Android Curveball: LG G Flex Review
In addition to the standard features and functions we’ve come to expect on a smartphone, LG has included a number of extra features, apps, and functionality. Let’s take a closer look at some of these extras.
LG’s dual window mode lets you divide the screen into two separate windows for multi-tasking. Given that the G Flex has a large 6-inch screen, this multitasking functionality is an ideal add-on. Press and hold the Back button to enable Dual Window and select the applications you want to use with this feature. Initially, the windows will be split 50/50 but you can resize as you see fit.
If you have the Slide Aside Multitasking feature enabled, you can also use a three-finger swipe to save running apps to the left or bring them back to the display. Slide Aside can hold up to three applications. When using Slide Aside, you’ll see a small indicator in the upper left corner of the screen that tells you how many apps are open. When multiple apps are open and you use three fingers and slide to the right, you’ll have an option to close open apps by swiping up or pressing the X button.
We saw LG’s QSlide functionality on the Optimus G Pro, and we were pleased to see it again on the G Flex. This feature lets you have multiple apps open at the same time, similar to how you would in Windows on a desktop or laptop computer. With the G Flex, we’re seeing even more QSlide compatible apps than before; now this functionality is available with Videos, Phone, Messaging, Calendar, Email, Memo, Voice Mate, File Manager, and Calculator. You can move QSlide apps around the screen and resize them. You can also adjust the transparency of these apps.
Another handy app that is making its return on the G Flex is QuickMemo. This app lets you capture screen shots, write on any screen, create memos, and share images you've created. You can easily access QuickMemo by dragging your finger down from the top of the screen and selecting QuickMemo.
DualWindow and QSlide
LG also includes an Urgent Call Alert feature that will make the front indicator LED and the Rear Key flash red if you’ve missed several consecutive calls from the same person. This can be especially useful if you’re in a meeting and can’t answer your phone but want to know at a glance if a call is urgent.
Using Guest Mode, you can set different lock patterns for owner and guest modes. When you unlock the phone under Guest Mode, only applications and content that has been pre-approved by the owner will be visible. Guest Mode can be enabled using the Settings menu after you’ve selected Pattern for Screen Lock. If you have coworkers or kids who regularly use your phone, Guest Mode is a great way to keep them out of certain areas and important documents while still letting them play games and enjoy content on your phone.
Users can quickly turn the G Flex screen on and off by tapping on the screen twice. This is particularly useful if you have the phone sitting on your desk and want to look at something without having to pick up the phone, hit the Rear Key, and set the phone back down. There is a slight delay in powering the screen on using this Knock feature but it works well overall. You can turn off the screen in the same manner by double-tapping the screen in the status bar, an empty area of the Home screen, or from the Lock screen.
Guest Mode, Slide Aside, and Translate features
QuickRemote can control a variety of IR devices including fans, televisions, DVD players, and more. You can customize QuickRemote by mapping buttons from a remote to the application. Answer Me is a feature found on the G Flex that lets you answer phone calls simply by placing the phone to your ear.
A launch bar is located at the base of all home screens. You can customize this launch bar to your liking. It can hold up to seven icons, though one of these icons must be the Apps icon. You can also group apps on the launch bar into a folder. You’ll find the Back, Home, and Menu keys below the launch bar.
From the lock screen, you can add links to a number of different applications making it quick and easy to open what you want directly from the lock screen. If you hold the phone in landscape mode, you can touch the screen and drag outward with both thumbs to open QuickTheater, an app that offers one-touch access to photos, videos, and YouTube.