LG G Flex2 Review: A New Angle: Multimedia, Gallery, Multimedia Players, Audio Quality

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The usual gallery app

The Gallery stacks photos and videos together in albums, which can be organized by albums, favorites, videos, or just display all files in a single grid. This is the only way to access your videos - from the Videos tab as the G Flex2 doesn't come with a dedicated Video player app.

The gallery supports cloud services and you can connect your Dropbox, Box, LG Cloud or T Cloud accounts.

As usual, there is an array of available options at your disposal. You can share, highlight, and delete images, as well as set them as backgrounds, assign them to contacts, add them to a specific album, or print them.

Editing images takes you to Google's Photos app, used in lieu of a picture editor from LG.






Gallery

The gallery supports viewing your images in their full resolution. You can easily pinch-zoom to 1:1 magnification.





Viewing a single image • editing options

Excellent video codec support, subtitles available too

The video player on the LG G Flex2 has a rather simple yet powerful interface. There isn't a dedicated app - you just pick a video from the gallery or the file manager.

You acquire Play/Pause, fast-forward, and rewind buttons, in addition to a slider to scrub through the video. The slider gives you a nifty animated preview thumbnail while at it. All of these cover automatically after a few seconds of playback.





The video player has excellent subtitle support

The LG G Flex2 played almost every file we threw at it, regardless of file format, resolution, or audio/video codec. The only files that didn't play were our MOV samples, but those are usually a no-go for droids out-of-box.

Subtitles are supported too, including non-western fonts. You can configure their size and background, you can even choose the subtitles file manually.

Great music player

LG's music player features a similar layout as the one in the previous Android versions. Your music library is organized by various categories, with the Album view being the most fascinating thanks to its large album thumbnails.

The Now playing classy screen will display the Album art and playback controls, which you can swipe to the sides for the next/previous track.






Music player with equalizer settings

There's a robust equalizer on board, complete with a wide variety of presets. You can also adjust the playback pitch and speed.

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

Our Korean unit (model name LG F510S) came without Frequency Modulation (FM) radio integration as it offers a built-in South Korean DigitalTV tuner instead - something customary for smartphones on the Korean market. We are more than sure though that the worldwide edition of the smartphone will have Frequency Modulation (FM) radio support.

Very fine audio quality

The LG G Flex2's curved body hasn't put a strain on the audio hardware design. The phablet did excellently in the first part of our audio quality test, where it had to show how it works with an active external amplifier. Each and every one of its scores was excellent and although the volume levels could be improved, they were still adequate.

Plug in a pair of headphones and a moderate amount stereo crosstalk creeps in, but the G Flex2 still has it better than most of its rivals. Some intermodulation distortion appears too, and while it's nothing to worry about, it prevents us from giving the G Flex2 full points here. Still, a very fine overall performance by the curved flagship.

And here go the results.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

LG G Flex2+0.01, -0.06-92.592.50.0031

0.012-91.5

LG G Flex2 (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.10-92.692.10.0027

0.387-60.1

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge+0.01, -0.04-95.993.20.0021

0.0099-93.3

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (headphones attached)+0.04, -0.01-96.893.50.011

0.035-55.2

Samsung Galaxy Note 4+0.01, -0.04-96.693.40.0015

0.0086-94.2

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.02-96.893.50.011

0.035-55.2

Apple iPhone 6 Plus+0.04, -0.04-94.094.00.00130.0064-72.0

Apple iPhone 6 Plus (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.04-94.093.90.00160.087-64.1

LG G3+0.02, -0.08-99.498.90.00160.035-100.0

LG G3 (headphones attached)+0.02, -0.09-93.793.30.00600.032-78.5

Oppo Find 7+0.04, -0.10-93.893.10.0053

0.177-94.4

Oppo Find 7 (headphones attached)+0.70, -0.20-93.791.50.013

0.446-52.6




LG G Flex2 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.


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