibility that it will be backported to the G2 and G Flex has got our mouths watering here at PA Headquarters.

Just another way that LG continues to innovate and differentiate in a notoriously competitive industry.  And when companies innovate, consumers benefit, so we're excited to see what Monday's MWC announcements bring for the wireless world and hopefully for Sprint devices too!

Until next time,

The Product Ambassador Team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from
many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to
test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the
Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices,
therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the
opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way,
and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official
capacity.
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So i will be posting my final review today on the G Flex. I just wanted to give a brief review and overall thoughts for this phone. 

My overall experience with the phone has been amazing. I love this phone and by far is my favorite yet! I have had alot of phones but this one takes first place.

Reasons:

1. Screen: Not only is it a 6.0" Phablet, but its curved! I love it. The picture during movies (i.e. Netflix, Etc.) is just incredible.

2. Speed: Easily the quickest phone i have had. Loads very fast, with very little delay

3. Features: Everything from the Dual screen, Guest mode, or slide aside, these are all so fun and useful, especially with my daughter.

4. Camera: I know there has been some complaints about there not being an image stabilizer, but i must say my pictures are great and have had no issues with it. My pictures are clear, crisp, and memorable. I use the Panorama, shot & clear, and time catch shot. They all work just great!

5. Last but not least THE BATTERY! this thing is like the energizer bunny! It just keeps going! There is no stopping the G Flex!

I hope you all have been able to see or play with the LG G Flex. it is my #1 and i see this phone being hard to beat anytime soon.

Your Product Ambassador team.

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They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and want to tell you what they think about them.

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By now you're already aware the LG G Flex is a large device. The term "phablet" is a perfect euphemism for something this big. And, along with big screen, loads of storage, options galore, and super-fast "guts" come a phablet sized cost. More often than not, power and precision don't come cheap. So you will want to protect your investment.



There are a few accessory cases on the market for the LG G Flex. However, your choices are fairly limited, compared to smaller, higher volume devices. Not to worry. Enter the LG QuickWindow™ Folio style case.



I'll say up front that I don't like thick, bulky cases. This is especially true for larger devices. Matter of fact, the larger the device, the slimmer the case needs to be. Which is one of the best reasons to recommend the LG QuickWindow™ case. It's minimalistic protection that covers all the bases. Plus it has added functionality that makes your G Flex more user friendly and extends the life of the LARGE battery further yet.



The LG QuickWindow™ case is thin and light, which I like a lot. The case adds very little bulk and very little thickness. Yet it covers all four corners, which are the typical "pain points" of accidental drops. Keep in mind the G Flex is fairly durable on its own without a case: the backing is a special scratch-repairing, flexible material; the front glass is Gorilla Glass 2™ and is able to flex a little for short periods of time.



The QuickWindow™ case offers handsome fit and finish to an already striking device without screaming "look at my case!" Because the QuickWindow™ case comes directly from LG the LED indicators, speaker and microphone cut-outs, and access holes are perfectly aligned. Even when the case is fully open, you still have unobstructed access to the buttons and sensors on the back for volume, sleep / wake, taking photos and using QuickRemote™ to tune into March Madness.

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Once you snap your G Flex into the QuickWindow™ case you have to enable the QuickWindow™ feature in the Settings menu. System settings > Accessory > QuickWindow case (on). Once enabled, QW gives you quick, convenient access to the most used features via a smaller display area shown through the case window. You can check the time (via three selectable clock faces), current weather, control music and handle phone calls without lighting up the big screen, which saves battery life. You can also see message notifications, but you have to open the case to read or reply to the message.

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Note: Music control only works for locally synced music files. If you use cloud music services like Spotify® or Songza® (like me) the controls won't help.



If, like me, you don't care for thick, bulky, heavy cases then you'll love the fit and finish of the LG QuickWindow™ case. It adds style and protection along with increasing the battery life of the device while bringing out useful features that are only available with genuine LG accessory products.

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Hello everyone

Here is a review of the LG G Flex with a few of my favorite features, tips, and shortcuts.

I hope you found this helpful and thank you for watching!

