LG G Flex 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Comparison

LG G Flex 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Comparison

By Rich W Woods

I know that I said that the comparison between the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge was going to be the last before I wrote a review, but we have a last minute contender. On Monday, I received the LG G Flex 2 to review and I just had to get it in there.

After all, the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G Flex 2, and HTC One M9 all came out around the same time. The LG G Flex 2 was the first device to be announced using the Snapdragon 810 processor, the HTC One M9 being the second. When I was at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, these were the three devices to check out.

LG G Flex 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Specs

LG G Flex 2 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Processor Snapdragon 810, 1.5 GHz Quad Core, 2 GHz Quad Core Exynos 7420, 1.5 GHz Quad Core, 2.1 GHz Quad Core
GPU Adreno 430 Mali-T760MP8
Display 5.5″, 1080p, 403 ppi, AMOLED 5.1″, 1440p, 577 ppi, AMOLED
Body 149.1×75.3×9.4 mm, 152 g 142.1×70.1×7 mm, 132 g
Camera 13 MP, 4160×3120, 2.1 MP Front 16 MP, 5312×2988, 5 MP Front
Video 4K UHD – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps Front 1080p – 30 fps 4K UHD – 30 fps, 1080p – 60 fps, Front 1440p – 30 fps
Aperture f/2.4 f/1.9
Storage 32 GB, Expandable to 128 GB 32/64/128 GB
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
Batttery 3000 mAh 2600 mAh
Price $599 $799/$899/$999

LG G Flex 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Display and Body

Both the LG G Flex 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge have displays with resolutions well beyond what the human eye can tell the difference between. They’re both AMOLED as well, so you can see more vibrant colors and blacker blacks.

The Galaxy S6 Edge does, however, have the better display because Samsung is just so damn good at color accuracy. Also, the Edge display is beautiful. It’s not entirely practical, but it is beautiful, nonetheless.

Now, when it comes to body and design, both devices are stunning and innovative. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is beautiful, simply beautiful.

On the other hand, the LG G Flex 2 doesn’t have the sheer beauty that the Galaxy S6 has; however, it’s a much more intuitive design than I had anticipated. I’ll be honest. I’ve always thought the curved G Flex was, well, stupid. It’s not though. As soon as you load something as your Twitter feed and start scrolling down, you suddenly see how the curve perfectly fits your finger. It’s pretty brilliant.

Lg G Flex 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Rear Camera

A great amount has been said about the rear camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6, and it is not without precedent. It is an amazing camera. Some have said that the photos look “almost 3D”, which is a bit of a stretch, but most likely because of the beautiful display that those photos are shown on.

Those Samsung Galaxy S6 photos might also “look almost 3D” because the camera focuses incredibly fast, due to the phase detection autofocus, a feature also found in the iPhone 6, as well as optical image stabilization.

The only time I’ve seen images as sharp as the ones found in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6 were from the LG G3. The laser focus isn’t just a gimmick. It’s the real deal. Since the LG G Flex 2 has essentially the same camera as the LG G3, I’m excited to dive in. But first, specs.

There is no noticeable difference between the resolutions of the rear cameras in the LG G Flex 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge at 13 MP and 16 MP, respectively. Even if your viewing the photos on a 4K display, the photos need to be scaled down considerably just to fit your screen.

I expect the aperture to make a noticeable difference. The f/1.9 aperture that Samsung used in the Galaxy S6 has provided considerable low light improvements in the camera. I think that we won’t see that level of low light performance from the G Flex 2.

LG G Flex 2 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

As expected, low light is better on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. That being said, the photos look almost identical. I was so upset that I only got to spend about a day with the LG G3 because I was so impressed with the camera. I’m really looking forward to spending more time with the G Flex 2.

Unfortunately, it’s always the orange flowers. It’s always the orange flowers that tell the difference between a really great camera and one that isn’t quite spot on with the colors. Galaxy S6 wins, but it was oh so close.

LG G Flex 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Front Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has the higher resolution front camera, coming in at 5 MP with the G Flex 2 coming in at 2.1 MP. the point of a higher resolution is to give the user more room to crop the image. 2.1 MP is equivalent to 1080p, so it’s not going to give the user a lot of room to crop.

Again, it’s really close, but the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge narrowly beats the LG G Flex 2. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the G Flex 2 measures up to other devices.

LG G Flex 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Benchmarks

I say this a lot, but I’m not a fan of benchmarks. They so rarely reflect the real world usage of the device. Unfortunately, it’s still the best tool we have of putting the performance of a device on a piece of paper. It’s our best way we have of keeping score. Nevertheless, I always advise to take benchmarks with a grain of salt.

First up, we have battery tests. Geekbench 3 has two battery tests, one with the dim screen toggled on and the other with the dim screen toggled off. The first is with it toggled on.

LG G Flex 2 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
G Flex 2 Galaxy S6 Edge Battery Dim
Battery with dim screen ON

 

Battery with dim screen OFF
Battery with dim screen OFF

One thing I’ve noticed is that the Galaxy S6 defies all odds with the battery benchmarks. It has a super high resolution display and a powerful processor, albeit a 14 nm processor which should prove to be super efficient, so I guess I just answered my own question.

The LG G Flex 2 defies all odds in its own way by providing oddly low benchmark scores. We’re going to talk more about this when we compare the LG G Flex 2 to the HTC One M9, as they have the same processor, RAM, and screen resolution, yet they receive vastly different results.

G Flex 2 Galaxy S6 Edge Geekbench

G Flex 2 Galaxy S6 Edge AnTuTu

 

Obviously, the Samsung Galaxy S6 has much higher benchmark scores. It’s still odd, however, because the LG G Flex 2 is much lower than it should be.

I’ve recently begun adding graphics benchmarks as well, because one thing I’ve found is that while the Samsung Galaxy S6 is a very powerful device, the high resolution display tends to hurt graphics performance. I’ve noticed this when playing games as well.

G Flex 2 Galaxy S6 Edge GFX 3.1 1

G Flex 2 Galaxy S6 Edge GFX 3.1 2

G Flex 2 Galaxy S6 Edge GFX 3.1 3

 

The results seem to be mostly split here, although it does show that in many situations, the LG G Flex 2 does have better graphics performance than the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the LG G Flex 2 are stunning phones, each in their own way. It saddens me because I don’t think that users will see why the LG G Flex 2 is such an amazing device. Personally, I didn’t see it until I actually got my hands on one.

I was excited about the LG G Flex 2 because it was the first phone with a Snapdragon 810, but as far as the curve went, it seemed like a useless gimmick. Now that I’ve used it a bit, it’s incredibly practical and I look forward to spending more time with the device.

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Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.