We called the first LG G Flex “the smartphone of the future,” and our soft spot for it has endured ever since we reviewed it in 2013. As much as we enjoyed our time with it though, it was clear from day one that the curvy ergonomic conundrum was never destined to be a mainstream hit. It was expensive, it had a very lackluster display, and it was so big in the hand as to seem almost hilariously oversized at times.

With the G Flex 2, LG slims everything down. It’s smaller in every way, and lighter too. The industrial design is more modern, the build quality is better, and the fit and finish shows greater attention to detail. Most importantly, the display has been given a total overhaul: though it still retains its trademark 700R curve, it bears almost no sign of the ghosting and mottling problems of the previous generation. And those few details don’t begin to scratch the surface of the LG G Flex 2 vs LG G Flex spec-besting story. In many ways, the G Flex 2 is what the first G Flex should have been to begin with.

But as you already know if you’ve read our G Flex 2 review, not everything newer is better in the land of curved smartphones. Between the smaller battery, iffy thermal performance, and sluggish Android build, there’s plenty to give would-be upgraders pause. So which Flex should you consider when upgrade season kicks off this spring? Find out in our LG G Flex 2 vs LG G Flex comparison!

LG G Flex 2 vs LG G Flex

Get the full story on the LG G Flex 2: read our full review, then check out our review companion video answering questions straight from the audience! Follow that up by tuning in to today’s G Flex 2 edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, featuring Florence Ion of Greenbot!

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