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I was very fortunate to be selected for the LG G Flex team and ths has been one of the coolest devices I've been able to test. I'll admit, in the beginning, I was sure if I was really going to like it but it has grown on me and I love, absolutely love, the battery life on this phone!

After five weeks of using the LG G Flex here is the list of things that like and few that I dislike with the device:

What I really like:

  • I can go a full day of work and get home and still have 50-70% battery life left on the device. I can't get over how well LG did with this battery.
  • The screen is phenomenal I love that curve, when I am outside it really helps reduce the glare come back at my eyes when looking at the screen
  • I love watching movies on the G Flex it really makes for an immersive experience with the curved display
  • Button placement on the back is the best, I now find myself naturally doing that when I pick up any other device.
  • The Knock-On feature of waking the device up has really been useful and once you get it down for how hard and quick you have to knock it's perfect
  • The remote control app, that has been proven to be very useful and kinda of fun to link up to someone's TV without them knowing... hehe
  • I am really enjoying listening to music from the G Flex and the options you have customize the sound features based on the songs you are playing:

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These features, above, paired with the harman/kardon onyx studio you can really hear the difference when selecting these options.

Things I didn't care for:

  • Android 4.2, still not sure why it didn't have 4.3 on it. however I saw online this morning that LG is working on 4.4 for the G Flex so thats pretty good, can't wait to see what the brings to the device.
  • No Optical Image Stabalization for the camera which results in lower light situations not getting a good photo, even with "Night shot" enabled.
  • Zero brightness is still to bright at 2am in the morning.

The G Flex it has been and overall great device and I am looking forward to seeing what LG comes out with next!

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LG G Flex has an abundance of design topics, features and specs to talk about. But one of these small jewels often gets overlooked in reviews I’ve read, despite being one of the most used features on my new device!

Quick Theater may be one of the best hidden gems on the G Flex – hidden in plain sight. At first glance, it is impossible to notice anything special about the utility. It appears as just another “grouping” app that shelters your gallery, videos and youtube applications all under one icon. This gives you the ability to launch from the app drawer or place it on one of the homescreens. This is somewhat convenient, as many times

as I look for one of these three things on my device.

LG has somehow figured out my usage pattern (not really, but it fits me well!) and took this idea a step further by introducing a nifty swipe gesture to launch the application from the lockscreen! That’s right... With the display on, turn the device in landscape mode, and swipe from the middle, to the sides and watch the magic happen! I don’t have to unlock the screen, navigate to the page, and launch one of the apps anymore! LG has eliminated 2-5 steps for me, each time I want to show off a picture, video or search for my favorite “cat playing the piano” clip. Have you tried Quick Theater yet on your device?

Thanks for reading! For more information go to LG G Flex

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A few of my favorite features of the LG G Flex have to do with security and peace (and quiet).

Pattern Lock -

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Like most modern Android devices, the G Flex offers you plenty of options for keeping your device secure; Face Unlock, Pattern, PIN and Password (the other options like "swipe" and "none" = NO security). What the G Flex does differently is offering fun and security-focused options for pattern (un)locking. One of my favorite options is to use colorful balloons for pattern unlock instead of boring dots.

As a security professional I realize and fully support the use of complex passwords for device security. However, certain features of the G Flex are not accessible unless you're using the Pattern Unlock (See Johnny.H's blog on Guest Mode). To combat the oily-fingerprint "hack" (easily see the finger trace pattern on the screen glare), LG has implemented a shifting pattern feature. Each time you wake your device, the pattern shifts depending on where you initially touch the screen. See examples below:

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Even if you habitually touch the "same" place on the screen, it's most likely that your initial touch will always be slightly shifted from the last. So your trace pattern will likely overlap at different points and create different smudge points from the previous unlock pattern.

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Settings > Sound > Quiet mode

Many top-shelf Android devices offer a Quiet or 'No-disturb' Mode. The LG G Flex is right in line. I really like it. It means I no longer have to think about silencing my phone at night and worry about missing an emergency call.

The G Flex gives you complete control over which days and times you want Quiet Mode to enable via schedule. You can also 'Turn quiet mode on now' manually at any time (e.g. mid-afternoon power nap).

