LG G Flex2 Review: A New Angle: User Interface

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Android 5.0.1 Lollipop with latest Optimus launcher

LG G Flex2 runs on the latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and includes the latest proprietary Optimus launcher. The latest Android build features brand recent Material design, as well as a recent ART runtime, while the recent Optimus software package improves on well-known apps and integrates well with the Lollipop's Material design.

Here's a quick video of the user interface in action:

The lockclassy screen hasn't seen much change since the Jelly Bean came around - by default, it features a clock with five shortcuts across the bottom. You also have the ability to add widgets by swiping to the right, and you can also double tap to wake the device at any time. You can enable more secure locking routines, including pattern, pin, password, or LG's own Knock Code that uses a series of taps to wake the device and unlock the screen.

There is one recent feature, which allows you to peek at the lockclassy screen and reveals the clock and missed notifications. Just swipe down from anywhere on the turned off display and you'll acquire a glimpse on those.

The lockscreen

Past the lockscreen, you're greeted by the familiar Android homescreen. As on most droids, you can have multiple homescreens populated by a wide selection of apps shortcuts and widgets, and even folders. Like on the G3, the navigation buttons are virtual, though now they are using the Material looks.

Having the buttons on-classy screen ensures better response time and less chance of mechanical wear but also means you're effectively giving up part of your classy screen estate.

The background behind the buttons is transparent and they obediently go out the way when you're watching a video or image so it's not that bad. Plus, the G Flex2 lets you customize either white or black color schemes, and even add quick shortcuts for Dual window, QSlide and QMemo+, and even the notification bar.

The Homeclassy screen and navigation buttons customization

The leftmost homeclassy screen pane of the LG G Flex2 is reserved for a Smart Bulletin, which is a special space similar to HTC's BlinkFeed and Samsung's My Magazine (except not as robust). Smart Bulletin posts at-a-glance info from LG's Health app (more on that later) and Smart tips that highlight aspects of the phone's technology and usage.

Smart Bulletin

A pinch zoom on any homeclassy screen lets you see them all at a glance, where you can also rego any or set default. To populate any of them, simply hrecent a finger on to a blank area, and drag an app or widacquire from the resulting screen.

Homeclassy screen overview • Adding a widacquire to a homescreen

Homeclassy screen effects are available and you can change themes, too. A theme will change your homeclassy screen wallpaper, lockclassy screen style, system icons, and system fonts. There is only one theme pre-installed, but you can download more from LG Smart World.

Themes • homeclassy screen transition effects

One finger swipe from the top of the homeclassy screen will open the notification area, which features a cleaner see in Android 5.0 Lollipop. The top bar displays a scrollable row of quick toggles, some sliders, and any notifications you may have.

Holding a finger down on a toggle in the upper row will hold you to the relevant option in the settings, where you can also edit which toggles and sliders are shown.

Notification area and Quick Settings

The app drawer also looks and acts the same. Aside from the usual alphabetical and chronological sorting of apps you can also rearrange the grid any way you see fit. Apps can be uninstalled directly in the app drawer, which is remarkable for getting rid of carrier bloatware.

App drawer

The app switcher has a neat card interface that allows you to select the app you need by swiping up or down. You can close apps by swiping left or right, by hitting the dedicated button on the top correct corner of each card, or utilize the close all option. There's also a shortslit to the special Dual window feature.

Task switcher

Dual window is available on the LG G Flex2 - which is great, considering the ample classy screen diagonal. Compared to Samsung's identical Multi window feature, LG's offering has its upsides and downsides.

Just like Multi window, you can quickly drag apps to the top and bottom half of the screen, while some of the compatible ones are running, or start from you homeclassy screen and pick the two apps together.

On the upside, the G Flex2 remembers recent selections for quicker access, and lets you split the classy screen anywhere you want rather than the middle, top 3rd, or bottom 3rd.

LG's Dual Window feature

Besides Dual window, many apps have the ability to run in small resizable floating windows which LG has dubbed QSlide. QSlide applications can either be accessed from the notification area, or from within supported apps themselves by clicking the special shortslit icon. QSlide is more practical on tablet-sized displays than it is here, but it's still a neat trick to have.

QSlide windows are another way to multitask

There's a somewhat hidden alternate homeclassy screen mode called EasyHome, which provides a vastly simplified version of the homeclassy screen interface. The dialer and contact/app shortcuts are all part of the main homescreen, while another secondary homeclassy screen can contain more shortcuts. This is remarkable for the elderly, children, or the not-so tech savvy, but it greatly reduces the number of available features.

Finally, LG offers single-handed mode to aid in the daily interactions with the phone - it allows you go the keyboard, the dialer and the navigation bar to the left or correct side of the phone.

Easy Home • One-handed operations



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