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You have control over what happens when you receive an incoming call. You can block, auto reply and/or allow repeated calls (second call from same number within three minutes, which often signals an emergency) to ring through. You can also designate select contacts (as well as select numbers from a given contact), whole groups (e.g. ICE or Family) or Favorites as having anytime call access.

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There are a few caveats to keep in mind when using Quiet Mode:

  • You have to have some amount of ring volume set before you enable Quiet Mode (ad hoc or by schedule). If your G Flex ring volume was set to vibrate or silence prior to entering Quiet Mode then emergency or Allowed contacts' calls will likely not wake you.
  • Incoming text messages are set to quiet or vibrate (depending on your SMS message settings) regardless of sender. i.e. Allowed contacts' text messages will not trigger the message tone during Quiet Mode.
  • Quiet Mode does NOT kill the (really bright) LED notification lights, which are front and back. I really wish LG would incorporate an option to darken front, back or both LED signals with Quiet Mode. Maybe in a future update. If the LED notification lights bother you at night you will need to dowse them via the pull-down quick control.

I hope these options help you get the most usability and enjoyment from your G Flex.

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Most of you probably know about LG's Knock on function. If you don’t it's pretty much the best thing since sliced bread in the smart phone realm. All you have to do, to wake the screen double tab with your finger in the same spot. The same goes for shutting off the screen. I find myself never using the power button on the phone because it's much faster and easier to double tap the screen. The one thing I noticed when I first started using the flex, I couldn’t turn the screen off when I had an app open. I always use to hit the home button, then double tap and my screen would shut off. I didn't like the extra step to exit my applications. LG has a solution for this as well. Whenever you’re in an application you can simply double tap the status bar to shut the screen off. I thought this was brilliant and felt silly I didn’t research how to use the knock on feature inside an app. I hope this helps users of the G Flex and the G2 if they didn’t know that was an option.

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After spending some time with the LG G Flex, I have noticed I have not not hear much about the camera. Well I'm here to say this is the best camera I have used on a phone as of now, and that's the way it should be. The last LG phone I had the Optimus G had some issues making the best of your pictures. Well LG has absolutely corrected and made a great performing camera. The software is feature packed and will tailor to wherever your at and what you need from it. I have attached a few sample shots. I will provide all the camera features in a later blog. The shutter speed is very quick and gave me the best opportunity to snap the shot I was looking for. These are on auto so nothing has altered or enhanced these pictures. The pictures were taken around sun set so I had great lighting. The last photo shows how well the panorama features works as well.

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Do you have kids that are always getting in your phone and messing things up? have someone that you share a phone with and is getting into your information? well LG G Flex has a solution for you!

Guest Mode!

I love this feature and use it for my daughter often. With the Guest mode you have the ability to have seperate screens for multiple users. They are seperated through the pattern lock. I just show my daughter the pattern for her screen (Very simple). This way when she gets on she only has access to her games and shows. She has no access to my Email, text, games, phone, Etc. So she cannot accidently call someone, text someone or delete anything.

As you can see below the background is different as well. The left is the Guest mode, and the right is the normal mode. So there is no mistaking the screen.

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There are still so many uses for guest mode. How about seperating a work screen from your everyday screen? Games screen? the list goes on!

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In one of my previous blogs I talked about the Camera and how much I liked it. aside from not having an OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) to aid in low light situations the G Flex camera is one of my favorites. I like that LG included voice controls

for their devices to be able to take a photo by saying certain words. This really comes in handy when you are taking a picture of yourself or with your loved one.

Like this one (note this was not taken with the G FLEX this was take with a point-and-shoot Nikon):

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My wife and I at the Roman Colosseum in Dec of 2011. At the time we were there I didn't take my device with me as my Nikon camera was a better camera at the time but with our devices now having world capabilities and 13MP cameras in them any more trips we take I'm just going to use my cell phone for taking photos.

Like I said earlier I love that LG included voice control in the camera, call me crazy, as I always worry that I'd be the one tourist that would ask someone to take a photo of us and then have them run off with it. Out of the box the "Cheese shutter" is off by default to enable it launch your camera app, select the settings icon and in the upper left you'll see "Cheese shutter" change to "On" and it will display a guide of the different key words you can use to take a photo:

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I found one great use of this feature a couple Friday's ago, my sister does not like her picture to be taken and we were throwing a surprise birthday party for my sister-in-law's 30th birthday. throughout the course of the night the party favors included fake mustaches as my sister (who has a great sense of humor) wanted to see what she looked like so she asked if she could see herself on my phone so I turned the camera on and enabled the front facing camera. as she was looking at herself and laughing I yelled CHEESE and sure enough it snapped a photo!!! I am now using that photo as blackmail...lol

Thanks LG for including this feature! one of my favorites.

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Ok so Google Now is not specific to the LG G FLEX and is available on almost all Android devices and, aside from Google Wallet, it is my favorite app to use.

Living in Orlando you'd think with the nice weather we've had that it would be a great opportunity to head to Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, etc.... but we decided to head to Ikea's theme park (if you ever been to an Ikea you know how crowded it is)! We were in Altamonte Springs, which if you were there at 2am it would only take you 10mins to get from Altamonte to Orlando, and decided to head over to Orlando. Traffic on I4 was horrendous and took us about 20mins to move 3miles at that point I decided to see what Google would do for us. Traffic was slow enough that I could reach up to my G Flex, that was in my windshield mount, and launch the Google app GoogleNow.PNG if you have it setup it will come up like this:

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At this point just say "Ok Google" and then speak whatever you want it to do. For us and tied up in that I4 traffic I just said "Ok Google,  Navigate to Ikea", within seconds it used my GPS location and found the Ikea of Orlando and launched Google Maps got us off the interstate and routed us around

the traffic taking back roads to get us there. Another awesome feature that I love about Google Maps is the ability to get traffic data and take you around it. (click here to read about how Google gets Traffic Data)

Ok so by now you are wondering what does this have to do with the G Flex, well I have to say that I absolutely love the 6" display and when using the Google Maps it makes it so easy to see the screen and read the street names. I also have to say that we were out all day on Saturday and even using the GPS, which is a battery hog to begin with, I never once had to worry about the device shutting off because the battery died. Even after running the GPS for the day I didn't have to put it back on the charger until that evening. Really gives piece of mind knowing that I have a device that can hold up to my daily activities without worrying about charging it in the middle of the day. I have a car charger for it but wanted to take the risk and see how long it would last. It exceeded my expectations.

Here is a screenshot from the G Flex using Maps, as I said using the 6" display this device is perfect for GPS. Its large and easy to read.

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The LG G Flex screen is nothing less than incredible! not only the 6.0" Curved HD OLED Display, but also the curve in the phone! I know some may think "Big deal, it has a curve", but honestly i am not sure how i could ever go back to another phone. I had the LG G2 as well and loved it, but when i picked it back up it was not only smaller screen but without the curve it just wasnt the same. Not only does the curve provide comfort (rather for your eyes, your pocket, or your hand) but for me it just makes the picture come alive! Espcially watching a fast paced action movie. It is just is simply amazing! This is not oly a Phablet but it is the ultimate movie / gaming phone with the pure size, power, and shape of this display!

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Looking for an awesome case that protects your phone?  Check out my review of the Otterbox Commuter case for the LG G Flex!  Enjoy!

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I was out on Sprint.com and decided to take a look and see what the reviews were like on the G FLEX. I know there are only a few out there at the moment but they are some great reviews and I have to agree with all of them. The more I use the G FLEX the more I realize that LG really elevated the game!

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One of my favorite features on the LG G Flex is called Dual Window. This feature allows me to split my beautifully curved screen between two awesome apps!

To access this option on your G Flex:

-Press and hold the back button. It will open a list of apps that work with Dual Window.

-Pick the first app you want to use, and drag it to the top.

-Pick the second app you want to use and drag it to the bottom.

You are able to easily adjust the size of the screen by dragging the visible middle bar up or down. There is also a “switch” button that swaps the apps’ screen position, plus options to go back to the app list, make one of the apps full screen and exit the app. I highlighted these buttons on the screen shot below:

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Possibly the best function within the Dual Window, is the ability to drag from one app to another! For example, if you open the “Gallery”/“Email” app pairing, you can drag a picture into your email from the gallery and voila! Your picture is attached without having to switch windows!

This feature is a must have on phones with large screen. It takes advantage of the real estate without sacrificing functionality or user experience. My favorite dual window pairing is “YouTube”/”Hangouts” so I can message my friends while watching all the videos I want!

Thanks for reading! For more information go to LG G Flex

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I'm back to sing more LG design praises. I was sitting on my couch the other day and was trying out the quick remote app that comes with the LG G Flex. I was pointing the phone down at the TV and I couldn't get the TV to program properly with the app. I then looked at the top of the phone where the IR blaster has been on other phones in the past. All I could see was the extra mic for noise dampening.  As I started looking for the IR Blaster I was shocked to find it on the back next to the camera. The picture above shows the IR Blaster on the left side of the camera. This make so much sense to have it positioned this way! I don't have to angle my phone while not being able to see the screen. It is so natural to hold the phone in front of your face and you can clearly and accurately select the buttons you want to control your devices. The way other manufactures do the IR blaster is way more difficult to use it accurately, this feels much more natural. The quick remote app also allows for many customized attributes. Below I have attached screen shots on how the app can be tailored to your needs.


Here is the interface of the remote, I think it looks great and it has everything I need.

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If you hit the menu button you can select "auto display at home" this allows the remote to pop up in the status bar when your on your home WiFi. This is the fastest way to use your remote regardless of what your doing on your phone. You don't need to exit the app your in to access the quick remote feature. It also shows up on your lock screen as well while at home.

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Not to mention this app isn't just for TV's, the sky is the limit. Anything that has IR capability will most likely work with the app.

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Sprint recently announced 'Sprint Spark comes home' with the addition of Kansas City to the Spark enabled markets. This means data speeds up to 60Mbs in my home town, which makes me VERY excited! That's FASTER than my home broadband.


There are currently 14 Spark enabled markets and growing. You can learn more about Spark over at www.sprint.com/faster.


I was at my son's baseball practice last night and thought I'd do a quickie ad-hoc test of Spark. I was indoor a metal warehouse type structure with metal roof, ground floor, in a fairly populated business area, when the speed test shown above was pulled. I know it's not "max" speed of what Spark is capable of producing, but I was very happy to see "broadband" speeds on my LG G Flex. I was able to download Jetpack Joyride, a ~48MB app, in less than a minute to help pass the time (watching your kid do stretches and drills isn't all that glorious, don't judge). Thanks Spark!

Until next time,

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With a phone this size many people fear they can't reach from one side of the screen to the other without using both hands. Well LG once again has thought of everything. These features are exclusive to the LG G Flex. You have the ability to have the keypad, keyboard, lock screen and on-screen navigation buttons.Below I have attached screen shots of the features enabled. I am absolutely loving this phone so far. Usually bigger phones lose their appeal to me after a few days. The LG G Flex screen and software features make this a wonderful device to use.



1. Selecting setting and then you will see One-Handed operation

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2. Here you will see all the options that you can enable/disable

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3. Below you will see the Keypad, keyboard, lock screen and home screen navigation. By selecting the arrows you can move them from left to right. With a quick swipe from left to right on the on-screen navigation buttons will move them to the side you chose.

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With LG coming out with the worlds first curved, flexible smartphone its no surprise that it would attract a lot of attention. One of the things I've seen a lot about G Flex's curved display is how it takes a traditional smartphone viewing into an immersive enterntainment experience. I have to agree with that statement, As a self proclaimed movie buff I really enjoy watching content on the G Flex the 6" screen really helps too. What is nice with the curved display is it reduces ambient light reflection

I found a great article on Gizmodo that delves into curved displays on TV's and Mobile devices and how a curved display can improve your viewing by hitting the sweet spot. Below are a few snip-its from that article that I thought were pretty interesting.

This example I've done myself and yeah that curved display does make a difference.

Curved Display Reduces Ambient Light Reflection

A quick example: Turn off your cell phone screen and look at
the display. See all that reflected light with your head back-shadowed in the
center? That's reflected light that diminishes the image emitted from the
phone, requiring you to boost the screen brightness which draws more power
which accelerates battery drain.

But a curved phone, much like a curved TV, reduces the open
angle of the screen, which blocks out some side light while reflecting another
portion away from the viewer's eyes. And, more importantly, the concave shape
of the phone (when held in portrait mode) causes a slight magnification effect.
So when you're looking at a curved phone screen, that magnification effect is
horizontally expanding the reflection of your head by a factor of at least 2x,
blocking out additional light reflections and requiring less luminescence from
the screen to overcome the ambient light.

Hitting the Sweet Spot

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My wife and I love going to the movies and watching them in our theater room and me being a technology nerd I am always looking at ways to improve our viewing experience.

Here is brief explination of the keystone effect and why curved displays reduce perceptual adaptation..

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"When you watch a perfectly flat TV screen, the corners of
the screen are further away than the center, so the eye sees a double
trapezoidal (keystone) distortion of the screen rather than as a rectangle. But
the image you actually see appears perfectly straight because the brain
corrects for the keystone distortion—which is actually much larger than the
pincushion distortion from a curved screen. So after watching for a period of
time the brain will presumably compensate for the very subtle curve of the
screen in the same way that it straightens out the trapezoidal screen.

In other words, when faced with a less than ideal viewing
angle the brain performs what is known as "perceptual adaptation" or
more commonly, "getting used to it." It accounts for the differences
in the incoming visual information versus what it normally would be and
"adapts" that information to better fit with the mental model.


So, for example, when you first get a new glasses
prescription that's way more powerful than what you're wearing, everything
appears heavily distorted at first. Eventually you get used to it and
everything appears "normal." The same thing happens when you watch TV
from an angle; at first it looks like a keystone, but after a while you get
used to it. With a curved screen, that adjustment happens faster, because
there's less too adjust for."

When it comes down to it the LG G Flex is hands down one of my favorite devices to watch movies and TV from. It really does lend to that immersive media experience! I am a fan!

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Hello everyone

I just got my phone on Friday and I'm very excited to test this device out!  Here is a quick un-boxing video I put together so you know what to expect when you receive the device!  Enjoy and follow my posts to stay up to date with all my future reviews!  Thank you for watching!


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All i can say is WOW!

When i first got the phone i left it on for 48 Hours and still did not die. This was also with normal usage. Calls, Text, games, camera, Netflix, Etc. I had the LG G2 prior and the battery life as well was amazing, but the battery on the G Flex seems to last longer for me. I do play alot of games on my phone, which of course does drain the battery a little bit faster, but i am still able to get through the day without a charge. If your a gamer like me, and love Android games, then this phone will last! Here is a Screen shot of my battery life today.

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LG has created the world’s first curved battery made to complement the curved design and slim shape of the LG G Flex. It touts a high capacity of 3,500 mAh with up to 29 hours* of talk time to support all of your day-to-day activities. - LG

With most of my phones i have to have a charger in my office, room, living room, car, kitchen, and in my bag just in case just to keep my phone on through the day. This is not an issue with the G Flex as i can have it running all day and no issues with phone losing its power.

It is pretty cool that the battery can also curve. It allows it to fit your hand, pocket, and face very nicely!

I hope you guys enjoy this phone and battery life as much as i do!

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LG is really “Ahead of the curve” with its new LG G Flex. As LG puts it, this phone is truly embodies “The Shape of Innovation”

Okay, enough with the puns. This curve is actually pretty functional! The slight bend to the phone allows it to fit ever so pleasantly in my hand and pocket. Despite its large (VERY large) form factor, the LG G Flex feels comfortable to hold in one hand or two. LG has taken the benefits of a larger screen, and made it feel a little bit smaller without sacrificing viewing quality. In fact, the media consumption experience on this device is the best I’ve used thus far. While the screen doesn’t quite have the specs of say, the Note 3, the curve of the phone and OLED display combine for an amazing experience. I’ve watched streaming soccer games on both devices side by side, and the LG wins hands down for me.

“But John, how do you like the phone?”

If you can’t tell by now, I love this phone. I was a big fan of the LG G2, and LG have hit another homerun in a different market segment. The “phablet” segment has a new King for me, and everyone else will be “Bent” out of shape when this device “Flexes” it muscles!

Thanks for reading! For more information go to LG G Flex

- Your Product Ambassador Team

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I am going to highlight a feature that isn't typical of a blog but this so far is a must have and LG nailed it! I never imagined a company could make one handed operation as well as maximizing screen real estate. These features are excluded to the LG G Flex. The first feature I will highlight is the ability to hide the onscreen buttons within any app of your choice. I have attached some screen shots of the difference this makes. Not only is it amazing for saving screen real estate but this also eliminates the accidental touching of the navigation buttons taking you out of your movie or game. There have been several times that I am at a critical part of the game and I hit the home button by accident and the game sometimes goes back to where I left off or messes up my progress. Also with watching video you get more media to show up on the screen. Below you will see the screen shot to the left in a game called punch quest. Notice how those buttons will stay there the entire time and are will very easily interrupt your game. The screen shot to the right shows the buttons hidden. You can easily bring the buttons back by selecting the arrow.


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Below I have attached steps to customize the apps to hide the Home screen.





1. Once you go to the settings you select Display

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2.  You will scroll down and select Front Touch Buttons

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3. Then you will select Hide front touch buttons

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4. This will bring a list of apps that you can chose to auto hide the on screen navigation buttons

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- First photo via theverge.com


- Your Product Ambassador Team



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Specs are important. When we lock into a device and pay good money we want performance. If you feel the same way then you want...nay...NEED to check out the LG G Flex. As of today, it sits atop the mountain of benchmark performance specs.

Today I "benchmarked" my LG G Flex against other popular smartphones using a common benchmark test app called AnTuTu Benchmark. The LG G Flex came out on top with an "A+" rating.

The benchmarks are compared to other OEM smartphones that are available. The G Flex topped even the mighty Galaxy Note 3 (one of my faves!) along with toppling the Galaxy S4, LG G2, HTC One and many more.

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Taking a closer look at the benchmark difference between the LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Note 3:

Almost every measurable spec on the G Flex beats out the Note 3 with two exceptions; 2D Gaming and Runtime (not sure what runtime is).

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Don't get me wrong, most of those other devices are fully capable, powerful smartphones and are not slouches. But the G Flex tops them all. For now. The G Flex is a fun, flexible, fabulous phablet that's freaky-fast!

Here's to specs and the king of the hill. Cheers!

Your Product Ambassadors


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I know all the reviews and articles I have read about this amazing phone didn't do the size justice. I am a huge fan of the screen size of this phone, coming in at six inches. This is by far the biggest phone I have used. The screen looks absolutely beautiful. I was worried at first learning this screen is a 720p display but LG has made this curved screen look amazing and I cant tell a difference one bit compared to a 1080p resolution. The biggest benefit to the screen being a lower resolution is that this results in amazing battery life and performance. This phone is near identical to the other amazing phone the LG G2. That phone though has a 1080p display with the same hardware internals. With fewer pixels the LG G Flex has to move around and process really makes for the best experience possible Not to mention the way bigger battery that the LG G Flex has because of the bigger frame. The phone holds a 3500 mAh. Just to compare the Galaxy Note III has a 3100 mAh. I have provided an image below form phonearena.com for the size comparison of the LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Note III. You will have to see this device in person for it to do any kind of justice. This phone is beautiful and really performs the best I have experienced thus far.


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I am really enjoying seeing LG competing and innovating in a ever changing industry. Their past line up of phones over the past two years have been a pleasure to use. I can tell LG really makes phones that they are proud of. Something about LG makes them feel so much faster than the competitors. I have experienced time with the LG Optimus G, LG G2 and now the LG G flex and they are all still to this day feel very smooth and are a pleasure to use. LG is really building a name for them self in quality and performance. Along with their innovation being the first flexible phone to the market.


- First image via technobuffalo.com


- Second image via phonearena.com


- Your Product ambassador Team

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